City Mission grew out of a deep desire to speak up for people whose voices are not heard in our society. In reality, they are the backbone of our community. Witnessing the injustice around us fueled this desire further, and City Mission was born. We see people who come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their families; many struggles to make ends meet. Young people who are simply trying to find their place in the world, and some who have fallen on hard times. Countless needs exist just outside our doorstep and we cannot turn a blind eye to our community. We believe that when you open your heart, love changes your mind and drives you to shed light and hope wherever you go. We intend the use the website as a platform to raise awareness of our mission, funnel volunteers, and create partnerships with the change-makers in our neighborhood to help meet the needs of our communities. In the near future, maybe even provide mental health resources.
Our mission is to serve the vulnerable people in our community, specifically youths, immigrants and those experiencing homelessness. Some practical ways we are doing this is through our summer youth program “Get Your Life Together” (GYLT). We invite different professionals who are passionate about what they do, to inspire bright young people to go after their dreams. GYLT participants felt this community was needed in their schools so we partnered up with them to create their own GYLT program at their schools. Currently, we have student-driven chapters at Bronx Science H.S, and Townsend Harris H.S, impacting 50+ students each week. Since last year, we launched our fall and summer internship program that offered 13 young people an opportunity to get relevant work experience through City Mission. One of our existing programs that they worked on was City Sisters, a safe space for female and non-binary high schoolers to connect and share their struggles, insecurities, and fears in a safe and non-judgemental space. Our hope is that this will be a place where young women can be empowered to thrive, and feel seen and supported by a community of women and girls. Another major group that we aim to serve in our community are the immigrants. Our work ranges from assistance with filling out tax and immigration forms, access to free and/or affordable healthcare, resume workshops, and even opportunities for them to showcase a diverse array of original food recipes from their culture and small business ideas through our local marketplace called Elmhurst Marketplace. City Mission’s third focus is those experiencing homelessness. Since 2015, we’ve run the City Mission Care Group (CMCG) program, where local members of our community tutor children at the family shelter. In addition, we hold seasonal events such as Valentine's day cardmaking, Spring Carnival, End of the year Gift Giving, and more to help strengthen relationships within families at the shelter as well as strengthen relationships within our community. Last but not least, we educate and inspire other community leaders to create a positive impact on their own communities through our bimonthly Building Blocks program. What ties this all together, in the end, are the relationships we build, to care for the people we serve, and to walk alongside each other through life. This is our city, and this is our mission.