“To serve the community, jointly and ecumenically, in such a way as
to make the compassion and reconciling purpose of God felt where
ever there is human need.”
Who We Are & What We Do…
The Watertown Urban Mission brings together about 40 member
churches with local community-minded organizations, businesses and
individuals to help people through difficult times with programs
that feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked,
give shelter to the homeless, visit the imprisoned, give aid to the
sick, and more.
Centrally located in the City of Watertown, the Watertown Urban
Mission serves residents in the city and throughout the county, and
works with other community service organizations in and outside the
city to ensure needs are met adequately and efficiently. With
generous donor and volunteer support, the Mission helps people rise
above their circumstances and in turn, this strengthens our
community as a whole.
Programs of the Watertown Urban Mission are designed to empower
people by giving them a hand up to rise above what in many cases is
the most difficult time they have faced in their life. Our programs
include our Food Pantry, Critical Needs Program, The Bridge Program,
Christian Care Center, Food $en$e, Dollar Dinners, HEARTH II Program,
St. Dismas fund, and Community Service supervision.
In June 1967, three ministers returned to Watertown from a
conference inspired to form an urban mission ministry here in the
North Country. The vision was to have churches of all denominations
working together to help our neighbors in need. But beyond simple
assistance, they saw the need to empower people to rise above the
struggles in their lives.
By January of 1968, fifteen Watertown churches had come together to
pledge support for the Watertown Urban Mission. The unity in serving
our community went beyond denominational boundaries bringing
together Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal,
Baptist, Lutheran, Congregational, and Universalist churches.
Today, the Watertown Urban Mission has more than 40 member churches
from throughout Jefferson County contributing to the well being of
all and strengthening our community together through a unified
approach. The vision of those pioneer churches in the 1960s has
grown into a Watertown Urban Mission that truly carries out the
commands of Christ in Matthew 25:31-46 to feed the hungry, give
drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give comfort to strangers,
care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, and more.
(Thank you to Dorothy G. Edson, whose research contributed to
this historical summary)
How We Are Governed…
The Watertown Urban Mission is governed by a volunteer Board of
Directors that oversees the work of the Mission through committees
and direct involvement with staff. The board has officers in the
roles of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
board officers for 2012 are:
Beverly Brown, President
Richard L. Halpin, Vice President
Marianne Malatino, Secretary
L. Salmon, Treasurer
F. Toby Morrow, Assistant Treasurer
Beverly Brown, President
In addition to these five board members, the board has 10 more
members: Yvonne Brown, Krista Kittle, Martha A. Loveland, Toby
Morrow, Fr. Steve Murray, Dan Osborne, Lyle Pickert, JoAnne Rhubart,
Timothy W. Scee II, Susan M. Snell and Rev. Joyce Woodcock.