1315 N. 15th Street, Waco, TX, 76707; 254.753.4900
January 2018 – E-News – “hands on compassion” <http://www.missionwaco.org>
“Happy New Year!” This past year was one like none other for Mission Waco/Mission World. With the celebration of our 25th year of urban ministry, we experienced more growth than ever. The Jubilee Food Mkt, Urban REAP, and Children’s Center (ROCK) renovation all added critical brick and mortar for new and growing programs. In addition, John Calaway joined our staff in April to begin assuming leadership roles with staff, while I continue to raise funds and deepen our work, oversee several activities, and deepen our Christian community development in Waco and the State. We continue to thank God for so many blessings and hope you will join us more in 2018 as a volunteer, donor and encourager. We hope you also have a great new year!” Jimmy Dorrell, president
Mission Waco “MLK Day Program & Service Day”- January 15
Join scores of folks at 10:00am
in the Jubilee Theatre for a dramatic reading, the lunchtime “soul-food” discussion on race (youth and adult locations), and then 2.25 hours (1:15-3:30
) of service project opportunities in Waco. Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org
> for more information and registration or call 254.753.4900
. If you have a group that wants to do service, contact us at <email@example.com
$220,000 “Match Grant” Donated To Transform Corner Into an Economic Center
Every dollar donated is doubled to bring development back to historic neighborhood
It takes more than outstanding programs to restore a old neighborhood. Mission Waco’ Christian community development efforts on N. 15th St and Colcord Ave. have included the renovation of the old condemned shopping center that included a XXX adult theater, several bars and streets filled with prostitution and drugs. The Jubilee Center and surroundings now include the World Cup Café, Jubilee Theatre, Urban Expressions, Jubilee Food Mkt, a Youth Center, and Urban REAP, an aquaponics greenhouse with solar, rainwater catchment and commercial composting. But the negative impact of an old liquor on the corner continue to remind the area of the blight that once filled the area. In the summer of 2017, Mission Waco was donated the funds to purchase “Martha Jane’s Package Store” and the adjoining units with the dream of bringing healthy, economic development back to the North Waco community. With a generous match grant from C.I.O.S. awarded last month to Mission Waco, the dreaming has begun to restore four units into commercial properties that the neighborhood wants. An architect is donating his time and renovation will begin as match funds are given.
Want to buy some “C.O.R.D. STOCK” ($25)– The “Colcord Office & Retail Development” (CORD) is now raising those match funds through designated giving and our own “C.O.R.D. Stock” ($25 each). Like Mission Waco’s “Oasis Stock” for the Jubilee Food Mkt, these stocks are an investment in the neighborhood and community (not Wall Street!). If you are interested, you can write a check to Mission Waco and designate “CORD Stock.” We’ll even send you a “certificate” for your investment!
By Spring, the children’s center (known as The R.O.C.K.) will finally have hundreds of square feet more space due to the generosity of our donors. The program for lower-income children, located at West Ave and N. 16th St., not only offers after-school tutoring and Bible stories, but also dance, music, chess club, visual and performing arts, field trips and even engineering classes. The summer adds swimming lessons, camp outs and more. Director McKenzie Miller and her assistant Shay Harris have been directing the program for years with the help of hundreds of volunteers from Baylor and the community. The expanded building will also provide more space for the numerous mission groups coming at Spring Break and summer to serve our children. The final challenge is finding the funds to update the old playground equipment for the children.