Missions - Engagement in Fort Worth
CHRISTMAS TOY STORE 2020
It’s that time of year when we start planning for the holidays. Even in these strange Covid-19 times, we will be able to have a modified version of the Toy Store, and we need your help in two ways:
- This year we are asking for monetary donations instead of toys. Instead of the traditional store style setup, this year's event will be a drive-thru on December 12. Our neighbors will select types of toys from a list at registration. We will buy most of the toys online and bag them, and neighbors will drive through Community Crossroads and pick them up. In order to purchase all of the toys and books, we are asking for monetary donations. Please do not purchase toys or books. If you are able and would like to help, you may send a check or cash to FPC with "Toy Store" in the memo line.
- We still need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Kay Roberto (
or 817-946-1125) or Donna Laminack (
or 817-988-2809). There are three ways to volunteer:
• Registration. Contactless registration will be done at Community Crossroads Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. in October, as well as during FAD on October 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. Neighbors will be in their cars and volunteers will fill out registration cards and toy selections while remaining socially distanced.
• Sort and bag. At yet to be determined times, sort and bag toys and books. Most of this will be done late November and early December.
• Distribute toys. On December 12 at Community Crossroads, move bags from storage to the pick-up area during various shifts from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
PRESBYTERIAN NIGHT SHELTER MEALS
First Presbyterian Church is currently working with other area churches to provide 1000 breakfast and lunch to-go meals each day for the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Click here for more information and how you can help!
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, 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.
NOTE: Unless otherwise listed, all Community Crossroads ministries are currently suspended due to Covid-19. With restrictions 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. NOTE: You may only participate in one distribution, either receive a sack lunch OR receive groceries. You may receive a sack lunch three times per week OR groceries twice per month.
- Serve a hot "to go" meal on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m.
- Serve "to go" breakfast on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
First HAND Food
Helping our neighbors through Hospitality, Advocacy, Nurture, and Dignity. First HAND provides two food options for our neighbors to choose from: 1) Receive 2 bags of groceries twice per month, or 2) Receive a sack lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Neighbors may participate in one option each month to meet their individual needs. Our neighbors may continue to participate in other area food programs in addition to First HAND.
12 - 1:30 p.m. Each Wednesday and Thursday
Sack Lunch Distribution:
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Volunteers must complete a Civil Rights Training, and if working with hospitality, must complete a Food Handler training.
Neighbors must complete a household application for food one time per year.
First HAND Clothing
Our neighbors may request clothing up to four times per year by completing a clothing request form available at Community Crossroads. Any agency may submit a clothing request by fax at 817.921.3535. Clothing orders will be filled within one week.
Clothing Orders may be picked up:
Monday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 - 11 a.m. and 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 7 - 11 a.m.
NOTE: Due to Covid-19 and building construction, donations are not currently being accepted.
Worship on Wednesdays
WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays!) is a 1001 New Worshipping Community of the PCUSA that offers worship (5:30 p.m.), a free shared community meal (6 p.m.), and Bible classes for all ages (6:30 p.m.). If you have questions about how to become involved with WOW!—shepherding classes, teaching classes, helping with worship, playing in the WOW! worship band, etc.—contact WOW! Coordinator Leah Wyckoff, 817.335.1231. If you are interested in helping with WOW! meals (preparation or serving), contact Deneice Allen.
NOTE: Due to Covid-19, WOW! is temporarily suspended. We are currently offering a hot "to go" meal from 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
This ministry occurs anytime First HAND or WOW are operating. Volunteers are available to listen to our neighbors who just want to share a joy, a concern, and/or to pray together.
Salt and Light Dental Clinic
NOTE: Due to Covid-19, the Dental Clinic is temporarily suspended. This ministry provides free dental services for people experiencing homelessness. Services are oﬀered several times per month by appointment only. Appointments are made by case managers working with clients in area agencies. Local dentists and their staff team with volunteers to offer much needed dental care for adults. The clinic operates about 2-3 times a month. For more information, please contact Community Crossroads Director, Dori Al Hammami.
English as a Second Language
NOTE: Due to Covid-19, ESL classes are temporarily suspended. English as a Second Language class meets on Wednesdays from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Child care is available for children up to 3 years old.
Formula and Diapers
Mothers and children in need can visit Community Crossroads on the third Monday of each month for free formula and diapers from 9 – 11 a.m. Donations of powdered formula (Similac Advance Stage 1 Formula) and all size of diapers are always welcome and needed to keep this ministry going. Please bring a birth certiﬁcate the ﬁrst time you participate for each child 3 years old and younger. For formula, please bring your WIC card. 3rd Monday of each month 9 – 11 a.m. (Note: FAD is closed on some Federal Holidays, please call ahead for schedule changes).
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.