City Relief / The Relief Bus

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At City Relief, we connect people who are hurting and homeless to resources they need to survive, and the hope they need to try. When everything falls apart, the long journey back begins one step at a time: emergency shelter, food, socks, ID, detox, employment, and the belief that a brighter future is possible!

Contact information

Mailing address:
City Relief
295 Walnut St
Elizabeth, NJ 07201


Phone: 800-736-2773

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 112974154

CEO/President: Josiah Haken

Chairman: Ed Herr

Board size: 12

Founder: Richard Galloway

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2016


At City Relief, we connect people who are hurting and homeless to resources they need to survive, and the hope they need to try. When everything falls apart, the long journey back begins one step at a time: emergency shelter, food, socks, ID, detox, employment, and the belief that a brighter future is possible!

Mission statement

The Relief Bus exists to respond to God's heart for the poor and broken by going to the streets to offer food, compassion, and connections to resources that lead to life transformation. To accomplish this mission we partner together with volunteers and care giving organizations.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating108 of 111014 of 141
Fund acquisition rating440 of 111155 of 141
Resource allocation rating244 of 111127 of 141
Asset utilization rating62 of 11108 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$719,223$39,091$29,887$32,516$46,505
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,370,852$379,715$836,049$763,647$269,032
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$550,787$631,698$649,634$584,091$515,186
Other long-term assets$1,400$6,883$1,400$1,400$1,400
Total long-term assets$552,187$638,581$651,034$585,491$516,586
Total assets$1,923,039$1,018,296$1,487,083$1,349,138$785,618
Payables and accrued expenses$73,343$104,370$82,306$49,668$107,449
Other current liabilities$653,500$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$726,843$104,370$82,306$49,668$107,449
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$376,432$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$376,432$189,673
Total liabilities$726,843$104,370$82,306$426,100$297,122
Net assets20232022202120202018
Without donor restrictions$1,108,696$913,926$1,354,778$906,178$478,496
With donor restrictions$87,500$0$50,000$16,860$10,000
Net assets$1,196,196$913,926$1,404,777$923,038$488,496
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,553,871$4,742,006$5,494,463$6,255,653$3,614,259
Program service revenue$49,401$64,729$50,739$77,445$124,863
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,787$268$976$1,703$176
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$51,188$64,997$51,715$79,148$125,039
Total revenue$6,605,059$4,807,003$5,546,178$6,334,801$3,739,298
Program services$5,551,814$4,050,920$3,541,417$4,338,654$2,776,062
Management and general$428,342$466,757$999,098$680,248$555,251
Total expenses$6,598,848$5,297,854$5,064,439$5,622,707$3,908,686
Change in net assets20232022202120202018
Surplus (deficit)$6,211($490,851)$481,739$712,094($169,388)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,211($490,851)$481,739$712,094($169,388)


Josiah HakenCEO$168,175
Elysia Saint-AngeCFO$123,902
Lydia LucasCpo$113,106

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2023

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The New York City Relief story began back in the 1980's with a successful entrepreneur living in Dallas, Texas.

When Richard Galloway read Isaiah 58, he immediately felt challenged by God's concern for the poor and oppressed. He felt he was being called to action, and he gained a vision for how he could respond. Richard called his friend Alastair Geddes. Alastair was the President of Christ for the Nations Bible Institute on Long Island. Alastair offered him an old school bus and invited Richard to come to New York and lead a mobile outreach. Richard and Dixie visited New York City and bravely decided to take on the challenge of converting the bus to serve the homeless in New York City. They decided to call the new organization New York City Relief.

Within a month, the Galloways left Texas and made the move to New York to follow a dream. There was no funding for the organization and no salary for Richard to support his family - just a vision and a few audacious people committed to making it a reality.

The Galloways mobilized a team of volunteers and spent hundreds of hours converting a 1971 GMC bus into a mobile resource center to serve those struggling with homelessness. The organization was, and continues to be, funded through the generosity of private donors. New York City Relief began operating the Relief Bus in February 1989, using donated office space, and has been faithfully operating ever since.

Program accomplishments

Over 20 years time, The Relief Bus has:
Served over 3 million servings of food and beverage.
Connected 120,000 people to help and hope.
Mobilized over 30,000 volunteers to serve with our outreach.