The River community believes church is at it's best when serving the world. We have a passion to play our part in reducing poverty, oppression, and suffering. That's why the River serves as "headquarters" for an organization called ASHA USA, which exists to support Asha India by raising funds and increasing awareness.
- "Asha" means "hope" in Hindi. Asha gives people living in slum areas hope by allowing them to realize their potential, regardless of their background, caste, or religious beliefs.
- Asha India serves over 500,000 slum dwellers. In addition to providing vital resources such as water, banking, and medical clinics, Asha India has sent over 1,500 slum kids to top colleges in India. Asha India is recognized for it's effectiveness at the highest levels of governments around the world.
- Check out this brief video to learn more about Asha India:
The River also supports local ministries in NYC such as:
- Father's Heart Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry—One Saturday morning a month a team from The River church gathers with other volunteers across the city to help prepare and serve breakfast to approximately 700 people in need on the Lower East Side.
- Don’t Walk By & The Relief Bus--One Saturday evening a month a team from The River church gathers near the Port Authority Bus Terminal to connect with men and women experiencing homelessness on the street.