Community Crossroads Outreach Center
Community Crossroads is First Presbyterian Church's mission outreach center in Fort Worth's Hemphill neighborhood. Located at 1516 Hemphill (near the corner of Allen), the building houses Worship on Wednesdays, the church's First HAND Food and Clothing ministry, Formula and Diapers ministry, as well as the Salt & Light Dental Clinic.
Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 8:30 - 11 a.m. and 6 - 7:30 p.m. (except in July)
Thursdays, 7 - 11 a.m.
Items that are accepted: In season clothing, deck/tennis shoes, work shoes/boots, hats, gloves.
Drop-Off Instructions: Drop off boxes are marked throughout the FPC campus building. Staff and/or volunteers can also receive donations at Community Crossroads (1516 Hemphill St.) on the following days/times. Pull in the parking lot and knock on the glass doors.
Additional times may be arranged by emailing Dori Al Hammami with plenty of notice to scheduling a drop off time. Please, no donations should be left in the parking lot or entrance.
Worship on Wednesdays
WOW! (Worship on Wednesdays!) provides worship (5:30 p.m.), a shared community meal (6 p.m.), and classes for all ages (6:30 p.m.) for those in the Hemphill community. If you have questions about how to become involved with WOW! (shepherding classes, teaching classes, preparing meals, helping with worship, playing in the WOW! worship band, etc.) contact WOW! Coordinator Leah Wyckoff.
First HAND Ministry
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Distribution of clothing, groceries, and sack lunches.
First HAND provides:
- Hospitality - the gracious offering of welcome to the stranger
- Advocacy - standing with our neighbors in need of voices to speak with them and on their behalf
- Nurture - care for our sisters and brothers who yearn for the warmth of love and acceptance which empowers us all for new life
- Dignity - lifting up the gifts and talents of all people as God's creation within a safe and loving environment
The First HAND ministry has been operating as a mission center for FPC since November 1, 2000. We receive referrals from as many as fifty local agencies and schools, and are visited by hundreds of individuals and families in need each month for emergency assistance, food, and household items.
Help with Sack Lunches: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30; contact Dori Al Hammami.
Pick up & Deliver Groceries to Community Crossroads: Pick up and deliver grocery donations on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dori Al Hammami.
Help with hospitality: Wednesdays from 11 - 1; contact Dori Al Hammami.
In-Season Clothing (Ready to wear, all sizes): Jeans and khakis, casual shirts and t-shirts, tennis shoes and good walking shoes. Especially needed are men's shoes, sizes 9-12.
WOW Shepherds and Teachers: The Worship on Wednesday (WOW!) community seeks adults to serve as shepherds for the children’s classes (K-4th grade) on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We are also looking for teachers for children and youth for the 2018-19 year. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dori Al Hammami.
Can You Fill In? Floating Volunteers: Community Crossroads is forming a list of "Floating Volunteers" who would be called when the regularly dedicated volunteers need someone to "fill in" when they need to be away on holiday or during illness. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dori Al Hammami.
The Listening Post: Do you enjoy listening to others and have the gift of being that shoulder or ear when someone needs it? Then you would be perfect as a CC Listening Post volunteer. The listening post volunteer just listens, empathizes, and allows the person to talk through their feelings. For more information or to volunteer, contact Dori Al Hammami.
More About the Salt & Light Dental Clinic
Local dentists and their staff team with volunteers to offer much needed dental care to homeless men and women. The clinic operates about 2-3 times a month. If you are a dentist and interested in serving at the clinic, please contact the church office.
More About Formula and Diapers Ministry
3rd Monday of Each Month
Mothers and children in need can visit Community Crossroads on the third Monday of each month for free formula and diapers. Donations of powdered formula (Similac Advance Stage 1 Formula) and all size of diapers are always welcome and needed to keep this ministry going. You can also make a check payable to Salt and Light Together, Inc. and mark it in the memo line for FAD. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute on FAD days.
For more information about or to volunteer at Community Crossroads, please contact CC Coordinator, Dori Al Hammami.