1315 N. 15th Street, Waco, TX, 76707; 254.753.4900
November 2017 – E-News – “hands on compassion” <http://www.missionwaco.org>
“November ushers in a unique spirit of thanksgiving, generosity, volunteerism and joy for so many folks. The holidays also awaken many people to the needs of the poor and marginalized. We are humbled to be able to host several activities in November and December that allow you to connect with or empower those in the community who may not have family or resources to enjoy what many of us enjoy. If you want to sponsor a children or teen holiday event, help with the Christmas Toy Store, lead a chapel at our homeless shelter (MBK), or discover other ways to serve, let us know. And along the way be sure and ‘enter his (God’s) courts with thanksgiving, give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalms 100). Happy Thanksgiving!“ Jimmy Dorrell, Executive Director
Mission Waco Receives #1 Non-Profit Choice (again!)
Waco Tribune Herald Readers Honor Urban Ministry
We love our jobs at Mission Waco/Mission World and that alone makes getting up in the morning worthwhile. So we are always humbled when others in our own community affirm our efforts to bring good news to the poor and empower the marginalized. Recently we received notification that the readers of the Waco Tribune Herald once again voted us as their their number one choice in the non-profit category. There are numerous non-profit organizations in Waco doing outstanding work that we applaud, who are equally deserving of honor. We are privileged to collaborate with so many of them in our common call to serve others. Thanks to you who voted!
Thanksgiving Day With the Homeless
Volunteers join in worship, service and games (Sorry! No more room for volunteers.)
About 100 homeless men and women will meet at 11:00am with Mission Waco volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to thank God for his blessings. After an hour of singing, prayer and sharing about his goodness, we will gather to eat an incredible “home-cooked” meal provided and served by volunteers and local donors. We end the event with some games of bingo and fun. Thanks to all of you who have donated funds, food, and time. We’re all thankful!
World Cup Café & Fair Trade Mkt Get “Honorable Mention”
Holiday parties and shopping setting record year
The World Cup Café and Fair Trade Market has experienced it’s best year yet. Noted by TripAdvisor and other social media groups as “Waco’s best breakfast,” the restaurant draws crowds from all over Waco and beyond. Recently, readers of the Waco Tribune Herald voted the restaurant “honorable mention,” which is quite a distinction with so many good restaurants in our community. So while you are looking for a place to have your next meeting, party or just a unique place to buy handcrafted items from all over the world, come see us at 1321 N. 15th Street at Colcord Ave. You can make group reservations by calling 254.757.1748.
Christmas Toy Store Opens for Low-Income Families
Biker Toy Run Heads to 19 Churches for Collection on Nov 23
The Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, scores of bikers will hit the road at 8:00am from Flying J, headed to 19 local churches who have collected new, unwrapped toys for the children of lower-income families to “purchase” at an 80% discount at Mission Waco’s annual Christmas Toy Store. The “store” opens on December 1-2 for parents only who have attended a parent-meeting and receive a voucher. Parents get the dignity to shop for their own children and youth and put their gifts under their own Christmas tree. Want to provide a gift? You can drop off toys at our office, 1315 N. 15th, between 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday.
Manna House “Graduates Celebrate Sobriety at Reunion
Annual November Gathering of Men’s Residential Treatment Program
Each year there is a day like few others for numerous men who successfully completed Mission Waco’s faith-based, alcohol/drug addiction program. Many come from other communities “back home” to stand with their peers who daily are overcoming addictions. They eat together, laugh, share stories and remind each other to remain strong in their convictions to live lives free of substance abuse. Because of our local donors who support the program, it is open without cost to most low-income McLennan County residents and at a nominal cost (based on bed-space) for residents outside the county. We celebrate these men who have been transformed, one day at a time.
Jubilee Food Mkt Expands “Oasis Loyalty Cards” To Entire Community
Competitive Prices, Quality and Convenience Attracting More Customers to Non-profit Grocery
Customers love deals and we got ‘em! Mission Waco’s non-profit grocery store offers neighbors, living within one-mile of the store, $5 back on their Oasis Loyalty Card for each $25 of purchases. Now, the entire community outside the one-mile area, can get $3 off on their card. If you have not yet shopped at the store, located a 1505 N. 15th at Colcord Ave, come get your card and see for yourself. We’ve got everything from grass-fed beef to the best price in town for Blue Bell ice cream.
Old Liquor Store Awaits Neighborhood Dreams
Asbestos Abatement Completed; Plans Being Drawn for Small Center
Funds to remodel the three units in the former liquor store on N. 15th and Colcord Ave are yet to be donated. But that has not stopped progress. Our incredible volunteer architect continues his work to design the façade and buildings into attractive, useable space. The spaces will be used as more economic development in an area that was blighted years ago, but is now coming back. Units may be rented for outside business ventures, as long as they somehow benefit the neighborhood. Efforts will begin soon to seek funds for the renovation. If you want to see the space or invest in this worthy project, let us know.
Aquaponics, Compost, Solar & Rainwater Project
Hundreds of Visitors Continue to Explore Unique Sustainability Effort
Each week there are numerous groups and individuals coming to Urban REAP to see the project, buy organic vegetables, compost or flowers, or bringing their “blue buckets” full of food waste to be transformed into high quality compost. There are schools, colleges, community organizations and volunteers who are learning more about “creation care” and the importance of how we treat the environment that we have been blessed to live in. If you have not been over yet, come on!
Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Recognition Assures Donors
Combined 95.2% Score for Transparency & Financial Accountability
You can trust us as you consider your year-end donations! As a ministry, we believe being “beyond reproach” in our daily activities and financial accountability is very important. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of non-profits, awarded Mission Waco Mission World another highest 4-star rating earlier this year putting it in the top tier of trustworthy organizations. You can see for yourself at https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7884. The most recent review show that 87.6% of each dollar donated went directly to the programs we provide for the poor and marginalized and community development. So as you pray and consider your gifts, know that we are seeking to honor your confidence in us. Thanks for believing in us.