Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dayton, Ohio

“Identifying those in need”

The ID Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, is featured in the 2013 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook. The following is an excerpt from the article:

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Imagine if, in the eyes of the government, you did not exist. You would not have access to health care. Your children could not go to school. You would find it difficult if not impossible to get a job. Even securing a home or apartment would be unreachable…

Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton, Ohio, began getting requests in 2009 for help in obtaining state identification cards and birth certificates. Witnessing the impact on families in their community, church members decided to help. Twenty-two dollars for a birth certificate and $8.50 for a state-issued photo ID seemed a small price to pay to help neighbors in need.

Now, every Tuesday afternoon, people from across Dayton come to Westminster, including many women and children fleeing domestic abuse, people newly released from prison, and homeless people. They line the hallways seeking assistance. The documents make it possible for hundreds every year to get employment, education, and access the social services they need. Read more>>