Hope House

Hope House established in 1992, serves the hungry and homeless of the inner-city Utica area three meals a day, seven days a week.  They provide countless hours of safe haven from the streets for the people whom are their guests, many whom come to Hope House to be with “family”.  Our church has adopted the second Thursday of every month, providing the meal and the people to serve it.  Each meal at Hope House serves on average 140 guests.  Volunteers are always welcome and generally assist from 3:00PM to 5:30PM.  Currently our youth group prepare and serve the meal on the first Sunday each month.  Feed the hungry and receive ten fold in return!
Our involvement: Congregational financial support, donations and volunteering.

Seeds of Hope Food Pantry

Mission Statement: seeking to reflect God’s love, we are an interactive community providing supplemental nutritional needs, offering hospitality, education, and advocacy for our neighbors. Located at the back entrance of the First Presbyterian Church of Utica, 1605 Genesee St., we are open Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. The food pantry serves Utica area primarily east of the arterial. All who enter are provided a with 3 day supply of food based on size of family and personal items as they are available. Volunteers are needed for transportation, stocking shelves, keeping records, greeting guests, and providing hospitality.

Our involvement: We are ministry partners with New Hartford Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Utica, and Our Savior Lutheran Church of Utica in supporting Seeds of Hope with volunteers and congregational financial contributions and donations.

Soles 4 Souls

This organization is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Since 2006 they have collected and distributed new and gently used shoes to those in need throughout the U.S. and in 127 countries around the world.  Villagers can repair shoes and resell them or give them to those in need.

Our involvement: Annual shoe drive each Fall.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse that collects shoe boxes filled with toys and personal items, then distributes them to children throughout the U.S. and worldwide.  Every gift filled shoe box is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship, transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. These simple gifts are sent to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, famine, and disease.

Our involvement: Volunteers are needed in November to organize and package items in shoe boxes.  Donations of items or money are welcome.

Link: http://samaritanspurse.org

Evelyn’s House

Evelyn’s House for young mothers and babies (opened 2007). It is a program of The Family Nurturing Center of CNY.  The house is a transitional residential program that provides safe, nurturing home and supportive services for young women up to age 21 who have become homeless during pregnancy or after having a baby.  Each mother and child living at Evelyn’s House experiences compassion and kindness through the caring acts of volunteers who help with child care, group activities, transportation, holidays and fundraisers. The moms and kids of Evelyn’s House benefit greatly from the generous contributions of cash and gifts offered by local groups and individuals.

Our involvement: Volunteering at the house and gift baskets filled with personal items for the mothers.

Easter Celebration

A fun Easter celebration and egg hunt for children and families.  They will learn the True Message of Easter- Jesus.  They will do a craft, have a snack and hunt for eggs.  Other activities are also planned for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
Our involvement: Church members are asked to participate in a variety of ways to carry out the activity.

Trunk O’ Treat

This activity reaches out to families in the community with a fun family event while showcasing our church’s hospitality and programs.  Car trunks are decorated with Biblical or non-scary Halloween themes.  Refreshments are served.
Our involvement: Church members are asked to participate in a variety of ways to carry out the activity.

M.O.P.S. – Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS International exists to encourage and equip Moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women, and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with our church. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from September- May,
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Our involvement: Church members can assist with child care during the program.

Prayer Chain

A group of Church members who will pray for individuals who have been brought to the attention of this group by a Church member.  Privacy is important and permission is obtained from the person involved.
Our involvement: Church members may join this group at any time.

Care and Share

Church members volunteer to provide a meal to Church family who are confined to home due to surgery, hospitalization, accident, illness, or a death in the family, etc.
Our involvement: Church members that participate will be contacted as needed throughout the year to prepare part of the meal.

Soldier Box Ministry

A prayer list, given by Church family and friends, is kept for all active military soldiers. Our Church family is asked to pray for these individuals.  A box of goodies is sent to soldiers who are deployed overseas on a monthly basis.


Our involvement: Church member pray for individuals. UMW pays for monthly postage and donates for the box contents. Church members can donate.

J.O.Y. ~ Just Older Youth

The team meets 6 times a year to evaluate who needs to have some extra love and care.  Each month Thinking of You, Birthday, and Get Well or Holiday cards are sent to those individuals. The team writes notes letting them know that the Church is thinking of them and that they are in our prayers. Visits and phone calls are also made.  At Christmas a small basket of treats are deliver to those who live locally.  This ministry works closely with the Care and Share and the Prayer Chain Ministry.
Our involvement: Church member can join this ministry.

Box Tops for Education

The Box Tops are collected for the Frakes Elementary School at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky.  This is one of the mission institutions of the Red Bird Mission Conference.  The Red Bird Missionary Conference is located in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky and is the most comprehensive mission of the United Methodist Church in the United States.
Our involvement: Church members collect the Box Tops for Education and put them in the Box Top container on the Mission and Outreach table.