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Founded in 1986 in cooperation with The Partnership for the Homeless, the David B. Skinner Shelter provides safe lodging for 12 men, 365 nights a year.
FAPC operates an overnight Shelter 365 days of the year for 12 adult men who are currently working toward permanent NYC housing. The Shelter operates in cooperation with Urban Pathways, an organization serving the adult homeless and formerly homeless populations in New York. Each night of the year, men and women from the FAPC congregation and its friends put our faith into action by volunteering our time to create a safe and renewing environment and helping our guests to develop a sense of community within the church and among the volunteers.
The 12 men who stay in the Shelter are currently experiencing homelessness in New York City. They bring varied and diverse backgrounds with them. Some have never spent a night on the street, while others have lived on the streets for many years. They come from as far as California China, and Africa. They have served in World War II, driven taxis in NYC, and even skated professionally at Rockefeller Center. The men serve as an inspiration to the volunteers and bring more than 600 years of life experience into our Shelter each night.