The Schenectady Inner City Ministry is an ecumenical partnership, founded in 1967, of 54 congregations (15 denominations) for ministries of social service and social justice.
SICM, with and for the churches, addresses current issues such as food insecurity, affordable housing initiatives, health and fitness, various economic development initiatives, and collaborations such as the Committee for Social Justice, Community Crisis Network, and Schenectady County Embraces Diversity.
We operate. . .
- the largest emergency food organization in Schenectady County
- the Schenectady Damien Center, a drop-in hospitality and resource center for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS
- a Summer Lunch program, providing free and nutritious lunches for Schenectady youth
- wellness initiatives including Safe Parks and Edible Playgrounds and Spiritually Sound/Physically Fit
Our mission is. . .
- to minister to the urban community and its individuals
- to challenge religious organizations, both member and non-member, and other individual members, and the general community, to provide greater involvement and service in the urban community
- to develop understanding, trust, and cooperation among religious organizations and encourage their membership in the organization
The SICM Covenant
We of Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) in the hope and expectation of serving God’s purposes, covenant to relate the resources of the churches to the human needs of the city and to demonstrate the essential unity of the church.
SICM shall challenge individuals and churches consciously to renew or extend their involvement in the larger community and to experience the excitement and joy of service in the spirit of Christ.
We encourage and welcome the full participation in our ministry of those individuals and religious organizations whose concern for human needs proceeds from different orientations, and through the ministry, SICM shall strive to develop increasing understanding.