Welcome to Fresh Beginnings Ministries
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The Common Denominator of People Helping People
Your support and contributions will enable us to assist families, vets and local community shelters in need. Your donation of any amount will make a big difference in the lives of your community.
FBM/United Way - City of Irvine Food Drive! Hello Friends! Here is the volunteer signup for the Fresh Beginnings Ministries/The United Way/City of Irvine food drive on November 21 for volunteers and those who wish to make a donation. At the Great Park in Irvine (across from the Ice Rink) from 1pm to 3pm. Call time for volunteers is 12 noon.
Fresh Beginnings Ministries uses volunteers year round. We pack 500 to 600 boxes per month and provide Piknik Paks, Hygiene Paks, School Supplies for kids in need.
It is Holiday time in 2020!
Due to COVID-19 we have to operate a little differently. So volunteering has to be within COVID-19 protocols. We are only allowed 8 volunteers plus staff in our warehouse at a time.
We are now using an online sign up service for our volunteers for the holidays of 2020!
Below are two links to Sign Up Genius, one for packing boxes and one for the distribution team.
Packing Box team will be responsible for packing 1000 family food boxes in our warehouse.
Distribution team will be filling orders and passing out frozen turkeys and food boxes per order. This will be done in a drive through fashion. As the organization shows up, the order will be confirmed and the distro team will fill the vehicles with the correct number of items.
Here are the links to Sign up Genius:
Thanksgiving Box Packing Team:
Thanksgiving Frozen Turkey Distribution Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945A9AB2CABF94-distribute
For Christmas Box Packing Team:
You will see dates and times to sign in, once you do, they will ask for a confirmation email, then you will get confirmation of your reserved spot.
If you have questions please contact Muriel Ullman at firstname.lastname@example.org we will get back to you as soon as possible.
These Boxes contain non-perishable food items that will usually feed two people up to five days. Sometimes more. The items in this box are as follows:
Pasta Helper Meals
Mac n Cheese
Rice - Dry
Beans - Dry
Dry Pasta Noodles
Canned Fruit - Reg Size Can
Canned Corn - Reg Size Can
Canned Green Beans,
Canned Tuna - Reg Size Can
Peanut Butter 12-14oz
Chili Beans- Reg Size Can
Chicken Noodle Soup - 14oz
Oreo Cookies in sleeves
Ritz crackers in sleeves
Due to COVID-19 and the effects on employment and quarantining, many people experiencing homelessness have been placed in Hotels. FBM has been asked to provide boxes of food that can be used in Hotels. So we have prepared boxes with Microwaveable Food Items and Dry Foods, the list for these boxes is as follows:
Microwavable food items in cups and bowls
Mac and Cheese
Ravioli or Spaghetti or Pasta Meals
Also needed are:
Small fruit juices: V8, Orange, Apple
Crackers in individual packs
Cookies in individual packs
At Holiday time families can be stressed about how to make a great family meal for the holiday. In 2020 FBM has been asked to provide 1000 Frozen Turkey 14lbs and a food box with our traditional Family Food Box plus the following items.
Ready Made Frosting
Canned Cranberry Sauce - Reg Size
Canned Yams - 14oz
Cream of Chicken Soup - Reg Size
Dry Mashed Potatoes
The 1000 turkeys we have secured are through our local Grocery Outlet in Costa Mesa.
they are $15 each. If you go to the store and let them know that you wish to buy a turkey for Fresh Beginnings Ministries, they will give you a receipt and hold to turkey in their freezer for FBM to collect at the proper time.
FBM also partners with organizations who find people experiencing homeless to assist them in housing and other needs. One of the ways to have a conversation is by offering a gallon baggie full of food items such as:
Crackers (Individual Packs)
Cookies (Individual Packs)
People who are in need sometimes need personal hygiene items in small Hotel sizes which are easy to use such as:
Female Hygiene Sanitary Items
Family Paks supply food for approximately 2 people for 10 days.
Piknik Paks supply food for 1 person for 1 day to 9 different homeless assistance agencies
Hygiene Paks contain soap, toothpaste, etc.
Assistance with our partner organizations for people living on the streets to reconnect with their families in Ca. and around the country.
*What is Fresh Beginnings Ministries?
Fresh Beginnings Ministries, in Orange County, CA, is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, multi-denominational volunteer organization that is seeking to provide assistance to individuals and families in need. Under the direction of its founder, Bill Nelson, the vision of Fresh Beginnings is to create a strong foundation in the area of faith and forgiveness. In the course of its mission to bring God's healing power to people who are experiencing the pressures of today's world in personal relationships and experiences of daily life, Fresh Beginnings Ministries has grown immensely since it's birth.
*Because you are a faith-based organization, does that mean you only serve those affiliated with a religious organization or church?
Not at all. Although we serve churches of every denomination, we also whole-heartedly serve organizations who have no religious affiliation.
*What, exactly, does FBM do with the donations it receives?
With the financial donations we receive we do the following :Purchase non-perishable food items for the warehouse, purchase family items (baby food, diapers, toiletries, etc.), provide paper goods to the soup Kitchens we partner with, Provide assistance to shelters working with the homeless (i.e. purchasing cold weather clothing and gear)
*How can I make an item(s) donation to the warehouse? (food, clothing, basic needs, etc.)
You can drop off any items to our warehouse Monday-Friday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Someone will be available to assist you.
*Can I volunteer with FBM?
Yes. We welcome volunteers, however, the schedule varies. If you are interested in volunteering please email us at: email@example.com to connect with one of our team leaders, and if our schedule does not permit working with us, we have a list of partnering organizations who always need volunteers.
*How often does distribution take place?
Distribution is done on a need-basis. It is also determined by the organizations who contact us with what they need. This could happen every other day, once per week, or once per month.
*What are Piknik Packs?
Piknik Paks are a one-meal provision for those with no home. It comes with a nutritious meal and a bottle water. It also contains what we call a “sanitary pak”, which contains hand sanitizer, toothpaste and toothbrush, and a washcloth. We pack as much as we can into a one-gallon ziplock bag.
*What are Family Packs?
Family Paks are boxes containing one week to ten days’ worth of food for two people. The size of the family determines how many boxes they receive. For example, a family of five could receive up to three boxes. The contents vary, mostly containing non-perishable food items, such as pasta, soup, canned meats, beans and rice, and canned fruits or vegetables.
We believe in our abilities to change lives for the better through faith in God and His Almighty power. We're an all-inclusive organization. This is to say, we don't turn away anyone who may need our help or those who just want to take part in all we offer.
We are not a licensed therapy facility. We offer Pastoral Care and for those who need counseling, we are partners with licensed MFT facilities in Orange County, CA.
We are a multi-denominational faith based organization with access to various resources for assistance to people in need.
We don't require that you belong to any particular religious affiliation or financially support our organization in any way. We only ask that you return one good deed with another and perform an act of kindness to another. In this way, the cycle of compassion and goodwill continues indefinitely.
To bring God's healing power to people who are experiencing the pressures of today's world in personal relationships and experiences of daily life.
We have seen God's power of forgiveness relived in the lives of people.
We are Inter-Denominational and believe God's grace is open to all people of every culture and creed, regardless of race or skin color.
Fresh Beginnings Ministries is a faith based non-profit organization which exists to assist and serve people experiencing homelessness and near homelessness. We provide food, training of mentors, and personal supportive care to an underserved community.
You can join the FBM Association by sending us your email address. By sending us your email address, you will be made aware of all FBM happenings. It also includes volunteer opportunities, and upcoming service events.