Below are listed several specific ministries of help:
The Open Door Ministry
The Open Door serves lunches to our homeless or underemployed neighbors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 1:00 p.m. Persons simply need to come to the St. Catherine Street entrance to the Fellowship Hall and a friendly church member or volunteer will assist them. All of the lunches are a hot, sit-down meal.
The Healing Place (THP)
is a homeless shelter that incorporates a nationally-recognized drug and alcohol recovery program. At its men’s facility, founded in 1989, THP currently provides food, shelter and medical care to 300 men per day. The addiction recovery program begins with OTS (off the streets) where men start recovery classes and attend 12- step meetings. Those classes and one of the meetings are housed at Fourth Avenue UMC. Every weekday in the Fellowship Hall, these men begin learning about alcoholism and the road to recovery and hope.
CLOUT stands for Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together. It is a coalition of 20 churches in the Louisville community organized for local justice concerns.
We have 3 active and large Alcoholics Anonymous groups that meet weekly. On Tuesday evening in Fellowship Hall, the oldest AA meeting in Louisville happens at 8 PM. This was the first AA meeting ever in the city of Louisville.
We also have 2 active and large Alcoholics Anonymous groups that meet weekly in the Upper Room classroom on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:45p.m.
Refugee sponsorship – To date, Fourth Avenue UMC has sponsored over 70 refugees to the United States.
Central Louisville Community Ministries
This is our local community area ministry, in which several local congregations take part. Fourth Avenue is active, sitting on the board and getting involved in fundraising efforts. Through Central Louisville Community Ministries, emergency expenses are met, over-due rent paid, prescriptions filled, and food and clothing is donated.
On various Saturdays, 4th Avenue UMC has sponsors a dental clinic in partnership with the Louisville Dental Society. Residents of downtown Louisville without dental insurance come for free dental services, including everything except fitting for dentures. This full service clinic involves an examination theater with four exam stations and a portable x-ray machine inside the church as well as the Louisville Dental Society van parked right outside. Patients are screened, teeth cleaned, and services performed all on the same day.