Back in 1984, a young woman from the Catholic Workers stood up during a service at South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY and spoke about the plight of the homeless and hungry poor of New York City. It didn’t take much convincing for “this small group of committed citizens” to respond to her impassioned speech and thus, the Midnight Run was born. These men and women and teenagers made it their business to help ease the pain and fear and loneliness for those living on the streets of New York City, heading downtown on Tuesday nights to deliver not only hot soup, sandwiches, some clothing, blankets but themselves and their friendship to people who under no other circumstances would they ever have the opportunity to meet. In 1988, Hastings High School made their first Midnight Run and joined the ranks of what is now hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. It is our monthly outreach that has changed the lives of the teenagers and adults who have joined us over the years, creating the friendships formed from those Saturday night experiences.
For more information on the Midnight Run, Inc., please see their web site http://www.midnightrun.org