Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM)
Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical service center dedicated to providing short-term social services for residents of the Beaches. BEAM seeks to provide social outreach to help people through periods of financial crisis with the goal of assisting them to become functional, economically productive, self-reliant, and fulfilled in their lives. Visit http://www.jaxbeam.org for more information.
PVUMC supports BEAM through a portion of the weekly offering and the twice yearly collection of groceries.
Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack is a national program designed to feed elementary school children who qualify for the free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Each Thursday during the school year, volunteers from PVUMC meet to pack backpacks of nutritious food items so that 90-100 students at Osceola Elementary School in St Augustine will have enough food to tide them over until Monday! Contact Sharon Kehoe if you are interested in helping with this ministry; visit http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org to learn more.
PVUMC supports Blessings in a Backpack through a portion of the weekly offering.
We are a member of the Family Promise network of churches in the Jacksonville area, providing accommodations and meals for families without homes. Family Promise provides struggling families the opportunity to become self-sufficient again. We host up to three families (15 people) in our church for a week at a time, two to three times each year. Needed are hosts to spend a night in the church, people to interact with families, meals each evening and set up teams. Contact Cecily Browning or Sherrill Brown if you are interested in helping with this ministry; visit to learn more.
PVUMC supports Family Promise through a portion of the weekly offering.
Hart Felt Ministries
Hart Felt Ministries is seeking volunteers to help frail, elderly seniors maintain their independence and "age in place" with dignity. Regular visits, telephone reassurance, light chores, building wheelchair ramps, transporting to medical appointments are a few of the opportunities. It's all about neighbors helping neighbors. For more information please contact Kelly Moorman, 386-6681. More information on Hart Felt can be found at http://www.hartfelt.org.
PVUMC supports Hart Felt through a portion of the weekly offering.
Home Again St. John's
Home Again St. John's is a food sharing program in St. Augustine. Each evening a group of volunteers provides food to hungry and homeless people behind the Lightner Museum in downtown St. Augustine. Debi Russillo leads those willing to provide and/or serve a meal at 5:30pm the second Friday of the month. For more information or to help, contact Debi Russillo, 823-9601.
PVUMC supports Home Again St. Johns through a portion of the weekly offering.
Mission House addresses basic needs of homeless adults through meal, shower, case management and medical programs. PVUMC's Cornerstone class (Brett Merrill) prepares and serves a Sunday meal the second Sunday of odd-numbered months. (Cooper Agent) organizes a lunch team each fifth Monday. The Thursday morning women's Bible study (Nancy Rice-Hill) covers lunch the third Thursday of odd-numbered months. Between 95 to 130 plates of food are typically served. Mission House is located at 802 Shetter Avenue in Jacksonville Beach.
PVUMC supports Mission House through a portion of the weekly offering.
St. Francis House - St. Augustine
Located in St. Augustine, St. Francis House seeks to create an atmosphere and lifeline of hope that minimizes the suffering of the homeless and the less fortunate. The House provides essential shelter, food, and resources, centered on faith-based principles, to the area's hungry and homeless population. St. Francis House serves as advocates for the homeless and unfortunate and assists individuals in developing personal independence. Contact Cooper Agent or Barry Durden to volunteer for the first Wednesday evening meal team. (Carpool from/to church 4:00pm/8:00pm if cooking. Closed toe shoes required.) Contact Sue Morris to volunteer for the last Thursday of the month lunch meal team. (Carpool from/to church 9:45am/12:45pm. Closed toe shoes required.) For more information on this ministry, see http://www.stfrancisshelter.org.
PVUMC supports St. Francis House through a portion of the weekly offering.