Potter's House

Potter's House is Virginia Beach United Methodist Church's signature outreach ministry, serving the Oceanfront and larger Virginia Beach community since the late 1990s.

Potter’s House is staffed and operated by volunteers, and its budget is based solely on contributions 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.

Potter’s House collaborates with other local churches and non-profits to create a support system for individuals experiencing homeless and the working and non-working poor by striving to assist them with their immediate needs.



1709 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Potter's House is located across 18th Street from Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. Parking and entrances are in the back of the building and accessed from 18th Street, directly behind Domino’s Pizza.


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Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Financial Assistance (rent and utility bills totaling $500 or less)
  • Bikes
  • ID’s

9:30 am - 11:00 am

  • Bag Lunches
  • Pantry Items
  • Hygiene Items


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 Pantry
  • Rent
  • Utilities: Electricity, Natural Gas, Water, Sewer, & Heating Oil
  • Birth Certificates – Domestic Only
  • 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.
If you're not sure if you're eligible for assistance, please contact Mandi Cutchins.


Bicycle Transportation Ministry

Volunteers at the bike shop repair about 25 bikes a week and give out 4-5 bikes per week. In order to obtain a bike or repair service, you are required to be gainfully employed.

Most of the bikes are donated from the churches in the community. Inner tubes, gear and brake cables, and necessary tools, cables, and locks are purchased. Each bike given away has a cable with a lock to help reduce theft.

Bikes and bike parts are always needed. Bike parts are recycled, including bike locks and cables. Receipts are provided which can be used for charitable tax deductions.


Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Dave Moore Sr., 757-407-2560.

Fresh Food Wednesday

Fresh Food Wednesday is held at The Gathering at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 409 First Colonial Road. This ministry distributes fresh, perishable food to the needy. Guests with financial assistance appointments on Wednesday evenings often stop by this pantry to pick up some fresh groceries with the assistance of volunteers.


Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Gathering, 757-428-3720

12 Months of Giving


Drop-Off Deadline: Aug 31, 2022


We show our love of God in many ways and one of those ways is giving to those who are less fortunate. We now have a great opportunity to give all year round! We will be collecting certain items each month for the Potter’s House to help us manage space and storage so please do not bring in items not listed for that month.

Please do not give any expired items as we will have to discard them. Help make this a successful drive as we thank the Lord for how blessed we are to help others!

During August, we will collect the following items to help the teachers at Cooke Elementary prepare for the new school year. Colored expo markers, regular markers, flair pens, large post-it notes with lines, stickers (all kinds), sharpies, masking tape, and magnets/magnetic tape. Please only donate what is requested. Items can be dropped off at the mission table or in the mission cart. You can also arrange a porch pick-up through Mandi at !

Please contact Mandi at to arrange porch pick up!