HAVE YOUR LIFE CHANGED FOREVER ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY!
“It was important to realize that when I face people in need, it’s God who I can rely on for salvation and all kinds of help. And I am the first one in need. My part is just to obey Him and share the good news and hope. This gives the attitude of compassion and joy in serving the poor.”
— Antto, Intern from Finland
ON A MISSION.
People on the streets show up for the great food, but come away with so much more. Staff and volunteers go out of their way to really LOVE people. Many people on the streets are in a hard place in life and need a friend- someone to talk to who will really listen. When we discover the needs in people’s lives, we go to work to actually help meet those needs. We have seen men and women totally turn their lives around because someone they met on the bus took the time to care.
If accepted, you can serve on The Relief Bus from one week to three years, experiencing the adventure of working as an urban missionary on the streets of New York City, helping the homeless and making a difference. The experience is intense and challenging, requires early mornings and physical labor. It can be emotionally draining, but it will change your life forever!
DAY TO DAY.
You will be out on the streets serving up to 4 days per week (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat), attend our tuesday devotional gatherings, and otherwise be a part of all Relief Bus activities.
HOUSING AND COSTS.
Short-term missionaries stay in apartments in staff homes. Space is limited.
The cost for housing is $450 per month, $125 per week, or $20 per day, which does not include food, personal items, or any other expenses. These expenses will be solely your responsibility. You will need enough funds to cover these expenses and room at a minimum of $650 – $700 per month total. In addition, any friends or family members who might stay or visit will be charged $20 per night, if there is room available. If you live nearby and can travel to our locations and the Relief Center on required days, there would be no housing costs. Travel costs are your responsibility.
The Relief Bus partners with an organization called The Bodybuilders to train and equip urban missionaries to raise the support needed to work full-time with the poor and homeless. Personal Support Raising Boot Camp is an intense two-day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded.
Interns typically serve with us for 6 months – 1 year and may receive college credit. A Short Term Missionary serves anywhere from 1 week – 3 years.