Bessie Green Community

Newark, New Jersey

Bessie Green Community has been serving the city of Newark, New Jersey, since 1978. Housed at North Reformed Church, the organization hosts a clothing barn, soup kitchen, and food pantry to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. The clothing barn offers gently-used clothes and footwear. The soup kitchen serves breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The food pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and is available for emergency needs.

Key Scripture: “‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40, ESV)


Partner ministry: 
North Reformed Church
Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are needed to:

  • Renovate the building (paint, pull up rugs, etc.)
  • Host and cook for soup kitchen guests
  • Sort clothing
  • Sort and date food in the food pantry



Groups sleep in the church. The church is equipped with showers and a full kitchen. Some meals are provided for the team at the soup kitchen.

Group size - maximum: 
Cost notes: 

Volunteers cover all of their own costs, including food and fare for excursions. Teams often donate renovation supplies as well.

Packing suggestions: 

Sleeping bags, clothing, food, and renovation supplies

Free day suggestions: 

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Red Bulls, New York City

Contact information: 

For more information, contact

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If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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