"Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless."Isaiah 1:17
Collide is a ministry that provides assistance to homeless youth and travelers of the East Village/LES by offering food and medical care to their companion animals. We operate through Graffiti Community Ministries, located inside of Graffiti Church, applying our faith by sharing God's love in a practical way and affirming the worth of people and animals who call the streets home. At Collide, we recognize the critical role companion animals play in the overall well-being of their owners, as they offer emotional support, stability, and unconditional love. We believe all creatures are valuable, and for us, that means compassion extends from the end of the leash to the hand that holds it.
We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to Collide this year. We have met our 2015 budget of $30,000! The recent donations of both in-kind and financial resources enabled us to serve much further into the year than we had forecasted, hosting 7 additional veterinary clinics and extending our weekly outreach allowing clients access to supplies and seasonal necessities through January 2016. We have suspended our in-house services for the winter and have explained this in our FAQ section below. We will continue to pilot an off-site clinic at a private facility as we hope to model the possibilities for more self-sustaining and independently maintained veterinary centers within homeless human service agencies and street outreach teams.
As our fifth year of serving draws to a close, we have seen many changes in the landscape of homelessness in NYC, including within our own clientele and neighborhood. Both Ali and Heidi are entering new seasons in their professional and personal lives and are unable to serve in the same capacity with Collide for 2016. As a result, Graffiti is inviting another who hears the call of Christ to serve all of His creatures to apply through their Upside Down Life ministry.