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The United Methodist Church

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Downtown Ministries, First United Methodist Church

Downtown Ministries, First United Methodist Church

Advance #3020487

#3020487 - Providing a daytime shelter, food, showers and services for the homeless

Annual Goal:$10,000.00
Location: United States North America
Partner:The UMC, Alaska United Methodist Annual Conference

Describe the need affecting the community.

The Downtown Ministries through the First City Homeless Services - Day Shelter directly impacts those who face homelessness in our community. There is a rising number of individuals and families in need of shelter and food. We offer both.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The Day Shelter is the only place in our community that offers day shelter for people who otherwise would be on the streets. It is the only place offering showers, clothing and hygiene care for those without facilities.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

We offer the homeless access to a safe non-judgmental shelter and referrals to local resources. Offering people shelter reduces death, illness, and interactions with the police.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

A 24 hour shelter and place for hungry people to get a meal. A wet-house.

Budget and Financial Information


Local Financial Support
State of Alaska DHHS grant
fundraising and donations
Annual Advance Financial Goal


supplies, advertisment, equipment, fund raising
rent, utilities, insurance
salary for 2 employees, taxes
showers, clothing, food, personal care products

Missionary Serving this Project

Evelyn G. Erbele
Walter T. Erbele

Project Contact

Evelyn Erbele
(907) 225-3780

Global Ministries Contact

Glen E. Kernell
(404) 274-4146