St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Manhattanville
521 W.126 St. NY, NY between Old Broadway and Amsterdam
Robert Daniel Jones Memorial Shelter
The Robert Daniel Jones (RDJ) Memorial Shelter seeks to foster community for homeless immigrants and asylum seekers living in West Harlem. We focus specifically on men who have fallen through the cracks of our city’s homeless programs, and who can’t qualify for assistance elsewhere.
Our small shelter provides a “family” environment for men to sleep at night while they work towards securing more long-term housing. Each guest is guaranteed a 6-month stay, and can take advantage of our legal, language, and housing referrals. Of the 15 men who have come through our doors in the past two years, 10 have found more permanent housing, 1 has received his green card, 1 was reunited with his family, and 2 received political asylum.
Guests and volunteers hail from all over the world – from Cuba to Ethiopia everywhere in between. Drop in for house dinner, and you’ll learn to speak Bambara from a Malian guest, play dominoes with a Mexican immigrant, or make Rotis with a friend from Trinidad.