The Brick Presbyterian Church is proud to have been one of the early supporters of The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) after it was founded in 1981. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, NCS was created by religious and civic organizations who were concerned about the growing problem of homelessness in the neighborhood. This community came together to help the homeless people on its streets by establishing soup kitchens serving lunch and dinner daily, operating an information and referral program in a local church, and opening a women’s shelter.
NCS was formally incorporated in 1982, when it began its search for a building to provide permanent housing to homeless men and women. Today the NCS 81st Street Residence houses men and women who are gaining personal and financial independence and becoming active members in the community once again. It serves as a long-term, supportive housing facility for people who have come through the Coalition’s Shelter Program. Formerly homeless, the residents live independently, but, like all of us, need some support and tender loving care.
The Brick Church hosts Wednesday night dinner at NCS on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Each week the host volunteers plan the dinner menu and purchase and cook the food to be served. Most importantly, volunteers are needed to sit and enjoy the meal with the residents of the 81st Street Residence. The time commitment is just one Wednesday evening. This is a fulfilling way to spend a Wednesday evening and help a great cause. For more information, please contact Deacon Adrienne Miller.