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We’ve Closed on Our New Home!

On May 22, 2014, the Samaritan Center officially closed on the purchase of St. John the Evangelist Church, just one day before our birthday. Moving forward with this new space is an important step for us as we continue our mission to provide those who are hungry with food, right here in our own backyard. We are so excited to start renovations on the church this Fall and make it a community resource for all!

St. John the Evangelist Church, located on North State St., is just 4 blocks from our current home at St. Paul’s, and will provide us with 9700 square feet. The space will provide us with a more than 50% increase in our seating capacity meaning we can serve more hot meals to even more people, and will also provide additional education and support programs for our guests! In our new space, we’ll be able to: 

  • Provide a handicapped accessible dining area for all of our guests,
  • Give a dedicated dining area to families and children with adequate, safe & stimulating surroundings,
  • Have private meeting space so we can further help our guests,
  • Use expanded case management services to assist our guests with the support they truly need,
  • Enhance employment and skill development through computer kiosks further enriching our guests’ lives,
  • Offer community education and gathering space for more intimate connections, and
  • Grow a community garden where we can use fresh fruits and vegetables in every meal.

St. John the Evangelist was originally built in 1853 by Irish and Polish immigrant volunteers who were working on the Erie Canal in Central New York. The building features magnificent, Tiffany-style stained glass windows, which were all imported from Germany throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the original windows still remain within the sanctuary, including the largest depicting Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the crucifixion.

We are so excited to share in the history of St. John the Evangelist and continue to promote the welfare, dignity, and self-sufficiency of those who are hungry right here in Central New York. Make sure you check out the webcam going up soon so you can see all of the amazing progress we’re making!