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: Achievement Center for Children & Families was started 50 years ago in one of our classrooms at First Presbyterian Church with two teachers and twenty children. Now they serve over 900 children in their various program providing Preschool, Afterschool, Team and Summer Camps, and Family Strengthening Services, while providing 243,000 free meals each year. They ensure school readiness, provide skill-building opportunities, promote academic achievement, and support healthy lifestyles. Contact volunteer coordinator, Jessica Gregoire (561-266-0003).
- 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.
- Christians Reaching Out to Society Ministries: CROS (Christians Reaching Out to Society) provides much needed nutritious food for children, adults, seniors, veterans, and the disabled and homeless population throughout the year. The Caring Kitchen serves a hot lunch each day at different churches and Thursdays here at First Presbyterian Church. They serve between 70-120 hot meals each day on average which are prepared a Cason Methodist Church each morning. Volunteers also deliver meals to the homebound. They have seven food pantries in Palm Beach County, with our local pantry open 12-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 141 SW 12th Avenue. For volunteer information contact Shona Castillo (561-278-0918).
- Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach: Naoma Donnelly Haggin Boys and Girls Club is a safe after school program serving 760 local teens from 2-8 p.m. with a learning center, computer lab, dance studio, game rooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, leadership programs, STEM programs, robotics, a new Symphonia Youth program, as well as summer/spring/winter camps. Contact LaTisha Paul (561-279-0251.
- 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. Contact Marlene Mejia for more information.
- 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 addiction treatment center that offers residential and outpatient treatment to women who are struggling with addiction. They do not take volunteers due to privacy issues except volunteers who want to help with fundraising events. For more information contact Rhett Toth (561-278-0055, ext. 1004).
- 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.”
- Pajama Program: In the United States, thousands of children will go to bed tonight missing something. They may be feeling alone and afraid, in a bed that isn't theirs, in a shelter that isn't a home or with families who wish they could give more. By providing the magical gift of pajamas and books, this programs brings a caring bedtime ritual into their lives.
- 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, and gleaning crops in local fields. Dates and details for each project will announced as they are available. Please join us!
- 2019 Youth trip working with DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) in Chicago
- 2018 Youth trip to Mobile Alabama
- 2017 Youth trip to Key West to work with the homeless and fix a church in need
- 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
- 2017 to Key West to feed the homeless and fix a church in need.
- 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 Hurricane Dorian
- Storm Recovery for Hurricane Michael
- Storm Recovery for Hurricane Irma
- Storm Recovery for Hurricane Florence
- Storm Recovery for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
- Storm Recovery for Typhoon Haiyan
- Storm Recovery for SuperStorm Sandy
- Tents for Haiti
Food for Haiti
- Moringa Trees
- Water Pumps for Malawi