Who We Are

Our Mission

Connecting God’s resources in order to renew families and individuals in Memphis.

FirstWorks is a non-denominational, faith-based,  501(c)3 non profit organization that strives to meet the inner needs of inner city children in Memphis, Tennessee.

The History of FirstWorks

FirstWorks was founded in 1988 at First United Methodist Church by Dr. Tom Wilson under the name of Final Net. In August, 1992, the name was officially changed to FirstWorks. FirstWorks became a 501(c)3 corporation at that time.

FirstWorks was housed in the building adjacent to the First United Methodist Church at 204 North Second Street that burned on October 6, 2006. The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet were totally destroyed due to smoke and fire damage. All of the classroom facilities used by the children’s program were destroyed and a new computer lab used by the children in their studies was melted. Despite this horrific loss, the Food Bank and Clothes Closet reopened on November 7, a short four weeks later. The Children’s Program didn’t miss a single session!

The time-lines displayed by FirstWorks in reopening our doors to meet the needs of the less fortunate, even in the midst of this devastating loss, speaks highly of our visibility in the community, our ability to manage and direct resources and volunteers, and our determination not to be deterred from the mission to which God has called us.