StepUp celebrates its third birthday Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Encore!, the ministry's new thrift store at 2222 Golden Gate Drive in the Golden Gate Village Shopping Center. Join us as we celebrate this vital ministry, which has benefited from the support of our church and its members.
StepUp Ministry is a community outreach organization that reflects and expands First Presbyterian Church’s leadership in the community and its calling to serve the city, particularly for those facing the challenges and hardships of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we seek to empower people to secure economic stability, build community and find hope. This organization embodies the commitment of First Presbyterian Church and our collaborative partners in the faith community to seek justice and compassionately serve our neighbors in need. Reflecting God’s inclusive love, we honor the dignity, gifts and potential of all—those served and those who serve.
Ministries under the StepUp umbrella include:
Hot Dish & Hope
A ministry that puts faith into action as we serve dinner and "a measure of hope" to individuals and families in need. Dinners served every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Mullin Life Center. Volunteers help serve the meals and provide other support.
StepUp now operates a thrift store, Encore!, located in the Golden Gate Village Shopping Center off Cornwalis Drive. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Encore! gladly accepts donations of business casual clothes, shoes and accessories. The store also needs volunteer help. If you would like to volunteer, please call 676-5871 and ask for Jackie.
StepUp GED/Literacy Program
Fact: One out of every four adults in Greensboro functions at the lowest literacy level. FPC is partnering with Reading Connections to help individuals attain their GED. If you wish to be a GED tutor in this ministry, training is required that address the specific strategies and issues relevant to adult learning and the intake process.
Contact: Pam Sprinkle
StepUp Job Readiness Program
Modeled after StepUP Ministry in Raleigh, a non-profit, faith based organization, this first of 2 programs prepares and empowers low income and homeless individuals in Guilford County who are ready to make a change their lives in becoming self sufficient. The week’s curriculum includes a series of workshops including communication skills, interviewing, resume development, and job retention. In addition, each participant receives a one-on-one assessment with a job placement counselor. Upon successfully completing the training, job placement counselors assist all graduates with potential employment and provide follow up support.
Contact: Ingrid Bullock
StepUp Life Skills Program (Adults)
This program represents the heart of "lives changed." To participate in the program, a person must complete the one-week orientation training and be employed at least 30 hours a week. The program utilizes an incentive driven model complimented by a strong case management component. Through this weekly learning community, participants and their children work with an assigned volunteer co-partner (from the faith community) who assists the student in learning life skills. The core curriculum is divided into four 12-week phases: Personal Development, Financial Literacy, Relationships, Career/Credit Development.
Contact: Ingrid Bullock
StepUp Life Skills Program for the Children of the Participants
A complimentary component of the Life Skills program is the Children’s Program. On the same night adults attend class, children attend separate age-appropriate classes and also have an assigned partner. Like their parents, children receive academic support structure and social boundaries.