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The mission of the Recovery Court is to eliminate the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Changing behaviors will change lives. It is a four-phase intervention program that is a collaborative effort between the district court, the prosecutor’s office, the defense attorney, community agencies and case management and treatment programs.
Every other Thursday, the group walks over to the church from the courthouse for refreshments and a time to socialize with each other, judges, attorneys, and Recovery Court volunteers.
Several times a year our Mission Committee sponsors a Feeding America food truck. The objective of this ministry is to offer love and hope to people who are struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers from FPC are asked to come and help with the food distribution and help carry food to clients’ vehicles.
This program enables older adults struggling to live independently to stay in their own home. Trained staff help with homemaking, personal care services and nutrition.
Because of your generous support, our backpack ministries program has expanded again! We are now serving schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Through your donations and the support of many volunteers, we provide food for local children who face hunger on weekends during the school year. This is a great mission in which the whole family can be involved. Using this list of food needs, have children pick out a few items to donate. Take children shopping with you to pick out the items and have them deliver the food to church. We also need volunteers to help pack and deliver the backpacks. If you are able to help, please contact Rachel Cotton or the church office.
This ministry provides twenty-seven areas of help for those in need in our community. A free dental clinic recently opened to accompany the free health clinic. There is a food pantry, clothing and household ministry, furniture and appliance ministry, bicycle ministry, transportation ministry, the laundry hub, God’s Guys Handyman ministry, budget counseling, life skills classes, and a men’s shelter (Harbor Hall), as well as Hope House, a women’s shelter.
Mission for Area People is a non-profit community-based organization committed to serving those persons in Muskegon County who are unable to find resources to meet their needs to improve the quality of life.
The Salvation Army makes a difference in people’s lives by offering a food pantry, assistance with budgeting, utilities, rental assistance, housing and other needs. They also offer a children’s character-building program midweek after school. Camping programs are offered to children during the summer.
The mission of The People Center is to provide a safe place for the people of the area to come, to be heard, and to receive practical assistance in an atmosphere of dignity and trust. In times of emergency or uncertainty, we will respond with food, clothing, transitional Housing and access to other area resources.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Donna vandenBerg or the church office.
Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization founded in 1989. TCA Habitat has since built 60 simple, decent and affordable homes in the Tri-Cities. Our hope is to eliminate sub-standard housing in our community. TCA Habitat works in partnership with area churches, businesses and individuals to build simple, decent houses that will become homes for our Partner families.
Our FPC church liason is Scott Reenders.
Habitat Brush with Kindness Program – Low income homeowners or those with disabilities often struggle with the upkeep of their houses. ABWK helps with painting, minor repairs, landscaping, weatherization, the building of handicapped ramps, and yard clean-up to enable families to live in safe, decent homes in this community.
Mosaic Counseling (formerly TCM) has been providing professional Christian counseling for people in Ottawa County for over 42 years. No one is ever turned away. Their services connect individuals and families to hope and healing. The counseling center was the brainchild of a group of church ministers to meet a very real need in our community. First Presbyterian was one of those original churches.
Supper House is a program that serves dinner Monday thru Friday to members of the Muskegon Community who need a hot meal. On the fourth Monday of each month, members of First Presbyterian Church volunteer to help serve the meal. Meals are served at Temple United Methodist Church in Muskegon Heights.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen Losee or the church office.