Missions - Engagement in Fort Worth
Community Crossroads Outreach Center
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 and Clothing ministry, Formula and Diapers ministry, the Salt & Light Dental Clinic, the Listening Post and English as a Second Language.
Kids Hope USA Mentor Ministry
First Presbyterian Church is excited to partner with Kids Hope USA at DeZavala Elementary School (1419 College Avenue, Fort Worth) since fall of 2015. Kids Hope USA is a national non-profit that facilitates one-on-one relationships through church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk children in supportive, mentoring relationships. Mentors spend just one hour per week reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow, and succeed. Volunteers are also needed to be prayer partners (see application below then return to Deneice Allen.)
Why DeZavala Elementary School?
FPC has had a historic relationship with the school because it is in the Community Crossroads/Hemphill Fellowship neighborhood, and we know children and parents from this school. Many were part of our Kids’ Connection ministry which served children from this area.
Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn (RITI) is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, in partnership with other local faith communities and the Day Resource Center. RITI provides overnight shelter for homeless in downtown Fort Worth during the months of harshest Texas weather: July/August and December/January/February. Every Monday evening during these months, FPC provides 14 homeless guests with a space to relax, a family-style dinner, games/cards/books, hot shower, bed for undisturbed sleeping, hot breakfast, and a sandwich lunch to take with them. Above all, FPC RITI volunteers provide a warm welcome, friendly conversation, and service with dignity.
Volunteers help with set-up beginning Mondays around 5 - 6 p.m. To volunteer, or learn more about serving with RITI at FPC, please contact the Rev. Robyn Michalove.
Two innkeepers serve as overnight hosts on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings when RITI is operating. They welcome guests; visit, play games, and talk with guests; turn out the lights at bedtime; and rise early to make breakfast and coffee. Most of an innkeepers time is spent sleeping. The time is flexible to work with your schedule. This is a perfect outreach opportunity for couples, individuals, and parents with their high school youth.
Trinity Habitat for Humanity
2019 marked the 30thanniversary of Trinity Habitat for Humanity (Trinity Habitat). First Presbyterian Church (FPC) has been a partner with Trinity Habitat from the beginning. FPC built our 25thand 50thhouses on our parking lot and we even built a few houses at Mayfest. In May of 2019, we celebrated the 90thhouse that we have partnered with Habitat to build.
Since Trinity Habitat’s inception in 1989, 1,891 families have been served – 697 homes built, 1,150 Preserve a Home projects and 44 Disaster Relief projects. It is important to remember Habitat Humanity is a Hand Up, not a Hand Out, is a foundation for a better life and is community driven. Last year Trinity Habitat homes paid a total of $720,000 to the City of Fort Worth in property taxes.
There are many steps and criteria that a prospective homeowner needs to meet and agree to become a Habitat homeowner. So how does someone become a homeowner of a Habitat home?
- They must first prove a need for shelter. They might live in an overcrowded situation or live in a home with structural, electric and plumbing problems, no heat, etc. They cannot already own a home.
- They must demonstrate an ability to pay for the house. Habitat sells the house to them at market rates with a 30 year no interest mortgage and Habitat holds the mortgage. The average house payment is $650. The prospective homeowner must demonstrate a stable and consistent employment history for the last 12 months as well as a stable and consistent residence for also the last 12 months. They must verify their ability to make the house payments, pay utility bills and budget for maintenance and repairs. Their credit history is also reviewed.
- The prospective homeowner must also show a willingness to partner with Habitat. They must commit to work 250 hours of sweat equity working alongside volunteers, sponsors, staff and other homebuyers building other homes and their house and volunteering in their new community. They go to Homeowners College where they learn about credit, budgeting, conflict resolution, city codes, home repairs, insurance etc.
If you want to learn more about Trinity Habitat, you can go to their website: https://trinityhabitat.org/or you can attend a HabiTour at the Trinity Habitat offices where you can tour their model home.
Samaritan House Supper Club
For decades our church has hosted a monthly supper at the Samaritan House on Hemphill Street on the first Tuesday of the month from 5 - 7 p.m.
The mission of Samaritan House is to create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs. Volunteers are needed to provide and serve a meal for about 40 residents the first Tuesday of every month. This is a wonderful way to provide hospitality and compassion for those in our community who appreciate not only a meal but especially a friendly face.
If you are able to participate in this ministry, please contact Robyn Michalove for more details.
Refugee Services of Texas Welcome Team
Occasionally, our congregation forms a welcome team to greet newly arrived refugees who move to our community through Refugee Services of Texas. An orientation and background check are required for volunteers. To learn more about this ministry, contact Robyn Michalove.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world. To learn more about ways to participate, contact Robyn Michalove.