Reaching The World In Our Own Backyard
The world has come to Syracuse. There are over 12 nations represented on Syracuse’s north side. Many refugee families have fled their homelands in hopes of finding refuge from the horrors of war and violence in their lands. IMFK is there to assist these families in settling in and adjusting to life in the United States.
Working with the Nepalese, Burmese and Congolese churches and community organizations, IMFK gathers and distributes clothing in four major neighborhood giveaways each year. as well as responding to drop-in requests for food and materials on a daily basis.
Under The Bridge Street Outreach
IMFK‘s ‘Under the Bridge’ Street Outreach assists chronically homeless individuals who live on the streets of Syracuse and have a disability that prevents them from adequately caring for themselves. These individual’s disabilities include substance abuse, mental illness, chronic illness and/or physical disabilities that make them vulnerable to crime, disease, hunger and hopelessness.
The biggest challenge in working with this population is their fearfulness, which is based on a lack of trust of others. Often this is compounded by repeated attempts and failures to improve their health and living situations.IMFK‘s street outreach overcomes these barriers by consistently and compassionately meeting homeless people where they live on the streets and building relationships with them, as individuals.
IMFK builds relationships by twice-weekly bringing food and emergency supplies to people where they live, under the city’s bridges and overpasses.IMFK staff members build trust that translates into the ability to provide individuals with transportation to, and support with, homeless assistance programs and/or mainstream social services and housing programs. IMFK continues to support these vulnerable people helping them remain in housing.
IMFK staff and volunteers assist homeless individuals on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in addition to their twice weekly deliveries of meals and necessities to over a dozen locations where homeless individuals congregate on the city streets and under bridges. IMFK maintains regular office hours at their 501 Hawley Ave. facility to accept donations, prepare meals and store clothing and supplies for distribution to those in need.