We are called by God to reach out to the community in which we live, to care for those in need, and to do all we can to love and serve our neighbors. First Presbyterian Church is deeply committed to this work and partners with local, national and international organizations and ministries.
American Caribbean Experience – ACE is a Christ-based outreach ministry dedicated to community transformation in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica through strategic initiatives in education, enterprise, healthcare and discipleship. Each summer we have an intergenerational mission team go to Jamaica to work alongside ACE. Ask any trip alumnus to tell you about it, and you’ll want to be on the trip for the next year!
Cafe Justo – “Just Coffee,” is a ministry of Frontera de Cristo, a Presbyterian border ministry partner. Café Justo is a fair trade coffee cooperative of farmers in southern Mexico who work with coffee roasters and shippers at the northern Mexico/US border. We sell coffee the first Sunday of each month. In cincert with Cafe Justo, we also work with Frontera de Cristo – Rev. Mark Adams – PC(USA) Mission Partner Support Mark currently serves with Frontera de Cristo on the US/Mexico border and also with Presbyterian Border Ministries.
Daily Bread – The mission of Daily Bread Ministries is to feed the hungry by providing one hot nutritious meal a day to whomever is in need. The Greer Soup Kitchen, a part of Daily Bread Ministries, is a non-profit, charitable organization that was founded in 1990 when concerned citizens observed that people in their own town were going hungry. One meal was served on their first day. Today over one hundred and fifty meals per day are served in a modern restaurant-style facility.
Triune Mercy Center – is a non-denominational church that works alongside the homeless in Greenville, SC. They have worship services Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m and anyone is welcome. They also provide assistance to those in need with hot meals, laundry, groceries, and even medical aid. First Presbyterian Church of Greer works with Triune in a variety of ways, including Backyard Mission, Sunday evening meals and assistance with their food pantry.
Greer Community Ministries – GCM is a faith based organization with the philosophy that “no elderly, homebound or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry.” In 2013, Meals on Wheels delivered nearly 80,000 hot and freshly prepared meals in the Greer area. Also, GCM saw over 8,300 clients being assisted in its Food Pantry and Sharon’s Closet. An average of 20 Senior Diners were brought to the ministry on weekdays to enjoy fellowship with others while they participated in programs, field trips, picnics and shopping excursions.
Greer Relief – Greer Relief and Resources Agency is a human services, non-profit organization that serves the Greater Greer area. Greer Relief serves the residents of Greer, Taylors, Duncan, Lyman, and Wellford by providing a “hand up, not a hand out.” The organization helps neighbors who are having short-term difficulties due to a medical crisis, a job loss, or other unforeseeable circumstance that makes meeting basic living expenses extremely difficult or even impossible. They have helped with the immediate need to guide our neighbors to other community resources or agencies that may be better suited to provide long term aid.
GAIHN – Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) is the only agency in the area that allows homeless families to remain together as a family unit and not be separated by gender. We house families at our church once a quarter. Volunteers serve as hosts, bring in meals and spend the night.
Dunbar Buddies – Dunbar Child Development Center, located in the neighboring Sunnyside community, serves preschool children who are in need of additional school-readiness skills before they start kindergarten. Dunbar Buddies are volunteers who give 30 minutes – 1 hour of their time each week to work with a particular class or student.
Dunbar Backpack Buddies is a program to provide supplemental food for Dunbar students over the weekends. This year the Backpack Buddies Pantry is located in the gym, as you enter on the left. You may put donated food on the black shelving unit. Please remember that foods should be individually wrapped, no nuts or peanut butter products, and try to purchase low sugar foods. Here is a suggested list of foods.