First Street Methodist Mission

801 West 1st St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

First Street Methodist Mission is located two blocks north of the church. Devoted to serving people in need, First Street Methodist Mission provides emergency food, clothing, infant formula, limited financial assistance, and case management services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion. Recognizing and taking action to help meet the need for outreach in Downtown Fort Worth, this dynamic ministry offers vital assistance to its guests and life-and-awareness-changing opportunities to its special volunteer community that views work at the Mission as part of their calling to be God’s people in the world.

First Street Methodist Mission’s roots began in the early 1950’s when the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth recognized the need for outreach at a downtown housing community. From this point, the church began a variety of programs designed to minister to this local community. In 2006, the Mission was officially named First Street Methodist Mission and became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Over the next several decades, the services of the Mission expanded to assist both the homeless and those with a residence in Fort Worth and the surrounding communities. The services to the homeless include sack lunches, a monthly clothing bank visit where they receive a hygiene kit with a new pair of socks and underwear and the Start-Up Kit program for the homeless who are moving into supportive or transitional housing programs. Services for individuals and families with a home include grocery services and a monthly clothing bank visit. Infant formula services are available to anyone who needs assistance with infant formula and other nutritional items for infants.

Virtually all monetary donations go directly toward funding the programs and client services of the Mission. Overhead costs such as utilities and building maintenance are provided by the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. The Mission is staffed by an all-volunteer workforce of a diverse mix of more than 200 volunteers who work to serve a wide variety of programs and services.

Contact: Linda Murphy, First Street Methodist Mission Director |
First Street Methodist Mission | 817-335-6080

Food Pantry Ministries

First Street Methodist Mission provides food assistance for families and individuals, including groceries for those with a residence and proper documentation, and sack lunches to homeless individuals on a first come, first served basis.

Grocery Services for Families and Individuals with a Residence Español

Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
To receive groceries, please be sure to bring the following documentation:

  • Picture identification for all adults in the household
  • One of the following for Proof of Residency that is 30 days old or less: Rent receipt with landlord’s telephone number, electric, water, or gas bill

Grocery assistance is provided once per month for families with children or every two months for families without children.

For guests who are in a housing program in which all of their bills are paid for them please bring a letter from your case worker that includes your name, date of birth, current address, and a statement that explains that you are in a housing program. This written referral will be a guests Proof of Residency and Income.

Sack Lunches for Our Neighbors who are Homeless

Mondays | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Sack lunches are served to individuals who are homeless on a first come first served basis. On Monday and Wednesday guests are able to come in, receive their meal, and join us for a cup of coffee or lemonade. Each person who is homeless is able to receive one sack lunch per service day.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Each year we gather together as a faith community to fill hundreds of Thanksgiving baskets (boxes, actually) with nutritious holiday food for those who otherwise would be hungry this Thanksgiving. This annual event is not only a time of service and gratitude as we share God’s bounty with our neighbors who are hungry; it is a morning of laughter and fun as we gather to share the joy of working together in this very special First Church tradition.

Infant Formula

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Infant Formula is provided to parents and caretakers of infants who are 12 months of age and younger two times each month. Guests are eligible to receive infant formula and other nutritional items based on the age of the child. Diapers and clothing are also available one time each month depending on availability.

The Mission distributes a basic milk based infant formula. If a child needs a specialized non-milk based formula, then the parent or care taker needs to provide us with documentation from the child’s doctor that states which formula the child needs and how long the child needs that formula. We ask that all Infant Formula clients apply for WIC services.

Food 4 Kids

One in four children come from families that live with food insecurity. Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that sends food home for the weekend for 350 elementary aged children at T.A. Sims, Van Zandt-Quinn, and Charles Nash Elementary schools during the school year to relieve fear and worry about where their next meal will come from. Groups of 10 are encouraged to come to First Street Methodist Mission for one hour between 9:00 am and noon, September through May to help pack backpacks.


Clothing donations accepted:
Monday – Thursday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | First Street Methodist Mission

Mission will only accept new or gently used items. Click here for a complete list of items, as well as a listing of other places to donate usable items that the Mission cannot accept.

Clothing Assistance and Hygiene Kits

Mondays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm

First Street Methodist Mission’s Clothing Bank is accessible to men and women who are homeless one time each month. Mission guests are able to select for themselves clothing items and other seasonal items like coats from the clothing racks.

Men and women who are homeless are also eligible to receive a hygiene kit once per month, the kit includes travel size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and razor and two bandages along with a new pair of cotton socks or underwear. Hygiene kits are available to our guests who are homeless on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Career Closet

By Appointment
Mondays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4:00 pm

The Career Closet is a resource for job-training and job-placement agencies to assist men and women with specific clothing items for newly obtained employment in service industry jobs. Types of clothing and shoes available are for food service jobs, landscape and construction jobs and scrubs for medical or childcare related jobs.

Contact: First Street Methodist Mission | 817-335-6080

Home Start-Up Kits

Case Worker Referral Only

Start-Up Kits provide a small number of household items to previously homeless men, women, and families who have moved into permanent supportive or transitional housing programs. The Start-Up Kit program is a case worker referred program. To make a referral for a kit, contact the Mission by phone, fax, or email to request the Start-Up Kit referral form.

Start-Up Kits include: bath towel, wash cloth, dinner plates, bowls, drinking glasses, coffee cups, forks, spoons, knives, paring knives, can openers, sheet sets, blankets, plunger, broom and dustpan, shower curtain/rings, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, deodorant, bar soap, Comet, dish soap, sponges, dish towel, laundry soap, pots, skillet, and toilet paper.

Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn provides shelter to individuals who are homeless during the three coldest months (December, January, and February) and the two hottest months (July and August) every year. First Street Methodist Mission along with First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth participates in Room in the Inn, offering shelter to 14 single men on Thursday evenings.

Room in the Inn is primarily run with the help of volunteers. Volunteers set up the facility, prepare the beds, make the meal, stay overnight and transport our guests to and from the Day Resource Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Training is required of all Room in the Inn volunteers and is held prior to each season of Room in the Inn.

Volunteer Job Descriptions


Thursday 4:00 pm & Friday 7:00 am

Pick up the van at Budget on Texas & Henderson. Proceed to the Day Resource Center to pick up 6 guests and bring them to the Justin Youth Building. Return Friday morning to take our guests back to the Day Resource Center and then return the van to Budget.


Thursday 3:30 pm

The Set-Up position is a monthly rotation of volunteers who are willing to come to the Justin every Thursday evening for a (selected) month to assist with preparation for the evening/morning. Volunteers will: make sure all the supplies needed to make up the beds are available, prepare the shower/hygiene items, and set the table for the evening meal.

Prepare Beds

Thursday 3:30 pm

Put linens on 16 beds for our Room in the Inn guests and volunteers.


Thursday 4:30 pm

Our guests may have not had a lunch-time meal and not only do appetizers curb hunger, they help break the ice for the evening! We need volunteers to provide enough snack/appetizer type food for 12 guests and several volunteers.

Some ideas: Veggie tray, Queso and chips, cheese and crackers.

Dinner/Hospitality Volunteers

Arrive at Justin by 5:30 pm | Meal served by 6:00 pm

Hospitality ends at 9:30 pm*

Sign up to provide enough food to generously feed 30 people. The categories available are Bread, Salad, Main Course, Side Dish, and Dessert. We ask that you also provide any condiments needed. *If you are unable to stay for the hospitality part of the evening please let us know so we can make other arrangements.  

Overnight Volunteers

Arrive at Justin Thursday 5:00 pm | Depart Friday 7:30 am*

Overnight volunteers stay throughout the night with our guests in the Justin Building gym and help get our guests up for breakfast and their return to the Day Resource Center on Friday morning.*If you are unable to stay until 7:30 am on Friday morning please let us know so we can make other arrangements. 

Breakfast Volunteers

Arrive at Justin by 6:30 am | Meal Served by 6:45 am | Clean up after*

Breakfast Volunteers are asked to provide enough breakfast food — a breakfast casserole, fruit, cereal, juice and milk, and rolls or muffins — to generously feed 30 people. In addition, volunteers are asked to serve and clean up after the meal is over. *If you cannot stay for clean up, please let us know so that we can make arrangements. 

Linen Pick-up & Washing

Following Monday between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pick up linens and wash, dry, and return clean linens to the Mission by the following Wednesday so that they are ready for the next Thursday evening.


Donate online or send your check to First Street Methodist Mission at 801 W. 1st St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Servicios comestibles para las familias e individuos con una residencia

Miércoles & Jueves | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personas que estan interesado para recibir los comestibles deben traer los siguientes artículos:

  • Tarjeta de identificación para todos los adultos que viven en la casa
  • Uno del siguiente que es 30 días viejos o menos: un recibo de la renta con el numero de telefono del propietario o una cuenta de la compañia de electricidad, gas, o agua

Clothing Needs for Men & Women who are Homeless

  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Basic Tops/Blouses & Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Caps/Hats
  • Drawstring Sleeping Pants

*We especially need extra large sizes (1X, 2X, etc…) and small sizes in men’s jeans (28, 30, 32)

Seasonal Clothing Needs for Men & Women who are Homeless

  • Sweatshirts
  • Fleece Shirts
  • Hooded Sweatshirts
  • Knitted Caps
  • Umbrellas
  • Gloves
  • Ponchos
  • Winter Coats
  • Raincoats
  • Coveralls
  • Long Underwear

Miscellaneous Needs for Homeless Services

  • Backpacks
  • Tote Bags
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Rolling Bags

Clothing Needs for the Career Closet

  • Black & Khaki Pants (For Men & Women)
  • White Dress Shirts (For Men & Women)
  • Scrubs
  • Black Non-Skid Shoes for Restaurant Work Work
  • Boots (With or Without Steel Toe)

Start-Up Kit Needs — Gently Used or New

  • Blankets
  • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Sheets (Assorted Sizes)
  • Plates/Bowls/Coffee Mugs
  • Drinking Glasses/Plastic Cups
  • Pots/Pans/Skillets
  • Eating Utensils
  • Shower Curtain with Rings

Other Miscellaneous Needs for Clothing Bank

  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Infant Clothing (Up to size 24 Months)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Wallets
  • Reading Glasses (All Strengths)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Paperback Novels

If you have a question about an item you would like to donate please call the Mission at 817/339-5068, thank you. The Mission also accepts financial gifts to the Clothing Bank, these gifts will be used to purchase needed items for our guests.

Suggested Donation Locations for Useable Clothing and Household Items not accepted at First Street Methodist Mission

Berry Good Buys
1701 West Berry Street, FW, 76110

Donation Center
6360 Lake Worth Blvd, FW, 76135

Donation Center (Drop Box)
6770 Westworth Blvd, Westworth Village, 76114

Fort Worth Adult Rehabilitation Center
2901 NE 28th Street, FW, 76111

Goodwill Donation Stations
1111 West University @ Lancaster 7050 Bryant Irvin @ Dirks Road

Goodwill Stores
4445 River Oaks Blvd.
2100 Altamesa Blvd.
4005 Campus Drive
6297 Granbury Road
6908 Camp Bowie Blvd.

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center
2917 NE 28th Street, FW, 76111

YWCA Resale Shop
6500 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW, 76116


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