Peace just celebrated its 50th year. It’s the beginning of a new journey. Our ministry has changed and is growing, yet many of our traditions continue into the future. Our Calling and Caring team reach out to the sick, hospitalized and the homebound. Never Alone is a grief support group for senior citizens. Peace Place for Academic Excellence is our free tutoring program for children 1st grade – High School. Sunday morning children’s church, Bible study and our Café peace Fellowship are popular times to be together. Our confirmation and youth group meet every Sunday, and for eight years 16 of our youth and adults have walked 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail. One of our youth called it “Fifty Miles of Worship”.
It is our outreach, however, that has us energized. We’ve opened our campus and our hearts to serval groups and new ministries. Alcoholics Anonymous meets seven days a week and Narcotic Anonymous twice a week. Club Esteem is a mentoring program for youth at risk. We sponsor American Heritage Girls Troop 1776. Meals on Wheels and Weigh Watchers us our campus. We support and participate with Via de Cristo. We’ve opened our Campus to Stamp Club and Coin Club, as well a community association. Our campus is busy with activities seven days a week.
Our most exciting outreach is in the social care we provide to our community. Our Food Pantry has partnered with Second Harvest, and we now distribute 6,500 – 10,000 pounds of food every month. We just expanded into a larger area where we can provide a self-service pantry. Our helpers shop with our guests, we talk with them, we listen to their stories and we pray with them.
In 2015, our GAP Ministry has exploded. In 2012, we recognized a gap between service available from the state, city and other non-profit organizations and the people they were meant to serve. We stand in the GAP by helping people in need. We are certified to access all the resources available through the State of Florida, Kidscare Medical insurance for low income families, and SOAR applications for SSI and SSDI. In the recent months, our GAP ministry expanded to housing the homeless using the Housing First model of caring for the least of those among us. Our goal is to end homeless for our area veterans in 2016 and for all people in Brevard County by 2020. The Holy Spirit is moving and we are the face of Christ in our community.