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Outreach Programs

Disaster Assistance

DISASTER ASSISTANCE Each year, your Outreach Committee designates funds to be utilized in case significant disasters occur. In 2015, $250 was contributed on behalf of Kalamazoo First Presbyterian to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Disaster Relief efforts for both the Vanuatu typhoon and the Nepal earthquake. As you may recall, both of these natural disasters were tremendously devastating to these small countries.   

CROP Hunger Walk

Church World Service (CWS), the sponsor of CROP Hunger Walks, has been working to relieve hunger and poverty throughout the world since 1946. CWS grew out of the needs of refugees who were left with nothing in the aftermath of World War II. The 2015 event was a celebration of 40 years of Kalamazoo CROP walkers, working and walking together to help…

Celebrate the Vision

Celebrate the Vision is our midweek outreach program that includes the ministries of faith formation, fellowship and food. The evening begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays with a Men’s Community Bible Study facilitated by Ray Wicks.  At 5:30, following the Bible Study, we serve a homemade dinner to 80-120 guests with assistance from the evening’s cooks, Linda Digby and Dr. Patricia Stromsta.  We also distribute…

Edison School Outreach Program

Just completing 16 years, the Edison School Outreach Project has grown from that hardy, adventurous number of ten to being the largest faith-based volunteer group (over 60 people) serving in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Our volunteers work as individual tutors in reading and math, work with small groups under the direction of the classroom teachers, accompany student groups on field trips, bake and…

Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference

The Kalamazoo Deacons Conference (KDC) is a local Kalamazoo organization that works each day to make Kalamazoo a better place to live. KDC recognizes the physical and spiritual needs of the poor in our community, and attends to these needs by sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ. While other organizations in Kalamazoo meet the physical needs of the poor and…

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center

The Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC) was established to provide free, short-term child care for low-income families with children from six weeks through five years of age. The objectives of our service are to enable parents with young children to more rapidly negotiate the maze of appointments and services often required to obtain employment or permanent housing, to register for school…

Habitat for Humanity and Loaves & Fishes

KALAMAZOO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church supported Habitat for Humanity with constructing, remodeling, and landscaping several homes in Kalamazoo, Portage, and Kalamazoo Township. KALAMAZOO LOAVES AND FISHES FPC continues to provide both monetary and volunteer support for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes (KLF). FPC support for this community program dates from its founding in 1982 by persons who, working with Ministry with…

Ministry with Community

Ministry with Community was founded in 1978 by a small group of local citizens led by Dorothy Markusse, a member of First Presbyterian. It was initially located at North Presbyterian Church, and provided basic services to adults with no other place to turn. In 1985, it moved into its current location on North Church Street. Currently “Ministry” provides daytime shelter, breakfast, and lunch 365 days…

Nicaragua Partnership

NICARAGUA PARTNERSHIP The Lake Michigan/Nueva Guinea partnership is the longest-continuing Protestant mission partnership operating through CEPAD, creating mission opportunities and mission support since 1983. CEPAD hosts our mission groups and directs mission financial support to assure designated uses are respected. CEPAD is an organization coordinating the work of Protestant congregations to improve the social and family life of Nicaraguans. First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo, was one of…

North Presbyterian Church

North Presbyterian Church has been financially challenged since, in the fall of 2014, Community Mental Health of Kalamazoo County cut its financial support of the Togetherness Group, a part of their ministry. The Togetherness Group provides weekly social activities for people living with serious mental illness. For many of the participants, this weekly activity is the only time they can leave the…