First Street Mission
NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY UPDATE
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in North Texas Giving Day. Thanks to the incredible generosity of FUMCFW, over $10,000 was raised for the Mission – and we’re still tabulating results. We will give you final numbers soon!
Devoted to serving people in need, First Street Methodist Mission provides emergency food, clothing, infant formula, limited financial assistance, and case management services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion. Recognizing and taking action to help meet the need for outreach in Downtown Fort Worth, this dynamic ministry offers vital assistance to its clients and life-and-awareness-changing opportunities to its special volunteer community that views work at the Mission as part of their calling to be God’s people in the world.
First Street Methodist Mission’s roots began in the early 1950’s when the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth recognized the need for outreach at a downtown housing community. From this point, the church began a variety of programs designed to minister to this local community.
Over the next several decades, the services of the Mission expanded to assist both the homeless and those with a residence in Fort Worth and the surrounding communities. The services to the homeless include sack lunches, a monthly clothing bank visit where they receive a hygiene kit with a new pair of socks and underwear and the “Basic” Start-up Kit program for the homeless who are moving into supportive/transitional housing programs. Services for individuals and families with a home include grocery services, and a monthly clothing bank visit. Infant formula services are available to anyone who needs assistance with infant formula and other nutritional items for infants.
In 2006, the Mission was officially named First Street Methodist Mission and became its own 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. In 2007 the Mission added two part-time, grant funded case workers to staff its Family Intervention Program and in 2008 funding was procured for a Crisis Case Manager who handles all of the requests for financial assistance that the Mission receives.
Virtually all monetary donations go directly toward funding the programs and client services of the Mission. Overhead costs such as utilities, building maintenance, and Directors’ salaries are provided by the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.
The Mission is staffed by an all-volunteer workforce of a diverse mix of more than 200 volunteers who work to serve a wide variety of programs and services. Click on the name of any program below to learn more about it.
- Food Assistance
- Clothing Assistance
- Infant Formula Assistance
- Career Closet
- Financial Assistance
- Start-Up Kits
- Room in the Inn
- Food 4 Kids
- Thanksgiving Baskets
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Today is North Texas Giving Day 2014! Between 6:00 am and midnight TODAY, every donation of $25 and above will be multiplied with bonus funds and prizes!
Food 4 Kids is a new ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 kids at I.M. Terrell Elementary during the school year. Sign up online now to help fill backpacks! Each group needs a minimum of 10 volunteers to fill backpacks on Sundays for an hour between 9:00 am and Noon, September 7, 2014 through May 31, 2015.
DID YOU KNOW?
Heat is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities in the United States? Beat the heat by staying hydrated…Drink Water!! This is especially important for our friends who are homeless and unable to get out of the heat on a regular basis.
Of the countless children fleeing poverty and violence in Central America, 15 to 30 of them are being temporarily sheltered at the Catholic Charities facility here in Fort Worth. To help these children we will be collecting COMPLETE Welcome Boxes at the First Street Methodist Mission and delivering them to Catholic Charities.