Community and Mission
First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo takes seriously our calling to be a light in our community and our world. On this page you’ll find information about some of the many missions we are involved in.
The Kids’ Ranch helps young children, 6-10 years old, develop self-respect and respect for others and the environment. Our early intervention and prevention program accomplishes this by connecting children with caring community volunteers, focusing on literacy and teaching the values of compassion and non-violence.
The Backpack Project – a nonprofit that started as a church outreach program and now is administered by the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation. First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo supports the needs of these students by participating in the collection of backpacks and school supplies.
Helps low income individuals and families receive assistance in the form of food and other necessary items. It is located at St Vincent De Paul, 100 South St, Baraboo.
Hope House in cooperation with the community, provides shelter, advocacy, and education to people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Our service area includes Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, and Adams counties. Services are free of charge.
- Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. – www.hopehousescw.org
People Helping People
People Helping People is a local non-profit organization that seeks to address the needs of the Baraboo and surrounding communities. They have many programs at work, including Adopt-a-Soldier, Work Ready program, Merrimack Food Pantry, Adopt-a-Family, and a school supply program.
- To learn more, contact Bill Harris by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – www.presbyterianmission.org
Ruth Brown was appointed as a mission co-worker to serve as a development specialist with the leadership of the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) focusing on food security issues. Ruth is currently back in the United States and recently visited First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo to give a presentation of her work in Africa. We are proud to help Ruth and other Presbyterian missionaries.
- Presbyterian Mission Agency – www.presbyterianmission.org
Pres House is a dynamic campus ministry; a student church; and a student apartment community in the heart of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. They are more than a “church.” They are a home — a place for people to enter, move about, and shape a room for themselves and explore what Jesus Christ has to do with life.
- Pres House – preshouse.org
The Mission Gatherers serve the needs of Baraboo. They have a free clothing ministry, glean from the farmer’s markets for the food pantry, grow the community garden, host the Sing out with Love concert to raise money for other non-profits, are creating a warming shelter to address homelessness in winter months, and have multiple food drives throughout the year to feed children and families.
- To learn more, contact Peter Murray by email – email@example.com
St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
- St Vincent de Paul of Baraboo – Visit on Facebook