Through our mission partners, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church focuses our volunteer and financial resources to help create change in the world.
We invite you to learn more about our mission partners and the important ministries they pursue. Many of our mission partners offer volunteer opportunities through Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. You may also contact a mission partner directly to find out how you can be of help.
Children + Families
The Church of Gethsemane
Located in Brooklyn, this Presbyterian congregation is committed to supporting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults and their families. The church’s ministry includes prison visits, care packages and a range of re-entry services, such as financial workshops and career counseling. The church also is involved in parole reform initiatives. Through our Christmas Angel Tree project, Fifth Avenue provides holiday presents for children of incarcerated parents, which the church distributes at its annual Christmas party. thechurchofgethsemane.org
Holmes Camp & Retreat Center
Located 55 miles north of New York City, Holmes is a 550-acre camp and conference center set among pristine forests, lakes, cliffs, trails and wetlands in the lower Hudson River Valley. The property supports year-round conference centers and retreat cabins, seasonal youth facilities, and an environmental science and arts program, among other attractions. The locale for Fifth Avenue’s annual Family Camp and other events, Holmes is the outdoor Christian education and retreat facility serving the Presbyteries of Hudson River, Long Island and New York City of the Presbyterian Church (USA). holmescamp.org
Operation Exodus strives to inspire students in poor neighborhoods of New York City to achieve goals that no one expects them to reach, through tutoring and mentoring programs we offer in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods. Exodus has also become a home away from home for many of our students, rather than just a place to study and learn. operationexodus.org
Womankind helps women and children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives. The agency provides a safe haven through multilingual support programs and shelter services. Womankind works to raise public awareness about violence against women, advocates for the rights of survivors, and acts as an agent of social change. iamwomankind.org
Homelessness + Refugees
RDJ Refugee Shelter
The RDJ Refugee Shelter at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem is the only shelter in New York City specifically for homeless asylum seekers and refugees. The shelter provides a welcoming environment for individuals and families who are working to secure long-term housing. Each guest is guaranteed a six-month stay and access to legal, language, employment and housing assistance. rdjrefugeeshelter.org
Urban Outreach Center
The Urban Outreach Center is the social justice ministry of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church. The Center assists 30,000 vulnerable New Yorkers every year in meeting basic needs and accessing vital services. The Center provides walk-in services free of charge, including assessment of need, provision of clothing and food, referrals to housing, medical assistance and emergency services. Located on New York’s Upper East Side, the Urban Outreach Center partners with local agencies and houses of worship to extend support across a broad spectrum of services. uocnyc.org
West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing
West Side Federation For Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc. (WSFSSH) was formed in 1976 by a coalition of social service agencies, religious institutions and community organizations to create a new form of housing for older people and persons living with special needs. The WSFSSH supportive housing model integrates compassionate property management with on-site social services. wsfssh.org
Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar
Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar are mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Adams is the U.S. coordinator of Frontera de Cristo, a binational border ministry of the PCUSA and the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. Maldonado Escobar is the liaison between Frontera de Cristo and local churches and social services organization in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Frontera de Cristo hosted a Fifth Avenue mission trip team for eight days in October 2019. fronteradecristo.org
Hands Along the Nile
HANDS (Hands Along the Nile Development Services) is a U.S.-based nonprofit committed to building bridges between the people of Egypt and the United States. In addition to cultural programs of exchange and dialogue, HANDS supports projects aimed at bringing socioeconomic stability to Egyptian communities. Each spring, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and HANDS co-sponsor the Egyptian Craft Sale, benefiting a Coptic Christian community near Cairo.
Ministry of Hope Lesotho
Ministry of Hope Lesotho is a home for infants, children and youth in Maseru, Lesotho, a mountain kingdom in southern Africa. Ministry of Hope was created in 2009 to improve the quality of health for orphaned and vulnerable children, and to facilitate returning them to their families or placing them with adopted families. Ministry of Hope Lesotho was co-founded by Mamonyane Mohale, a public health nurse and that current executive director, and Nancy Dimmock, a former mission co-worker of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Ministry of Hope Lesotho was the site of a Fifth Avenue mission trip in 2015. ministryofhopelesotho.org
Cobbie and Dessa Palm
Cobbie and Dessa Palm are mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Philippines. Their ministry focuses primarily in two areas: providing clean water to underserved and disaster-stricken areas, and combatting human trafficking. The Palms hosted a portion of Fifth Avenue’s mission trip to the Philippines in 2012 and consulted with the Mission Partner Task Force in 2013. presbyterianmission.org
Dan and Elizabeth Turk
Dan and Elizabeth Turk are mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Madagascar/Southern Africa. The Turks are working to protect children and other vulnerable populations through AIDS programs and rural clinics, gardens and environmental education, and other initiatives in partnership with our sister church, the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). Fifth Avenue hosted the Turks and the Madagascar Mission Network in 2016 and sponsored a mission trip to Madagascar in 2018. presbyterianmission.org
Parity is a faith-based organization that works to empower new queer faith and justice leaders, guide secular organizations and communities in affirming LGBTQ spirituality, and promote LGBTQ religious liberty and freedom. Parity’s outreach pays particular attention to the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The organization works to engage non-affirming religious leaders and communities in dialogue to promote mutual understanding and create more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ people of faith. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has been a member congregation of Parity since 2005. parity.nyc
Presbyterian Senior Services
Presbyterian Senior Services was founded in 1962 when a group of volunteers banded together to care for older members of their church community. PSS is now a multi-service agency encompassing six senior centers, senior apartments, caregiver support programs, and the Grandparent Family Apartments, the first residence of its kind in the U.S. built for grandparents raising grandchildren. PSS lives by its founding principle: Seniors are an integral part of our community, and we will do all we can to keep them healthy, engaged and connected. pssusa.org
Search and Care
Founded in 1972, Search and Care provides social services to an estimated 1,000 seniors in New York City who have difficulty coping with a variety of medical, physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Search and Care’s mission is to seek out older people in the community who need help in managing life’s daily activities or accessing essential services, and to provide them the support and companionship they require to live with security and dignity. searchandcare.org
Heritage Mission Partners
Heritage Mission Partners are those with whom the church has had a prior covenant relationship. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church continues to value our Heritage Mission Partners, and members and friends of the church still engage with these organizations and support their work.