At New Hope Presbyterian Church, we take the story of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke very seriously. Our Local Mission partners are neighbors helping neighbors, making a difference in the lives of men, women and children in Lee County. Please take some time to read about our friends and partners and their work and prayerfully consider how you may be able to serve with them. Websites are linked within the text descriptions.
Are you ready to serve in the Fort Myers community? Use our ministry opportunities form to let us know and we’ll contact you!
Everyday Cafés: CCMI
Jen Larsen, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
(formerly The MLK Soup Kitchen; now also in Cape Coral)
CCMI‘s Everyday Cafés are models for providing food for our hungry neighbors. They provide the Café customers a “normal” restaurant experience with meal choice and table service provided by volunteers. A noon-time meal is served six days a week, providing a stable, dignified and healthy way for the homeless and hungry to receive a nutritious meal. Email Jen Larsen.
Ed & Annie Ravish
Gabriel House rescues children who have been abandoned and are in need of medical treatment, and works to rehabilitate and help them reach their highest level of independence and functioning. They provide a loving compassionate Christian environment. The healing power of love flowing freely to little children, coupled with the necessary medical treatment, has been close to miraculous. Over the past twenty years, over 300 children have been rescued, medically treated and adopted across the United States. The healing, however, does not stop after medical treatment. The children take with them into their adoptive families a very powerful source of love. Email a message.
Healthy School Pantry: CCMI
Jen Larsen, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
The Healthy School Pantry Program takes an innovative approach to community issues of food insecurity. Designed like a health fair with nutritious food offerings, food demonstrations, social service outreach, health screenings and gardening instruction, participants take home food and recipes to use the product. Partnering with schools county-wide, this program (1) shifts the focus from hunger to health, from dependence to empowerment, (2) unites elements of a healthy lifestyle (access to healthy food, exercise, etc.) into a health fair format for learning, (3) building up the children and their families so that they will be the ones to help others as the program grows, reducing the dependence of outside volunteers, and much more! Email Jen Larsen.
Julie Workman, Chief Advocacy Officer
The Heights Center supported by The Heights Foundation provides access to education, opportunity, and enrichment in the Harlem Heights community of South Fort Myers. The Harlem Heights neighborhood is a severely distressed community, with families living in poverty at a rate that is twice as high as the rest of Lee County. The Foundation’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. Email a message.
The Heights’ School for Success
The Heights Center’s School for Success programs support the whole child, the whole year. Our afterschool and summer camp programs provide a safe and engaging place for kids to be when school is out. Other aspects of the School Success program include the School Supplies outreach, scholarship support, and college access assistance. Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education. Volunteers to the School Success program help kids learn, grow, and achieve. During the school year, volunteers help kids with homework, participate in special activities, and provide a supportive role. In summer, fun activities include field trips and special learning opportunities. Email a message.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Bill Harward, SW FL Campus Ministry
InterVarsity is an evangelical campus ministry serving more than 31,000 students and faculty on more than 580 college and university campuses nationwide. Incorporated in 1941, InterVarsity has a rich tradition of campus witness, thoughtful discipleship, and a concern for world missions. InterVarsity reaches out locally to students at FGCU and Edison State College. Email a message.
Lifeline Family Center
Kathy Miller, Executive Director
Jenna Steffel, Asst. Executive Director
Since 1996, Lifeline Family Center has been providing young women in crisis pregnancy a safe home. It is a non-traditional maternity home modeling the love of God. During the two year program, young moms develop confidence and maturity through spiritual guidance, professional counseling, character building, parenting classes, GED prep and career training. Support and services are provided to both birth mom and baby until the child’s second birthday. Ultimately, moms learn to become God-dependent, self-supporting contributing members of society. Lifeline Family Center’s goal is to “change the world – two lives at a time.” Email a message.
Meals on Wheels: CCMI
Jen Larsen, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
CCMI‘s Meals on Wheels program plans, prepares, and delivers well-balanced and nutritious meals to the homebound; and does so at the lowest possible cost. One nutritious meal a day, five days a week (with extras for the weekend) are delivered by a team of volunteers to residents of Lee County who are unable to plan, shop for or prepare meals due to illness, disability or advanced age. CCMI has added two new services for its Meals on Wheels customers – Groceries on Wheels provides easily prepared food for our homebound seniors and Pet Food on Wheels provides dog and cat food for our customers who need extra help feeding their beloved pet companions. Email Jen Larsen.
New Hope Mentors
Dick & Gail Boyd, Coordinators
New Hope Presbyterian Church has mentoring relationships with five elementary schools: Allen Park, Colonial, Edison Park, Orangewood, and Tanglewood. Both permanent and seasonal members volunteer in a classroom setting, working with the students. A marvelous experience rewards every mentor volunteer as they help students learn. When we can impact a child, we can change the world! Email a message.
SWFL Juvenile Detention Center (Juvie Jail)
Candy Engelman, NHP Coordinator
The Southwest Florida Regional Juvenile Detention Center is a 62-bed, hardware secure facility that serves youth detained by various circuit courts. The facility provides supervision of youth in a safe, secure and humane environment. Their services include: education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. New Hope volunteers visit the Jail each week to address God’s view on topics such as decision making, forgiveness, real love, overcoming temptation, stealing, and more. Please email Candy Engelman if you would like to participate.
Teen Challenge of Southwest Florida
Kevin Cummings, Executive Director
Teen Challenge believes in second chances. Their purpose is to facilitate life transformation for the boys and girls, and men and women whose lives have been affected by issues like anger, rebellion, depression, drug use and/or abuse and other life controlling problems. Over the course of 2013 Teen Challenge has seen the completion of their new Administration Office Complex, making room to add ten extra beds in the Men’s Complex; and hosting more graduates and their families to transition through the Re-Entry program to primarily experience spiritual growth. The future looks bright for Teen Challenge and their participants. They believe in God’s ability to change a person’s life and that given the chance, every person can go on to lead a satisfying and purposeful life. Email a message.
Verity Pregnancy & Medical Resource Center
Becky Anderson, Executive Director
Verity Pregnancy & Medical Resource Center was founded to care for women and their families who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. Their staff is devoted to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding pregnancy issues, and services including pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, as well as providing help for the woman seeking healing from one or more previous abortions. They are women helping women and strive to ensure that everyone who walks through their doors experiences their warm and friendly environment and staff. All of their services are free and confidential! Email a message.
Young Life of Lee County
Bill Loy, Executive Director
Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian, non-profit organization that is committed to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Young Life staff and leaders are caring adults who strive to build positive relationships with teenagers. Through friendships, as well as through clubs, and camps, Young Life leaders “earn the right to be heard” and can share the Gospel with their teenage friends. Young Life wants to reach every teen, everywhere, for eternity. Email a message.
Questions? Please email Krissy Whittier