Presbyterian Social Ministries, in partnership with other organizations, exists to...
support the homeless with stable supportive housing solutions and life skills training;
help families and individuals in need with clothing, and
facilitate missions with learning and service opportunities in a residential setting.
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.
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Our Founder and past CEO, Dave Tuttle
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".
UME dormitory was named in honor of PSM's founder.