Our History

United Methodist Social Services (UMSS) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in June, 2001 by the congregation of Bishop United Methodist Church.  UMSS was created to “provide services that address the expressed temporal needs and concerns of the people … that are not adequately met through existing structures.”

The initial service program of UMSS was the Friendship Center, an Alzheimer’s/Dementia adult day-care, which  continues today.  Since then, in response to other unmet needs in our local community other programs were created such as the Soup Kitchen, Shower Ministry, Spirit of Recovery, Independent Living, and most recently Friends of the Eastern Sierra Garden.  The Board continues to look for new ways to respond in love to unmet needs in our local community.

UMSS receives no government funding and is thankful for local foundations, Overflow Blessings, and generous individuals who enable us to offer these vital services to our community.  UMSS is also thankful for the many volunteers who make this programs possible through the donation of their time.