We are acknowledged in our community as being a primary leader among area congregations because of our direct involvement in local mission work. We support outstanding social service agencies and organizations. We also are concerned with providing support for new mission programs in the initial stages of their development. Our congregation is committed to witnessing to the Presence of Christ in our community and throughout the world. Our primary areas for mission outreach continue to be hunger and poverty, abused and neglected children, developmentally disadvantaged children, disenfranchised youth, homeless families, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, migrant health care, local, national and international disaster relief, and theological education, at home and abroad.
- Achievement Centers for Children & Families: ACCF provides comprehensive services to educate, train and support at-risk children, youth and families ensuring success in school, economic stability, and improved quality of family life. This program, which began here in our church in 1969, now serves over 700 children and 150 adults by providing affordable childcare, after-school programs and adult education. The center’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty and help families realize economic self-sufficiency while preparing their children for academic success.
- Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches: Adopt-A-Family helps restore families in crisis to stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services. Last year, over 3,000 families and children were assisted who were either homeless, in search of affordable housing or in a short-term situational crisis.
- The Community Caring Center of Boynton Beach: The Community Caring Center addresses the root causes of poverty by an innovative integration of social services programs, economic development, nutrition, education and access to a healthy sustainable food center. The center helps provide emergency food, shelter, senior veggie mobile, financial aid and job training to our most vulnerable population. Programs include homeless outreach, child nutritional education, volunteer caregiving for frail and elderly, food pantry and Angel Food Ministries SHARE. CCC’s programs include the Small Business Incubator, which nurtures new small businesses and the Green Market where local growers can sell their produce.
- Christians Reaching Out to Society Ministries: CROS ‘s mission is to enable people of all faiths to work to identify unmet needs of the community and collaborate with community groups in creating solutions to meet those needs. Last year, nearly 40,000 people received emergency food, nearly half of whom were children, from Delray Beach’s two locations. Caring Kitchen served more than 84,000 meals, and the Gleaning program supplied 218,272 pounds of fresh produce to local community food programs. Food Coordinators serve hot meals, distribute hygiene items, and bring hope to those most at risk in our community.
CROS Walk (End Hunger Walk) volunteers from our church raised nearly $4,000 last year by sponsoring or walking in the Annual CROS Walk (End Hunger Walk).
CROS also sponsors Campo Alegre.
- Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach: The Boys and Girls Club inspires and assists all young people, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring human beings. The club offers a variety of award winning programs to help build skills, self-esteem, and values. The club is open during critical times when youth are not in school; after school, summer, spring and winter breaks, and focuses on education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness, recreation, character and leadership development as well as technology.
- Caridad Center: Caridad Center was founded by Caridad Asencio and Connie Berry along with the help of our church in 1989 with the goal of helping low-income working poor families in need. From the original focus on providing the bare necessities of food, clothing and shelter, Caridad has grown to fill the gaps of medical and dental needs providing vital health care to over 6,000 uninsured Palm Beach County residents through the dedication of 500 plus volunteers, resulting in over 24,000 visits annually. In addition to clinic services, Caridad has a grassroots social services program that offers a Homework Enrichment Program, College Scholarships, Holiday Outreach and Emergency Assistance for families in financial crisis.
- Family Promise of South Palm Beach County:
Family Promise empowers families to transition from homelessness to sustained independence. Through the support of interfaith congregations, families have temporary shelter and services so that they can achieve lasting independence. Volunteers from our congregation stay overnight at hosting locations, teach piano lessons, work in the office, help with resume writing, drive the van transporting the families to and from the Day Center to the Host Congregation, and assist at various events.
- Florence Fuller Centers:
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers offer affordable childcare, quality preschool programs (including Head Start and Early Head Start), enriched afterschool and summer camp programs for low-income families. Comprehensive support services include a food program providing two-thirds of the children’s nutritional needs, medical screenings and a clinic where mildly ill children are cared for by a registered nurse, alleviating the need for parents to take time off from work.
- The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach:
The Soup Kitchen serves over 500 meals each day and provides more than 100 food bags daily to the needy and the poor for just $1.16 per meal. The after school program tutors students of which 90% achieved at least a full year’s academic growth. The Taking Care of the Babies program provides new mothers of infants and babies with free education, referrals, food, vitamins, and diapers.
- CRC Recovery (Crossroads Club): The Crossroads Club provides a safe haven for anyone whose life has been adversely affected by the use of addictive substances. The refuge is open seven days a week and is a place of fellowship and camaraderie as well as a place to enhance both spiritual and inner strength to cope with addiction. Our funds go to the Recovery Foundation which owns the building and grounds and funds Crossroads’ Living Skills-in-the-Schools Program.
- Drug Abuse Foundation: The Drug Abuse Foundation (DAF) is a fully licensed, accredited not-for-profit chemical dependency treatment and prevention agency. Their mission is to encourage and support the process of recovery from chemical addiction and to promote drug free living and mental well-being through prevention services, intervention services, crisis stabilization services and treatment services.
- Wayside House: Wayside House is a women’s alcohol and drug abuse treatment program located in Delray Beach. For over 30 years, Wayside has been meeting the unique needs of addicted women and their families. The residence becomes their home where they are treated with dignity and respect in an atmosphere of caring support as they come to terms with their disease of addiction. Children’s prevention programs include educational and support groups as well as outpatient services.
- Back-to-Basics, Inc. Angel Program: Each Holiday Season, this local mission effort serves up to 6,000 needy school-aged children in our county, enabling them to be properly equipped with the basics to participate in physical education classes at their schools. The non-profit Back-to-Basics, Inc. Angel Program was created over 25 years ago by Wellington residents, Don and Beverly Perham, to help fill this need. They orchestrate the gift donations and arrange distribution to specific students through participating schools. “As concerned citizens, we have a responsibility to serve those less fortunate than ourselves. By participating in the Back-to-Basics Angel Program, we are experiencing the joy of helping and giving that will last a lifetime.”
- Freedom in Creation: Freedom in Creation inspires healthy sustainable community in Uganda with art, water, and global education. Through grassroots community development, they empower youth and women with art as therapy and entrepreneurship education, enabling them to bring vital resources to their communities. Connecting development programs with international classrooms, they enrich global education with participatory and service learning. In 2009 and 2010, First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach were of tremendous support to their community in terms of their access to water and also vital to the foundation of their farm otherwise known as their Center for Sustainability.
A.C.T. (Actively Changing Tomorrow) is an initiative to engage members of all ages of our congregation in community projects. These take place throughout the year on Sunday mornings following the worship services or on Saturdays. Projects include decorating boxes for our Thanksgiving in a Box ministry, wrapping shoe boxes for the Back to Basics Angel Program, sorting bottle caps for Caps of Love, and gleaning crops in local fields. Dates and details for each project will announced as they are available. Please join us!
- 2015 Youth working with DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) in Miami
- 2014 Youth working with DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) in Miami
- 2013 Senior High Youth Group to work with YouthWorks in Puerto Rico
- 2012 Senior High Youth Group to Slidell, Louisiana to do clean up / construction work as a result of Hurricane Katrina
- 2011 Senior High Youth Group to Portland, Jamaica, to do construction work.
- 2011 Middle High Youth Group to Marathon, Florida, to work at a local abuse shelter.
- 2010 Senior High Youth Group to Norfolk, Virginia to do construction work on flooded homes.
- 2010 Middle High Youth Group to Ocala, Florida to paint playgrounds, move a food kitchen and landscape a thrift store
- 2008 Work at the Caring Kitchen
- 2006 Visits to Mobile, Alabama to work in the local community
- 2006 Work at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
- 2005 Work with DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) in Atlanta, Georgia
- 2005 Work at C.R.O.S. day camp in Delray Beach
- 2013 Painting and repairs on a home in the local Delray Beach community
- 2012 Haiti to build three houses for families affected by the 2010 earthquake
- 2011 Delray Beach Youth Vocational School to prepare a classroom
- 2009 Rebuilding in New Orleans
2009 Repairs in Port St. Lucie on hurricane damaged homes
- 2009 Caridad Work Day painting rooms at the medical clinic
- 2009 Painting homes in the local Delray Beach community
- 2009 Working on Habitat for Humanity homes in the local area
- 2008 Repairs in Port St. Lucie on hurricane damaged homes
- 2006 Gutting homes in New Orleans
- Previous trips to Peru, Mozambique, Malawi, and Mexico
- Storm Recovery for Typhoon Haiyan
- Storm Recovery for SuperStorm Sandy
- Tents for Haiti
Food for Haiti
- Moringa Trees
- Water Pumps for Malawi