The Community Ministry

Services

Have a Heart Mission, now the Community Ministry at First Baptist Church of Islamorada, began in 2000 as an outreach to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community. Over the years God has blessed the ministry and enabled this small church to help thousands of individuals and families each year.

The Food & Clothing Pantry is open from 10am-12pm and 5pm-6pm on Tuesdays or by appointments if needed.  Food items include milk, fresh produce, frozen meat, bagged ice and non-perishable food items.

Each Tuesday morning at 9 am, one of our Pastors hosts a faith discussion group for those who are interested in learning more about Christianity.  This informal gathering outside under the tents is a great opportunity to share a cup of coffee and enjoy discussing the weekly message or ask a question about the Bible.

Every Tuesday there is a Free Community Meal offered from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Dinner is prepared by our volunteers and various organizations including San Pedro Catholic Church.

Counseling services are available for those who have experienced an emotional trauma or are working though anxiety, depression, or grief.  The Community Ministry has partnered with Wellspring Counseling of Miami to provide a licensed counselor on premise every Tuesday.  Counseling is available by appointment only by calling 305-306-7842.

We can also provide referrals to various social services including social security services, food stamps, Monroe County Social Services and Legal Aid.

Food Drop Off

If you would like to bring food (only non-perishable, unopened items) to help feed the hungry in our community you can always bring your donations to the church on Tuesdays.

There are also a number of local businesses who have collection bins that you can bring non-perishable items too as well – If you would like to have a collection bin to support this ministry please contact the Community Ministry at 305-306-7842.

Centennial Bank (Islamorada Branch) 81541 Old Highway

Island Community Church 83250 Overseas Hwy

Matecumbe United Methodist Church 81831 Overseas Hwy

Our Services

Food Pantry

The Community Ministry serves those in need living in the Upper Keys through a food pantry providing milk, bread, produce, canned goods and frozen meat. Each week, more than 100 families come to the Community Ministry from as far away as Marathon and Key Largo to receive food assistance. The Pantry strives to provide consistent access to healthy well balanced food choices.

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet’s goal is to make a lasting change in the lives of Keys families by providing clothing and other essential items for those most in need. The closet stocks gently used items including clothing for men, women and children, small household items, bedding, baby items, and shoes.

Community Meal

Every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm there is a Free Community meal to enjoy food and fellowship. Dinner is prepared by our volunteers and various organizations including the San Pedro Catholic Church.

Dental Bus

Every fall the Community Ministry hosts the Florida Baptist Convention Dental Bus. The Dental Bus provides free cleanings, extracts, and fillings for those that cannot afford the cost of a traditional dentist.

Faith Discussion Group

Each Tuesday morning, one of our Pastors hosts a faith discussion group for those who are interested in learning more about Christianity. This informal gathering outside under the tents is a great opportunity to share a cup of coffee and enjoy discussing the weekly message or asking a question about the Bible.

Christian Counseling

Counseling services are available for those who have experienced an emotional trauma or are working though anxiety, depression, or grief. The Community Ministry has partnered with Wellspring to provide a licensed counselor on premise every Tuesday. Services are offered at little or no cost based on an individual’s financial situation. Wellspring is experienced in providing mental health services and education in a professional, Christian and holistic way in order to bring about transforming life change.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate recovery is a biblically balanced 12 step approach to help bring sustainable recovery and healing to our hurts. It guides us toward new healthy truths and life-giving habits as we repair our broken relationships. Join more than 7 million hurting people across the globe who now walk in freedom through the power of Jesus Christ as we walk through the 8 principles of celebrate recovery based on the Beatitudes in
Matthew 5.

Community Garden

The mission of the community garden is to provide education and a place where gardeners can share their experience in growing food, while raising awareness to the food insecurity challenges facing those in need. Individual plots are worked in addition to community plots that are dedicated to providing fresh vegetables to the food pantry.

Prayer Ministry

The mission of the Prayer Ministry is to intercede to God through prayer on behalf of the families that use our services. Each week ministry guests share obstacles and challenge they are facing in life and our prayer team prays for each request throughout the week.

Get Involved

Volunteering with us is a great way to help those who need it most. You can help in our food pantry, clothing closet, kitchen or one of our other outreach services. No one should go hungry! Join us in fighting hunger and empowering lives in the Upper Keys. Click Here Now To Get Involved.

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Make A Donation

At the Community Ministry, we're helping children, seniors, families and individuals who are in need in the Upper Keys. Your monthly or one-time donation will help us feed hundreds of people every month and provide them with the programs and resources to improve their quality of life.

The Community Ministry

Feeding bodies and nourishing souls. We are committed to providing comprehensive support to individuals and families who are facing food insecurity and other challenges in their lives.

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Contact Details

Mailing Address:

PO Box 453
Islamorada, FL 33036

Faith Discussion Group
Tuesdays 9 – 10 am

Food & Clothing Pantry
Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm, 5 – 6 pm

Community Meal
Tuesdays 5 – 6 pm

Weekly Message