Situated in the poorest congressional district in the country, Mott Haven Reformed Church shares the grace of the Lord with its community by helping transform the youth and young families in the South Bronx neighborhood. Children’s Haven and the Mott Haven Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (MHICIP) work to bring healing and hope to children of incarcerated parents, as well as increase community awareness and engagement. In order to expand its outreach to families impacted by the cycle of incarceration, Mott Haven is renovating space in its building that was previously occupied by another ministry.
Key Scripture: Nehemiah 2:18b, “‘Let us rise up and build.’ So they strengthened their hands for the good work.”
Volunteer Quote: “Thanks for the opportunity to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves.I know that we were supposed to be there to bless you but boy I’m thankful for the blessings that we walked away with.” -Pastor Dave Prill
Volunteers can serve the church by repairing the physical building and by engaging the neighborhood around the church. As the church moves into space previously occupied by a tenant, building repairs are needed, including cleaning, painting, replacing tile and carpet, and roofing. Groups with all levels of construction experience are welcome.
Volunteers will be housed at Mott Haven Reformed Church. Groups will need to bring sleeping bags to sleep on the floor of the sanctuary. There are two showers in the church for groups to use. The church and community is committed to serve the volunteers by providing meals to the team.
Costs may vary. If the food and housing are covered, teams will be expected to help pay for some materials for the building projects.
There is much to do in the New York City area, including the Bronx Zoo, exploring downtown New York City, and spending time in Central Park.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Short-Term Mission
Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist
Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.