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 ten 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 opened October 16. Volunteers are invited to set up and serve dinner by viewing the annual calendar and signing up.
We are also looking for sleepover volunteers to stay overnight at the shelter December 11-January 12, when Columbia University students are on break. Sleepover volunteers arrive by 8 p.m. and leave by 6:15 a.m. the following morning. Please sign up if you are interested and available!
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.
When can I volunteer?
Monday through Friday evenings. To view available dates for set-up and to sign up, click the link below:
We are looking for sleepover volunteers to stay overnight at the shelter December 11-January 12, 2017, when Columbia University students are on break. Sleepover volunteers arrive by 8 p.m. and leave by 6:15 a.m. the following morning. To view available dates for sleeping overnight at the shelter and sign up, click the link below.
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.
Are there instructions for volunteers?
Yes! Please view the instructions below for set-up and sleepover volunteers.