Achievement Centers for Children & Families
Achievement Center for Children & Families was started over 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). Watch a short video about this agency that helps so many in our local community.
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. They are dedicated to empowering and supporting survivors of domestic violence to live violence-free and self-sufficient lives. The 24-hour crisis hotline is 800-355-8547 and the Administrative Office number is 561-265-3797. Watch this short video about this agency that helps so many in our community.
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.
Aging in Place
Boynton Beach Faith-Based Community Development Corporation's elder care programs and services are designed to provide basic essential services as part of their "Age in Place" program rather than having to enter institutional care. Home delivered meals are prepared and delivered on Wednesday each week. Special attention is made to freshness, increase in proteins, veggies and fruits while low salt, sugar and fat to seniors with chronic conditions, particularly diabetes and hypertension.
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). Watch this short video about what they do and what their clubs look like.
Campo Alegre (Farmerworker Childrens Center)
Campo Alegre at the Farmworker Childrens Center, has been a critical program to promote academic and social skills among under-served students. With over 100 students in the after school and summer programs, they have sought to improve and identify best practices for the benefit of their children. Watch a short video about what this agency does in our local community. Contact Donna Goray for more information.
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. Watch this Thank You video from the Caridad Center to our congregation.
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.
The Fuller Center
The Fuller Center (formerly
known as the Florence Fuller Child Development Center) has been a community
cornerstone for over 50 years, providing economically disadvantaged children
the same educational opportunities as their more affluent peers. Their goal is to
support hardworking families and their children to realize their full
potential. They believe all children should have the chance to experience success
in school, in work, and in life, regardless of their parents’ income or zip
code. They offer programs for children from six weeks through teens and offer a unique, comprehensive system of family support to ensure that parents and caregivers are empowered to provide for their
families and make a positive economic impact in our community. Watch a short video about how this agency has responded during the pandemic to those they serve.
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. Their 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 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.”
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.