Mercy Team

Who We Are

The Mercy Team is a group of men and women who have been appointed by Emmanuel to encourage a culture of mercy in our church by caring for our church family as well as reaching out to our neighbors.

We want to accomplish this vision in partnership with you. Please tell us about your concerns for the world, your ideas for change, and the ministries you support. Ask us for prayer, counsel, and support. Consider giving to the Mercy Fund to share with those in need.

Current Mercy Team (2017-2018)

Alexa Burke
Catherine Calhoun
Carol Chao
William Fu
John McGlinchey
Nachelle Real
Rev. Scott Strickman

What We Do

The Mercy Team seeks to provide for practical and spiritual needs within the Emmanuel family and to mobilize the congregation to attend to the needs of local communities.

These two strands of our work – looking inwards to the needs of our church family and looking outwards to the needs of our local neighborhood– are both vital. We want to see Emmanuel be a church where the gospel flourishes, where people are cared for, and where Emmanuel engages with the neighborhood and broader community in extending Christ’s love into the world.

We have two sources of funding to draw from – the Mercy Fund, which is used to support the needs of Emmanuel’s family, and the Benevolence Fund, 5% of Emmanuel’s giving, which is used to assist ministries in local communities.

Currently our outreach efforts include:

  • Roots in the Heights – Emmanuel’s neighborhood ministry with children and their families
  • All Angels’ Church, UWS – serving an evening meal to their congregation each month and supporting their outreach ministries
  • YoungLife Harlem – working with middle school and high school students
  • The Bowery Mission Women’s Center in Harlem – offering spiritual, emotional, and educational guidance to women who have experienced homelessness
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation – supporting children with special needs
  • Don’t Walk By – an annual NYC outreach to people who are homeless.

For Members of Emmanuel

We offer confidential help, prayer and support to church members facing challenging circumstances. If your need for care and assistance is beyond what can be provided by your Home Fellowship Group, please contact Scott: or 212-870-3185. We want to encourage and support church members in response to their particular needs.

For financial assistance, we will ask you to fill out an intake form describing your circumstance and giving full disclosure of your financial situation in order to better aid our assessment. The care we provide will be based on the assessment and any other information we have from you. In turn, we may assign two Mercy Team members to walk alongside you, encourage you, and pray with you. Keep in mind that it can take a long time to see specific changes in your situation; therefore, these Mercy Team members will also help you, when appropriate, to come up with a long-term plan. Financial care is not guaranteed, but we will strive to help and provide when we are able.

Partnering With Us

We want to encourage our church to serve the world as Christ served the world. While we try our best to meet immediate needs (relief), we also hope to help address some of the deeper issues and alleviate problems long-term (reform). Our ultimate goal is to try to impact a lasting change by raising concerns of justice (renewal). We have year-round volunteer opportunities for both special events and regular activities in the neighborhood. There are lots of different options – you can serve as an individual or with a group, with a one-time volunteer opportunity or in a committed volunteer role. Please look at the information below and talk to the contact person about how you would like to get involved.

HFG Grants

We provide grants through the Benevolence Fund for congregation-generated ideas which support the themes of homelessness, children, and education. Talk within your Home Fellowship Groups about projects, scholarships, organizations, etc., that you have a heart for supporting. Fill out and submit a grant application to us. We also seek and encourage ideas from church members about local ministries we can support throughout the year.

How to Get Involved

Roots in the Heights

Emmanuel community outreach to children and families in our neighborhood.

What can I do?


  • Pick up and drop off children for morning service, Sundays 10am
  • Help with special events, like the Fall, Christmas and Spring Parties, or regular activities during the weekend
  • Summer camp – typically July & August
  • Join the planning committee – meetings once per term


Contact Nachelle:

YoungLife Central Harlem

Christian organization serving middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and teenage mothers in Metro Harlem

What can I do?


  • Club/Campaigners: parties/Bible study – weekly
  • Committee: Become a board member! – monthly meeting
  • Camp (Summer)
  • Work weekend – typically one weekend in August


Contact Carol:

All Angels’ Episcopal Church

Sunday night community meal

What can I do?


  • Serve a meal to the All Angel’s community with your HFG – Sunday evening, once every few months


Contact William:

Bowery Women’s Center in Harlem

Provides a recovery program and transitional housing

What can I do?


  • Volunteer opportunities for regular activities and one-off events all year round


Contact Catherine:

Starlight Party

Provides entertainment, fun and food for children with special needs and their families – once a year in the spring (March or April)

What can I do?


  • Committee Chairs
  • Committees: welcome, food, set up, clean up, activities


Contact Carol:

More Opportunities

Hope for New York partners with Redeemer Presbyterian Church and works with churches to provide volunteer and financial support to organizations that serve the poor and marginalized. It organizes a wide range of volunteer opportunities across the city. Please see

If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to share with EPC, please contact one of us!

For people who are not members of Emmanuel

Our church is not equipped to respond to requests for aid from individuals outside of our church family. We would encourage those with needs to contact someone within your own faith community, or seek help from one of the following organizations.


The Bowery Mission
212-674-3456, 1-800-BOWERY-1

New York City Rescue Mission

New York City Relief (Relief Bus)

Meals and Food Pantry

Inspire Outreach
This website updates information each month and organizes it by borough and meals.

The Food Bank
Food Program Locator
Community Kitchen & Food Pantry


NYC Hunger Hotline

Social Work

New York City Department of Social Services

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

Free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State and Federal human service benefit programs



Redeemer Counseling Center
212-370-0475 x1365

(24-hour crisis hotline) site

Pregnancy-Related Concerns


Option Line
800-712-HELP (24-hour hotline)


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

for the relatives and friends of alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator