Project Hospitality

Country: 
USA
Location: 
Staten Island, New York

As the largest non-profit on Staten Island, Project Hospitality is an interfaith organization committed to caring for people who are marginalized. People from all walks of life are blessed by Project Hospitality’s shelters, programs, and caring staff.

Get to know the people of Staten Island as you and your team serve in soup kitchens, family shelters, area churches, and more. You will walk in relationship with the patrons of Project Hospitality and hear the testimonies of people dealing with HIV/AIDS, addiction, and homelessness. Come with an open heart and an eagerness to learn as you embrace the community of Staten Island and experience God in a unique way.

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.Be hospitable to one another without complaining.Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
—1 Peter 4:8-10

“Volunteerism is at the core of our mission. People willing to help those who are less fortunate than themselves act as God's servants enabling others to live in justice and peace.”
Paul Kosinski, director of community outreach

Opportunity type: 
Group
Student
Volunteer opportunities: 

Groups of senior high students and older are invited to come and interact with patrons of the many ministries. Teams will work with people who are homeless, hungry, and poor, with the primary work stationed in a soup kitchen and food pantry. Volunteer opportunities also include helping in a family shelter, working in a drop-in center for people who are homeless, and serving at other sites. There is a possibility of working with other churches and organizations in the area through Faith in Action. An open mind and humble spirit are helpful in nurturing these interactions. Educational seminars about HIV/AIDS and homelessness are conducted. An experienced member of Project Hospitality provides general information and facilitates discussion. Project Hospitality clients are brought in to share their personal stories and struggles, and questions are encouraged.

Accommodations: 

Teams stay in a local church. Up to 20 sleeping mats are available at the church for teams’ use. Volunteers shower at Project Hospitality’s office, which is three blocks from the church.

Food: A full kitchen with a stove, a refrigerator, and a microwave is available for team use. Paper goods and food staples (dry goods) are available at the food pantry for breakfast and dinner. Groups are welcome to take additional supplies from the pantry as needed throughout the week. They can also purchase food at local supermarkets. Lunch is provided at worksites.

Group size - maximum: 
20
Cost notes: 

$150 per person per week, which covers all expenses. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your reservation, and this amount is deducted from the total cost for your group.

Nearest airport: 

Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK Airports

Packing suggestions: 

Bring a pillow, a sleeping bag, bedding, towels, and washcloths. (Mattresses are provided.) Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes (sneakers). This is for Health Department regulations when handling food and also for your own safety. Bring clothes you can work in comfortably and be prepared to get dirty. Summers are very hot so wearing shorts (of appropriate length) is recommend, along with T-shirts.

Free day suggestions: 

Battery Park, World Trade Center memorial site, Chinatown, Union Square Market, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, American Museum of Natural History

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email volunteer@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant


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