Emergency Shelter Network

New Yorkers Coming Together To Help Those In Need For More Than 30 Years

The Emergency Shelter Network of Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Inc. (ESN-NYC) is a non-profit devoted to aiding, supporting and representing its members: a coalition of shelters, operated primarily by volunteers, serving homeless adult individuals throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

We are proud members of the Human Services Council and the Homeless Services United.


The ESN operates almost entirely on the selfless efforts of our volunteer corps, who work diligently and enthusiastically in order to provide shelter services to our homeless guests on a nightly basis.

It is easy to volunteer and there are many kinds of skills the ESN can use to fulfill our mission. And volunteering at one of the network shelter sites is really quite simple. Though there may be some differences among each shelter site in the network, generally there are two types of volunteering:

  • Setting up the shelter room (and sometimes preparing a meal)
  • Staying over night

If you join us (which we hope you will consider), you will quickly see that the rewards and benefits of volunteering are shared not only by our homeless guests, but also by the volunteers themselves. A commitment to serve as a volunteer, whether on a frequent or sporadic basis, is invaluable in alleviating the suffering of an ever-expanding segment of our population in New York City. A site coordinator or any board member of the ESN will be happy to speak to you about volunteering and answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Please fill out the form below in order to obtain a referral to one or more of our network shelter sites throughout the five boroughs or to get more information on what we do and how you might help.

Thank you!

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