Outreach

First Presbyterian Day SchoolOur Day School provides high quality day care for approximately 65 infants and pre-school children from many social, racial, and economic backgrounds.  The staff offers a carefully planned educational program for each age group served. The Day School is overseen by its own board of directors and receives financial and volunteer support from our congregation.   For more information, call Katharine Smith at 919-688-8685.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry brings together a group of people who enjoy knitting and crocheting.  Members create shawls and other handmade items for those who are ill, mourning, celebrating a special birthday or the arrival of a new baby, or those who just need a reminder that the church cares about them.  Scarves are  presented to young people on the occasion of their confirmation. Members of the group create their shawls at home, and then bring them to their meeting on the first Sunday of the month immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service.  Prayers are said over each shawl, after which the group decides on recipients and delivery.  For more information, please contact the church office: 919-682-5511.

Habitat for Humanity Serving as volunteer coordinator, land developer, construction company, lender, and fundraising organization, Habitat for Humanity makes home ownership possible for families whose incomes would otherwise not allow them to buy a home.  Creating partnerships between volunteers and low-income families, Habitat builds affordable housing throughout the community and provides ongoing support for the homeowners.  For more information, call 919-682-0516, ext. 112.

Genesis Home Located just a few blocks from First Presbyterian, this home provides a safe place to live and a supportive program for homeless families and young women in transition to more stable lives.  The residents and staff work together to overcome the root causes of homelessness and to allow the residents to develop essential life skills.  Just recently, Genesis Home launched a program known as Turning Point, which provides case management support to formerly homeless families in five local apartments.  For more information, call 919-683-5878.

Urban Ministries of Durham UMD operates the Community Shelter just to the east of First Presbyterian with 80 beds for men, 26 for women, and 9 rooms, each with a private bath, for families. In emergency situations the shelter can house up to 175 people. Addiction recovery programs for both men and women are offered through the Community Shelter, serving up to thirty men and ten women at any one time.  Volunteers from First Presbyterian serve breakfast at the shelter one day a month and prepare lunch bags twice a month.  Call Lyn Francisco at 919-688-3960 or l.francisco@firstpres-durham.org to volunteer.

Durham Congregations in Action Rather than providing direct services, DCIA works to bring together faith congregations to promote understanding across boundaries of faith, race, and ethnicity.  Currently, DCIA is helping to launch YO:Durham, an initiative focused on at-risk teens.  YO:Durham will offer a summer training program to develop leadership and life skills, followed by internships for participants with local employers to reinforce job skills and behavior.  For more information, call 919-688-2036.

Durham Summer Service Week The Durham Summer Service Week is an interfaith, nonprofit program supported by First Presbyterian Church of Durham and the Durham Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) with assistance from the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition. It is open to high school students of all backgrounds and beliefs. For more information or to apply, please contact info@durhamsummerservice.org.

Housing for New HopeThis umbrella organization is devoted to preventing and ending homelessness.  HNH operates the following programs:

  • Presbyterian Urban Ministry, which provides emergency assistance for single-headed households, the disabled, and the elderly living in poverty.
  • Programs Assisting in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), which provides outreach to chronically homeless individuals with mental health issues.
  • Dove House, which provides transitional housing and services for single, homeless women.
  • Sherwood Park, Andover, and William Square Apartments, which offer permanent housing and ongoing social support for formerly homeless men and women.

For more information, contact Eric Breit at 919-220-3777.

Emanuel Iglesia Hispanic Presbyterian Fellowship – Serving the Hispanic community, this fellowship offers Presbyterian worship services, Christian education, leadership training, pastoral care, educational workshops, support groups for struggling students, low-cost music lessons, summer soccer camp, youth group, community leadership, and advocacy.  The fellowship is supported by a number of local Presbyterian congregations as well as the Presbytery of New Hope, and is located at Durham Presbyterian Church.  For more information, contact Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve at 919-672-4333.

Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Duke University – Offering Duke students opportunities for fellowship, worship, study, reflection, service, and fun,  the campus ministry’s goal is to bear witness to Jesus’s gospel in the reformed tradition of the PCUSA and UCC denomination.  The many programs and pastoral work of the ministry directly touch more than 400 persons both on and off the Duke campus.  For more information, contact Rev. Katie Owen at 919-684-3043. ( http://sites.duke.edu/dukepcm/)

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