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The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Next Step Homeless Shelter works in conjunction with the Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation's Mainchance Drop-in Center and the Department of Homeless Services to provide shelter for 10 men, five nights a week, nine months of the year. Our goal is to provide a warm, caring, and safe environment for men who are in a transitional period in their lives.

For more information or to volunteer, please email the shelter at .

What can a volunteer do?

Help set up the shelter room and cook dinner for the men; sleep overnight at the shelter; donate food and supplies, donate Friday night dinner, visit the shelter to show your support.

When can I volunteer?

Our shelter is closed for the summer and will re-open mid-September. We will post a sign-up link in late summer. In the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering, please send your contact information to and we will add you to our distribution list for information on volunteering.

What times are volunteers needed?

Set up and cooking, 6-8 p.m.
Sleepover volunteers, 8 p.m.-6:30 a.m.

Where is the shelter?

The shelter is in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Berns Lounge.