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.
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.
To see available dates for both set-up and sleepover, see the sign-up link below. If you are new to volunteering, email and we will send instructions.
When can I volunteer?
Monday through Friday evenings. To view available dates for set-up, click the sign-up link below.
To view available dates for sleeping overnight at the shelter, click the sign-up link below. We are currently looking for volunteers to stay overnight at the shelter from May 1 to June 16. Sleepover volunteers arrive by 8 p.m. and leave by 6:15 a.m.
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.