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Open Door Community Ministry provides basic services and meals to our homeless and underemployed neighbors in Louisville.  Our free dental and health clinics operate on a monthly schedule.  Please call 502-585-2176 for more information or with questions.


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 West St. Catherine Street entrance to the Fellowship Hall and a volunteer will assist them. Most of the lunches are a hot, sit-down meal.



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.

Dental Tools in Pocket


The Healing Place 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.

AA Groups includes 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 parlor on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:45p.m.

Women Holding Hands


We have a free medical clinic van that is on site the 4th Thursday of every month from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. This clinic offers basic screening and care.

Stethoscope on the Cardiogram


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.

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