By: Kaara Baptiste, Atlantic Union Gleaner and North American Division News, courtesy Adventist Review
The Showers of Blessings van, an outreach ministry of the Greater New York Conference (GNYC) Adventist Community Services (ACS), was dedicated on September 15, 2018. Officials from the conference, Atlantic Union Conference, and the North American Division (NAD) gathered at United Camp Meeting for the dedication.
The mobile showers will serve the homeless in New York City, providing clean towels, washcloths, and new undergarments, as well as an outpouring of God’s love. The ministry, partly funded by the North American Division (NAD), is a result of many years of planning and is GNYC ACS’s first mobile shower unit for the homeless.
Luis Biazotto, ACS director for GYNC, said the van is a response to the city’s growing homelessness problem — at its highest levels since the Great Depression. “This humanitarian relief is not optional for our church; it’s mandatory. We need to provide services to alleviate their suffering,” he said.