Palms was a founding partner and continues to support Mission House with finances, volunteer efforts and prayer. Mission House is the only day facility to help meet the needs of the homeless adults in the beaches area through compassion, faith, and programs designed to provide assistance at an individual level.
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BEAM is an independent non-profit ecumenical service center dedicated to providing short-term social services for residents of the Beaches and West Beaches. For more information about BEAM, please click here.
Established by beaches area churches, Palms Presbyterian has been a long time, significant financial supporter. Palms also supports BEAM by participating in food drives, and special events like Back to School with BEAM. Palms has several volunteers who work weekly in the BEAM offices at 850 6th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach and Palms has teams of volunteers who work weekly at the BEAM Food Pantry in Mayport. Palms members have also served on the BEAM Board of Directors.
Beaches Habitat for Humanity
Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville Beaches. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Beaches Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent housing a matter of conscience and action. For more information about Beaches Habitat for Humanity, click here.
Over the years, Palms has built many homes with hundreds of volunteers. Palms provides financial support, and participates in Apostle Builds with groups of churches and has built several more homes through this type of joint effort. Palms members have also served on the Board of Directors.
By supplying rides to home-bound seniors, this beach-centered service provides them with a certain amount of independence. This transportation is also enough to allow seniors to live in their own homes. Palms has been supportive since 2005 and continues to provide financial support. For more information about Dial-A-Ride, click here.
SANCTUARY ON 8TH STREET
The Sanctuary on 8th Street is a place of welcome and safety located in the midst of the inner city. The ministry provides an enriching, affirming environment for children living in marginalized neighborhoods. This is accomplished through after school activities, and an eight-week summer camp program. For more information about Sanctuary on 8th Street, click here.
When school guidance counselors affirmed an increasing issue of hunger among the Beaches children especially during the summer months, Palms members established Kid’s Kitchen, a unique summer food program for children living in the community. A nutritious, easily-prepared menu was created providing six meals per child for a weekend.
The meals are distributed from the The Gail Baker Center (formerly Donner) in Atlantic Beach where, during the week, children are served a nutritious lunch during the out of school season. Palms members volunteer a necessary service each summer by purchasing and packaging the appropriate amounts and nutritious food in small portable bags.
Mayport Market is a collaborative ministry of food distribution between Palms Presbyterian Church, BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) and Oak Harbor Baptist Church. Volunteers from Palms Presbyterian pack food items from BEAM on a truck and transport items to Mayport Elementary. Mayport Market takes place 1-2 times a month during the school year. For more information, contact Carol Barbour.
ANGEL TREE GIVING
BEACHES COMMUNITY KITCHEN
Beaches Community Kitchen (formerly Beaches Meals on Wheels) is an ecumenical program that provides a hot meal each day to people in our Beaches community who need food assistance. Palms provides volunteers to deliver meals for a week, 3-4 times each year. For more information about Beaches Community Kitchen, click here.
Transportation is one of the biggest challenges that the homeless face. Several years ago, a Palms Member came to one of the Pastors with a great idea to start a bicycle ministry at Palms to refurbish donated adult bikes. The Lifecycles team fixes up the bikes and donates them to Mission House in Jacksonville Beach and they identify clients who could benefit from a bike. If you have interest in serving on this refurbishing team, please contact Jim Simmons.
Content will be updated as it becomes available for the following outreach ministries:
Food Packing Events
Support for Local Public Schools
Healthy Snack/ Supply Drive