In keeping with the Shalom Zone concept, at the community's request, our primary mission is to do adult education for primarily non-English speaking adults, providing GED and computer classes. The Zone is in a neighborhood which has a high concentration of refugees and immigrants as well as people newly arrived from Puerto Rico. One of our local church, Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida had asked the United Methodist Church to start a Shalom Zone in our neighborhood in 1996. Because the unemployment rate in this community is continuously above 35%, Primera Iglesia and Asbury Shalom Zone together offered to bring hope to a desperate community.
In addition we have a Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Thrift Store, Cub Scout /Boy Scout, HIV/AIDS education and testing agency. We attempt to work with agencies, churches, businesses and political leaders of the community to provide an abundance of resources.