Outreach Ministries

Mission Partners

Fifth Avenue’s mission partners are companions in making the world a better place—a place more in tune with God’s vision of who we might be. Our partners’ missions run parallel to our church’s own mission and vision.

We are blessed to affirm and support the work of these organizations locally, nationally, and internationally as together we seek to be the salt, light, and leaven of Christ. We invite you to join us in our partnerships through prayer, service, action, and engagement.

For more information, contact Christine Boyle, Director of Outreach and Missions, at [email protected] or 212.247.0490, ext. 3006.

Local Partners

The Church of Gethsemane

#justice   #economic-insecurity   #children
Located in Brooklyn, this Presbyterian congregation cares for incarcerated individuals, formerly incarcerated persons, and their families through its Project Connect outreach program. The church’s ministries of connection with the incarcerated include visits to prisons, monthly letter writing, preparation of care packages, and re-entry peer support. Through Project Angel Tree, the Fifth Avenue congregation supplies Christmas gifts to the church for children whose families are impacted by the criminal justice system. churchofgethsemane.org

Search and Care

#older-adults   #economic-insecurity   #justice
This non-profit agency identifies older adults residing primarily in Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, and East Harlem who need help managing life’s daily activities or accessing essential services. It provides them with the support and companionship they need to age at home for as long as is safely feasible. Volunteers from Fifth Avenue’s congregation join forces with the agency’s staff at various times throughout the year to deliver food, prepare care packages, make check-in calls, and assist individuals in navigating financial matters. searchandcare.org

Urban Outreach Center NYC

#justice   #economic-insecurity   #homelessness
A ministry of Avenue Church NYC (formerly Jan Hus Presbyterian Church) and located in a newly renovated space in East Harlem, Urban Outreach Center operates as a non-profit with a 30-year history of social justice ministry with low-income New Yorkers. Operating with hospitality, dignity, and justice, they provide a food pantry, a weekly community dinner, clothing distribution, hygiene services including showers, transitional mailing address access, resume writing workshops, and mock interviews. Urban Outreach Center is a community partner with Fifth Avenue’s Ecumenical Outreach Program. uocnyc.org

WANA Community Resource Center/RDJ Refugee Shelter

#refugees-immigrants   #LGBTQ   #justice   #homelessness   #economic-insecurity
This eight-bed shelter located in Harlem provides a family environment for homeless asylum seekers and refugees who are working toward securing long-term housing. Each guest is guaranteed at least a three-month stay and is given access to legal, language, employment, and housing assistance. In addition to supporting their overnight guests, the staff provides referrals for clothing, meals/food, health services, job training, and related opportunities. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem incorporated the shelter and its community food ministries into the non-profit organization WANA (We Are Not Afraid) Community Resource Center. Fifth Avenue’s homelessness programs work with this shelter. wanacommunitycenter.org

West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing

#older-adults   #justice   #economic-insecurity #homelessness
This community-based non-profit organization, known as WSFSSH, develops and manages low-cost housing for independent seniors, frail elderly individuals, older persons with serious mental illnesses, homeless individuals, persons with physically handicapping conditions, grandparents raising grandchildren, and families. WSFSSH properties in Manhattan and the Bronx provide both shelter and permanent housing with supportive services for friends and members of Fifth Avenue. wsfssh.org

Womankind

#women   #justice   #older-adults   #children   #refugees-immigrants
Womankind’s community offices, located in predominately Asian neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, provide safe spaces to help survivors of all ages find refuge, recovery, and renewal from domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence. This non-profit agency also operates two emergency residences for survivors and their families. Services include trauma- and culturally-informed counseling, family law and immigration legal assistance, wellness activities, creative arts therapy, and economic empowerment workshops. A recurring service opportunity offered through FAPC Serves involves preparing garden beds at one of the residences. iamwomankind.org

Regional Partners

The Farminary Project

#education   #sabbath   #justice   #ecology
This program, located on a 21-acre farm, of Princeton Theological Seminary integrates theological education with small-scale regenerative agriculture. It trains faith leaders to be conversant in the areas of ecology, sustainability, and food justice and challenges them to follow a rhythm of life governed by the seasons and Sabbath. Fifth Avenue’s youth confirmation class makes annual visits to the farm. ptsem.edu/farminary

Holmes Camp and Retreat Center

#children   #justice   #education   #sabbath   #ecology
Holmes is a 550-acre camp and conference center located 55 miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Its pristine forests, lakes, cliffs, trails, and wetlands support programming that offers a Christ-centered witness to issues of conservation, ecology, peace, community, and justice. The camp and retreat center, including year-round and seasonal facilities, is run by the Presbyteries of NYC, Long Island, and the Hudson River and welcomes all faith traditions and ages to its facilities for reflection, growth, and inspiration. Fifth Avenue holds its annual Family Camp at Holmes. holmescamp.org

Parity

#justice   #LGBTQ   #education
Parity is a faith-based non-profit 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. It helps families, parents, youth, adults, and elders navigate what it means to be (or love) an LGBTQ+ person and affirm their faith by providing mentoring, retreats, classes, and workshops. Fifth Avenue has been a member congregation of Parity since 2005 and cooperates in outreach efforts with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. parity.nyc

World Partners

Hands Along the Nile Development Services

#justice   #economic-insecurity   #education   #children   #women
This U.S.-based non-profit agency develops partnerships between Egyptians and Americans to raise intercultural understanding through exchange, dialogue, and educational opportunities and to help bring socioeconomic stability to communities in Egypt. HANDS contributes to development projects, such as microloans for businesses, and supports Egypt-based organizations that offer training, such as a literacy and job-skills training center for children from the garbage collector community. Fifth Avenue hosts an annual crafts fair with goods produced by women who have learned to weave, quilt, and recycle paper in an effort to empower themselves in support of their families. handsalongthenile.org

Ministry of Hope Lesotho

#children   #justice   #education   #economic-insecurity
Ministry of Hope Lesotho is a refuge for impoverished and orphaned infants, children, and youth in Maseru, Lesotho, a mountain kingdom in southern Africa. A modest three-bedroom home welcomes as many as 30 or more children at any one time. A full-time social worker, a tutor, and round-the-clock caregivers attend to each child’s schooling and emotional well-being. After improving the health and quality of life for the children, the staff facilitates their return to their own family or places them with an adopted family. Members and friends of Fifth Avenue have taken two mission trips to provide volunteer support. ministryofhopelesotho.org

PC(USA): U.S./Mexico Border – Mission Co-workers Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar

#refugees-immigrants   #justice   #education   #economic-insecurity
Mark Adams and Mariam Maldonado Escobar are based at the Presbyterian Border Ministry Frontera de Cristo which offers vital humanitarian assistance to migrants escaping poverty and violence in Mexico and Central America. The ministry supports residents of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a variety of areas that include church development, economic empowerment of women, development of just trade enterprises to ensure fair wages for coffee farmers, substance abuse treatment, and educational enrichment for children. Frontera de Cristo hosted a delegation from the Fifth Avenue congregation for a weeklong mission immersion trip to Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Learn more about the work of Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar.

PC(USA): Philippines – Mission Co-workers Cobbie and Dessa Palm

#justice   #education   #children
Working alongside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Cobbie Palm trains and supports local church pastors throughout the Philippines, enhancing their skills in church development and revitalization. He also develops curriculum and trains churches in peace and reconciliation for the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform. Dessa Palm coordinates the UCCP’s Theater for Evangelism and Advocacy, which seeks to train church workers and members to creatively communicate the gospel and bear witness to the transformative role of a caring and compassionate church. Members and friends of Fifth Avenue’s congregation have taken a mission trip to the Philippines.
Learn more about the work of Cobbie and Dessa Palm.

PC(USA): Madagascar Mission Co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk; Doug Tilton; Christi Boyd

#justice   #education   #ecology   #children   #women
The Turks work in partnership with Madagascar’s Church of Jesus Christ in ministry to the Malagasy population in the areas of health, environment, agriculture, and safe drinking water. Doug Tilton serves as the Presbyterian Church (USA) regional liaison in Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and provides support for other mission personnel in the region. Christi Boyd works in Congo, Madagascar, Niger, and South Sudan. She accompanies global partners as they seek to remedy the marginalization of women and children in their communities. Members and friends of Fifth Avenue’s congregation have taken two mission trips to Madagascar.
Learn more about the work of Dan and Elizabeth Turk.
Learn more about Doug Tilton’s work.
Learn more about Christi Boyd’s work.

Heritage Mission Partners

Fifth Avenue members and friends are invited to engage with and support the work of the following former mission partners.

The Bowery Mission
#justice   #economic-insecurity   #homelessness   #older-adults   #children

The Bridge
#economic-insecurity   #older-adults   #justice

Habitat for Humanity New York City
#economic-insecurity   #justice

Haiti Reforestation Partnership (formerly The Haiti Fund)
#justice   #education   #ecology

Operation Exodus
#children   #education   #justice

Project FIND
#older-adults   #economic-insecurity   #justice

PSS (formerly Presbyterian Senior Services)
#older-adults   #economic-insecurity   #justice