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A Ministry to the Poor and Homeless in Downtown San Diego

Who are we?

Ladle Fellowship is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, San Diego to the homeless and poor in the downtown area. We have been serving this community since 1983.

What do we do?

Ladle Meal
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.

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.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities
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,

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?

  • You can check out volunteer opportunities by clicking on Volunteer.
  • You can donate money by clicking 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.
  • You can read stories about homelessness and life on the streets at 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.


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