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Ansche Chesed - Men's Shelter

251 West 100th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 865-0600

Class of Housing: Men'e Homeless shelter, supportive housing, men's shelter

General Information:

The men’s homeless shelter at Congregation Ansche Chesed (100th Street at West End Avenue) is open seven nights a week, 365 nights a year, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

The shelter serves 10 men every night. They are clients from the Mainchance Drop In Center, a part of Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services and from Project Reachout, a part of Goddard Riverside Community Center. All shelter guests are screened by one of these two groups.

During the day, these organizations provide showers, food, and clothing. They also provide medical and psychiatric care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, and help clients in collecting benefits or money management. After staying at the shelter for a while, a client may move to a subsidized or transitional housing.

The role of the shelter is to be a safe place for its guests to wash, eat, relax, and sleep. On any given night, most, if not all, of the guests have stayed at the shelter previously. Many stay for weeks or months at a time. This continuity helps to foster an atmosphere of ease and familiarity, as well as a sense of responsibility toward the shelter and a feeling of community among the guests.

The first thing a new volunteer will notice is that the shelter practically runs itself. Or, to be more accurate, the shelter is run by the people it serves. The guests get their own beds, their own food, and they clean up at night and before they leave. Often the volunteer feels like the guest, while the "guests" feel right at home. The role of the volunteer is close to that of a good manager: to stand back and let the men do what they are going to do, while intervening, instructing, guiding and troubleshooting only when it becomes necessary.

Volunteering is easy. No experience is necessary, and we need your help!

The opening shift volunteers (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) greet the men and unlock the supply cabinet while the overnight volunteers (9:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.) lock up in the morning.

The volunteers stay undisturbed in a separate room where they can sleep, read, use the phone, or study. We offer volunteer orientation anytime that is convenient for you. Please email us or call the shelter voicemail (212) 865-0600, ext. 212. We’ll send you our more detailed Volunteer Guide and answer any questions.

Website: http://www.anschechesed.org

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Helpful Definitions For Ansche Chesed - Men's Shelter:

Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.

Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency.  The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment. 

New York, NY Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Local Rehab Assistance: 855-401-7007
Call for location and rates for rehab.

How To Volunteer at Ansche Chesed - Men's Shelter:

Be a volunteer. Call Ansche Chesed - Men's Shelter at (212) 865-0600 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:

ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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