In addition to its primary outreach projects, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church connects with the Pensacola community in many other ways.
United Ministries was started by a number of downtown congregations in 1987 to help effectively and cohesively help families in crisis who are experiencing the inability to cover the cost of basic needs. This includes emergency assistance with rent and utilities along with providing emotional and spiritual support.
Manna Food Pantries
Manna Food Pantries provides emergency food to households in the Escambia and Santa Rosa County areas. Our church makes constant donations of cash and food collected by our congregation. There are also opportunities to help work in their organic gardens that help provide fresh produce.
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen provides approximately 6,200 meals per month to the homeless. It is also a haven for homeless families who can stay in the emergency family shelter for up to two weeks. Along with being financial partners with Loaves and Fishes, many FPC members are committed volunteers at the kitchen and they welcome anyone else who would care to join them!
The Transitional Housing Program is a part of the Loaves and Fishes ministry. It provides both physical and spiritual support to homeless families. This includes up to two years of housing and case management to help them move on to self-sufficiency. People in this program also share in the parenting classes and are provided clothing and other needs.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a national, non-profit Christian housing ministry working in partnership with local churches to provide homes for local citizens. The Pensacola chapter of Habitat is one of the largest and most effective in the country. First Presbyterian has been a lead church in this effort, donating money and working on Saturdays to build these homes.
Disaster Recovery Assistance
When natural disasters affect the Gulf Coast area, we send teams of volunteers to help folks get back on their feet. In February of 2016, two tornadoes hit our county within days of one another. In some ways local recovery efforts are just now able to get in there and help. FPC will be engaged in those efforts in the months and years to come, including demolition and rebuilding.