In 1982, three Near Eastside neighborhood churches, including Westminster Presbyterian Church, began serving youth during a summer program in order to combat poor student achievement while providing a safe environment during summer months while students are out of school. Those three church partnerships ended, but Westminster’s youth program grew to include afterschool programming and a mentoring program.
Recognizing that the neighborhood’s needs extended beyond the children and into to the families, Westminster began offering a soup kitchen and food pantry one day a week. In 2014, Westminster opened doors to its new 17,000 square ft Family & Adults Services Center which offers one of the city’s largest food pantries, a fully equipped catering kitchen, large dining room, three large classrooms including a computer lab, and a Gennesaret Free Clinic.
Today, Westminster partners with more than 20 community organizations to assist with program services. Partnerships enable Westminster to continue to expand our youth programming, provide adult education classes (including high-school equivalency), offer access to a health clinic and a counseling center in partnership with Gennesaret Free Clinic, and open our food pantry and soup kitchen twice a week.