Children sleeping in shelters. Veterans living on the streets. Seniors going hungry. All around us people are struggling to survive, to afford basic needs, and to live productive, fulfilling lives.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can change it. Together, we can take steps that will make a difference in someone’s life. Together, our small efforts can make a big impact. Together, we can provide the child with a bed of her own, offer the veteran a place to connect, and make sure our neighbors have healthy food.
Xavier Mission was established in 1983 by parishioners of the Church of St. Francis Xavier who were responding to the needs of the community during the recession. Though Xavier Mission made the transition from a church-based outreach program to an independent, secular, for-impact organization in 2012, the Church graciously continues to provide space for Xavier Mission’s administrative offices and programs. Many parishioners serve as volunteers and provide financial support for Mission programs.
The Xavier High School community provides ongoing support to Xavier Mission throughout the year. Students complete their community service hours by volunteering at the Welcome Table and Food Pantry. In the fall, the community hosts a massive food drive to benefit Xavier Mission, collecting enough food to supply our pantry for four to six months. The school donates the proceeds from one of their dress-down days to Xavier Mission, and have collected items like toiletries to be given to our programs.
For more than 20 years, Xavier High School offered the ground floor of their brownstone building on 16th St. to the Xavier Mission Men’s Shelter. The shelter was opened in the mid-80s, and was one of the first faith-based shelters in NYC. Throughout its history, the Xavier Shelter was known for being a comfortable, welcoming, peaceful environment with friendly, compassionate volunteers who truly cared about the men who came to stay. Though the school had to reclaim its space in early 2022, we remain grateful for their hospitality and for enabling us to keep the Xavier Shelter operational for so many years.
Xavier Mission’s Life-Skills Training & Empowerment Program (L-STEP) has been in operation since 1995. Our history of running a successful program positioned us as a mentor to other organizations to replicate the model. In 2015, we partnered with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM), a for-impact organization at Metro Baptist Church, to operate the Homecoming Program for veterans who have experienced homelessness. Xavier Mission’s LSEP Director oversees both programs, while RMM provides the space, funding, and staff support for Homecoming.
At the beginning of the summer of 2020, Xavier Mission was approached by community members who wanted to establish a community fridge in the Chelsea neighborhood. The goal was to join other communities around the city in providing mutual aid to their neighbors who were suffering the most due to the pandemic. They asked Xavier Mission to host the program on our site, since we are already well-known in the neighborhood for providing services. Together, we erected the Chelsea Community Fridge and Cupboard, a public program that aims to combat both food insecurity and food waste.
Everything in the fridge and cupboard is free, and operates under the premise that anyone can take what they need and leave what they can, no questions asked. It is open 24/7 and is stocked by a combination of community member food donations, product donations from local companies (such as Trader Joe’s), and product from Xavier Mission’s existing food programs.
Our attendees, sponsors, and silent auction helped us raise more than $113,000 for our Financial Assistance Program! We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Roaring 20s Speakeasy a giant success.
This year, we present the Xavier Mission Spirit Award to several individuals who have gone above and beyond over the past couple years to make sure that Xavier Mission could continue its work, even at the height of COVID.
It is with heavy but grateful hearts that today we announce the closing of the Xavier Mission shelter, after more than 30 years of providing care and community to thousands of unhoused men in New York City.
The Xavier Mission Board of Directors is proud to announce that Cassandra Agredo, our Executive Director, has been selected by City & State New York and NYNMEDIA as one of their “NONPROFIT FORTY UNDER FORTY.”