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 is CPC’s program of outreach to the homeless and low-income people of Austin. Every Thursday morning, we provide breakfast, financial assistance, toiletries and other goods, along with spiritual fellowship and a sense of community. Want to know more, or be a part of it? Contact
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.
» Now available: the 2012 IHN Annual Report (PDF, 346kB)
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.
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.
Rev. Kay Day, Mission Partner in Malawi
Kay was appointed as a PCUSA mission co-worker in July 2009 and became a mission partner of CPC in November 2009. She serves in Malawi at the invitation of the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).
She is the synod chaplain and a companion and minister to fellow ministers who each serve, due to a severe clergy shortage, an average of four congregations. She also prepares continuing education opportunities for ministers in the synod. In addition, Kay is the administrator of the Chigodi Women's Centre and serves as facilitator for the Blantyre Synod partnership with the PCUSA's Pittsburgh Presbytery.
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.
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.
The Care Communities (a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization), formerly known as Interfaith Care Alliance, was formed in 1991 by dedicated people of faith who wanted to provide practical and compassionate support to those living with AIDS in the Austin area. As it grew, the focus expanded to include other serious illnesses, such as cancer. The Care Communities primarily provides Care Team services to those who are suffering from cancer and AIDS.