Potter's House


Potter’s House is located at 1709 Pacific Avenue, across 18th street from Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. The parking lot and entrance are in the back of the building and accessed from 18th Street, directly behind Domino’s Pizza.


The Potter’s House came into being as a result of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church’s fund-raising campaign for the educational building in the late 1990’s. The organizers of the campaign insisted that a tithe of ten percent of the funds raised, be set aside to serve the poor. With that tithe, a building across the street from the church was purchased and renovated by volunteers to serve this purpose. Potter’s House has occupied the building since June of 1999.

The name “Potter’s House” comes from scripture. Isaiah 64.8, “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand”.

Potter’s House is staffed and operated by volunteers. The Potter’s House budget is based solely on donations, from Communion Sunday collections and other donations throughout the year. Financial and material support is also provided by private companies and organizations in the community. The Potter’s House ministry networks with other local churches. Potter’s House volunteers provide a support system for the homeless, working, and non-working poor by striving to meet their immediate needs.


Tuesday and Thursday mornings – 9:30 – 10:30am.


Potter’s House provides services to the homeless, the working poor, and those in crisis situations, who are residents of Virginia Beach.  Assistance is Available for:

  • Sack Lunches
  • Food Orders
  • Rent
  • Utilities: Electricity, Natural Gas, Water, Sewer, & Heating Oil
  • Birth Certificates – Domestic and Foreign
  • State of Virginia ID Card
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Bicycles & Bicycle Repair (proof of minimum of 2 weeks employment required to obtain a bicycle)

Clients are eligible for food orders every two months. Clients are eligible for financial assistance once a year.


The following donations are always needed at Potter’s House:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats – tuna, spam, treat, beef stew
  • Canned or jar spaghetti sauce
  • Dry spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
  • Socks
  • Knit stocking caps
  • Blankets
  • Financial assistance

Tangible donations should be marked “Potter’s House” and may be placed in the Potter’s House cart near the Welcome Center. Monetary donations may be made to the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church with the memo “Potter’s House”.

Service Opportunities

Responsibilities:  Provide a support system for the homeless, working, and non-working poor by striving to meet their immediate needs.  Interview those in need, fill personal hygiene orders, pour drinks, serve soup, replenish the pastries, and copy forms, etc.
Spiritual Gifts:  Helps/Assistance
Schedule:  2-3 hours on Tuesday or Thursday mornings on a rotating basis.
Length of Commitment:  Not specified.

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