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100 Chapel Street

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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God's Table

Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

God’s Table outreach is a partnership between Chapel by the Sea and Community Cooperative. While God’s Table is just one of many Chapel outreach ministries, it is the most visible. Originally founded in 2001, it is an ecumenical program that serves needy individuals and families of the Fort Myers Beach area.

About 40% of our participants are homeless. Others are waiters, maids, fishermen, and others whose work is seasonal and who sometimes need short term help. Occasionally we serve vacationers and spring-break students who find themselves in an unexpected crisis. The program provides breakfast, a bag lunch, cans and packages of food for an evening meal, clothing, blankets and personal items.

Showers and haircuts are available, as well as human services from medical volunteers, social workers, Salvation Army and the Veterans’ Association. Crisis intervention is provided by St. Vincent de Paul, which is also housed at the Chapel. Fellowship, encouragement, and community prayer are all important elements of God’s Table. From time to time, God’s Table is able to assist in securing jobs.

Participants help set up and clean up before and after breakfast. Photo IDs are required (although not on the first visit), and if one does not have a photo ID, God’s Table will help a person secure one (as a proper ID will be needed in securing a job). Occasionally, the pastor of Chapel by the Sea officiates at funerals, weddings and baptisms for participants of God’s Table. Special dinners are offered for a Thanksgiving and a Christmas event.

God’s Table is an ecumenical program, run in partnership with Community Cooperavative located at Chapel by the Sea on Fort Myers Beach, that offers Christian fellowship to all. Volunteers gather to welcome the needy and homeless to a safe place where food is shared; clothing is provided; assistance is offered; and where dignity and God’s love are extended. All of the services are provided by caring volunteers who share a common goal of helping those who have had temporary setbacks to get back on their feet and enjoy living productive lives.

The services provided by God’s Table are offered to the homeless and needy, including the underemployed, living on Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding areas. This program is housed at Chapel by the Sea and is an ecumenical effort of the community, extending Christian fellowship to all.

In addition a Family Health Center Homeless Clinic is on site every Friday (except holidays) at 7:30 a.m. to aid persons who meet certain criteria (without Medicaid/Medicare). A Nurse Practitioner sees patients and Pharmacy/Prescription services are available.

 

Fort Myers Beach St. Vincent de Paul Society members are available to help residents of Fort Myers Beach on Mondays & Fridays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am year round and also on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. during beach season. They help in the following ways:

  • Budget counseling

  • Rent assistance

  • Emergency transportation

  • Referral services

  • Assistance with utility bills

  • Bus passes

  • Food vouchers & food pantry

 

A Representative from the Veterans Administration is available to assist veterans in applying for VA for medical benefits and pensions.

Every Friday (except holidays) at 8:00 a.m. a representative of the Salvation Army is available to assess individuals for Case Management Services.

Services Available:

  • Breakfast

  • Bag lunches

  • Canned food for daily needs

  • Showers

  • Hair cuts

  • Clothing

  • Personal care items

  • Blankets

  • Food Stamp applications

  • Rehabilitation referrals

Typical Materials Contributed:

  • Canned meats & soups with easy-to-open pull tops

  • Jeans (28-36 waist)

  • Men’s casual clothing — small sizes

  • T-shirts and polo shirts

  • Shorts

  • Sneakers

  • Underwear and white socks

  • Baseball caps

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

  • Disposable razors

  • Deodorant

  • Sweatshirts & jackets

  • Blankets

Weekly Community Events

  *Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 5,

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 a.m.

*Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 5,

Tuesday 7:30 a.m.

 

*Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 5 Tuesday

8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Women’s Group)

 

*Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 5, Friday 7:00 p.m.

 

*Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 5,

Thursday 7:00 p.m.

 

*Alcoholics Anonymous/ALANON, Room 5

Monday 8:00 p.m.

 

*God’s Table (Homeless Outreach)

 Monday – Friday  7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

 

*St. Vincent de Paul

Monday 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.