“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat’ (Mark 6:37).” -Pope Francis
At Resurrection Sheepshead Bay we want to be Jesus’ hands and feet to those living in both our neighborhood, as well as beyond to all of New York City. Below you will find some of the ways we regularly seek to do this. For up other opportunities and up to date information, check our calendar located on the homepage.
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children creates extended family-like support for families in crisis through a community of compassionate volunteers. We keep children safe and families intact.
We organize vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer a broad community of support for families who feel overwhelmed or isolated. Our volunteers seek to empower, encourage, and strengthen families through mutually beneficial relationships. We seek to reduce foster care numbers by supporting families as we know that stress and isolation can lead to abuse and neglect.
There are a variety of volunteer roles to come alongside families. The roles are flexible and volunteers can offer support according to their skills, interests, and availability. If you have an interest please contactLaura Galt. You can also visit the website at newyorkcity.safe-families.org to learn more about the three key volunteer roles.
If you are in need of help from a ministry like Safe Families, contactLaura Galt.
NOTE: Please visit the Safe Families Eventbrite page for more information about upcoming training sessions.