FOOD PANTRY
 
Every Wednesday First Baptist is filled with our neighbors receiving food, diapers, household supplies, and hygiene products at the Food Pantry.  Too many people must decide between food, diapers, health care, or winter heat. The Food Pantry serves about 90 homes a week. Last year more than $73,000 worth of goods were given to people in our community. During the Christmas season we work together with Toys-for-Tots to offer Christmas gifts to families.  The Food Pantry is completely volunteer and has met needs in our region for 22 years. The Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.   
ESL CLASSES
 
People arrive in the Amherst area from around the world for jobs and education.  So First Baptist has offered free ESL (English as a Second Language classes for eighteen years. This year students from twenty nations are participating. Classes meet at the church on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Small classes enable the tutors to build community and work with students individually. Our tutors are dedicated volunteers who help students learn English and adjust to life in the USA. Students interested in learning about Christian faith are invited to ask spiritual questions, attend international dinners and participate in the church. 
FREEDOM CAFE
 
Come experience the Freedom Cafe for a relaxed vibe and delicious cup of fair-trade coffee while helping to rescue women from human trafficking. The Freedom Cafe is staffed by volunteers so the proceeds are donated to Ashagaon Ministry in India where women experience a safe place, legal representation, vocational training, and God’s love.  So far, over $37,000 has been sent to redeem the lives of hundreds of women, and education events have been hosted on local campuses. You can learn more about the Freedom Cafe here.  
 Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm     Sundays: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
CRAIG’S PLACE SHELTER
 
Winter is cold in Amherst! The cold weather is especially dangerous for our homeless neighbors. First Baptist partners with Craig’s Doors Association, the Town of Amherst, and social service agencies to host the homeless shelter every night from November 1 – April 30. Guests  receive a safe place, nutritious meals, warm showers, and supportive community. Last year 181 people stayed at least one night. Guests are connected to resources to break the cycle of homelessness. More than 40 people now have housing with jobs. Learn more or volunteer here.