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, Monday morning breakfast, and a Learning Container Garden and Compost Center.
Coming Soon! Computer lab providing computer access to create letters, resumes, access the internet, check/send/receive emails, apply for services such as SNAP, TANF, even medical insurance. In addition to the new Computer Lab, we are adding a Pet Pantry and a Household Cleaning Supply Closet for our neighbors to receive dog and/or cat food for their companion animals and cleaning supplies for their homes. Days and hours of these ministries are TBD.
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 sack lunches. Our neighbors may participate in one of the two options each month to meet their individual needs. They may either receive sack lunches every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday or receive groceries once weekly. Our neighbors are encouraged to also participate in other local food pantry distributions which can me located by zip code at www.tafb.org/find-food/.
9-10 a.m. Mondays or until distribution capacity is reached (Choice Pantry)
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until distribution capacity is reached (Each Wednesday and Thursday)
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 5th Saturdays or until distribution capacity is reached (Choice Pantry on the 5th Saturday of each month. 2023 dates: April 29, July 29, September 30, December 30)
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
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 dinner at 6 p.m.
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.
In 2022, WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays) entered its 17th year of ministry, offering weekly worship, a community meal, and activities for all ages. All are welcome to participate in new activities:
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
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.
FORMULA AND DIAPERS
Mondays, 9-11 a.m. (Choice Pantry grocery distribution is also available 9-10 a.m. or until distribution capacity is reached)
Diapers are provided for children under 3 and formula for children under age 1. Donations of powdered 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.