Outreach Ministries

Ecumenical Outreach Partnership

The Ecumenical Outreach Partnership is a collaborative ministry of three congregations—Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Saint Thomas and St. Patrick’s Cathedral—serving homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers in Midtown.

For decades, these three major congregations enjoyed ecumenical and neighborly engagement while providing outreach to the Midtown homeless community independent of one another. Then, in late 2016, a repeat referral for a social worker began to shift their thinking.

In 2017, united by a common gospel calling and a mission to serve our homeless and vulnerable neighbors, the three churches consolidated their ministries and resources. This cohesive action resulted in the Fifth Avenue Ecumenical Outreach Partnership.

Our Mission

To work together as three communities of faith to address the needs of vulnerable New Yorkers facing challenges related to lack of housing, insecure shelter, poverty, hunger, physical and mental health, safety, isolation and struggle to meet basic needs. By joining together to create the Ecumenical Outreach Partnership to support the Midtown homeless community, our congregations will be better equipped to respond to the needs of the struggling people we encounter daily.


The Ecumenical Outreach Partnership provides a broad range of services to homeless and other vulnerable individuals and families. Our services include:

Housing referrals

A Place at the Table: weekly meals and food referrals

Health and mental health referrals

On-site medical care through an Article 28 mobile clinic

Clothing and hygiene supplies

Individual engagement and pastoral care

Counseling and crisis intervention

Aid in government and benefits assistance

Immigration and legal support

Transportation access

We also offer a worship service every Sunday at 2 pm at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St. (between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue).