Community Ministry Partners
Community Ministry Partner funding is provided for projects and missions that complement the mission and vision of First UMC. Your Local Missions Team identifies organizations and projects that reflect our goals of caring for people in transformational ways, especially those affected by poverty and those confronting crisis in their lives. We partner with organizations in our community that need volunteers as well as financial assistance.
After much discussion, vetting, and review, First UMC is overjoyed to fund TWENTY-THREE partnerships in 2019 with grants totaling $175,000 – an 16.7% increase from last year’s program! These grants are in addition to agencies and services like Fuller Center for Housing, Young Life, and Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home who receive funding through our operating budget. Our church is abundantly blessed with physical, relational, and financial resources, and what a joy it is to share those gifts with local groups simply trying to serve God’s people by improving their lives!
Christian Service – provides two meals a day, 364 days a year. Our partnership helps purchase food for around 75,000 meals per year.
Common Ground – works to build relationships and serve the people of the Cedar Grove Community. Our partnership will provide funding for their wildly successful youth and afterschool programs.
Community Renewal International Allendale Friendship House – serves the children and families of the Allendale community through relationships. Our partnership helps with afterschool and summer programming for these at-risk students.
Food Bank of NWLA – serves as the center of food distribution for deserving individuals and programs. Our partnership will purchase 800,000 pounds of produce which will serve 75,000 people.
Gingerbread House – provides investigation and support for children going through physical and sexual abuse cases. Our partnership helps fund interviews, investigations, and counseling.
Highland Center Ministries – provides community services for the working poor of the Highland Community. Our partnership will provide funding for their free tax prep service, their Hand-up Loan program, and their Highland Blessing Dinner.
Holy Angels – cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our partnership will help fund their innovative Angel Works Social Enterprise and Day Program.
Hope Connections – guides and fosters a comprehensive, coordinated homeless services system. Our partnership allows them to provide much needed ID’s and birth certificates as well as funding bus passes for those trying to get back to their families.
Martin Luther King Health Center – offers free physician care, medication, and health education. Our partnership helps fund their diagnostic lab and medical supplies.
Philadelphia Center – operates the Mercy Center, a residential facility dedicated to serving formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Our partnership helps them with their utility expenses.
Project Celebration – provides a domestic violence shelter and services. Our partnership funds food, clothing and hygiene items for domestic violence survivors and clothing for sexual assault survivors.
Providence House – offers a temporary home for the homeless through their residential development center. Our partnership will help fund their Child Development Center, which provides child care so resident parents can work while also providing growth for the children they serve.
Renesting Project – gathers household donations to help fully furnish and outfit homes of those moving out of homelessness. Our partnership helps them with their distribution center expenses.
Samaritan Counseling Center – providing subsidized counseling for low-income individuals and those who fall in the gap. Our partnership will provide upgrades to their facility including accessibility to disabled clients.
Shreveport Bar Foundation – offers legal representation for victims of domestic violence. Our partnership will help their domestic violence clients (served pro bono) pay for the many extra legal expenses incurred, such as court filing, subpoenas, and additional legal paperwork.
Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission – provides emergency shelter and services for the homeless. Our partnership will support their Life Recovery Program through purchasing discipleship curriculum and case management software.
The Hub Urban Ministries – outreach to homeless and poverty level individuals, serving 800-1000 a month. Our partnership helps fund their Lovewell VIP Program.
Volunteers for Youth Justice – provides care for children, youth, and families in crisis. Our partnership provides funds for mentoring and life skills training at JS Clark, Fair Park, and Broadmoor schools.
Volunteers of America – provides opportunity, promotes dignity, and inspires change for a variety of people. Our partnership will fund program meals for their many clients.
Woody’s Home for Veterans – provides a home for veterans in need of continued psychiatric care. Our partnership will fund staff training and off-campus resident activities.
YWCA – serves at-risk women and girls in the community. Our partnership will help fund the FREE Coalition human trafficking prevention program.
Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home – guides children and families home to experience God’s love. Our partnership will provide bikes, helmets, and a ropes course for their children.
Praise Academy at Lakeside – provides education for Lakeside children and services for their families. Our partnership will help fund technology needs.