This program provides an opportunity for us to show God’s grace and Christ’s love to children with homeless families living in the Bristol area. Homeless families enter the program and are provided housing, transportation, food and support while they work to achieve sustainable independence. Several times a year First UMC hosts homeless families for a week. Volunteers help in many ways while hosting including setting up beds, preparing and hosting meals, donating items for bag lunches, breakfast items, planning an activity or craft, playing with the children, helping with homework, spending the night…volunteers are always present when the guests are present.
Every fourth Tuesday of the month 14 volunteers will prepare up to 51 meals for delivery to the elderly or those in need in our community who are unable to either prepare meals or have meals otherwise provided. Volunteers cook and deliver the meals. This program is important because contact is provided with those receiving the meals who otherwise might not see anyone during the day. First UMC is always needing more volunteers to help with this mission.
BEFP is the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty through the region. Their mission is to end hunger in Bristol by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity. The Pantry is open to anyone in need and issues vouchers from 1-3pm on all weekdays. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Pantry tackles the hunger issue head on. First UMC provides two volunteers to work in the Food Pantry on the first Monday of each month. The church also provides donations of food products and monetary donations to support the mission.
First UMC coordinates volunteers from our congregation during the month of December each year to work at the Bristol Soup Kitchen. This mission, sponsored by the United Company Foundation, provides free hot soup, crackers, and milk to any resident on their distribution routes in Bristol, Virginia. Approximately 1,000 soup lunches are prepared and packed weekdays during the year.
BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and local community, formed to serve any persons whose circumstance leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.
The Haven of Rest Rescue Mission strives to help the homeless, hopeless, hungry, and needy of the Mountain Empire Region meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing; their emotional needs by providing encouragement and self-worth; and their spiritual needs of forgiveness, peace, love, and freedom while learning to cope with life-challenging issues in a Christian environment