Feeding the Hungry

For over 40 years, St. James’ has been serving hot meals to our neighbors. Our focus has been on cooking delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere, so both our guests and our volunteers can leave feeling nourished. Join parishioners of all ages to prepare and serve a Tuesday Lunch or a Friday Dinner. We also welcome dessert donations (both homemade and store bought).

We’re grateful to be located in New York City, and all the opportunities that affords. Help us to cook a monthly dinner at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, pass out groceries at St. James Fordham’s Food Pantry, or tend vegetables in the garden at St. Ann’s in the South Bronx.

Reach out to Windsor Jones for more information on how to sign up, and our volunteer orientation.

Email Windsor Jones
Clothing Those in Need

Together with Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, we’ve opened our Samaritan’s Closet, a free clothing resource for men and women. We’re currently open to the public on Sunday afternoons from noon to 2:30 pm, and are working to expand our hours. Volunteers are needed to sort and organize donations, welcome visitors, and help them find the clothes they need. Please contact Grace Beacham to learn more. We always welcome donations of travel size toiletries, and clean clothes in good condition. Comfortable sneakers and other walking shoes are always in demand! Please contact Grace Beacham for more information on how and what to donate.

Email Kim Goodman O’Connell
Supporting the Incarcerated

The Apostle Paul wrote that we should “remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them.” To that end, we believe in restorative justice for incarcerated people, and dignity for their families. We work especially with children of incarcerated parents through our partnership with the Osborne Association. To learn more about our fun Saturday “Rec Trips”, chaperoning a prison visit, and so much more, please email Elaine Connelly.

Email Elaine Connelly
Welcoming the Stranger

We partner with the International Rescue Committee to offer shelter to refugees in a fully furnished apartment within the church. Both families and individuals are welcome to stay as long as they need while caseworkers help them to find work, take English classes, and acclimate to life in New York City. Want to be a part of the team that welcomes and supports our newest neighbors? Email Eva Suarez to learn more.

Email Eva Suarez
Caring for Our Wider Community

St. James’ has a long-term relationship with St Vincent’s Center for Children with Disabilities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We ask for prayers and financial support for Haiti as the country recovers from a powerful  7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwest portion of the country.  This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll climbs. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters.

Make a Donation to ERD Haiti Fund