Mission-related work of many kinds is a very high priority for us at Central Presbyterian. We work with and support many organizations at the local, regional, and even international levels.
The Central Mission
The Central Mission is CPC’s program of outreach to the homeless and low-income people of Austin. Every Thursday morning, we provide breakfast, financial assistance, clothing, toiletries and other goods, along with spiritual fellowship and a sense of community. Want to know more, or be a part of it? Contact !
The Green Team
Central Presbyterian Church’s Green Team is a group of individuals dedicated to improving the environmental practices of the church and our community. We promote green practices within the church, provide information and resources to members, and support green projects in the church and Austin.
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Rev. Kay Day, Mission Partner in Rwanda
A mission partner of CPC since 2009, Kay Day serves the PCUSA in Rwanda. In addition to her writing and preaching, she stays busy teaching English, Practical Theology and a New testament course at PIASS (Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences).
- A letter from Kay Day serving in Rwanda, January 2016
- A letter from Kay Day serving in Rwanda, November 2015
- A letter from Kay Day serving in Rwanda, October 2015
Foundation for the Homeless and IHN
For more than fifteen years, Foundation For the Homeless (FFH) has mobilized the resources of the faith community to alleviate the suffering of Austin’s homeless. By building relationships between volunteers from local congregations and homeless families with children, FFH helps families achieve and sustain independence. Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a major program of the Foundation, provides shelter, meals, and hospitality in the churches to help families in crisis. Central Presbyterian and other churches serve as hosts to three or four families for one week each quarter.
Manos de Cristo
Manos de Cristo strives to be the Hands of Christ for Austinites in need. This Presbyterian ministry offers much-needed services to the indigent and to low income families, including a dental clinic, food pantry, clothes closet, citizenship classes, ESL classes, tutors/mentors, and pastoral care. Manos de Cristo reaches over 20,000 lives each year. Central Presbyterian provides financial support, volunteers for the various programs, and non-perishable food monthly to the food pantry.
Front Steps and the Arch
Front Steps, based on the belief that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home, seeks to end homelessness by providing shelter, affordable housing, and community education. Front Steps manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), provides housing through the First Steps program, and also operates the Central Texas Recuperative Care Center.
Caritas of Austin
Since inception forty years ago, Caritas of Austin has had one mission – to assist with basic needs in times of crisis. In its fight against poverty, hunger, and homelessness, Caritas envisions a community of hope, respect, and self-reliance. Help is extended through permanent supportive and transitional housing, refugee services, rent and utility assistance, a lunch program and food pantry, and educational programs.
Interfaith Action Central Texas
iACT brings people of all faiths together to connect with one another through dialogue and service to the needy in the Greater Austin area. Central Presbyterian provides board members and three delegates for iACT’s ecumenical ministry as well as financial support and volunteers to help staff several programs.
English as a Second Language for Refugees
IACT holds English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for legally documented adult refugees at different times and locations convenient to clients 6 days a week. (Classes are held at Central Presbyterian, 4 days a week.)
Hands On Housing
Volunteers help renovate the homes of the elderly, the physically disabled, and low-income residents. These work days usually take place one spring and one fall weekend.
Community Mentoring Network
Volunteers, providing mentoring and support, are paired with first-time youth offenders in the juvenile justice system. Training is provided to volunteers, and a six-month commitment is requested.
iACT is the local sponsor, and Central Presbyterian participates with walkers supported by pledges from members of the congregation. Crop Walk feeds hungry people around the block and around the world. The donations are given to Church World Service for worldwide hunger relief, and a portion is retained in Austin for a selected agency.
A geographical breakdown of iACT, the Downtown Cluster representatives meet monthly to find solutions to problems in the Central Austin area. In addition to Central Presbyterian Church members, Cluster representatives include those from St. Mary’s Cathedral, First Baptist, St. David’s Episcopal, Central Christian, First Methodist, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Travis County agencies.
The Care Communities
The Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide emotional and domestic support to those affected by serious illness, including cancer and HIV.
The Care Communities currently offers two services: Care Teams & Peer Matching. Additionally, The Care Communities also partners with Texas Oncology to hold Cancer Support Groups. All of these services are free of cost.