PLACES WE TEND TO AVOID: Ministry Partners


First Stop

Program Description:
IMS First Stop is a daytime program that offers assessment of the needs of homeless individuals/families and establishment of an Individual Service Plan (ISP). They accomplish this through things like visiting homeless persons in camps, assisting in finding suitable housing, distributing blankets, and providing access to showers and laundries.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Serve breakfast 
  • Sort Clothing 
  • Providing Meal Packs


Downtown Rescue Mission

Program Description:
The mission of the Downtown Rescue Mission is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless by providing food, clothing, shelter, and education to break the homeless cycle in the name of Christ. They accomplish this through thinks such as GED programs and recovery programs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Serve Meals 
  • Sort Clothes 
  • Sort Food in Food Pantry 
  • Bible Study Leader


Manna House

Program Description:
2110 South Memorial Parkway

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Pray for families in need 
  • Donate peanut butter and soups 
  • Purchase gifts for Manna House clients – new toys for children and slippers for the elderly 
  • Donate socks, gloves and hats for cold weather 
  • Donate baked goods, cookies and other holiday treats for weekly meals 
  • Volunteer to help with dinner on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday any time between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm – Ages 4 and up welcome to serve.

Kairos Prison Ministry

Program Description:
The GO Team has added the Kairos Prison Ministry as a mission partner.  First Church members will have an opportunity to support the Kairos weekend by praying for the inmates and the team putting on the weekend. We may also providing cookies for the weekend. The inmates and team eat an amazing 15,000 cookies. Many cookies are always needed!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Bake cookies for the inmates
  • Pray for the inmates

305 8th Street

Family Services Center

Hope School Bethlehem

The Arc of Madison County

New Futures, Inc.