Local Support Services

Newark United Methodist Church has a long history of impacting our local community in terms of service. We are a compassionate congregation, serving others in response to the need we see around us. Below are some examples of how we’re ministering to those within the Newark area.

photo of Newark homeless being fed and cared forCode Purple Response
When temperatures are forecasted to dip below 20°F, the Newark Area Homeless Coalition (a multi-church coalition), hosts the homeless for an evening meal, a place to sleep, and a morning meal. This ministry is an outgrowth of the Newark Empowerment Center (see below). NUMC participates in this ministry on a rotating basis as a facility host.

English as a Second Language: English Conversation Program
This mission, based in our facility, provides basic English language lessons and conversation practice for the local population whose main language is not English.

Hope Dining Room
Providing noontime meals for all who are hungry, Hope is located in the basement of the facility of Kingswood United Methodist Church, on the corner of Marrows Road and Brookside Boulevard, and is a cooperative ministry among several churches in our community.  NUMC provides, cooks, and serves two meals per month (first Friday and third Tuesday).

Volunteers from NUMC prepare these ready to eat meals for distribution through Newark Empowerment Center (see below).

Newark Area Welfare Committee
This organization serves the community with an Emergency Assistance Program, Food Cupboard, Holiday Food Boxes, and Shoes for Needy Children. Over 2,900 individuals in the Newark area receive assistance in one form or another.  NUMC houses one of its Food Cupboards.

photo of client intake at Newark Empowerment CenterNewark Empowerment Center
Housed within our facility, the Empowerment Center serves three primary functions.  It offers daytime hospitality and survival services to Newark’s chronically homeless, provides consultation and referral services to homeless clients trying to address their issues in a strategic manner, and serves as a consultation and central screening station for participating churches who refer persons who contact them seeking financial assistance.
> article on the Empowerment Center

Survivors of Suicide
NUMC hosts this support group.  They meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 7:00 pm.