Community Outreach Ministries

Bringing transformation and hope

The gifts he gave were … to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
—Ephesians 4:11-12

God wants all people to have the opportunity to be the best they can be. In our imperfect world, however, some people face barriers that prevent them from recognizing and developing their gifts.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Community Outreach Ministries, through its Christian centers, provides practical assistance that helps people identify individual gifts and overcome barriers that prevent them from becoming all that God intended them to be. This assistance may be as simple as offering friendship or an encouraging hand. Or it may include meeting basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, health care, job training or counseling.

More than a dozen and a half of these Community Outreach Ministries, in locations from Oregon to Puerto Rico, develop ministries that fill specific needs in their respective communities. Just as Jesus ministered differently in response to need—sometimes teaching, sometimes healing, sometimes encouraging or exhorting—so Christian centers vary the ways they touch people’s lives in Jesus’ name. As needs change, new programs are developed and lives are transformed.

In South Providence, R.I., a mother receives food for her children, along with counseling and prayer support, after her ex-husband ransacks her apartment. Teenagers in Denver, Colo., looking for positive ways to spend time, find fulfillment in matches with older adults who need companionship and help with snow removal and lawn care. And in Hamtramck, Mich., a 48-year-old man overcomes a cocaine habit and finds a job.

Recently, Peoria (Ill.) Friendship House received local media attention for its jewelry cooperative that’s producing “Matthew 25 bracelets.” The project, a Latina women’s cooperative, is helping women practice their English and math skills as well as earn extra money to help their families.

These Christian center ministries represent the heart of American Baptist home mission, as onsite mission staff work in partnership with local congregations and regional ministries. Each partner plays an important role, raising support and awareness or ministering directly among people in Jesus’ name.

Bethel Neighborhood Center
14 South Seventh St.
Kansas City , KS 66101
Executive Director: Mang Sonna
Cameron Community Ministries
48 Cameron St.
Rochester , NY 14606
Executive Director: Jennifer Muniga
Corporacion Milagros del Amor
PO Box 6445
Caguas , PR 00726
Executive Director: Yamina Apolinaris
Dayton Christian Center
1352 W. Riverview Ave.
Dayton , OH 45407
937.275.7174 (Center)
937.275.7306 (Office)
Executive Director: Tasha Johnson
Edna Martin Christian Center
2605 E. 25th St.
Indianapolis , IN 46218
Executive Director: Tysha Sellers
Friendship House
3123 Eighth Ave., South
Billings , MT 59101
Executive Director: Matt Lundgren
Friendship House
9540 Conant Street
Hamtramck , MI 48212
Executive Director: Cathy Maher
Friendship House
800 N.E. Madison Ave.
Peoria , IL 61603
Executive Director: Melanie McNiff
Milwaukee Christian Center
807 South 14th Street
Milwaukee , WI 53204
Executive Director: Karen Higgins
Neighborhood Ministries
PO Box 640
Campbell , OH 44405
330.755.8696 (Office)
Executive Director: Mark Samuel
Rankin Christian Center
230 Third Ave.
(Rankin) Braddock , PA 15104
Executive Director: Paul Sandusky
Shores of Hope
P.O. Box 188150
110 Sixth Street
W. Sacramento , CA 95605
916.372.0200 Ext. 101
Acting Director: Sergei Shkurkin
South Providence Neighborhood Ministries
747 Broad St.
Providence , RI 02907
Executive Director: Yvette Kenner
The Place
P.O. Box 509
20 E. Main St.
Norwich , NY 13815
Executive Director: Rebecca Sands
Weirton Christian Center
3012 Elm St.
Weirton , WV 26062
Executive Director: Kim Weaver

Become a Community Outreach Ministries partner!

Experience the joy that comes from sharing the love and power of Christ:

PRAY in your home and church for the ministries of hope at ABHMS’ Community Outreach Ministries. Pray also for the centers’ staff, along with the people they serve.

VOLUNTEER for individuals and group work opportunities atCommunity Outreach Ministries centers through ABHMS’ Volunteer Ministries; call 800.ABC.3USA, x2449.

GIVE needed supplies through White Cross, the American Baptist mission support program for churches, youth groups, women’s and men’s ministries, and Sunday school classes. For more information, call 800.ABC.3USA, x2464.