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Partners in Grace

The Partners in Grace "Street Sheets" are resource booklets or "roadmaps" of services (hygiene, medical/legal, shelter and food) for the most needy in New York City.  Each link provides the names, addresses and information regarding available services.  Partners in Grace suggests you print these pages, carry them with you and hand them out to people in need.

About Partners in Grace

Partners in Grace is a growing coalition for the needy that's growing in combination with several  city and church organizations.  Some of the current members are Grace Church, United Methodist Church of the Village, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, Good Old Lower East Side, Calvary St. George's, Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants and New York City Rescue Mission.

The "Street Sheets" were composed by Amanda Block with recent technical assistance from Mary Ellen Kennel.  We asked them to tell their "stories" regarding compiling the sheets.

Amanda Block

"My Story.  Five years ago I dedicated many Sundays to helping the emergency food program at Washington Square United Methodist Church.  There was a philosophy of unlimited possibilities that we encountered in worship and service at that church.  In working closely with the under-served I came to understand the needs of  someone who visits a food program.  Our guests were of a variety of backgrounds, means, education and professions.  Together we understood the basic needs of humanity through collaborative work in the kitchen and frank discussions after the meal.  It became increasingly clear to me: I  aspired to empower those in need to  get what they need.

To accomplish the outreach program I envisioned, I left my career in public relations to dedicate all of my time to personal advocacy and empowerment.  Knowledge is power.  One of the  biggest tasks that came from my discussions with the kitchen's  guests was the Street Sheet information compilation in order to  empower our guests with life-enriching information.  Over several years the sheets evolved from just a listing of food services to the full, multidimensional packet of brochures available today."

Mary Ellen Kennel

"I am a Mennonite, born and raised in Lancaster County.  When I moved to Manhattan several years ago to attend Columbia University, I was exposed to many polar opposites of what I knew.  The noise levels, the tall buildings blocking the sun, the crowded subways, all of that bothered me, but nothing affected me like those less fortunate whom I felt were dying right before my eyes.  These poor forgotten souls, whom no one seemed to care about, were staggering among us in threadbare attire carrying everything they owned.  I would come home at night and just cry and cry over the sadnessof seeing these dear ones.  How could people just walk right by and ignore them?  Why didn't those with more than enough just take them in?  None of this added up for me, it was all so foreign to my Mennonite upbringing where the community pitches in when tragedy strikes.

Well, the years rolled by and I stopped crying.  However, this bothered me because I was sensitive to the fact that I was becoming desensitized to things that didn't seem right to me.  I began volunteering in soup kitchens and that is where I met Amanda.  I sort of stumbled upon the "Street Sheets" while filling in for a colleague of Amanda’s (Louise), but the more I learned about this project, the more I wanted to be involved.  And the rest, they say, is history.  May any honor and glory not be my own, but that of a power far greater."


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