United Methodist Community Ministries Capital District

United Methodist Community Ministries
of the Capitol Area North and South Districts (Ohio)

Helping People Serve

.    Local: 614-228-1010
32 Wesley Blvd, Suite 100
Worthington, Ohio 43085

Mission Centers of the UM Community Ministries

Capital Area District, West Ohio Conference


The Ministries of Broad Street United Methodist Church

Mission Statement: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are responding to God’s love in our mission to be an all-inclusive community in the heart of the city. We seek to improve the spiritual, social, and physical well-being of the congregation, its members, our neighbors, and the community around us. Practical Reality: Annually, Broad Street UMC Mission Center provides free, supportive direct services through multiple programs that reach 30,000 persons affected by homelessness, poverty, addiction, hunger, or incarceration. These outreach activities meet the needs of the diverse population in the downtown area of Columbus, Ohio. They enhance the relational, physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual well-being of those served. The outreach activities include: transitional supportive housing, meal and hospitality program, teaching series and programs on poverty and its relatives, free legal assistance, daily recovery programs, holiday assistance, justice and advocacy efforts, support for incarcerated and returning citizens, mental health and mental illness services, refugee resettlement, urban children’s programs, recreation services for downtown residents, and service learning programs for youth, college students, and adults.

Current Outreach Ministries:

The Inn at Broad – Provides two units of transitional supportive housing in the Broad St. UMC building. Families receive supportive services and housing for 12 to 24 months.

Bethlehem on Broad Street – Provides 1,100 families/households (1,100 adults/2,750 children) with a Christmas food box, a Christmas party, and other supportive services. This is a coordinated effort with First Congregational Church and their ministry partners.

Manna Café – Provides 180 meals and compassionate community every Wednesday night to persons living with food insecurity or in hunger crisis.

Open Shelter Meals – Provides 150 meals to homeless men and women most Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. This is run by The Open Shelter, Inc.

Restorative Justice – The Interfaith Legal Clinic provides free legal services to 30 persons monthly – administered by the Interfaith Legal Clinic Mission Group. Heart-to-Heart NA meets one day per week; 501 AA and SA provide a supportive recovery program (12-Step Program) six days a week. Partnering with the 30-for-30 Initiative to reach out to incarcerated citizens and support returning citizens.

Supporting Refugees & Immigrants – The resettlement program provided furniture, language training, driver’s training and financial aid to four Iraqi Christian refugee families as they resettled into the Columbus area.

Spiritual Resources – Worship and prayer opportunities are provided in conjunction with all of the ministries and outreach activities, most notably the Open Table communion, mid-week worship opportunities, weekly prayer and anointing events, Bible Study, testimony, and service learning.

Teaching in Servant Leadership, Justice, and Advocacy – Manna Café and Freedom School provide key opportunities for leadership for training of youth, young adults and ministry partners. Active groups include: Freedom School with eight recent college graduates; the Ohio State University Education Policy and Leadership partnership with 15 students annually; the SEND mission training program with the Mennonite Urban Mission team; and the Learning Never Ends program including 12-15 participants.

The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools - program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.

Art in the City — Art in the City is a ministry of the Manna Café, in partnership with Capital University, in which our homeless family and friends are our resident artists.

501 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215-3822

Phone: (614) 221-4571

Fax: (614) 221-7917

E-Mail: office@broadstreetumc.net

Website: www.broadstreetumc.net

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Deborah K. Stevens


Every Sunday a wonderfully diverse mix of God’s children gather for worship and fellowship at the United Methodist Church for All People, an inner city church on the Southside of Columbus, Ohio. This inclusive body of Christ welcomes everyone; rich, poor, homeless, black, white, gay, straight. We gather as one extended family that authentically cares for each other, and works for the transformation of the entire community.

Our vision is for a whole, healthy, and engaged community where All People are empowered to pursue their hopes, dreams, and aspirations; where lives are transformed by faith and trust, and personal fulfillment is experienced through the abundance of God’s love and grace.

In 2003, Church for All People created Community Development for All People (CD4AP), a non-profit entity formed with the mission of improving the quality of life for persons on the South Side of Columbus.

The outreach ministries and economic development activities of CD4AP reveal a “Divine Economy of Abundance”. According to this understanding of asset based community development, God has ordered creation so that there is more than enough of every good gift. Positive transformation occurs in any community precisely to the degree that people invest the first and best portions of their God given resources to care for one another. Instead of focusing on the negative dimensions of what the community or individuals lack, the divine economy of abundance focuses on assets, inviting people to work together to achieve common goals.

Currently, Community Development and Church for All People offer a variety of direct services, many of which emerged from the dreams of people for health and wholeness:

United Methodist Free Store- As the flagship program of CD4AP, the United Methodist Free Store provides gently used clothing and household items to families. More than 40,000 families have become members of the Free Store since we opened our doors in January 1999.

All People’s Fresh Market - In collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, the All People’s Fresh Market offers delicious, fresh produce to everyone, free of charge. We are on track to distribute 2 million pounds of produce this year. The market is part of our HEAL (Healthy Eating and Living) Program, designed to accompany individuals as they set goals and implement action plans to improve their health.

Youth Development - During the school year, CD4AP provides an after school program designed to develop young leaders who will ultimately succeed academically, professionally and personally. During the summer months, we provide a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, cultivating a love of reading, encouraging high self-esteem, and offering amazing program opportunities.

First Birthdays - In collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, CD4AP hosts quarterly birthday parties celebrating every baby who has reached her/his first birthday during those months. These parties provide fun for babies and their older siblings, door prizes, diapers, and vendor tables with lots of great info and resources available in our community.

Bikes for All People - Bikes for All People (B4AP) is a community bicycle shop owned and operated by Church and Community Development for All People (CD4AP). We are committed to providing affordable, reliable and predictable services and support to all bicyclists in our neighborhood and beyond. We operate a full-service bicycle shop that provides sales, service and accessories at affordable prices. While we do sell a selection of new bikes, most of our bikes are donated, refurbished used bikes.

Health Station - We gave a portion of our ministry center over to Mt. Carmel Health to operate a primary care health station, with CD4AP covering the rent and utilities. This Health Station provides quality health care and offers financial assistance to patients who do not have insurance.

Affordable Housing - CD4AP’s first effort on affordable housing was the remodeling of one duplex with unskilled labor and great enthusiasm in 2005. Shortly thereafter, CD4AP was approved as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). This set the stage for the $1 million South Side Home Ownership program which purchased 14 vacant blighted houses that were completely renovated and sold as affordable owner occupied homes.

In 2009 CD4AP joined with Nationwide children’s Hospital to form the Healthy Neighborhood Healthy Homes Realty Collaborative. This initiative has targeted a 35 square block area to the immediate south of the hospital. The goal is to acquire all the vacant blighted houses and rebuild them as owner occupied homes. At the same time, the number of vacant blighted houses has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

For more information contact:

Community Development for All People

946 Parsons Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43206


Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone

Mission: Working Together for the Preferred Future of the Greater Hilltop Overview: The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a member of the International Communities of Shalom, which comprise a movement of like-minded people of faith and conscience invested in developing the spiritual, economic, and communal well-being of local neighborhoods. The Hilltop Shalom Zone began out of the question, “What can we build from what we already have in our neglected and struggling neighborhood?” and is now a group of residents and faith-based organizations operating in partnership with other non-profit entities, educational institutions and city and county government agencies to revitalize and improve the lives of the residents of the Greater Hilltop area of Columbus, Ohio.

Hilltop Teen Club Drop-in Center - Youth in grades sixth through 12 have a safe place where they can learn cooking skills, eat nutritious meals, play, and form positive relationships. An evening weekly basketball program supported by The ZONE and housed at Buckeye Ranch hosts over 100 youth, aged 14 -21 years old.

Summer HYPE (Hilltop Young People Excel)- is a day camp program for youth grades Kindergarten through 12. The program operates 8am-3pm Monday through Friday for 6 weeks in the summer. Youth engage in activities that encourage them to be drug free members of the community. The group visits local sites such as the Hilltop Library, the Highland Youth Garden and the Ohio Statehouse. We operate two sites: West Broad Elementary and Crossroads UMC.

Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone Interfaith Legal Clinic - The clinic provides pro-bono legal services to Hilltop residents through partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. The legal clinic meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7pm at Crossroads UMC, 1100 S. Hague Ave., Columbus.

Executive Director: Rev. Meredith McDougle

Phone: 614.398.1230

Website: www.hilltopshalomzone.org

Email: info@hilltopshalomzone.org

HAPPENINGS AT WATER’S EDGE 4852 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, Ohio

COMMUNITY LUNCH: SUNDAYS- at 12:30 p.m. there is a lunch provided to the community free of charge. All are welcome to come, eat, fellowship, and leave as you wish.

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL SERVICE: SUNDAYS - A Spiritual Renewal Service is held at the Water’s Edge site. This is a very informal service and at the conclusion, there is a time for food and fellowship. All are invited to attend. Twice a month, on the third Sunday and the fourth Sunday the meal is provided by an area church either Millersport and First Community.

Every Monday- Denison University gives us sandwiches, salads, vegetables, and sometimes pizza and corn dogs and Licking County Food Pantry gives us kid friendly snack items which are given to the children as they get off the school bus. There are approximately 50 students who take items home. This Monday food giveaway happens during the school year. We take several of the youth to camp at Hocking Hills each Summer. This is in fellowship with youth from Jacksontown UM Church. This year there are four boys from Water’s Edge attending, ages 13 to 16.
We partner with First Community Church, Our Lady of Mt Carmel and Hebron New Life to give school supplies and back packs to many area students. We offer supplies to those in pre-kindergarten thru 12th grade. This past year we gave to approximately 150 students. The remaining supplies are given to the elementary school or the intermediate school for the teacher’s cabinets to provide supplies to any youth who comes to school needing supplies. We also re-stock the cabinet at Water’s Edge for those who need their supplies renewed midyear.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is the Wednesday Evening Celebration. The evening begins with fellowship followed by a message and then a meal prepared and served by area churches, organizations such as Am Vets Auxiliary, share groups, prayer groups or families. Then the kids continue with playing and fellowship. We have around an average of 60 youth in the Summer up to 110 in the fall, spring or winter who attend this evenings event. Wednesday EVENINGS at 7 pm is teen time. All teens ages 14-18 are invited to come (or stay, as many are there at 5:30) to play basketball, play games, or just hang out. When the teens are ready to leave, they also select food from the children’s food pantry.

Before the kids leave on Wednesday evening, they line up to select food from our “kids” food pantry. The selection varies but contains such things as cereal, protein bars, can goods such as beef stew, ravioli, corn and green beans, juicy drinks, cookies, pastries, pizza, bread, candy, and other variety of food selections. The main selection of food is provided by the Licking County Food Network, Kroger and Wal-mart. We also partnered with area churches to give to area families food (including a turkey) for a Thanksgiving meal and beyond. Over 100 families received a turkey and box of food this past Thanksgiving.

We also provide coats, hoodies, hats and gloves to the children. We have been blessed to have these items along with some blankets from churches such as Reynoldsburg and Dumonville.

We also responded to a plea from the Buckeye Lake library as they needed hats and gloves to give out to youth who came there to work on computers in the cold weather without any winter protection. We also provided some snack items to the library as they felt many of the children came hungry. On the Wednesday evening prior to Thanksgiving in November, a free Thanksgiving Community Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. This meal will be the traditional turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings. The Water’s Edge staff along with Jacksontown UMW cook and serve this meal which is offered to all in the community. We have an average of 125 to 135 come to eat.

For the last several years we have participated in the community Trunk or Treat- We give not only candy but also cross necklaces and faith bracelets. We gave out around 400 items to the Buckeye Lake Community children (with a few adults sprinkled in). We decorate the open trunk and dress in costume along with other area businesses, such as the library, the museum, the police, the hardware, and the youth center, just to name a few. This has been a great way of getting to know many of the proprietors of Buckeye Lake.

In December we will again offer pizza from Pizza Cottage on the Wednesday prior to Christmas along with gifts for each youth and child as we hold our Christmas celebration. We begin by telling the story of our Savior’s birth, eating and providing many gifts to every child. We do this in partnership with Toys for Tots and other contributors. Each teen is given a gift card from Wal-Mart which allows them to select something from the store that they would like. I know that many other events and happenings are at Water’s Edge, but it’s hard to list them all. We have offered the building for funeral dinners, family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers, and various other gatherings. Sometimes there is a charge, but many times it is offered free, depending on the circumstances. We are blessed to be in partnership with many area churches, businesses, organizations and individuals who support the ministries at Water’s Edge. Without these partnerships Water’s Edge Could not continue, as it runs solely on grants and donations. We are blessed to be able to give 100% of all donations to the running of the center. All staff (including treasurer) and directors are volunteers.

If you have questions about any of these events please feel free to call:

Pastor Bob at 740-973-7272

Pastor Carol at 740-975-3114

New Life Community Outreach

The mission of North Broadway Short North Campus, located in the Short North area within the city of Columbus, is to “love, welcome, and serve all people in the name of Jesus Christ.”

A mural covers one of the walls in the dining room at the Short North Campus. It reflects the various outreach ministries outlined in this report. In the various scenes: a nurse treating a patient, an young man putting a coat on a child, the church vans going out around the city and returning full of our neighbors, a woman full of joy with a cap that reads: I Love Jesus, and the banquet table where the meal has become five loaves of bread and two fish all depict actual people in the diverse community who gathers throughout the week. And most importantly, wherever people have gathered, whether being cared for, listening to the Word, breaking bread together, and reaching out to one another, Jesus is present. The mural entitled, A Safe Place, communicates what we seek to be for all people, in all of our diversity, where the loving presence of Christ is experienced in tangible ways within the life and ministries of an inclusive and welcoming community called New Life.

One of the core outreach ministries through which we live out our mission is the Breakfast Ministry. Through this ministry of hospitality, we serve breakfast to about 180 people who are homeless or living in poverty every Sunday morning, 52 weeks of every year now since 1991. The neighbors who come to breakfast come for the hot eggs and coffee, and they come to be in a safe place where they can be in fellowship with Christian people who love and respect them, and they come for the Word from Scripture which our pastor shares with them each week. They ‘come as they are, and they find that they are loved’ by God and by God’s people at our church. On these Sundays we also provide our neighbors with a packed lunch and an opportunity to shop our free clothing room.

In addition to Sunday morning, we also serve a free hot breakfast on Tuesday mornings to a similar population from our neighborhood. When we added this breakfast 13 years ago, we served a simple cold breakfast to about 20 of our neighbors. That number has steadily increased as the breakfast has become much more elaborate. Currently, we are serving approximately 100 people each Tuesday year round. They enjoy the same kind of breakfast served on Sundays, supplemented by cereal and pastries much like Sunday morning.

Our free Clothing Room is open each Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (in addition to Sunday mornings), where people can receive an abundant fair share of clothing, household linens, personal hygiene items, and other necessities each month. Since there are no restrictions on who can shop, we have seen a steady growth in the number of people in need who come seeking these basic resources, resulting in over 1,700 people being an average number served each month. In 2012, over 1,000 coats were distributed to men, women and children, beginning with our “Coat Extravaganza” in the fall, and continuing throughout the winter. A volunteer team of over 100 individuals ensure that the racks of filled with quality, gently used clothing, neighbors are welcomed, registered and served throughout the week.

The Health & Wellness Center is open every Sunday morning to provide basic medical care to approximately 50 of our neighbors in need each week. Some need simple over the counter medications, or had easily treated skin conditions, foot problems, or common viruses; others had much more complex medical needs related to diabetes, hypertension, asthma, recovery from injuries, etc. The Health & Wellness Center is designed to function as a “doctor’s office” with a waiting area and three exam rooms. Currently, there is a team of over 40 volunteers: doctors, nurses, greeters, pharmacists, and prayer ministers who provide these services of compassion and healing. This ministry has provided a context for learning for medical, nursing, and pharmaceutical students from Ohio State University and Capital University. Many patients have been able to control their hypertension and diabetes because of the care provided, and many more look forward to the personal attention and relationships they are building with their doctors.

 In August, 2013 a new free prescription drug program was initiated. Now, patients have to opportunity to fill prescription written by our physicians at NO cost to them through the Short North Kroger pharmacy located two blocks north of the church; thus providing access to much needed health care products and services. Also as a ministry of hospitality and expression of our commitment to health and wholeness, we open the doors to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous group meetings.

Through our ministry with children and families, we continue to offer Christian education on Sunday mornings, which is designed to help the students learned the “basics” of the Bible, and to mentor them in becoming faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. A majority of the 30 children currently involved in our ministries live in poverty, and often in at risk situations in their home and neighborhood. Most of them do not have personal computers in their homes. Therefore, we offer computer based tutoring program to assist the kids in their school work, and also focus on reading. The relationships that are built between adult mentors and the students enable and encourage them to achieve academically and develop a lifelong love of learning. Since education is the primary means out of poverty, we believe this tutoring program gives the children greater opportunities to live up to their full potential. In our “Terrific Tuesdays” summer program, kids gather for fun activities, including both outings and time to engage in creative arts projects.

In 2012, a new initiative, Girly Girls was designed to help tween and teen girls develop self-confidence, learn how to protect themselves from violence, make responsible decisions with their sexual development, and other discussions that will help them grow to be mature, thoughtful, confident Christian young women.

New Life Community Outreach is the not-for-profit organization. Its mission is: “We serve our neighbors and strengthen our community by providing physical, emotional and spiritual care for all adults, children and families in need.” The Board includes members and neighbors of New Life, and representatives from 4 partner churches. The Board also is seeking ways for us to partner with other ministries, agencies and community organizations in our neighborhood which can further strengthen and even expand our ministries.

For more information contact: North Broadway UMC Short North Campus

                25 W. Fifth Ave.
                Columbus, OH 43201
                Email: aaspey@north-broadway.org
                Website: https://www.shortnorthchurch.org/