Welcome to The Ministries.
Interfaith Community Ministry With 40
Years of Service to the Long Island
"People Helping People"
The Ministries, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1967. Our ministry is dedicated to serving the needs of families, individuals, and children in Suffolk County regardless of religion, race, color, age, creed, or national origin. Our mission incorporates an understanding of the inherent value and potential of each human being. We demonstrate through our example people of diverse viewpoints can work together to build a future of promise and hope for everyone.
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hunger on Long Island
It's so easy to forget that there are people struggling to get by right here in our own communities. Watch this PBS video on poverty in the suburbs. It's set right here in Suffolk County. Recent reductions in Food Stamp benefits have only made things harder.
Your donations to The Ministries will help your neighbors get through the hard times. Here are some things you could do to help.
Run a food drive at your congregation, office, or school
Buy an extra bag of groceries the next time you shop and drop it off at our offices in Coram
Organize a Food Stamp Challenge to help people understand how tough it can be
Thank you for your generous response to our 2013 Holiday Appeal!
Special thanks to the Three Village Clergy organization for collecting for The Ministries at their interfaith Thanksgiving service
Dear Friend of The Ministries,
Ministries we see the reality
behind the stories you hear in the
news. When a destructive
storm hits, or
food stamp budgets are cut, or an economic
downturn forces workers out
of their jobs, we don't just read
about the statistics - we see the
faces of those affected at the
doors of The Ministries. ...
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You can give all year round.
Thank You to the North Shore Chamber Choir
for their December, 2012 fundraising concerts for The Ministries
Visit the North Shore Chamber Choir web site
The Ministries was born in 1967 -- 45 years ago. We were first called The Nesconset Experimental Ministries. As our early name implied, our founders designed an experiment where churches, temples, and regular folks would work together to build a future of hope and promise for our less fortunate neighbors. Our mission then, as now, was to provide hope and sustenance to children, adults, and families in need right here in our Long Island community. Through the years, and through our partnership with local churches, temples, organizations, individuals, and you, we have been honored to provide caring and dignified services to more than half-a-million people. Throughout our year in Nesconset, more than a decade at the Smith Haven Mall, and our past 29 years in Coram, not only have we seen the experiment succeed, we have also been a model for many other interfaith ministries across the country.
In 2012, The Ministries…
- Provided services to 15,788
- Provided 71,235 meals to 7,915 hungry children, adults, and families
- Provided information and referral to
- Sheltered 41 homeless and runaway youth at Seabury Barn
- Provided summer camp experiences to 119 youth
- Provided counseling services to 268 youth and adults
- Provided clothing to 355 children and adults
- Provided holiday gifts and adopt-a-family services to 658 persons
- Provided school supplies to 180 children
- Provided Case Advocacy services to 950 persons
Proud of our past, we are looking forward to our future. During this coming year, our staff and volunteers will continue to work to provide essential services while our Board of Governors will focus on increasing resources to support our programming in this period of diminishing government funds.
Two of our programs:
At The Ministries Seabury Barn Program, our caring and dedicated staff reach out to runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 17. We provide a safe haven for youth in crisis. Through our program of case management and group, individual and family counseling, we are able to reunite many families. When reunification is not possible, we assist residents with designing a long-term plan for successful living. Seabury Barn is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year; we never close. Youth are provided with food, clothing, shelter, education, medical, and other services, individualized to meet their needs.
A common question is, "What kind of teenager comes to Seabury Barn?" Most of the youth come from troubled homes with a history of mental illness, domestic violence or child abuse, or substance abuse. Some children have been abandoned; many have run away due to abuse or neglect. Each child is welcomed into The Barn and provided with the necessary tools to formulate a plan and move on to success in their lives.
Seabury Barn is licensed through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. We are funded through the Suffolk County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Recognizing the fact that government grants cannot possibly cover all expenses of this program, your generous donations also help to make this program possible.
Our Emergency Food Pantry provides a three-day supply of food to people in need. Need is established through our in-house intake process. Our two most common questions are, "Where does the food come from?" and "Who are your pantry clients"? The majority of the food we distribute comes to us in the form of donations from individuals and families in Suffolk County. Some of our donors have previously been clients of our pantry; others are people who recognize the need for food assistance and generously share their resources with those who are less fortunate. The Ministries is also a member of Long Island Cares and receives some grants through HPNAP and TFAP which enable us to order items through the food bank. The only government funding which our pantry receives is through EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program). We are also a member agency of United Way of Long Island which helps to fund our pantry as well as our other programs and services.
Who comes to our pantry? Your next-door neighbor who is working two jobs, the single mother of three in your son's playgroup who is working 40 hours a week and still cannot make ends meet, the senior citizen living on a fixed income, or the homeless man you pass on the street.