Local missions

Diversity Group on Street in Santa Fe

 

WE GIVE TO CAUSES THAT SUPPORT

HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION

First Presbyterian Church is committed to causes that promote responsible living, are effective witnesses of faith, and produce measurable results.  We are committed to support many organizations that directly impact lives of those living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with approximately 25 percent of our budget allocated to homeless efforts in Santa Fe.

 

For the Hungry

Bienvenidos Outreach, Inc.

Bags of groceries are collected monthly from church members and are distributed to those in need by Bienvenidos Outreach, Inc.,  a community organization in Santa Fe whose mission is to reduce hunger in Santa Fe.  Approximately 225 bags of food are collected annually and distributed to those in need.

Feeding Santa Fe

Feeding Santa Fe , Inc., started in this church, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Its mission is to provide supplemental food on a routine, scheduled basis directly to hungry families and individuals and through other service organizations in the Santa Fe area.

Juntos los Miercoles

Juntos los Miercoles operates during the school year and offers hot dinners, fresh groceries, parent workshops, and classes for children.  The church is involved in serving dinner to the group once a month during the school year.

Santa Fe Community Farm

The missions of Santa Fe Community Farm are to provide fresh organic produce to those in need, to practice sustainability, to preserve agricultural land, and to promote community awareness of hunger issues and sustainable food-producing practices that keep our environment safe and healthy.  It has contributed produce to feed the hungry through Food for Santa Fe, The Food Depot, and Kitchen Angels.

 

For the Homeless

Adelante

Adelante’s mission is to strengthen opportunities for Santa Fe Public School children and youth experiencing homelessness so that they may reach their educational potential and achieve life success. It provides these services to homeless students, their siblings, and their families: innovative bilingual services, material assistance, free tutoring, a food pantry, transportation, advocacy in the schools and communities, case management, access to emergency funds, weekly programs for homeless families (Juntos los Miercoles), and enriching after-school program assistance.

The Interfaith Community Shelter

Working with volunteers and community groups, The Interfaith Community Shelter provides short-term survival services and additional long-term services in collaboration with the city of Santa Fe and local service provider partners.  It also provides active service experiences for volunteers.   Volunteers from the church prepare lunch each Friday for the shelter’s clients and provide dinners for an entire week twice a year.

 

For Health Care

Pastoral Counseling Center

Pastoral Counseling Center of Santa Fe provides quality mental health counseling services in the context of values, philosophy, theology, and religious and spiritual experience in serving the needs of its 475 clients, who are adults and children from Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

Solace Crisis Treatment Center

The Solace Crisis Treatment Center responds to the needs of individuals who are in crisis or suffering from trauma. It is a state-of-the-art non-profit agency, located in Santa Fe, that combines the healing power and the services of a specialized clinical team, advocacy center, and education and prevention experts to help survivors and the community restore strength in the face of adversity.  It provides services to those affected by PTSD, rape, or domestic violence.

 

For Education

Interfaith Coalition for Public Education

The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education is an initiative to mobilize citizen volunteers to support the Santa Fe Public Schools and maximize the full potential of every child through advocacy, research, classroom assistance, service coordination,  and resource development.

Interfaith Leadership Alliance

The Interfaith Leadership Alliance (ILA) was established in 2007 to address social and economic injustice in our community.  The ILA partners with schools, community agencies, and social service organizations to bring greater resources and support to the Santa Fe community.

English Language Learners Program

The church, in partnership with Westminster Presbyterian Church,  presents a program once a week during which dinner is served and classes in learning the English language are held for children and youth.  This program takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Santa Fe Community Soccer League Program

We are very proud to have established a relationship with the Santa Fe Community Soccer League, which offers a free program for youth from ages seven to seventeen.   The league sponsors soccer matches, which church members attend and support financially.