As New Yorkers, we do it every day. We see a homeless person on the street, huddled up in a sleeping bag or makeshift blankets, their few belongings littered around them ... and we keep walking.
What if we stopped? What if we engaged with that person on the street? Showed them that someone cares about their needs and their pain? And what if we did that on every single street in Manhattan — all the way from Inwood to the Financial District?
That would be powerful.
And that’s exactly what we hope to do through Don’t Walk By, Hope for New York’s annual outreach (in partnership with The Rescue Alliance) to our homeless neighbors. During every Saturday in February volunteers come together to canvass every block and subway platform in Manhattan, offering the homeless we encounter care kits, food, and an invitation to return to a home base for a hot meal and medical care.
This year our goal is to mobilize 100 people from each Redeemer congregation — 300 people in total — to put their faith into action and choose not to pass by their neighbors living on the street. That’s where you come in. Below are the dates and locations for Don’t Walk By 2017:
February 4, West Side Outreach —
Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th St.
February 11, East Side Outreach —
Fifth Ave Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St.
February 18, Downtown Outreach —
NY Chinese Alliance Church, 162 Eldridge St.
February 25, Uptown Outreach
Salvation Army Harlem Temple, 540 Lenox Ave.
Through Don’t Walk By our hope is to connect homeless New Yorkers with holistic residential recovery programs, offering a long-term alternative to life on the streets.
Visit hfny.org/dwb for more information and to register to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to serve as a community group or with your friends!