Serve like you are serving a King.

Get help at The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission offers a broad range of services to help those who are hungry, homeless or in need of medical care.  The Bowery Mission also provides help for those struggling with addictions.  Each of the services described below is offered at no charge through the generosity of faithful donors.

Daily Meal Service

At 227 Bowery in New York City

The red doors of The Bowery Street mission are open every day for those who are hungry to come in for a meal.  Those coming in for a meal are not asked for an ID and there is no long process to through – simply pick up a plate and eat. 

All meals at The Bowery Mission are preceded by a short Chapel service. You do not have to attend to get food, but we invite you to come and be fed, both spiritually and physically.  The following is our daily meal service:

Breakfast: 8:00 am
Lunch: 1:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm

Meals provided

At two locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Four times a week The Bowery Mission Outreach Van is loaded with fresh vegetables, breads, pastries, hot soup and more, to distribute at two locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Our outreach teams also provide bags of groceries for families in need. 

The Outreach Van currently travels and serves meals in four communities on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Chelsea, Manhattan (partnering with Relief Bus)
  • Thursday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Knickerbocker Park, Brooklyn
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

Residential recovery programs for men and women

The Bowery Mission provides residential recovery programs for both men and women.  Each have been developed from the perspective that homelessness is both the problem and the symptom of other problems that can range from chronic substance abuse, financial instability, domestic violence, sexual victimization and more. 

Each of The Bowery Mission’s recovery programs solve the problem of homelessness by providing for the basic needs each man and woman for a period of six to 15 months while they are in recovery.  These services include shelter, meals, clothing and medical care. 

Importantly, our programs offer long-term, practical solutions to the underlying problems related to chronic homelessness through life and employment skills training, continuing education opportunities, single and group counseling, legal aid, job-readiness training and housing placement.

Medical and Optical Services

Health care can often be hard to come by – we understand, that's why The Bowery Mission offers barrier-free medical and optical services by licensed professionals who volunteer to provide the best care possible. If we can't serve you, our volunteers will provide you a doctor's referral to someone who can. Volunteers also helps people apply for Medicare or Medicaid.

Our Medical Clinic is open every Wednesday at 6:00PM at the 227 Bowery location which is two blocks south of East Houston.

Need a new pair of glasses? Our on-site opthamologist can give you an eye exam and send away for new glasses.  Optical Clinic once per month, depending on optometrist's availability, Wednesday 6:00PM.

Showers and Clothing

At 227 Bowery, two blocks south of East Houston

At The Bowery Mission everyone is treated like a king and queen – we want to demonstrate in our dignity and respect towards you that you are deeply loved and valued by God. That's why we offer  showers along with free clothing. See below for our service schedule.

Tuesday: 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Friday: 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Please note: Clothing is available for women on a walk-in, emergency basis only.

Emergency Shelter for men

At 227 Bowery, two blocks south of East Houston

Since 1879, The Bowery Mission has always remained open to men who need shelter, either from the cold or simply to feel safe. Today, we continue to offer shelter at The Bowery Mission whenever the overnight temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A limited number of sleeping mats are available, so be sure to arrive early if you know it will be cold and you will need shelter. If you are unsure, call us at 212-674-3456.

We want to give you more than just overnight shelter – we can shelter you long-term, and provide the supports that can enable you to move from homelessness to independent living.  Learn more about our residential recovery programs.