TAFY- The Answer For Youth

The Answer For Youth is a drop in center that serves homeless and at risk teens and disadvantaged young adults. They have been open 5 years now. TAFY was founded with Christian principles, and the founders frequently find opportunities to share their faith with the clients. They believe in a very personal ministry with the youth. In the 5 years they have been open, they have gone from around 5 youths a night to up to 70 at times! They serve hot food, have a washer and dryer, a shower, full clothes closet, and offer a variety of classes.

For 4 years now, they have been cultivating an organic garden, so one of the classes is on cooking the food from the garden! They offer help with medical expenses like prescriptions, eye glasses and first aid. They provide celebrations for holidays, baby showers and birthdays. They are located at 711 E 2nd Street.

Mission Committee Focus

The Mission Committee has serves by seeking the will of God in helping spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thanks to the faithful giving of our members we provided over $38,000 (13% of our Church budget) to mission projects locally, nationally and throughout the world in 2014. 

FPCPA serves in these ways ways:

-Continued support for Presbyterian Missions, both in our Presbytery and through Presbyterian missions worldwide.

-Continued to support our primary missionary teams and were blessed to have the three primary recipients, the Pearsons, the Benders, and the Hongos, who visit us this yearly and give updates of their work

-Continued to support our public schools- with both volunteers and dollars. 

-Friendship Dinner- Provided meals for over 100 people at the Methodist Church four times during the year.

-New Mission recipients in 2014 were:                                                                                                   -Clallam Bay Presbyterian Church to help with various projects, and Mennonites- (to purchase tools for use in building homes in disaster hit areas)

Service to Port Angeles Schools

            We are in another year of providing support to the students and staff of the Port Angeles Schools.  Even though our main focus continues to be Hamilton Elementary, we have tutors at all the elementary schools with a significant number at Roosevelt and Jefferson. 

Our primary focus continues to be in two areas:

            First is providing twice monthly baked cookies to the staffs at Hamilton, Jefferson and Roosevelt.  Marilyn Mattie continues to do a great job of coordinating this much appreciated gift.  Cynthia Isenberger also makes cookies available to Lincoln School.  This is a consistent reminder to the staffs of how much we appreciate their hard work. 

            Our second area is providing tutoring and support in the classrooms.  Our classroom volunteers do a variety of  jobs.  The main focus is one-on-one tutoring with children as directed by the teacher.  Some volunteers are an extra pair of hands to help with activities.  Other volunteers support the teachers by filing, copying or any paperwork needs they have.

            Even though we lost a few volunteers, we welcomed in 8 new tutors this year.  How exciting is that!  We now have 36 working in the schools.  We also have four volunteers who can’t be in the classroom weekly, but help when needs arise for special classroom projects.  Last spring they assisted Dan Cobb with a kindergarten music performance and Marilyn Mattie with a Japanese Enrichment program for 1st-3rd grade at Jefferson.