New Life has been in ministry in the Short North area of Columbus for over 100 years. There is a long legacy of serving people in need, and nurturing one another in faith, and discipleship to Jesus Christ. In 1981, Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue United Methodist Churches came together to strengthen and grow in ministry, claiming a new name, symbolic of a new beginning: NEW LIFE. Since then, their outreach ministries in the community and larger Columbus area continue to grow offering basic necessities, including the gift of hope, to our neighbors.
Every Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m., doors open to welcome 175+ of our neighbors who are poor and homeless who come from shelters, camp sites and housing in the neighborhood. They are greeted with hot, steaming coffee, cold cereal, and the smiles of our volunteers. At 8:30, a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes and sausage, and toast is served. And when they leave, they also receive a sack lunch to enjoy later in the day.
Each Tuesday morning, when the Clothing Room is open, a similar free breakfast is served to over 100 of our neighbors.
The free Clothing Room offers gently used clothing, household linens, new socks and underwear, and personal hygiene items to neighbors in need. Set up like a store, neighbors are free to come and shop for themselves and their families. The Clothing Room serves an average of 2,500 individuals a month and is staffed by over 100 volunteers from partner churches and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Health and Wellness Center is open each Sunday morning from 7 a.m. until about 9 a.m. for anyone who needs to see a physician. Free basic medical services, including blood pressure monitoring, flu, foot problems, various infections, and other common illnesses are offered. Referrals to specialists and to the hospitals are also offered, when appropriate. Over the counter and sample supplies of medications are often provided when the physicians deem them helpful.
On the second Sunday of each month, Messiah members offer their time at New Life for the Breakfast Ministry.