Local Community

Local Missions
Brown Memorial
Erwin First partners with the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church on Syracuse’s near west side. Brown Memorial is located in the 13th poorest zip code in the United States at the corner of S. Geddes and Davis Streets. Brown Memorial serves west side community by providing weekly worship and other outreach mission engagements that are always looking for mission hands:
Westside Food Center – Foodbank, diapers, and more
Tutoring program provides homework help for area students
Life skills for adults and youth
Sunday afternoon free community meal
Christmas Store
And other short term/long term outreach ministries.
For more information contact Pastor BJ at bjnorrix@gmail.com

RESTART Ministry
An outreach ministry of the Syracuse United Methodist Ministries for people who are restarting their lives, the ministry addresses a critical need to come alongside families and individuals who are going through a life change.
Emergency deliveries of furniture and essential everyday items are done as needed and truck deliveries are done on the first and last Wednesday of the month. We welcome all volunteers to join this needed ministry.
Send an email to erwinoffice78@gmail.com to contact team leader Evelyn D.

Jail Ministry
Jail Ministry is a local organization comprised of dozens of volunteers who visit assigned inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center on a weekly basis. Jail Ministry has been visiting and advocating for inmates for more than forty years right here in Syracuse. The commitment is to visit typically between one and three assigned people at a time for one hour per week. The people housed at the Justice Center have not yet been convicted of any crime. They are held there while their cases go to trial or get dismissed, so the population is constantly changing. An advocate can visit a person for a year, or for a couple of weeks. It all depends on the person’s individual case. During the pandemic, volunteers are writing letters in place of in-person visits. In my twelve years as an advocate for inmates at the Justice Center, I have visited dozens of people. Without a doubt my life has been greatly enriched by this experience. “…I was in prison and you came to visit me”.  MATTHEW 25:36
Send an email to erwinoffice78@gmail.com to contact team leader Susana N.