The purpose of this ministry is to serve those most in need in our community by supporting efforts to reduce the effects of poverty, assist people who are going through difficult times, and give people the tools to become self-sufficient.
Each quarter those involved in any of the outreach ministries, gather to share a meal, discuss their current projects, and make plans for future community outreach. You choose where and how to serve based on your flexibility.
For more information or to get involved contact Joni, 850-830-2875 or email her:
We currently partner with the following organizations:
Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center
The center serves children ages 5-16, providing a safe, nurturing, environment for the youth of Ft. Walton Beach public housing and surrounding area. For the youth it is a home away from home where they can experience healthy socialization with their peers. For the parents, it is a safe place for their child after school, during breaks, and throughout the summer. During the school year, the center appreciates volunteers to tutor and mentor. In the summer months, we help by preparing a daily lunch at the parish and serving the youth at the center.
Food For Thought
Food For Thought provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. The goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks. Our volunteers help in various ways such as picking up full backpacks and returning the empty ones to the Destin pantry. We also deliver the backpacks to the classrooms each week at Florosa Elementary, serving over 100 children each week.
Opportunity Place provides short term housing for women and families. It is a launching pad where those in need find the resources to obtain jobs, housing, and life skills. Our main role at O.P. is to provide a dinner for residents on the fourth Sunday of each month. We sign up for a date and get all the details from the dinner program coordinator. The parish will reimburse anyone who wishes to cook up to $75. This is a excellent way to involve a family in an outreach project.
Ronda Coon Home
The home is operated by Family Life Ministries that exists to raise the standard of the sanctity of human life through Christ. The home supports women of all ages who are faced with a crisis pregnancy and/or a homeless situation by providing physical, spiritual, and educational support as well as life skills training. We support the organization with baby showers, mentoring, and assisting with fundraisers.
Located in Ft. Walton, this center serves as our area’s domestic and sexual violence center. They help women, children and men touched by violence heal, grow and thrive. We support the shelter in numerous ways: helping with local fundraising events, assisting in the food pantry, providing Thanksgiving baskets for their outreach clients, helping with construction projects, and quarterly mail-outs.
Santa Rosa Kids’ House
The mission of the Santa Rosa Kids’ House is to establish efficient alliances to lessen the trauma and encourage prevention of abuse for children and their families. The organization provides preventative, intervention and therapeutic services to children who have been sexually abused or neglected. Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with fundraisers such as golf tournaments and a Festival of Trees during the holidays. Raising awareness of child abuse through the pinwheel garden during the month of April is another way we show our support.
Trinity United Methodist Soup Kitchen
If you like to share your kitchen cooking talent, this is a great way to help the community. From October through March, the kitchen is busy preparing a hot lunch for 100-150 people. Help one day a week or whenever it fits into your schedule.