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If you ever walked down 125th street in Harlem over the past 50 years there’s little doubt that you would not have seen the power and transformative effects of Sister Shirley’s outreach programs in action. From food pantries, battered women shelters, tutoring, anti-gun and gang violence programs, internet access, music and film production classes and countless other services designed to uplift and inspire.  Sister Shirley’s (Samuel’s Temple Church) footprint on our communities has been unwavering. Whether you’ve experienced a hardship or just needed someone to talk to, Sister Shirley was always there.

As a testament to her enduring will, Sister Shirley has been running a variety of services and programs from her humble home in the Bronx, despite the harsh gentrification that has shaken many communities in Harlem and throughout New York City. Today, we are happy to announce a NEW LOCATION for Sister Shirley’s new church community center in the Bronx. Let’s help her build it!!! Let’s help the Urban Mother Teresa continue her lifelong mission of helping others. Angels of Harlem is committed to helping Sister Shirley and we need your help to see this important effort through. Join us by making a donation, volunteering your time or helping spread the word about this important new development.

The Angels of Harlem is the Community Outreach & Services Arm of Sister Shirley, the Senior Pastor of Samuel’s Temple Church, operating and serving in Harlem and Bronx communities over the last 50 years who has now acquired a new Development site in the South Bronx to continue her work in the Greater NYC Community.

The team has just launched a capital fundraising campaign and radio promotional drive on NY1, WBLS FM, WLIB, and CBS 1010 WINS to garner support and ask the community members, corporations, and sponsors for help and to assist, donate, and volunteer on this historic project to help improve the lives of New York City families, children, young people, and the community at large.

The goal is to raise the $4M to complete the construction costs and operations of this great facility that will offer many services including food pantry to feed the hungry, preventive health screenings and education, after school tutoring and computer labs with coding classes, life-skills and financial literacy programs, GED High School Diploma courses, Job preparation, training, and career development, digital multi-media classes, referrals for battered women shelter and their children, and be a light and catalyst to drive community socio-economic development programs and services in the area and more.  Donations can be made at Official Website http://AngelsOfHarlem.Org or on Go Fund Me at http://GoFundMe.com/AngelsOfHarlem.

Harlem has been the mecca of the African-American and Spanish Harlem communities of culture, art, music, literature, education, film, civil rights, and history for generations. As Harlem is experiencing many social and economic changes the Angels of Harlem is stepping up to meet the new challenges required of serving the families, children, youth, and seniors, and the health, education and welfare needs of the community at large in this rapidly changing 21st century in the greater New York City area with a state of the art new construction facility.

We have had several building plans developed, and have decided on one in particular. The plans we have displayed will house five floors of non-profit space and serve the Harlem and Bronx communities. The new building will house a location for medical services, after-school facilities and of course the community center along with various social service departments. The construction is estimated to be completed within two years from commencement.


Angels of Harlem’s mission is to help Sister Shirley (‘The Mother Teresa of Harlem’) house various community programs and services in a new location.   We provide food, shelter, education, after-school programs, anti-gun campaigns & gang violence programs, tutoring classes, medical screenings and more. We now will be able to house all of these services in one convenient location in the Bronx, to better serve our Harlem and Bronx communities. http://angelsofharlem.org

Dr. Shirley Holmes-Sulton, Ph.D., a retired teacher from the Board of Education in New York City, and currently teaching at the Webster Ave School in the Bronx, who also serves as Senior Pastor of The Samuel’s Temple Church.

  Breast Cancer Surgeon
Dr. Rachel Wellner is an honorary Angel of Harlem. She has offered her services and medical connections to help Sister Shirley in her establishment of Health Education, Prevention, and Screening Programs at the Angels of Harlem Community Center location. Dr. Wellner is dedicated to combining compassionate, high-quality care with cutting-edge techniques. She offers comprehensive breast health care, treating both benign and malignant conditions, all with humanity and an unparalleled attention to detail. Her aims of treatment include rendering her patients disease-free, restoring and enhancing physical form, and promoting a healthy lifestyle and quality of life.An acclaimed fully accredited academic breast center and center of excellence, The Continuum Breast Cancer Care department allows Dr. Wellner the opportunity to work exclusively with the world’s best in diagnostics, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery. Additionally, Dr. Wellner has joined forces with the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction under the leadership of world-renowned reconstructive surgeons Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Joshua Levine.

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a Connecticut native who received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1997, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a Masters Degree in Public Health at Columbia University. During her time at Columbia, she also pursued research activities, which culminated in the publication of her textbook, Aging, Heart Disease and Its Management. She next went on to pursue her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, receiving various teaching awards. She expressed an early interest in international health care, and her passion has led her to set up many programs around the world to aid those with less access to medical technology. Most recently, Dr. Wellner worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of the Dominican Republic. She completed a Society of Surgical Oncology- accredited breast oncology fellowship at The John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California in 2009. She is also a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Community Activist and Teacher
Ms. Iesha Sekou is known as “Mother of the Children.” Graduated Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Received her BA Degree as an Educator, teaching adult education. She is currently very active in Harlem and other areas of NYC empowering families, and the community on issues affecting their quality of life, community services, civil rights, youth empowerment and education.

The doors swing open, and Iesha Sekou power-walks into the City College student center, cell phone to her ear, two young people in tow. She is uncharacteristically late and has no time to apologize. In five minutes, she is supposed to be on the air at Harlem Community Radio where, for an hour every Monday morning, she prods local kids to talk about the problems afflicting their neighborhood. Talk show host is one of many hats she wears as head of an anti-violence group with a limited budget and a heavy mission — to help transform one of the most chronically troubled parts of New York.

For More Information on Supporting, Donating, or Interviews, Contact Thompson International Professionals Paul Johnson, Tyrone Holmes, Jay Thompson at 1-800-372-3590. You can follow us on Social Media at Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harlemangelsnyc/ , Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelsHarlemNYC , Facebook: