The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Next Step Men’s 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.
The shelter opens October 3, 2018, and runs through June 7, 2019, Mondays through Fridays (with some holiday exceptions). Volunteer opportunities include: setting up the shelter room and cooking dinner for the men; sleeping overnight at the shelter; donating food and supplies; donating Friday night dinner; and visiting the shelter to show your support.
We also serve a Thanksgiving meal for the men (on Monday, November 19, 2018) and provide a Super Bowl viewing party for them (on Sunday, February 3, 2019). Volunteers are invited to help out and join in these two events as well.
For more information, 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.
To see available dates for both set up and sleepover, see the sign-up links below. If you are new to volunteering, email and we will send instructions.
How do I sign up to SET UP and provide a meal at the shelter?
Volunteers are needed from 6-8 p.m. to set up and provide a meal to our guests (either cooking at Stephen Wise, bringing a meal, or ordering in). To see available dates for set up, and to sign up, click here.
How do I sign up to SLEEP OVER at the shelter?
Sleepover volunteers are needed to staff the shelter overnight (sleeping in the locked women’s lounge) during the times when our Columbia University volunteers are on holiday break. Sleepover volunteers arrive by 8 p.m. and leave by 6:15 a.m. the following morning. We need sleepover volunteers from December 13, 2018, through January 18, 2019. To see available dates for sleepover and to sign up, click here.
Where is the shelter?
The shelter is in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue's Berns Lounge.
Are there instructions for volunteers?
Yes! Please view the instructions below for set-up and sleepover volunteers, or email if you would like to arrange a call to get more information.