Community Crossroads

Address: 1516 Hemphill, Fort Worth, TX 76104 | Map
Phone: 817.921.3955
Center Director: Dori Al Hammami

Community Crossroads is First Presbyterian Church's mission outreach center in Fort Worth's near South neighborhood. Located at 1516 Hemphill (near the corner of Allen), the building houses Worship on Wednesdays (WOW), the church's First HAND Food ministry (groceries and sack lunches), Clothed in Love clothing ministry, Formula and Diapers (FAD) ministry, the Salt & Light Dental Clinic, the Listening Post, English as a Second Language, Monday morning breakfast, and a Learning Container Garden and Compost Center.

With Covid-19 protocols in place, Community Crossroads continues to:

  • Distribute sack lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Distribute groceries on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. (Choice Pantry during Formula & Diapers), Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (evening Choice Pantry). NOTE: You may only participate in one distribution, either receive a sack lunch OR receive groceries. 
  • Distribution of FAD (Formula and Diapers) and groceries every Monday from 9-11 a.m.
  • Serve a hot meal on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays) offers a brief devotion and singing for all ages from 5:30-6 p.m.
  • Serve breakfast on Mondays from 9-10 a.m. (except on Federal holidays)
  • Distribute clothing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Teach a garden-to-table nutrition and cooking class (Tasty Third Thursdays) on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteers must complete Civil Rights Training annually. If handling or serving food, volunteers must complete Food Handler training. The food handler's certification is good for 2 years and costs $10 (reimbursable by submitting receipt and certificate of completion to MaLinda Morehead or Dori Al-Hammami at Community Crossroads. 

FIRST HAND FOOD

Helping our neighbors through First HAND (Hospitality, Advocacy, Nurture, and Dignity)
First HAND provides two food options for our neighbors to choose from: receive groceries or receive a sack lunch every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Our neighbors may participate in one of the two options each month to meet their individual needs, as well as to continue to participate in other area food programs in addition to First HAND.

Grocery Distribution:
9-11 a.m. Mondays (Choice Pantry during Formula & Diapers)
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Each Wednesday and Thursday)
6:30 - 8 p.m. Third Tuesday of each month (Evening Choice Pantry)

Sack Lunch Distribution
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, in the dining hall - enter through the front door facing Hemphill St.)
To participate in either distribution, our neighbors must complete a household application for food one time per year. 

FIRST HAND CLOTHING

Clothing Distribution:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Neighbors may shop for two outfits, twice per month. Other items available seasonally in limited quantities: coats, blankets, shoes, backpacks.

WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAYS (WOW!)

Community Crossroads location (1516 Hemphill Street) 
WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays) offers a brief devotion and singing for all ages each Wednesday from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by a hot to-go dinner, 6 p.m. until gone.

 WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays!) is a 1001 New Worshipping Community of the PCUSA that offers worship, a free shared community meal, and Bible classes for all ages. If you have questions about how to become involved with WOW! contact WOW! Coordinator Leah Wyckoff, 817.335.1231. If you are interested in helping with WOW! meals (preparation or serving), contact Becky Quick.

This fall WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays) enters its 17th year of ministry, offering weekly worship, a community meal, and activities for all ages. All are welcome to participate in some new activities we have in store for 2022-23:

1st Wednesdays: Spiritual and Physical Wellness Activities
2nd Wednesdays: Presbyterian Women Circle, Co-Ed Adult Bible Study, Intergenerational Mission Activity
3rd Wednesdays: Presentations from Local Non Profits and Agencies; Creative Arts
4th Wednesdays: Arts and Crafts
5th Wednesdays:  Bingo Night  

Listening Post:
This ministry occurs anytime First HAND or WOW are operating. Volunteers are available to listen to our neighbors who simply want to share a joy, a concern, and/or to pray together. 

SALT AND LIGHT DENTAL CLINIC

This ministry provides free dental services for people experiencing homelessness. Services are offered 2-3 times per month by referral only. Appointments are made by case managers working with clients in area agencies. Local dentists along with their staff team up with volunteers to offer much needed dental care for adults. For more information, please contact Community Crossroads Director, Dori Al Hammami. 817.921.3955.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

English as a Second Language classes are currently closed due to Covid-19. English as a Second Language class meets on Wednesdays from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available for children 3-years-old and younger.  

FORMULA AND DIAPERS

Mondays, 9-11 a.m. (Choice Pantry grocery distribution is also available during this time)
Diapers are provided for children under 3 and formula for children under age 1. Donations of powdered formula (Similac Advance Stage 1 Formula) and diapers of all sizes are always welcome and needed to keep this ministry going. To participate in this program, please, bring a birth certificate the first time you participate for each child 3-years-old and younger. (Note: FAD is closed on some Federal Holidays, please call ahead for schedule changes).

tasty third thursday classes

Third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Tasty Third Thursdays is a  monthly garden-to-table, nutrition, and cooking class at Community Crossroads on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Come learn how to shop for and prepare delicious and nutritious foods on a budget. Monthly topics include gardening tips, cooking demonstrations, key nutrition and budgeting tips, and recipes. Participants receive tips, activities, and recipes that are designed to be accessible and affordable.