The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when the Bowery was America’s most notorious “skid row.” Today, the Mission annually provides more than 369,000 meals, 79,000 nights of shelter, 53,000 articles of clothing, showers, haircuts, expert legal, medical, and optometric care, as well as residential programs for men and women. The Bowery Mission’s purpose is to serve men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness, and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity, and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.
On Saturday May 4, the Bowery Mission will open their doors for public tours of their historic building at 227 Bowery, including their rooftop garden.
The Bowery Mission began transforming their rooftop into an abundant garden during the Festival of Ideas in 2011. Over the past two years, the garden has expanded and now provides fresh vegetables for the Mission’s guests and a peaceful respite for residents. The garden is not only a source of sustenance but also a teaching tool for gardening, nutrition, and health.