SERVICE UNTO OTHERS
The top priority of FPC Ruidoso is our mission to those in our community and out into the world around us. Service is a special part of the Christian life that we are all called to live out. Not only does it connect us to God and our community, but it also connects us more deeply with our purpose.
The Outreach Committee shall find ways for the church family to serve others in the neighborhood, the town,
surrounding communities, and the larger world. The committee is responsible for nurturing and maintaining
the Church's connection to the community. Here are some of the ways First Presbyterian Church gives back to Ruidoso and Lincoln County. If you are in need please contact one of the organizations below or call our office at 575-257-2220.
Lincoln County Food Bank
We make donations to this Food Bank in the form of cash and non-perishable food items. Yellow reusable bags are available to your donation to church. We then donate your food in the bags to the Food Bank.
Backpacks for Kids
We support the Ruidoso Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through monetary donations. The backpack program provides weekend and holiday food packages to kids in Lincoln County, New Mexico, who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.
High Mountain Youth Project
High Mountain Youth Project (HMYP) is pleased to announce that the Evening Drop-In Center will open its doors
to students aged 14 to 19 from 4-9 pm, 7 days a week, beginning in November 2016. HMYP will rely greatly on volunteers from our community to make the drop-in center a success.
HOPE HARBOR TRANSITIONAL HOME
The mission of Hope Harbor is to offer a Christ-centered program of hope, healing, and supportive guidance
for women with children escaping domestic violence. This up to two-year program offers safe housing, life-skills training, counseling and the opportunity for further education to promote financial stability.
The NEST--- H.E.A.L. – Help End Abuse for Life
The NEST coordinates and offers support services and safe haven for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
They do this by advocating for positive social, providing training & education, building alliances, securing
and developing resources & influencing public policy and attitudes about domestic violence.
COPE—Center of Protective Environment
What services does COPE offer?
1. Crisis phone line 437-2673 (COPE) or outside the Alamogordo calling area 1-866-350-2673 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff are available to assist callers with family violence issues.
2. Shelter Services - Safety and shelter, food, clothing, transportation, assistance in filing Orders of Protection (restraining orders), and counseling for adults and children experiencing family violence.
3. Advocacy Services – Services that link people experiencing family violence to legal, housing, and employment services as well as assistance in filing orders of protection and other community resources.
4. Counseling Services – Individual and group counseling addressing issues of family and relationship violence for domestic violence victims, perpetrators, and their children. Groups focus on building and acquiring skills to avoid further abuse and family violence.
5. Outreach and Education Services – Trained professionals are available to offer presentations to schools, churches, law enforcement, medical and legal professionals, civic organizations and business. Theses presentations convey valuable information about preventing and dealing with family and relationship violence and dating violence.
Race Track Ministry – Ruidoso Downs RACETRACK CHAPEL
The chapel provides spiritual guidance, devotions, a place for children to play, and meals for anyone who comes to the chapel. We provide two meals during the summer for the workers at the track. We also work to assist with items needed for the children.
Community Dinners at the Episcopal Church – First Monday of the Month
The Episcopal Church of Lincoln County furnishes a meal on the first Monday of the month
for anyone who would like to enjoy a dinner meal and it is free for all comers. Donations are appreciated.
Our church supports their efforts through donation and volunteer servers.
We support this Episcopal Church initiative to provide household items for those in need. We have a Share the Love donation event in February.