About Us

 

Mission Statement

PSMJax is a leading partner in efforts to end homelessness and operates as the community distributor of clothing by building a community where everyone has the access to the essential goods and resources they need.

 

Vision Statement

PSMJax is a community, faith-based agency, serving as a local and global connector of those who have to those who need.

Credo

  • PSMJax is highly regarded as a fiscally sound, community and faith-based agency cultivating impactful relationships with national and international corporations, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations.

  • PSM helps to restore personal dignity, security, and identity to those in need by connecting them to the goods & resources of our partners and other support organizations.

  • Our expanded, well-trained, and representative board applies non-profit board best practices.

  • Our leadership and staff allow us to successfully support our growing programs.

  • We have strong partnering relationships with allied agencies to ensure continuity and growth and expanded geographic reach in services both locally and internationally.

  • We are a leading community resource in providing permanent supportive housing solutions in the effort to end homelessness.

  • We continually seek and nurture opportunities to improve upon our mission while enhancing our service to the community and individuals in need.

  • We believe that being diverse fosters different points of view and we are committed to listening and acting on differing perspectives to better serve those in need.

 
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Our History

Presbyterian Social Ministries had its humble beginnings in the basement of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Jacksonville, FL. PSM started as a dormitory, offering a home base for mission-minded individuals in a city setting. Today it is called Urban Mission Experience.


In 2004 PSM officially incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Several years later we outgrew the facilities at First Presbyterian Church and moved to Riverside Presbyterian Church.  Again we outgrew our facilities and moved to our current location at Murray Hill Presbyterian Church.


In addition to the growth in our Urban Mission Experience program, we have also added to the programs offered to the community.

Judson McCranie | Photo on Wikimedia

 

Our Founder and past CEO, Dave Tuttle

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The Founder of Presbyterian Social Ministries, Dave Tuttle, grew up in Adrian, Michigan. He graduated with his Bachelor’s from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Master’s from LaSalle University. Dave lived as an exchange student in Germany in 1962 and went on to serve in the US Navy from 1966-1970 serving three years with SEAL Team Two. Dave published two books: Teenage Ambassador in 1964 about his year as an exchange student and To Brian...With Love in 1980, a story about his founding of Brian's House, Inc in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Dave is currently a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, and serves as an Elder, choir member, and Director of the Handbell Choir. Dave is married to Diane Berardi Tuttle with two grown daughters.

One of Dave’s favorite quotes comes from the last line of the creed belonging to the Wyandotte Jaycees:

"Service to Humanity is the best work in Life".

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UME dormitory was named in honor of PSM's founder.