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Street Ministry

Who We Are

Read more about our history here.

Street Teams at St. Vincent dePaul

St. Pete First's Street Ministry cooks and serves meals to the homeless 5-6 nights per month.​ 

Approximately 64 people serve with St. Petersburg First United Methodist Church Street Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul. A team of 4 to 7 cooks prepares the food in our church kitchen. Each of our teams at the shelter, consisting of 4 to 11 individuals, served meals to between 100 and 150 people each night for many years. The number of individuals seeking a nightly meal has decreased to about 85 people nightly (in 2022) for reasons that are unknown.


A volunteer will donate about two hours each month on this very worth-while cause. No prior experience in cooking or serving food is needed.

Our current monthly schedule is:
  • 1st Mondays - Cooking and Serving

  • 1st Tuesdays- Cooking and Serving

  • 2nd Tuesdays - Cooking and Serving

  • 2nd Wednesdays - Cooking and Serving

  • 4th Mondays - Cooking and Serving

  • 5th Mondays - Serving only


Street Ministry Thursday Lunch

Beginning in April 2024, Street Ministry has a new opportunity to serve the less fortunate. We are partnering with Metropolitan Ministries and Christ United Methodist Church to serve lunch every Thursday out of a facility at Christ UMC. Volunteers will set up food and drink (beginning at 11:00 am), serve these items to patrons (11:30 am to 12:30 pm) and clean up the area (12:30 to 1:00 pm). You don't need to be available every week to volunteer. A welcoming heart is all the experience needed. 

Street Teams at the Salvation Army Job Center

Volunteers at St. Pete First help staff the Job Center at the Salvation Army One-Stop in South St. Petersburg. People staying at this shelter and other individuals, primarily from the surrounding area, come for assistance in finding a job. We prepare resumes, establish e-mail accounts, and assist with online job searches using computers.


Volunteers serve as little as 1 day a month for two hours, or as much as 8 hours weekly. Volunteering at the Job Center requires some prior experience in operating a computer, otherwise all training is provided.

Volunteer Times:
  • Monday thru Thursday— 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Interested in serving on a Street Team?

Click here, choose "Street Ministry Team," and submit your info to let us know you're interested. We'll answer any questions that you have and make sure you get connected. 

Hal Heitler is the Coordinator for this Ministry. You may also contact him at 727-448-6291 or by email at

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