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Deuteronomy 15:11  There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

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There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:11

Who are we?

Ladle Fellowship is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, San Diego to the homeless and poor in the downtown area.

What do we do?


We serve a hot meal and offer a worship service each Sunday afternoon that is attended primarily by San Diego's urban poor and homeless. We also distribute clothing to those who need it. Once a month we have a case worker from Presbyterian Urban Ministries who can provide IDs as well as drug and alcohol counselling.

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We serve a hot meal and offer a worship service each Sunday afternoon that is attended primarily by San Diego's urban poor and homeless. We also distribute clothing to those who need it. Once a month we have a case worker from Presbyterian Urban Ministries who can provide IDs as well as drug and alcohol counselling.

Ladle Meal

We distribute food bags once a month to low-income seniors and needy veterans. The recipients come primarily from the three large low-cost housing units that are within a few blocks of First Presbyterian Church.

Food Bank

We distribute food bags once a month to low-income seniors and needy veterans. The recipients come primarily from the three large low-cost housing units that are within a few blocks of First Presbyterian Church.

Food Bank

We provide groceries for needy military families once a month. We all recognize the sacrifice of those who serve in the military. However, the families of deployed service men and women also sacrifice a lot on our behalf. We want them to know that they are appreciated.

Operation Outreach

We provide groceries for needy military families once a month. We all recognize the sacrifice of those who serve in the military. However, the families of deployed service men and women also sacrifice a lot on our behalf. We want them to know that they are appreciated.

Operation Outreach

We gather weekly for a Practical discipleship class with an emphasis on helping the homeless and others become committed lifelong followers of Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture and its practical application.

Discipleship Class

We gather weekly for a Practical discipleship class with an emphasis on helping the homeless and others become committed lifelong followers of Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture and its practical application.

Discipleship Class

We provide a valuable service to churches, ministries, and other organizations by offering a dynamic, structured, and safe environment in which to volunteer and serve those in need. Our volunteers come from church youth groups, Boy Scout troops, community service clubs, high schools, international student organizations, Bible Study groups, …

Volunteer Oportunities

We provide a valuable service to churches, ministries, and other organizations by offering a dynamic, structured, and safe environment in which to volunteer and serve those in need. Our volunteers come from church youth groups, Boy Scout troops, community service clubs, high schools, international student organizations, Bible Study groups, …

Volunteer Oportunities

In addition, We assist needy individuals in their job searches and offer valuable work experience and references through on-going volunteer opportunities. We also offer on-going pastoral care and counseling with a focus on re-uniting fragmented families, restoring broken relationships, and establishing a life committed to purpose.

Why do we do it?

Relationship based evangelism and discipleship are at the heart of all we do. We aim to proclaim the good news of salvation through Christ; to help homeless believers and others in seeking a biblically ordered life, and to become more deeply committed disciples ourselves. We desire to bring God glory as we work to build and expand Christ's kingdom.

What can you do?

To check out volunteer opportunities, go to Volunteer.

To donate money, click on Donate Money.

You or your group can organize fund raising events or food and clothing drives to benefit Ladle. To find out how to donate food, clothing or other items, go to Donate Goods.

To read stories about homelessness and life on the streets, click on Read Stories.

You can tweet your friends and tell them about Ladle

You can lift up in prayer this ministry, its partners, and all whom the Lord is reaching through this ministry.

For any other questions or comments, feel free to contact us Here.

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40