Local Missions and Community Resources

FUMC Bristol directs charitable giving to many local and global missions. Below are some links to local community resources for those in need.

Bristol Recovery Road

Bristol Recovery Road is a faith-based recovery program for women who have been released from jail, providing them a safe and healthy place to live, job training, and other basic needs until they are back on their feet again.

Holston United Home for Children

Holston United Methodist Home for Children provides hope and healing for a brighter future by sharing the love of Jesus with children and families struggling with life’s challenges.

Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

BEFP is the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty through the region.  Their mission is to end hunger in Bristol by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity.  The Pantry is open to anyone in need and issues vouchers from 1-3pm on all weekdays.  As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Pantry tackles the hunger issue head on.  First UMC provides two volunteers to work in the Food Pantry on the first Monday of each month. The church also provides donations of food products and monetary donations to support the mission.

Second Harvest Food Bank

In these uncertain times of crisis, Second Harvest Food Bank is continuing its mission to feed the people of Northeast Tennessee. We have seen unprecedented need during the last few months going from feeding on average 40,000 people per month to well over 45,000 each month during the pandemic. As people continue to lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know the number of people who are food insecure will rise. Please consider donating to Second Harvest to help us eliminate hunger in our region.

Soup Kitchen

First UMC coordinates volunteers from our congregation during the month of December each year to work at the Bristol Soup Kitchen.  This mission, sponsored by the United Company Foundation, provides free hot soup, crackers, and milk to any resident on their distribution routes in Bristol, Virginia.  Approximately 1,000 soup lunches are prepared and packed weekdays during the year.

Bristol Faith in Action

BFIA is a cooperative outreach ministry of the churches of Bristol and local community, formed to serve any  persons whose circumstance leave them with significant physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.

Haven of Rest Rescue Mission

The Haven of Rest Rescue Mission strives to help the homeless, hopeless, hungry, and needy of the Mountain Empire Region meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing; their emotional needs by providing encouragement and self-worth; and their spiritual needs of forgiveness, peace, love, and freedom while learning to cope with life-challenging issues in a Christian environment.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can.

Abuse Alternatives, Inc.

Servicing Bristol, TN/VA; Washington County, VA; Upper Sullivan County, TN, Providing quality services to the community so that all people might have a life free of domestic violence.

  • 24/7 Crisis Hotline
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Outreach Advocacy
  • Support Groups
  • Community/Professional Education and Awareness
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • All services are FREE

Bristol Crisis Center

The Crisis Center is a non-profit agency which has provided support to our community for over 40 years. All services are free and confidential.

Healing Hands Health Center

Healing Hands Health Center provides services for our uninsured neighbors: medical care and much needed medications; dental care including exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, partials, and dentures; chiropractic care; eye exams and eyeglasses; counseling services.