Local Partners and Friends in Mission

American Red Cross - The ARC helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe every day.  First Pres is a designated emergency shelter with trained volunteers in disaster relief. www.redcross.org

*Dale House -
  is an outreach project of Young Life that serves troubled young people with a family-oriented community. Dale House is a licensed residential child care working with youth ages 16 – 21 and focused on independent living. Many members of our congregation have been involved in this program over the past 25 years. They provide counseling, emergency placement, an on-grounds school, independent living preparation and transitional and independent living apartments as well as outreach and aftercare.

*Ecumenical Social Ministries (ESM) - Following Christ's directive to "feed the hungry" and "clothe the naked," ESM has provided a Christian outreach of emergency direct services to needy families and individuals since its founding in 1982 by 8 downtown Colorado Springs churches, including First Presbyterian. Their services include assistance with prescription medications, food, USDA commodities, clothing, transportation, laundry, haircuts, eye glasses, and other miscellaneous needs. ESM assists families in locating affordable housing and obtaining/maintaining that housing and utility service. The Employment Program offers clients the opportunity to achieve greater independence through job readiness, development and placement services. They serve approximately 10,000 families annually. ESM's ultimate goal is to assist clients toward greater self-sufficiency. www.ecusocmin.org   

 *Family Life Services - is an evangelical, non-denominational ministry which seeks to compassionately express the Gospel of Jesus Christ by intervening in the lives of disrupted families who are committed to change, moving them toward functional wholeness. They provide a resident program for mothers and children and Biblically-based family counseling. They also help develop clusters of three to four households who team together to help a single-parent family. www.flscs.com   

*Family Mentor Alliance -is a program of Springs Rescue Mission in which mentor teams of 3 – 6 people are matched with a family wanting to move out of homelessness.  The team works with the family on budgeting, life skills and goals through relationships that are developed build trust, and encouragement and support.  Along with support from the FMA staff the team also assists the family in finding affordable, sustainable housing.  With a commitment of 6 months, you can bring hope and healing to a family and help solve family homelessness! www.springsrescuemission.org/familymentoralliance  

*Family Promise- The mission of the Family Promise is to give hope to homeless families with children. Family Promise realizes its mission by providing transitional shelter, meal and supportive services to homeless families and those at immediate risk of homelessness.  The 5 basic components: hosting by local congregations, a day center where case management services are provided, volunteers, partnering with social service agencies for referrals and services, and transportation for families with that need.  www.ihn-cos.org

*Fostering Hope  - The mission of Fostering Hope is to reverse the bleak outcomes for foster children in our community who have suffered abuse and neglect.  Fostering Hope is changing the odds. Volunteer teams serve as an extended family for foster families.  Their friendship and assistance provides a crucial missing link-the stability, enrichment and connections that are necessary for every child to succeed.  It all comes down to what kids need:  Stability. Enrichment.  Community.  www.fosteringhopefoundaton.org              
*Greccio Housing -
The Mission of Greccio, Housing Unlimited, Inc. is to preserve, develop and maintain quality affordable housing that supports a sense of community in the Pikes Peak Region. An extensive network of referrals to other agencies can provide education, mental health expertise, child care, job-hunting assistance, substance abuse treatment, and many other specialized services. www.greccio.org
*Habitat for Humanity -
is a Christian ministry that bridges denominations in its concern to provide simple and decent housing for low-income families. Habitat has completed over 62,000 homes worldwide and attributes its success to the fact that it is a ministry to God's people in need. God has blessed Habitat with wonderful growth in the Pikes Peak region, providing homes for over 75 families in Colorado Springs in recent years. www.pikespeakhabitat.org mail to office@pikespeakhabitat.org

*Hope and Home –
was founded in 1998 and licensed by the State of Colorado as a child placement agency.  Hope & Home provides foster care and adoptive services to abused and neglected children.  A unique treatment philosophy that emphasizes inclusion and focuses on permanence is the cornerstone of Hope & Home's success.  As a non-denominational, Christian charity, Hope & Home's commitment is to permanency for the children and families served.  The families of Hope & Home are loving, caring, highly trained and uncommonly committed to the children in their care.  www.hopeandhome.org    
*Life Network -
  an evangelistic, pro-life, client-oriented organization which offers programs in abstinence education, teen mentoring, single parenting, pregnancy loss, and infant death. They provide housing to pregnant women, offer hope to those who are hurting from the pain caused by abortion, and run a medical clinic where ultrasounds are provided for abortion-minded clients. All services are offered free of charge.  www.elifenetwork.com

*Marian House Soup Kitchen - Every Tuesday for many years a loyal cadre of First Pres members has prepared and served delicious meals for an ever increasing number of needy and hungry people. The current average number of recipients is 600 people per day. When Catholic Charities determined they needed to enlarge and modernize their facility, First Pres supported them financially as well. www.ccharitiescc.org
*Mission Medical Center – Their mission is to heal the sick in the name of Jesus Christ.  Free medical care and prescriptions are provided to the low income and uninsured.  MMC has an onsite prayer ministry team and serves in a caring and loving environment.   Medical care is provided by volunteers  in three areas of care - medical, dental, and psychological.  The Mission Medical Clinic opened January 31, 2004 and has provided over $1 million  in free prescriptions and seen over 2,000 patients!      www.missionmedicalclinic.org

*Partners in Housing - The mission of Partners In Housing is to provide homeless families with children the hope and opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency through supportive services and transitional housing.  To achieve this mission, they provide homeless families with up to two years of transitional housing, during which time the families also participate in intensive supportive services, including case management, budget counseling, life skills training, and (when beneficial) professional therapy. www.partnersinhousing.org

*Pikes Peak Academy- is a mission that provides a highly personalized, Christ-centered alternative high school to help struggling students complete their diploma while learning the life and work skills needed to build their confidence and renew their hope.  They meet the needs of students who are experiencing frustration and/or failure in school, who have voluntarily or involuntarily left another school system, who may not have the academic record or the funds to obtain a quality private school education and who may be considered at risk of not graduating.  www.pikespeakacademy.net

*Prison Fellowship - founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, is the world's largest prison outreach program. Its goal is to help prisoners rehabilitate their lives through faith in Jesus Christ. PF ministers to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and families through in-prison seminars and Bible studies, a mentoring program, the Angel Tree Project (providing Christmas gifts to children of inmates), and transition assistance. www.pfm.org

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReSTORE – is a building supply store that sells donated materials, some new and some gently used.  All profits of the ReSTORE go to building homes for  Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. www.habitatrestorepp.com

*Springs Rescue Mission - is a non-denominational faith based ministry.   They offer more than a program to deliver the homeless from drug addiction by introducing them to the Lord. The goal is to reach the poor and needy of Colorado Springs with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by  providing for their physical needs while ministering restoration to their spirit, soul and body.  www.springsrescuemission.org

*TLC Pharmacy - serves patients in the El Paso and Teller communities with medications for acute and chronic illnesses. Patients aged 18-64 with an income level at 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Line are welcome to bring prescriptions to be filled in their all new facility free of charge. www.tlcpharmacy.org

*Urban Peak - For more than 10 years, Urban Peak has been reaching out to homeless and runaway youth.  Their services have grown over time to include transitional housing, street outreach for those youth who are still on the streets, intensive case management, health and medical care, educational assistance, job placement and employment assistance.  www.urbanpeak.org

*Young Lives – is a Christian organization whose purpose is to introduce teen moms to the gospel of Jesus and help them grow in their faith, through a relational ministry. Young Lives is affiliated with Young Life, an international organization that reaches out to teens in the name of Jesus Christ.   www.younglife.org

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