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.
Our Hot Dish & Hope guests and StepUp Job Readiness class participants are most appreciative of your generous donations of clothing and accessories. Housed in the basement of the Paisley House, the Clothing Closet is open 5-6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month to our Hot Dish & Hope guests who are in need of seasonal clothing. Our StepUp Professional clothing closet shares the same space in the Paisley House, where we outfit our monthly Job Readiness class participants in professional clothing for their job interviews.
Currently we are not accepting donations so that we may better organize our inventory.
Volunteer and Donate
Your continued donations make this a success, and you may drop off items from the suggested list at the church office during business hours. We would be happy to provide you with a donation receipt. Volunteer in this ministry by stocking the shelves of the clothing closet, or in the distribution of clothes to those we serve.
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: Rick Hurley
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: Rick Hurley
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.