The Relief Bus has operated as a mobile resource center for over 20 years serving the homeless, destitute, substance abuser, unemployed, and anyone in need in metro NYC.

The Relief Bus consists of two school buses customized to serve soup and fresh bread out of the serving window. In the front of the buses are counseling/referral offices which connect those in need to vital resources such as shelter, food, job training, detox, and drug or alcohol rehabilitation.

The Relief Bus exists to respond to God’s heart for the poor and broken by going to the streets to offer food, compassion, and connections to resources that lead to life transformation. To accomplish this mission we partner together with volunteers and care giving organizations.

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Get Involved

Consider giving to The Relief Bus to help them connect the poor and oppressed with a path towards help and hope. Working together, you can help be a bridge between human need and resources to meet those needs. To donate, click here.

More than 30,000 volunteers have served on The Relief Bus from all over America and even from around the world. Check out their online volunteer calendar to see available dates or email for more information.

Do you feel called to social justice or know someone looking for a full time job in urban ministry helping the poor?  Check below for available office and street team positions.

  • Development Specialist: This position will work to expand the area of development at New York City Relief, specifically focusing on grants, volunteer follow-up and church partner development. Click here for the full job description.
  • Interns: By interning with The Relief Bus, you have the opportunity to be exposed to the big picture of urban ministry in NYC and have your heart and vision expanded in the process. Commitment length is 6 months to one year. For more details on how you can use your skill set to help the homeless as an intern, click here.

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