Epworth’s Mission Partners include the following local and distant organizations:
Allentown Rescue Mission
Our newest Mission Partner is the Allentown Rescue Mission. The Allentown Rescue Mission is a team of dedicated employees and volunteers who meet people where they’re at and give them the resources to get where they’re going.
The Mission is a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to homeless and impoverished men, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or religion. The Mission provides emergency shelter, a Christian Living program to help transition back into society and a free
medical clinic supported by DeSales University.
The Mission has also established the Clean Team, a for profit
organization that pays participants while providing job skills training.
Bethlehem Emergency Shelter
Winter is coming, and we will be continuing our ministry with the homeless at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES). We are committed to the third Mondays as follows: December 16th, January 20th, February 17th, and March 16th. This is a cluster mission. Brenda, at St. Paul’s UMC, Hellertown coordinates the dinner. Donna at Epworth UMC coordinates the volunteers. Jane at Fritz UMC coordinates the breakfast. Donna is the site coordinator and reports to BES. Registration volunteers needed: two men and two women; sleepover volunteers: minimum of one man and one woman. Please contact Donna through the church office if you can help in this ministry.
Backpack Pals of Bethlehem – Provides food backpacks (commercially packaged non-perishable nutritious food) over long vacation weekends to local school children who may be experiencing food insufficiency when not in school. Backpack Pals is a partnership. Key volunteers and food items come from the community, congregations, organizations and individuals. Non-food items are also included, such as age appropriate reading and educational materials and personal hygiene products.
Northeast Ministry Food Bank – Our mission is to empower individuals and families of the Marvine-Pembroke community to break the cycle of dependence and reach their highest potential. Our vision is a unified community which supports and builds self-reliant and responsible individuals
Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley – Turning Point is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. They provide services in lehigh and Northampton Counties and reach nearly 4000 people a year through their programs and services. These services include a 24-hour help line, safe house, counseling, support groups, court advocacy, community outreach, prevention education, and medical advocacy.
New Bethany Ministries- The mission of New Bethany Ministries is to provide opportunities for a secure future to the hungry, homeless, poor and mentally ill of the lehigh Valley. The organization’s goal is to help families and individuals who are capable to become self sufficient and live independently. They also strive to identify and optimize opportunities to improve thequality of life for their guests who cope with mental illness, disabilities and/or extreme poverty.
Red Bird Mission – Red Bird Mission, Inc. and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.
Tree of Life Ministries, South Dakota – Tree of Life Ministry is a part of the working hands and feet of God to the Lakota Nation residing on the Rosebud Reservation serving body, mind, and soul. We feed, cloth, shelter, and love. We demonstrate His love, power, and grace to a broken, hurting society.