What is it?
Ecumenical Social Ministries (or ESM) is a downtown nonprofit organization that serves individuals facing low-income or homeless circumstances. It is an outreach ministry established (in 1982) and maintained by the eight historic downtown churches. ESM assists with emergency social service needs, promotes self-sufficiency, and restores dignity to all the individuals and families they serve.
How did FBC get connected?
Our congregation was one of the initial eight founding congregations. A number of our folks have served as volunteers (providing help with the hands-on services) and board members (casting the vision for ESM’s future).
How can you get involved?
As a ministry partner, we are the Jam & Jelly church for ESM. Along with other food donations, we collect jams and jellies year-round for ESM’s clients in need of food. ESM welcomes new volunteers, who can offer service and warmth to our downtown neighbors. If you are interested in getting connected to ESM or have any questions, please contact Rev. Jennifer Rutter or Karen Wilson.