Something Inside So Strong! Park Avenue Youth & Family Services Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program serves 50 scholars each summer. Check out the Park Avenue Freedom Schools Program’s website for up-to-date program information!
Joyce Preschool offers dual immersion (Spanish-English) preschool classes for children ages 3 to 5, and provides scholarships based on need. Joyce works toward preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. In each of their classes, children are given the opportunity each day to be an expert in their own language and learn from peer role models.
St. Mary’s Medical Clinic
In partnership with the St Mary’s Clinic, Park Avenue answers the need for free medical clinics for our neighbors. Hundreds of people receive excellent medical attention at our clinic and are referred to hospitals for additional services in challenging cases.
We engage our neighbors by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we lead outreaches, the intent is to train and equip the body, immediately applying what we have learned by engaging our neighbors. God shows up in miraculous ways where we get to encourage, pray with and maybe lead neighbors into accepting Christ for the first time or recommit their life to the Lord.
We meet every Friday at 6:30-10 pm for prayer, worship and equipping before we go out into the community. When we have enough people, a group will stay at the church to continue to pray and worship.
If you would like to receive weekly updates/stories regarding the outreach please let Scott Bookhout know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk-in Legal Clinic
Park Avenue UMC answers the need for free legal services for our neighbors in partnership with Peace and Hope International and the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Hundreds of families are given the legal advice they need to thrive in a complicated world.
The Legal Clinic is located on the Lower Level of Park Avenue UMC.
It is open on Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 PM (except for weeks with a holiday).
- The services provided are limited to brief advice, one-time legal service and/or referral. Legal Clinic volunteers do not provide ongoing legal representation to persons who visit the legal clinic.
- Individuals with on-going legal representation needs will be referred to other service providers, including private attorneys.
- Services are free-of-charge for eligible persons. The purpose of the legal clinic is to provide free legal services to low-income individuals who meet income guidelines.
- You must earn under 300% of the federal poverty income guidelines.
- You must not already have a lawyer who represents you.
- The Walk-in Legal Clinic is open to serve eligible persons on Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Persons arriving at the legal clinic should sign-up with the intake coordinator on duty after 2:45 p.m. If your name is called and you do not respond, you may lose your turn.
- The intake coordinator will interview persons first to determine eligibility for services. Eligible persons then will see the next available attorney. Intake and consultations with an attorney are confidential and done on a walk-in basis in the order of arrival.
- Generally, every Thursday there are three appointment slots per volunteer lawyer available and there are between three and four lawyers providing advice. Consultations are generally limited to 30 minutes. Volunteers of the walk-in legal clinic will do their best to see every eligible person who walks in on the same day. However, volunteers may need to request that persons return another day to seek help.
- The Walk-in Legal Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys. Generally, every week there attorneys on duty who are familiar with immigration and employment and labor laws. Lawyers may also have expertise in other areas of law. If there is not an attorney on duty who knows the answer to your legal question, you may be referred to other service providers, or asked to return another day.Generally, Walk-in Legal Clinic volunteers have expertise in the following areas of law:• Immigration
• Employment and labor
• Family law