Art & Acceptance at St. Luke’s Church:
A Saturday Night Drop-In Program for LGBTQ+ Homeless, Runaway, or Marginally Housed Youth Ages 16-29
Arts, Dinner, Safe Space -- A place to be yourself.
There are many reasons why young people like you may find yourself without a safe place to call home. Over half of homeless young people in New York City identify as LGBTQ+. Know that you are not alone. Art & Acceptance is here to help on Saturday nights, year-round.
Art & Acceptance is a drop-in program for you: LGBTQ+ runaway and homeless youth, age 16-29, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. You may enter anytime between 5:00 and 6:15. (Enter at the St. Luke's School Playground, 499 Hudson St., near Christopher.)
What we offer you includes:
- A hot, nutritious meal, seconds and thirds, home-baked desserts
- A second to-go bag with a meal for tomorrow
- Spaces for art-making, writing, voguing/dance, a speaker to play music
- A free thrift “shop” with clothing and toiletries
- Referrals to many NYC shelters
- Legal advice from LGBTQ+ lawyers -- here to give you advice, not get you in trouble, and help navigate confusing systems. Get help with housing, immigration, name change, tickets, and more.
- A monthly health clinic with STD/pregnancy testing, counselors, safe sex supplies and more
- A monthly Open Mic night (3rd Saturday of the month)
- A monthly Community Meeting night (4rd Saturday of the month) – where you tell our staff and volunteers what you’d like to see us help with, add, or change
Sometimes all you need is a safe place to hang out for a while, a hot meal or a space to be yourself and meet other young people. Saturday nights, that place is here.