Loving Christ. Loving One Another. Loving The City.

Missions

Local Missions

Local Missions

 

Local Missions

FPC San Antonio partners with a variety of local mission partners around the city. These partners focus on showing the love of Christ in a myriad of ways; providing food, shelter, and assistance to low-income or homeless individuals and families, assisting with building life-skills and care, building mentorships, planting church families, evangelism, and education.

Pray for Local Missions during the time of COVID-19. Download the Local Missions Prayer Guide.

To find out how you can serve one of our local mission partners, contact Mitchell Moore (210-271-2726) or Lindsay Selli (210-271-2758)


Any Woman Can Testimony

Visit the Any Woman Can website

EAST SIDE

The Porch

THE PORCH

Eric8collins35@gmail.com

The Porch Campus Ministry serves the students, faculty and staff at St. Philip’s College where they work to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to make disciples. The ministry engages faculty, staff and administration in vital and effective Christian gatherings, practices, growth, and service. The group provides several opportunities for dialogue about faith in an effort to learn about the beliefs and traditions of others within an atmosphere of respect and understanding. As they grow, they hope to be able to incorporate more educational seminars, panels, and worship opportunities.

How We Can Help

  • Prayers for the students who attend The Porch
  • Provide contacts and recommendations for presenters of messages and programs

SA Heals

SA HEALS

www.saheals.com / 210-259-9931

SA Heals is a mercy ministry on the eastside of San Antonio, responding to God’s call to love our neighbor. Generational poverty and all the aspects that accompany it plague the eastside neighborhood that SA Heals serves: addiction, abuse, crime, hunger, sickness and violence. In order to help break the cycle, this mercy ministry focuses on the children with a holistic approach to encourage, equip and empower them. The organization has grown from a small kid’s ministry to community organization in the local elementary and middle school offering literacy and mentoring programs for struggling students, a feeding program for students in need, and now a Pre K program preparing kids for the future.  Most importantly, SA Heals continues to hold true to its foundations of presence and relationship in the community.

How We Can Help

  • Love One Feed One Packing Party (Yearly Commitment)
  • Affordable Christmas Volunteer (Yearly Commitment)
  • Lunch Buddy (Weekly Commitment)
  • Reading Buddy (Weekly Commitment)
  • Pre-K Pilot Program (Weekly Commitment)

School Connect SA

SCHOOL CONNECT SA

www.schoolconnectsa.org / margaret@schoolconnectsa.org

School Connect was conceived by Pure Heart Church in Phoenix, AZ over ten years ago as a result of a community-wide effort to connect the faith community with public schools.  Currently, there are over 500 School Connect partnerships in Arizona.  School Connect is rapidly expanding to other cities throughout the country including, Lafayette, LA, Oklahoma City, OK, Modesto, CA and Philadelphia, PA.  San Antonio is the first city in the state of Texas!

School Connect helps build partnerships by engaging the entire community and collaborating with local leaders to adopt local schools. School Connect uses a simple, accessible model that works in every size school district and socioeconomic context. By providing a framework for principals to identify their school’s biggest needs, School Connect can facilitate community partnerships to address these needs and equip our local public schools to thrive.

How We Can Help

  • Pray for partner schools
  • Serve as a community liaison
  • Participation in Love Our Teacher month project
  • Back to school teacher appreciation lunches (early August)
  • Identify and coordinate Back to School supply drive with partner schools
  • Serve through classroom mentoring/reading buddies

Servant Partners

SERVANT PARTNERS

www.servantpartners.org / mark.cloherty@servantpartners.org

Servant Partners is a ministry organization that functions in several U.S. cities and sites across the world. The ministry work in San Antonio is focused on the east side where the city has experienced decades of decline, leaving it economically depressed. The Servant Partners team launched a church plant seeking to reach their neighbors. They have grown from meals together every Sunday evening to a weekly bilingual church service held at the local YMCA. They seek to introduce Jesus and His love and care for neighbors in a new way, which meets them where they are at, to address the spiritual and physical needs of the community. Their goal is empower and equip their neighbors to become change agents in their community, build disciples and church leaders up to make the church their own, and provide good role models and encouragement for parents and children. They partner with a local elementary school to provide volunteer tutors in an afterschool program, they launched a sports program, provide opportunities to build life skills, and provide activities, like summer-long VBS, for the neighborhood children. Instead of creating a permanent Servant Partners presence, the team evangelizes, trains, and empowers people to transform their own communities in ways that will continue long after they are gone.

How We Can Help

  • Evangelism outreach
  • Prayer
  • Support with clothing, food, and other items

Young Life San Antonio East

YOUNG LIFE SAN ANTONIO EAST

www.SAEastYL / eric8collins@gmail.com

Founded in the early 1940’s by Jim Rayburn in Gainesville Texas, Young Life is a group of caring adults who go where kids are, win the right to be heard and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Young Life has two primary goals: to make disciples of Jesus Christ through a conversion opportunity; and, to encourage teens to go deeper into one’s faith by the study of the Word . YL is welcome on high school and college campuses because of a long, storied history of engaging and encouraging marginalized youth. YL begins its work of redemptive restoration by first building relationships with caring adults in the community, (principals, teachers, youth leaders, caregivers, etc.) and earning the trust of those who care for and protect our youth. Then we build relationships with students by meeting them where they are, (school cafeterias, sporting events, the mall etc.) and, after earning the right to be heard, we begin mentorship. These strong relationships are the foundation as we live out the gospel with our mentees and show them the grace and love of our Father in their lives. The summer camp experience is a key element in offering students the plan of salvation. Once this happens and a student has accepted Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, students may be part of Campaigners – believers who are delving  deeper into their faith and into God’s Word . In this way YL members become Spirit dependent and receive Biblical education. These students become most of all followers of Christ but also responsible members of society and leaders in their communities. YL volunteers are part of the redemptive restoration of San Antonio.

How We Can Help

  • Serve on the Young Life SA East Committee
  • Provide meals, in partnership with The Porch, during weekly campus activities (St. Philip’s College)
  • Be a mentor
  • Prayer
  • Participate in fundraisers
  • Provide camp sponsorship

YoungLives San Antonio

YOUNGLIVES SAN ANTONIO

sanantonioyounglives.younglife.org/ christinabvia@gmail.com

More than 20 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus – and YoungLives was born and has never wavered from the original vision to read teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. San Antonio YoungLives has two primary goals:  To introduce the person of Jesus Christ to teen moms and to help them grow in their faith journey through mentorship and scripture study. YoungLives accomplishes this by first befriending teen moms and mentoring them.  Leaders are welcomed on school campuses, visiting with teen moms during lunch and parenting classes to get to know them and to invite them to club at FPC on Tuesday afternoons and early evening.  YoungLives is also welcomed at Seton Home as a spiritual part of their program.  These strong relationships help volunteers earn the right to share the gospel with their mentees.  The summer camp experience is a key element in offering students the plan of salvation.  Once this happens and a teen mom has accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, they become part a community – believers who are delving deeper into their faith and into God’s Word.  In this way teen moms become Spirit dependent and receive Biblical education.

How We Can Help

  • Serve on the YoungLives Committee
  • Provide childcare during clubs, camp, or other activities
  • Provide meals during weekly clubs at the FPC Student Center
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Pray for teens, teen moms, and their babies
  • Attend fundraisers
  • Help fill the needs of campers (camper bags)

L.O.V.E. (LOVING ORPHANS VIA EVERYONE)

Any Woman Can

ANY WOMAN CAN

Anywomancansa.com / carolyn.biedenharn@anywomancansa.com

Any Women Can is a Christ – Centered ministry that provides a safe environment where women are empowered to make informed decisions regarding total sexual health, including unplanned pregnancy, based on the Truth of Jesus Christ. Any Woman Can was founded in 2013 with a mission to help pregnant women, especially those who are abortion vulnerable and who do not have access to healthcare. Over the past eight years, Any Woman Can has grown and is now able to offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing and treatment, and counseling all free of charge to our clients. All these programs are vital in getting clients from crisis to comeback.

Any Woman Can is a ministry partner in the Kingdom Restoration Lab at FPC. They are able to give clients healthcare and help they may not be able to afford. Women are able to see a picture of their baby and hear their heartbeat. People are able to get an STI test and treatment if needed. They also offer free counseling which takes healing even farther by supporting clients who are dealing with spiritual, mental, and emotional distress.

How We Can Help

  • Outreach Projects to spread awareness
  • Serve as a Client Advocate

Chosen Care

CHOSEN CARE

www.chosen.care / jenclord@chosen.care

Through the use of gospel-centered care practices backed by science, Chosen addresses the holistic needs of both children and their families. At the heart of our model of care is parent coaching, which prioritizes attachment and connection to create healing. Through coaching, trauma-informed education, therapy, and personalized case management, Chosen’s care managers do whatever is necessary to ensure families can thrive together.

The goal of Chosen is to ensure that families stay together, which means that adoptions are not dissolved, foster placements are not disrupted, and children stay with their biological families whenever possible. Since 2016, families who have gone through Chosen’s programs for 6 months or more have experienced zero dissolutions or disruptions.

The overarching vision of Chosen is to have every child thriving in a family. By prioritizing attachment and offering intensive case management using evidence-based methodologies, they are setting hurting children on a path of healing.

How We Can Help

  • Prayer support
  • Meeting practical needs for families
  • Providing transportation

FPC L.O.V.E. Initiative and GrandFamilies

FPC L.O.V.E. INITIATIVE AND GRANDFAMILIES

210-226-0215/email lindsays@fpcsat.org

The FPC L.O.V.E. Initiative (Loving Orphans Via Everyone) sprung from a partnership with the South Texas Alliance for Orphans. This is a ministry dedicated to caring for foster families within the FPC congregation and equipping new foster parents. This ministry also seeks to show God’s love, care, and concern through GrandFamilies: grandparents in need as they raise their grandchildren; helping to establish a safe environment through relational, physical, and spiritual support during a time of transition.

How We Can Help

  • Sign up to provide meals for foster families within FPC
  • Prayerfully discern the possibility of becoming a foster parent
  • Attend a training to become a babysitter for a foster family
  • Help with a Parent’s Night/Day Out at FPC
  • Become a hospital sitter
  • Serve with GrandFamilies (home repair projects, Interpreter, care)
  • Become a prayer partner

San Antonio Marriage Initiative

SAN ANTONIO MARRIAGE INITIATIVE (SAMI)

www.samarraige.org /sami.apanter@gmail.com

The San Antonio Marriage Initiative (SAMI) seeks to lead and facilitate the marriage movement in the city. SAMI’s goal is to create a high level of trust, empowerment, and shared purpose around the common mission of strengthening marriages. They serve a multi-sector, multi-role approach, empowering people all across the community to each work in their highest and best role whether in the church, the workplace, the nonprofit world, and even in the family law system.

SAMI works to empower the restoration of family, by strategically investing in marriage, for the strengthening of communities and the glorification of God.

How We Can Help

  • Participate in the “Couples Story Workshop”
  • Advocate for healthy marriages through leading in marriage ministry at FPC
  • Participate in FPC Marriage Ministry as mentors with Merge Modified, or the Foundations Marriage Enrichment Class (contact mitchellm@fpcsat.org or lindsays@fpcsat.org for more information).

South Texas Alliance for Orphans

SOUTH TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS (STAFO)

alliance4orphans.org / 210-216-6223

The Alliance was created to fill the huge gap between the Biblical mandate to care for orphans and the state and local organizations that govern the foster/adopt process. They strive to impact the full foster care continuum from crisis pregnancy to aging out youth through prevention (slowing the flow of children needing to enter foster care through mentorships, meeting tangible needs and wrapping around birth families), capacity (raising up “more than Enough” Christian families, mentors and advocates for the children) and support (ensuring longevity for families that say “Yes” by wrapping a trained, trauma informed community around them). They work with churches to equip and encourage them in their foster/adopt ministries. Caring for children and families in the foster system and beyond solves root issues and positively impacts all social service areas including welfare, prison population, homelessness, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and mental illness. The Alliance was founded on the strong knowledge that the orphan/foster crisis is solvable and they want God to get the glory through what His church does. The church, in turn, gets to show the children their identity in Christ.

How We Can Help

  • Host a Parent’s Night Out and spend an evening loving on children from hard places while their caregivers get a much needed break.
  • Support families within the FPC church body who are or have fostered/adopted through the FPC L.O.V.E. Initiative.
  • Become a certified babysitter (trainings available through FPC).

NEIGHBORHOOD/CITY

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE MINISTRY (CAM)

www.christianassistanceministry.org / 210-223-6648

The mission of Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) is to share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis. CAM offers temporary assistance to individuals and families in crisis situations, alleviating the duplication of services by banding together to form one centrally located social service agency. 

How we can help

  • Volunteer weekly or on Saturday work days
    • Client Interviewer
    • Distribute clothes to clients
    • Organize the food pantry
  • Donate clothing and goods
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities for specific programs:
    • Back to School “adopt a child” program – adopt a child, help set up backpack distribution, or help hand out backpacks
    • Annual Christmas Shop – donate new toys, help set up the Christmas Shop, or help families shop for toys

Faith Based Institute

FAITH BASED INSTITUTE (FBI)

www.faithbasedinstitute.org / 210-842-4969

The Faith Based Institute has been working to nourish the lives of the homeless, under-resourced, and at risk in San Antonio through their ministry since 2003. They do this through a number of ministries that address both physical and spiritual needs. They provide opportunities for worship, discipleship, and community at their church location, at the Community Bible Study at FPC on Monday nights, and at Loaves and Fishes at FPC each month. They also have a men’s “House of Discipleship,” a home to aid men who are overcoming homelessness, addiction, or transitioning out of incarceration. They work with FPC in a close partnership to love and serve our downtown homeless and under-resourced neighbors more faithfully toward restoration.

How we can help

  • Volunteer to serve, teach, or attend fellowship opportunities or support groups
  • Tangible donations of hygiene products, clothing, or food
  • Pray
  • Contribute to an expanding network of community resources that serve the welfare of our city.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES (FCA)

www.alamofca.org / toddjohnson@fpcsat.org

In 1954, Don McClanen (Oklahoma) saw that the world was idolizing sports figures.  He thought that if athletes and coaches who were Christians could use their influence for Christ it could change the world. FCA San Antonio continues to work with the vision to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. They focus on evangelism and discipleship through Campus Huddles in the San Antonio area, where thousands of students and coaches are impacted each week.

How we can help

  • Serve as a Character Coach for a local team (high school/college)
  • Volunteer at a local school FCA chapter
  • Participate in mission trip opportunities

Haven for Hope

HAVEN FOR HOPE

www.havenforhope.org / 210-220-2100

Haven for Hope offers a place of hope and new beginnings by providing, coordinating and delivering an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Bexar County. They partner with over 185 partner agencies to help provide over 300 comprehensive services directly on the campus to address barriers to self-sufficiency such as medical care, food, legal services, mental health, substance abuse, child care, spiritual needs and much more.

How We Can Help

  • Volunteer needs:
    • Docents
    • Soul Friends
    • Spiritual Services Ambassadors
    • Make relational connections with those living on-campus and those who have moved off-site
  • Participate in a clothing drive
  • Assist with food preparation
  • Pick people up for Sunday worship at FPC

Kingdom Restoration Lab (KRL)

KINGDOM RESTORATION COLLABORATIVE (KRL)

210-226-0215/email: lindsays@fpcsat.org

The KRL is located on the first floor at FPC. This is a space in which FPC is strategically partnering with faith based ministries to holistically care for our homeless and under-resourced neighbors. Partnerships with the SA Christian Hope Resource Center, CAM, Haven for Hope, Any Woman Can, and Life Restored SA are providing resources, connections, and care to transform the lives of those who are struggling.

How We Can Help

  • Serve as a KRL Host
  • Donate items for the KRL Resource Room: http://bit.ly/FPCKRL
  • Host a care or hygiene kit packing party
  • Volunteer to organize and re-stock shelves in the Resource Room

Life Restored San Antonio

LIFE RESTORED SAN ANTONIO

https://liferestoredsa.org

Life Restored of San Antonio (LRSA) is a new faith based, God breathed, non-profit organization, birthed out of a need to bring healing and wholeness to not only the direct victims of Human Sex Trafficking, but to the entire family as the entire family is affected. In addition to providing counselling, educational alternatives and addressing the physical and emotional needs, Life Restored want to provide a safe place where they can experience healing, regain their dignity, pride and self-respect. They want the entire family to see themselves as God sees them, beautiful and wonderfully made, knowing that they are worthy, and that God has a purpose for their lives.

Life Restored San Antonio is committed to kingdom work through collaborating in FPC’s Kingdom Restoration Lab. They are a Christ centered, gospel centered ministry, seeking to glorify God by bringing restorative health and wholeness to families throughout the city of San Antonio.

How We Can Help

  • Serve as a mentor
  • Join the prayer team
  • Provide Bibles
  • Adopt a family
  • Provide a meal for a family in crisis
  • Sponsor/teach classes (finance, healthy cooking, crafts)
  • Sponsor/Drive for field trips/events
  • Write notes of encouragement
  • Join the apprenticeship program if you own a business

Loaves & Fishes and Community Bible Studies

LOAVES & FISHES AND COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDIES

210-226-0215/email: lindsays@fpcsat.org

Loaves and Fishes is FPC’s monthly opportunity to welcome our homeless and under-resourced neighbors for lunch where they will be fed physically and spiritually. We meet in the Student Center on the third Saturday of each month. We begin with orientation and training at 9:30am and welcome guests in from 10-1 for worship, fellowship and food around tables, opportunities for prayer, music, and showers/haircuts.

In addition to our monthly feeding ministry, there are opportunities to serve weekly at our Community Bible Study. Monday evenings The Faith Based Institutes hosts a Bible Study for our homeless and under-resourced neighbors from 6:30-7:30. These weekly gatherings provide opportunities to build a discipleship based community as we strengthen relationships with our homeless and under-resourced neighbors.

How We Can Help

  • Serve at Loaves and Fishes monthly
    • Provide desserts
    • Set-up
    • Work in the shower area
    • Sign-in table
    • Serve Food
    • Be a table host
    • Clean-up
    • Donate hygiene products, socks, or underwear
  • Serve weekly at the Community Bible Study
    • Set-up
    • Help serve food
    • Provide fellowship and prayer around tables
    • Lead through teaching
    • Clean-up

National Alliance for Mental Illness

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)

www.nami@nami-sat.org / 210-734-3349

NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness. They are a self-help, support and advocacy organization helping those living with mental illnesses. Course offerings and support groups include the Family-to-Family Education Program, NAMI Basics, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group, and various Faith-based and non-faith support groups around the city. NAMI works to bring education to the community as it is an essential part of understanding and coping with mental illness.

How We Can Help

  • Serve as a liaison for NAMI-SAT classes
  • Serve as an instructor for NAMI-SAT classes
  • Volunteer and participate as a NAMI Walk team member
  • Join the FPC Mental Health Committee to support local mental health activities

Pay It Forward

PAY IT FORWARD

www.payitforwardsa.org / 210-212-2926

Pay It Forward was founded in 2008 as Pay It Forward Ministries by a recovering alcoholic that saw the critical need for sponsored sober living in the Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas area. Through the Bridge program, PIF provides emergency move-in assistance for individuals to move into one of 57 partner community sober living homes and funds the first two weeks or residency. This allows clients time to find gainful employment and begin to achieve self-sufficiency. Additionally, the Next Right Step program is a sober living dormitory on the campus of Haven for Hope. They offer 61 beds for men and women to live with us for up to one year after they have completed treatment. Residents also have access to all other partners on campus ensuring that any barriers to self sufficiency can be addressed and overcome.

How We Can Help

  • Volunteer by giving of your time and talent as PIF continues to grow and serve more people in need of scholarship assistance and spiritual counseling.
  • Share your “circles of influence” so that PIF can convey their solution for recovery – Invite PIF to be a speaker at your Rotary Club, Sunday School Class, etc.
  • Lead as a board member
  • Help PIF to counsel and assist its residents. Invite residents to come participate within the church family.
  • Pray for residents, staff, and families for continued recovery, strength, guidance, protection, wisdom and health.

San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (SACDC)

SAN ANTONIO CHRISTIAN DENTAL CLINIC, INC. (SACDC)

www.sachristiandental.org / 210-220-2300

SA Christian Dental Clinic was founded in 1979 by two members of FPC who recognized the urgent need for free dental care for low-income adults in San Antonio, and in 2010, the clinic moved onto the Haven for Hope campus. The Clinic has a two-fold mission: to provide charitable dental care to low-income and homeless Bexar County adults who might otherwise go without care, and to train and equip disadvantaged adults as Dental Assistants at no cost to participants. Their vision is a commitment to providing the highest quality of dental care and decreasing the gap in affordable, accessible dental care while demonstrating the loving nature of Christianity.

How We Can Help

  • Join the Board of Directors or Advisory Council
  • Volunteer as a dental professional
  • Volunteer for administrative support
  • Provide patient intake/discharge services
  • Provide dental care

SA Hope Center

SA HOPE CENTER

www.sahopecenter.org 

SAHC began in the 1980’s as a benevolence ministry of Oak Hills Church, became a 501c3 in 2001, and operated for over a decade as one of the city’s largest food pantries. Between 2012 and 2014, SAHC changed its mission and program focus to one founded upon best-practice principles of social work. SAHC became laser-focused on building relationships with those facing homelessness, hunger, crisis, joblessness, etc. with the goal of addressing the multiple barriers and empowering clients to become self-sufficient and holistically well. Today, SAHC operates in the KRL at FPC, SAHC’s main campus on N. General McMullen, and has expanded to 2 additional sites in partnership with other mission-driven organizations (Restore Education and Good Samaritan Community Services). SAHC has a staff of 24, hosts nearly 30 social work interns each year, and serves 4,600 individuals annually across all four locations.

SAHC’s mission is to love people well by empowering them to meet their needs through in-depth case management and wrap-around social services. Their vision is to eliminate generational poverty. They treat clients with dignity, build trust, provide best-practice services with excellence and efficiency, and love them to “wellness” holistically, including all areas of their life, from finances to mental, physical and spiritual health. SAHC simultaneously addresses basic needs and breaks down barriers critical to ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

How We Can Help

  • Assist at the front reception area
  • Pray with KRL Guests
  • Help one-on-one computer skills
  • Help with other program and administrative tasks
  • Serve in the client-choice pantry, clothing room, and hospitality

FPC HERITAGE MISSION PARTNERS

Chrysalis Ministries

CHRYSALIS MINISTRIES

www.bcdm.org / 210-299-4540

Chrysalis Ministries (formerly Bexar County Detention Ministries) provides religious services, support groups, and/or educational classes in 10 adult and juvenile detention and treatment facilities in the San Antonio Metropolitan and Karnes City areas. The Family Renewal Center, located at 503 San Pedro, serves as the outreach center and administrative offices. A wide variety of religious and social services are provided at the Family Renewal Center to those formerly incarcerated in any detention or treatment facility. These same services are also provided to the family members of those incarcerated, or formerly incarcerated.

How we can help

  • Serve as instructors of character or development classes in the detention and treatment facilities
  • Facilitate worship services or Bible study groups at the Family Renewal Center
  • Assist with special events or fund-raising activities
  • Volunteers to answer the phone or help with other clerical duties at the Family Renewal Center.

Habitat for Humanity

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

www.habitatsa.org / 210-223-5203

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build modest, decent, and affordable houses without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action. They do not consider themselves to be a “handout” program, but rather they help families help themselves. Since their founding in 1976, Habitat has built over 1,000 homes for families who would not ordinarily be able to afford a home.

How we can help

  • Serve as a board member
  • Volunteer to build
  • Work in the administrative offices
  • Provide lunch for volunteers at the work site
  • Work at the Home Centers

House of Neighborly Service (HNS)

HOUSE OF NEIGHBORLY SERVICE (HNS)

www.hnstoday.org / 210-434-2301

The House of Neighborly Service (HNS) is a multi-service, nonprofit organization that serves the west side of San Antonio, primarily the 78207, 78228, and 78237 zip code areas. It was founded by Presbyterian missionaries in 1917, and has provided services to people in need for over ninety years. HNS’ mission is to join with neighbors in Christian love and service to enhance the quality of life in the community. Services include early childhood intervention programs, child care, parenting education, healthcare evaluations, outreach programs to senior citizens, food distribution programs including an emergency food pantry, and collaborative programs partnering neighborhood residents with volunteers from various other areas of San Antonio.

How We Can Help

  • Assist with the thrift store
  • Help with maintenance
  • General carpentry
  • Serve food to seniors in need
  • Landscaping
  • Serve through the WOC Gift of Christmas

Mission Road Ministries

MISSION ROAD MINISTRIES

www.missionroadministries.org / 210-924-9265

Mission Road Ministries is a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities each day with residential, day services and vocation programs. They are a community-based family of agencies with a call from God to minister to persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities by challenging them to achieve their full potential for independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. It is one of two organizations in Texas caring for children with developmental disabilities who have been removed from their family due to neglect and abuse. Their services include a housing program (on Mission Road Campus or in Apartments), personal care (the campus provides care by RN’s and a clinic to provide extensive healthcare support), social activities (a day program, chapel services, exercise, field trips, community service fun, and summer camps), and adult foster care placement and program management. The Unicorn Center focuses on helping adults with IDD find, get, and keep and appropriate job, continuing education for life skills, and an onsite workshop. This center is uniquely positioned to set goals with their customers and help them learn the skills to be successful in the San Antonio business community.

How We Can Help

  • Volunteer on campus
    • Working directly with residents
    • Helping with maintenance of Mission Road facilities (painting, gardening, repair work, hanging Christmas lights).
    • Collect and donate items such as jerseys for Special Olympics, Christmas party supplies, toys, educational books, and tickets for community events.
    • Assist in on-campus programming (arts and crafts classes, music lessons and programs, tutoring, field trips, birthday parties, fundraisers, holiday parties, and more)
  • Volunteer with Shindig, Mission Road’s primary fundraising event.
    • Underwriting/Table Sales
    • Live Auction
    • Silent Auction
    • Country Store
    • Logistics
    • Decorations & Party Favors

Morningside Ministries

MORNINGSIDE MINISTRIES

www.mmliving.org / 210-734-1000

Morningside Ministries is the area’s oldest and largest not-for-profit, faith-based organization providing a full continuum of care to older adults in three retirement communities. Housing and services include independent living apartments and cottages, residences for individuals needing assistance with daily activities, memory care, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. Morningside has been offering affordable retirement living for seniors since 1961, and strive to meet the individual, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs of each resident and their families.

How We Can Help

  • Visit residents
  • Help host events for residents during Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and other holidays
  • Help with arts and crafts activities
  • Join in inspirational readings
  • Participate in musical groups or singing with the church choir.
  • Assist with care of residents

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS)

PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN’S HOMES AND SERVICES (PCHAS)

texas.pchas.org / 210-558-4770

PCHAS, founded in 1903, provides Christ-centered care and support for struggling children and families. Their core programs are aimed at bettering the lives of children and families who need it most. They strive to maximize resources, collaborate with partners, and empower those they help. Programs include Group Homes, Education, Foster Care, Adoption, Child and Family (in-home preservation), Single Parent Family, and Transitional Living. Many of the individuals PCHAS works with often need help because of crises such as unexpected death, divorce, illness, violence, homelessness, or alcohol/drug abuse. “The PCHAS Way” is family-centered, strength-focused, and goal-driven, and serves over 3,400 children and families across Texas and Louisiana each year.

How We Can Help

  • Become an Ambassador to encourage church support and provide volunteers for activities related to the ministry of PCHAS.
  • Become a mentor to families or children in PCHAS programs
  • Volunteer to provide childcare or transportation
  • Help host the annual fall BBQ, birthday parties for the children, haliday parties, etc.
  • Make or donate weighted blankets (a soothing mechanism to help children who have experience trauma.
  • Assemble welcome kits for new families and women in the Single Parent Family Program.

San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM)

SAN ANTONIO METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES (SAMM)

www.samm.org / 210-321-5631

SAMM is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing and services. They also provide volunteers opportunities to be renewed and fulfilled as they serve. Their programs are designed to address and alleviate the full spectrum of issues associated with homelessness and ensure that clients are able to create and implement a plan to transition out of homelessness permanently. Program offerings include short-term financial assistance, financial literacy assistance, employment development assistance, academic support for adults and children, extra-curricular activities, basic life skill education, on-site medical, dental, and mental health care, Bible studies and other congregational support activities, household items, and case management.

How We Can Help

  • Host supply drives
  • Provide homework help for students
  • Provide spiritual activities (praise and worship services, Bible studies, VBS)
  • Act as monitors for the Teen Room
  • Host a family social event (movie night or BBQ)
  • Act as a mentor for teens in the Transitional Housing Program
  • Participate in a family volunteer day to help clean, paint, or do other day-to-day tasks

The Encouragement Card Project

Local Missions Encouragement Card Project

The staffs at our local mission partners have risen to the challenges COVID-19 has brought; however, they need our prayers and encouragement to continue offering God’s grace and love. The Encouragement Project is a simple and direct response where everyone at FPC can participate. The idea is simple:
  • Take a bundle of 5 postcards from Mauze Lobby (also available in Lindsay Selli’s office during the week)
  • Be sure to sign the sheet with what cards you are taking
  • Write a short note of encouragement, a prayer, and/or Scripture on the postcard, and pray for the staff member to whom the card is directed. (All of this can be done within a couple of minutes before or after service, or during your Sunday school class or small group meeting.)
  • Drop off finished postcards to the box in Mauze Lobby by Sunday, March 21.
  • From there, the postcards will be mailed to the staffs of our partner organizations.
Having someone, even someone you don’t know, simply say thank you for what you are doing, provide some words of encouragement, and offer a prayer during these challenging times can have a profoundly positive impact. We hope you consider engaging with us on this project as we bring thanks and prayers directly to those working in our local missions partners.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Eugene Garcia at eugenegarcia@satx.rr.com or Lindsay Selli at lindsays@fpcsat.org.

Presbyterian Children's Home and Services

“Hope is on the way for single parent families in San Antonio struggling to keep their families intact,” announces President David Thompson.  PCHAS is nearing completion of building eight duplexes on its San Antonio campus which will provide 16 apartments for single parent families and will provide 16 efficiency apartments for youth who have aged out of foster care.

“Home Sweet Home” Campaign

This is an opportunity to help the campus expansion prepare for the new children and families which are anticipated to begin moving in within weeks.

  • All the units whether for a single parent & children or apartments for the children aging out of foster care need to be outfitted with linens, kitchen essentials and supplies.
  • To keep every unit consistent among all clients, our program staff has created registry on amazon.
  • Sorry but PCHAS cannot accept items outside of the registry for uniformity purposes AND because the families will be able to keep many items upon successful discharge from the program.
  • Since the program staff members have already conducted some ‘intake’ applications, the items being chosen for the registry will be relevant for the children and their ages & preferences. (unicorns, cars and such)
  • “Home Sweet Home” Amazon LINK:   https://a.co/19x5HUc

Become a PCHAS “Prayer Partner”

You will receive a true client prayer request once a month by email. Please contact Diane Carssow at (512) 940-3424 or email dianecarssow@gmail.com. 

COVID Outreach

Haven for Hope

During the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Haven for Hope sent out a request to raise enough money to put wi-fi in the Family Dorm.  They were able to not only put in wi-fi, but they were able to buy laptops, hot spots, head phones and tablets from the area schools for the children.  Not only is Haven helping Aurora’s 3rd grade daughter, but, 64 other school-aged children with virtual learning that spans 6 different districts and 20 different schools.

Mrs. Rodriquez was able to get a job that required working “virtually,” so she was also able to put these tools to use from her spot in the family dorm.

Haven has requested that you pray for their 230 employees.  They have done everything they could do to protect the clients who are looking for safety and hope…innovating, re-creating, adjusting…24/7. They have not stopped loving, encouraging and helping the homeless find housing, jobs, healthcare and more but it has been a BIG Job.  Please pray for their energy levels, stamina and safety.

Haven for Hope was just selected as the best places to work in San Antonio by the San Antonio Express News.  Please visit their website at havenforhope.org to find out more about them.

Glory Be To God…”Our ever present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

Mission Road Ministries

Mission Road Ministries

During the COVID-19 crisis, the caregivers of the children at Mission Road have adopted an additional role as co-teachers, in order to effectively facilitate the children’s program. Another change has been that the adults receiving care through Mission Road have been unable to attend campus for schooling, but recently been able to perform limited hands-on activities in a controlled environment on campus. Praise Jesus!
Please check out missionroadministries.org for up-to-date information on what’s happening at Mission Road. Our prayer request is for the Lord’s guidance, wisdom, and discernment during the COVID-19 pandemic, and additionally prayers for the staff, children, and adults living at Mission Road.

 

Christian Assistance Ministry

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)

Throughout this COVID-19 period, CAM remained open to share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis. We have adapted to this “new normal” by moving operations outside, at first prioritizing the unsheltered homeless, then financial assistance for prescriptions and food. CAM has never been more needed.  We are blessed to meet the needs of people, often at 4 to 5 times the service levels before COVID-19.  Please visit https://christianassistanceministry.org/ for updates of our services and needs and watch for our article in the November 2020 FPC First Press Magazine.  Please continue to pray for our staff, clients and God’s abundant provision.  God is good!

Kingdom Restoration Lab

Kingdom Restoration Lab (KRL)

Trish Sicari is the KRL’s new Job Readiness social worker. God has already blessed this role through several job placements. Randy, pictured below (with Abby, our new K-9 for Christ volunteer), went through the KRL job readiness training with Trish (and Chris gave him a haircut as a reward). Randy was placed in a job as a security guard and after the first week, the company contacted Trish and asked for more workers like Randy!

(KRL) | Kingdom Restoration ColLaborative

The Kingdom Restoration Lab (KRL) at FPC helps meet the needs of our under-resourced neighbors in their journey to becoming self-sufficient. The KRL is a collaboration of various prominent mission-focused ministries, including the SA Hope Center, Christian Assistance Ministries, Any Women Can, and Church in the Streets/Faith Based Institute, and is also in collaboration with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Haven for Hope/Next Right Step, and One by One Ministries.

You Can Make A Difference!

Donate: current needs – see our winter wishlist below
Make Care Packages:  this is a great class or group project (gallon ziplock bags with a water, a gatorade/juice drink, package crackers/cookies, granola bar, fruit snacks, and a pop-top canned protein)
Volunteer: Please contact Karen McCulloch (mc2karen@yahoo.com) for more information or to register for an upcoming training.

Spring Wishlist

  • Men’s and/or Women’s New Socks and Underwear (must be new)
  • Jeans/casual pants (for both men and women)
  • Casual shoes (for both men and women)
  • Reading glasses, wallets, and belts

*Please consider that we cannot give items that require cooking or microwaving. Please donate clothing that can be worn in the warmer Texas weather as we do not have storage for winter clothing.

Amazon Wishlist

Donation needs and items for Care Packages can be purchased from our Amazon wish list created by our partner, SA Hope Center. The items are then delivered directly to the KRL.


Kingdom Restoration Lab (KRL) Celebration Story

Trish Sicari is the KRL’s new Job Readiness social worker. God has already blessed this role through several job placements. Randy, pictured below (with Abby, our new K-9 for Christ volunteer), went through the KRL job readiness training with Trish (and Chris gave him a haircut as a reward). Randy was placed in a job as a security guard and after the first week, the company contacted Trish and asked for more workers like Randy!

Thank you so much for your help in this endeavor to serve even more of our San Antonio community! For further information please contact Lindsay Selli at lindsays@fpcsat.org.

Currently, due to COVID, we are exploring alternative ways of continuing Loaves and Fishes and Bible Study efforts for our under-resourced neighbors. We pray the Lord will grant us wisdom and grace to continue these efforts in whatever ways we can.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is our monthly opportunity to welcome our under-resourced neighbors for lunch where they will be fed physically and spiritually. We meet in the Student Center on the third Saturday of each month. From 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, we begin with orientation and then participate in Loaves and Fishes. We have teams for set up, serving, showers, and clean up and we hope all participants will join our guests for a meal around a table. We build relationships through conversation and prayer.


Monday Night Bible Study

In addition to our monthly feeding ministry, there are opportunities to serve weekly at our Monday Night Bible Study. Monday evenings Pastor Jackson hosts a Bible Study for our homeless and under-resourced neighbors from 6-7. After our first three evenings we have had multiple men come to trust Christ as Lord and Savior! And have had two enter into long term, transitional housing with FBI (Faith Based Institute)!! We hope our FPC family can participate in the Lord’s work on Monday evenings through set up, sitting at a table, or helping clean up. Interested in participating?

Please contact Lindsay Selli with questions and when you would like to serve.