I am a client and from personal experience this organization is absolutely wonderful. I was homeless and although I had worked my entire life was dealing with 'aging out' of employment. First Fruit has given me a place to stabilize, gain self esteem and purpose, and to reconnect with God. Very few staff and some 22K of volunteer hours go into running FFM's transitional housing, Food Pantry and outreach programs - so I know that the great majority of donations & grant money go directly to serving homeless and hungry folks. It's a beautiful thing to see!
As I look back over the last 2 years, I am thankful that God lead my wife Karen and I to Wilmington NC and more specifically to the First Fruit Ministries Campus.
At First Fruit Ministries we where giving the opportunity to serve through the ministry of helps. Karen and I are doing what we truly desire in our heart to do, and here at First Fruit we get to do it by giving away free food and love to several hundred people each week.
Serving in the ministry of helps in this manner really makes us come alive.
As our relationship with Jesus grows, we find that it is most important that we serve in right relationship with him, which allows us to feel fulfilled each and every day.
First Fruit Ministries is serving up delicious food and great atmosphere thru there, street feed and food pantry program's.
Ronald J Pinney
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I have been associated with First fruit Ministries since January. i have seen first hand their love for people. Their hearts are to serve the people of the community and those in need through meeting their immediate need- putting food in their pantries and in their stomachs. This applies to those they serve through the Food Pantry and those they feed who are homeless on the street. They strive to be people of integrity and be responsible with the resources they have been given. After volunteering in the Food Pantry I have also had the opportunity to work on the transitional housing end of things. I have seen women who are at places in their lives where they are stuck and are lost come into a sense of purpose and start to pursue a career or college degree. Many of those who are willing to work through the root causes of the issues in their lives and work hard to learn the skills they need to succeed, emerge from the program victorious with a fresh start and perspective. I would recommend First Fruit to anyone who would like to volunteer in a good environment with people who are friendly and to people who like to feel that they are truly giving back to the community.
Review from Guidestar
I was introduced to First Fruit Ministries over 5 years ago. I had worked with typical "rescue mission" organizations before and this is what I was expecting the first time I visited First Fruit Ministries. Immediately after I set foot the campus I could tell that this was different than anything I had experienced before: It was clean, well lit, well staffed and full of happy positive people! As my relationship with First Fruit developed from a volunteer, to a donor and finally to a board member I have become increasingly impressed with the service that they provide with their minimal budget. The bottom line is that they are amazingly effective at taking people off of the street and transforming their lives so that they can re-enter society as helpful and productive members. Their success rate is overwhelmingly higher than our state's average and I attribute this to the love of God that is shown to each and every client who walks through the door.
Review from Guidestar