Serving - Fighting Homelessness

For more information about any of these ministries, contact Colette Gibson,

Barnabas Network

The Barnabas Network (BN) truly appreciates all that First Lutheran does to help needy residents establish their homes once they have been approved for assistance.  BN will contact us periodically to update their most urgent shortages.  They still need twin XL sheets and now need a few King size as well.  Bath, hand and face towels are also requested.  If you are able to help with new or gently used items you can drop them off in the Mission Depot box marked BN.  THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GENEROSITY.  If there are any questions please call or email Ruth Zeemer.

The Barnabas Network is a nonprofit organization supported by local faith communities that offers encouragement, furniture, job training, and transportation to families taking steps toward self-sufficiency.  Families & Individuals Served Include: victims of fires, families moving from homelessness, mothers and children fleeing domestic violence, families and individuals recovering from a major setback.

Our furniture is donated by individuals in the community and is then redistributed to our clients. Our philosophy of reuse, recycle, and refurbish benefits the entire community by providing furnishings to those in need and keeping these items out of the landfill.

Community Housing Solutions

Community Housing Solutions’ mission is to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income households in Guilford County, NC . We are restoring hope and dignity to our neighbors and neighborhoods by working towards the elimination of substandard housing.


Disaster Relief / Mission Trips 

First Lutheran Church has sent members to Costa Rica and the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in association with Lutheran Disaster Response.

We have also had numerous members go to Honduras with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 2016 we had a group participate in a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity trip to Nicaragua.


Family Shelter at the YWCA
1807 East Wendover Avenue, Greensboro NC 27405

The YWCA Greensboro Family Shelter program provides shelter, food, case management and holistic support for families experiencing homelessness.  Each family develops a plan to achieve educational goals, optimal health, financial stability, pay off debts and save money to move into permanent housing.  Shelter residents benefit from interaction with staff and community volunteers, who model effective parenting skills and assist parents as needed in looking up resources, thinking through decisions and problem solving.

Website:  Under header "What we do" - select Family shelter


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is a Christian ministry that brings together people of all faiths to build quality, affordable homes and thriving neighborhoods where families can build better lives.

Thanks to the First Lutheran Endowment Fund for approving a $2,500 grant to allow us to participate in this important ministry. This was truly a faith based endeavor as congregations from Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups came together to make it possible for Isameldin and Howaida and their family to become proud Habitat homeowners.

Habitat 2018 Recipients

 Thanks also to our wonderful FLC Habitat volunteers and to those who donated financially or assisted through our Habitat lunch ministry, headed up by Jean Reitzel.

 Habitat 2018 Recipients with Colette Gibson

Pictured above: Colette Gibson presents a quilt to the family that was lovingly made and donated by our very own quilting group. The quilting group donates a quilt to each Habitat family during the dedication of their homes. This has been an ongoing part of their ministry for many years and Habitat truly appreciates their generosity.

Thanks also to Lloyd Bostian who documents the house building through photos that he takes/develops over the course of the build and then presents a photo album to the family at the conclusion of the build.

If you would like to help us participate in the next Building on Faith house, please make checks out to First Lutheran Church and put “Habitat” on the memo line. Thank you.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Shearin Feimster -  or 252-531-3417 -  to sign up or for more information on how you can be part of this very important ministry.



We support Habitat in the following ways:

  • Thanks to Endowment grants for the past 3 years, we have been able to join 30+ other congregations in this endeavor.
  • We provided monetary support and workers.     
  • We also work with Habitat on an as needed basis throughout the year.
  • We also have a team that provides lunches for the work crews approximately 4 times a year.
  • For more information on our lunch ministry, please contact Jean Reitzel
  • We sell Habitat Honor cards during the holidays.


Homerun 4 Homelessness

Home run for Homelessness is a community celebration designed to commemorate the implementation of Guilford County’s Ten Year Plan to end chronic homelessness. The event will help to promote public awareness of the Partners Ending Homelessness and increase Guilford County citizens’ overall knowledge about homelessness in our community.


Honor Cards  During the Christmas holiday season we help support the following agencies through the sale of their organizations Honor Cards:

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Interactive Resource Center
  • Out of the Garden Project / Operation Backpack


HUGS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks)

During the Fall/Winter season we collect these items to be shared with organizations working with the local homeless population.


Interactive Resource Center (IRC)

The Interactive Resource Center assists people who are homeless, recently homeless or facing homelessness reconnect with their own lives and with the community at large. We offer showers, laundry facilities, computers, phone, resume writing and much more.

Hours :  The IRC is open 365 days a year

               Monday - Friday 8am - 3pm

               Saturday & Sunday 8am - 2pm

We assist the IRC through monetary donations, donations of personal care items i.e.: shampoo, soap, shaving cream, razors, laundry soap and other personal care items. Several members of our church also volunteer their time and talents at the IRC including members serving on the board.


Partners Ending Homelessness

Partners Ending Homelessness encourages public understanding of the causes and conditions of homelessness and leads a strong and stable system of care for individuals and families to reduce homelessness in Guilford County. Partners Ending Homelessness serves as the planning and coordinating organization for homeless service delivery in Guilford County. The Partnership is responsible for actively implementing, evaluating and updating Guilford County's Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and serves as the lead agency for Guilford County's federally designated Continuum of Care. The organization is a groundbreaking, collaborative partnership that includes over 200 community partners that work to generate housing, strengthen prevention and supportive service efforts, and increase coordination, collaboration and access through the continuum of care in our community.


Winter Shelter – MEN:  Mid December – end of March

SHELTER HELPERS NEEDED:  First Lutheran is working with West Market St. United Methodist Church to provide a warm, safe shelter for men on Monday nights from mid-December through the end of March.  Help is needed with check-in/registration, preparing meals or serving meals and having an individual (male) to stay overnight with a staff person to oversee the shelter. Great opportunity for a Sunday school class, Women’s circle, Small group activity or individuals. Please call Colette Gibson,, 336-856-7481 for information on how you can help.  

OVERNIGHT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   Need men to spend Monday nights at West Market United Methodist Church, primarily to share the “fire watch” with the paid staff member. One person must be awake at all times (usually change around 2 am.)  There is a separate room with two beds for the volunteer and staff member. Good idea to bring your own pillow along with reading material/laptop/phone. Arrive at 5:30 to help with sign-in/registration or arrive by 6:30 pm to have dinner with the group.  Men head off to the laundry after dinner, so you have time to watch TV, read, etc., until they return and get ready for bed. Set up for breakfast about 6:00 am and leave by about 7:00. 

Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) prescreens residents – no walk-ins allowed. Paid staff member handles any issues.

Sign up sheets to help with meals will be in the Community Center. If you can cook or bake or shop – You can help!

Contact Colette Gibson at 336-856-7481 or to see how you can help.


Also, it takes about $50 for the men to wash clothes on Monday nights. Please put quarters, if possible, or spare change, in a container in the front office.

Winter Emergency Shelters – Women  

FLC serves once a month during the winter months in which the women's winter is operational.  We greet the guests, prepare and serve a meal and make breakfast bags to them to take with in the morning.