METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES IN PASCO
It was in a bold leap of faith when the congregation of Community United Methodist Church refocused its efforts to reach out and aid families in the community who are in financial and spiritual distress. This body of Christ ended its old charter in July of 2009 and established in its place a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a new purpose called Joining Hands Community Mission, Inc. This organization in Pasco County became an outreach initiative of the United Methodist Church Gulf Central District and Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. A collaborative relationships also developed with United Way of Pasco, Mid-Florida, One CommUNITY Now, Healing Hands Health Clinic, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, the Public Defender’s office, and others.
In addition, Rev. Dan Campbell, served as president of the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County for three years (2009-2011), and under his leadership Pasco County wrote a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Pasco County called “Pathways to Permanence.” The goal of this plan was to create in Pasco a pathway for people who are experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient. Rev. Campbell continues to serve on the Board of the Coalition for the Homeless.
The next step was taken in July 2011, when Joining Hands Community Missions merged with Metropolitan Ministries to form a permanent outreach center in Pasco County called Metropolitan Ministries in Pasco. Metropolitan Ministries has been partnering with Joining Hands for many years now. This union has allowed us to increase our services to the community and draw upon the expertise and collaborative relationships the Ministries has built over its 40 years.