Broadway Community has been a place of welcome for more than 35 years.
The seeds that would become Broadway Community were planted in 1982 with the creation of the Community Lunch program – a combined effort of volunteers from Broadway Presbyterian Church, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, and other neighboring organizations. Meals were prepared and provided to the hungry three times a week. In 1992, the organization formally incorporated so that it might expand its reach. For the next decade “BCI” developed as an addiction recovery program, with a variety of companion programs, including support groups, a women’s shelter, arts education, and more. All the while, the soup kitchen continued, serving lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thousands of people have been fed and nourished at Broadway Community – in body, mind, and spirit.
The Broadway Community of today continues to be an open door to our neighbors.
- The Four Star Soup Kitchen: Gourmet style, healthy breakfast and lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week
- Community Table: A meal for the whole neighborhood -- welcoming anyone and everyone to share in the beauty of a four-course meal in the sanctuary of our close partner, Broadway Presbyterian Church
- Food pantry: Nutritious food for our neighbors who hunger (including fresh fruits and vegetables from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partners)
- Shelter: 15 homeless neighbors find a place of welcome here seven nights a week
- Showers bringing renewed dignity for our homeless guests
- Clothing: At least once a month, we offer a free clothing distribution
- Foodservice And Nutrition Training Awareness Project (FANTAP): a workforce development program which provides culinary training and prepares students to earn their NYC Department of Health Food Protection Certificate
- Community engagement: providing volunteer opportunities that draw neighbors together across boundaries of socioeconomic situation
- Health care: Medical support for the homeless members of our community, and for others in our neighborhood that may be unable to access affordable health care. (Medical services are provided on site through our partners at the Institute for Family Health.)
With the word “community” in our name, and at the core of our identity, Broadway Community is dedicated to reaching out beyond our walls, so that everyone can be invited to the feast of justice. We are learning that this asks more of us than to simply provide emergency relief services. In order to break down the barriers of poverty, inequity, and privilege, we will be creating new pathways to relationship across the diversity of our neighborhood, so that a new community might be born from the brokenness of our world.
All are welcome.