First Plymouth Congregational Church has an active Outreach Ministry reaching out to the greater community and educating the congregation in ways to help others. The Outreach Ministry receives nominations for the “Share-the-Plate” program from parishioners and the wider community. Each Sunday the worship service hosts a “Moment for Mission” segment where a representative of the recipient organization speaks to the needs and successes of their organization. 80% of the funds collected during the service for “Share-the-Plate” flow through the church to the organization. The remaining 20% is retained in the Outreach Ministry fund for future educational programs and other outreach purposes.
The Share-the-Plate recipient for February 2018 is Second Chance Center.The February Share-the-Plate recipient is Second Chance Center, an organization dedicated to being the support system for formerly incarcerated ex-offenders of every race, color and creed. The staff are also former offenders who have made good and are serving as mentors, helping other former felons to follow their example. Director Hassan Latif, willingly informs those who ask that he had served over 20 years in prison and says that the organization’s primary message is, “You don’t have to live this way. You can change.” This approach is proving successful because their recidivism rate is 11% as opposed to Colorado’s rate of over 40%. Along with personal and group counseling, they provide job preparation, transportation, mentoring and much more.
Some of the Former Recipients:
The Action Center
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Colfax Community Network
Denver Inner City Parish
Friends of Man
Loaves and Fishes
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
New Foundations: Alternatives to Violence
Reach Out And Read Colorado
Rocky Mountain Stroke Center
Second Chance Center
The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado