Rectory & Rhinelander Bldg

HTNC Homeless Shelter

"Which of these was a neighbor? He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
(Luke 10:36-38)

Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center (HTNC)  provides a safe, warm place to sleep for up to 15 of our homeless neighbors every night of the week in the Church of the Holy Trinity's St. Christopher's House parish house. Staffed by volunteers, the shelter provides a warm, comfortable bed as well as a sense of continued community for people whose lives are in transition.

All of the shelter guests are in programs where they are receiving job skills training and other support they need to improve the situation of their lives. Providing them with the consistency of a place to sleep safely and undisturbed is an invaluable gift as they deal with a plethora of challenges.

Volunteers stay overnight at the shelter, set out an evening snack, and prepare coffee in the morning. Volunteers can leave by 7:00 AM after the shelter guests have departed. In all these years, the shelter has run smoothly without incident.

The benefits of the shelter are great for everyone who participates: the homeless find with us a sense of safety and community here unavailable at city shelters; for us at HTNC and CHT, it provides opportunity to serve those in need, and to widen and deepen our value within the community and to live out our Gospel mission to love and serve our neighbors.

Volunteers are the key to the success of our Homeless Shelter. For volunteer information, contact the church office at 212-289-4100, ext. 201.