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Mission

The Urban Outreach Center creates a space of justice-centered hospitality where food- and housing-insecure New Yorkers are empowered to access the necessities and connections they need to thrive.

Vision

We are striving for justice, transforming lives, and empowering VULNERABLE New YORKERS.

At the Urban Outreach Center, we share a justice-centered welcome and material necessities to those who need it most, in an inclusive environment that places the needs of the most marginalized over all others.

Since its founding in 1990, the Urban Outreach Center continues to extend access to healthy food, clothing, hygiene essentials, and the breadth of social services necessary to support the full worth and dignity of all people.

Outcomes

HELPING NEARLY 30,000 VULNERABLE NEW YORKERS EACH YEAR TO MOVE with dignity OUT OF HOMELESSNESS AND FOOD INSECURITY toward self-sufficiency.

There are many organizations that extend basic services to deeply impoverished New Yorkers, but the Urban Outreach Center strives in all that we do to be the premier, comprehensive one-stop location for the most vulnerable populations in New York City. Because we maintain such a strong portfolio of services in a trusting and nurturing environment, we are in a position for our staff and guests to build relationships of authentic trust and truly get to know each other well. This enables us to work closely so that we understand and serve our clients most pressing needs, and also to anticipate potential problems and formulate hopeful solutions in advance of a crisis. This approach sets the Urban Outreach Center apart and allows us to evaluate on both qualitative and quantitative levels our guests experience.

We are inclusive and progressive. 

All are welcome here.

Your help is what transforms the lives of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers each year.

Get involved today!

 
 
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Client Testimonial

“What does the UOC mean to me? The UOC means to me a helping hand to people that need a helping hand. It’s not just a meal. Not just clean clothes. It’s a friend. Knowing you’ve got a friend.”

— Ramon, UOCNYC guest

 

Learn more about the

NYC Food Assistance Collaborative

This effort helps supply the URban OUtreach Center with part of the food it uses to serve nearly 30,000 vulnerable new yorkers each year.

Our Staff

 
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Rev. Jordan Tarwater

Executive Director

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Josephine Wilson

Assistant Director

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Gérard Shaw

Hospitality Specialist

Board of Directors

 
 

Rev. Beverly Dempsey, board chair

Rev. Jordan Tarwater, Secretary

Stephanie VarnHagen, Treasurer

Rev. Richard hong, First presbyterian church of englewood, NJ

Matthew Chacko, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Junior Board

Currently Recruiting new junior board class!