1315 N. 15th Street, Waco, TX, 76707
July 2017 – E-News – “hands on compassion” <http://www.missionwaco.org>
“They are everywhere…children and youth, that is. Our own children and youth programs are at capacity and hundreds of youth and their sponsors from out of town fill our buildings. There are children/teens in our day camps, street camps, residents camps, theater camp, art camp, camping trips, work projects, poverty simulations, job training and even two youth worship nights. We know that each of these students are gifts from God, given to us for a window of time to help shape their values and faith to become men women and men of God in the days ahead. In a world filled with commercialism, shallow relationships, and self-centeredness, these children and teens (rich and poor!) are being mentored at Mission Waco to seek a lifestyle based on kingdom principles. We thank you for your encouragement, prayer and support for us and those we serve!” Jimmy Dorrell, executive director
Liquor Store Redeemed For a Higher Purpose
“Next 25” donor fulfills long-awaited need for North Waco
Martha Jane’s Package Store stood on the corner of N. 15th and Colcord Ave since 1973 as a reminder of the blight and decay of the historic neighborhood. Today it is shuttered and awaiting renovation as another icon of hope and positive change. The Next 25 capital campaign that kicked off at the end of Mission Waco’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Waco Convention Center in late February has helped give donors a picture of the needs and dreams of the urban ministry in the years ahead. Not only are renovation funds sought for the old liquor store, but also for the ROCK (Children’s Center), and Manna House (alcohol/drug residential treatment house). A variety of program and staff needs, as well as hopes for an endowment fund are also included. If you want to be a part of this exciting effort, email The Next 25 <email@example.com> or call the office (254.753.4900) to get more details. We’d love to visit with you!
Beauty & The Beast, Jr. Opens Today Through Sunday at Jubilee Theatre
Children’s Theater presents loved story Friday (6:30), Saturday & Sunday (3:30) 254.753.4900 $10/adults; $5/children/youth
Mission Waco continues to see scores of children from all over Waco get involved with theater arts. Children theater director, Afton Foreman, has watched an excitement for this particular play like none others before. Tickets are limited to 200 per performance.
Shoes for the Homeless Project Kicks Off
Don’t “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes“…get them new shoes for only $45
Mission Waco 12th annual “Shoes for the Homeless” effort offers the homeless in Waco a chance to discard their old thrift store shoes and select a pair of their own choosing at a local retail store. During July and August, those who are on our streets or in local shelters can register at the Meyer Center, 1226 Washington, and take one of the many shopping sprees to pick out their own shoes. The new shoes are held until Sunday, September 17, and presented a the beginning of the ‘Walk for the Homeless.” If you or your group wants to participates, simply write a check or give online to Mission Waco and designate “shoes for homeless.” We hope you will also join us for the annual 1.2 educational/prayer walk for the homeless.
Champions for Christian Service Breakfast-Tables Available Now
September 13, 6:45- 8:15am– Waco Convention Center
Mission Waco’s annual “Champions of Christian Service Breakfast,” held on Wednesday, September 13, will welcome new Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule as our guest speaker and Annie Rhodes (Big XII pole vault repeat champion) will share her testimony. Tables of 8 seats for the event are currently available at 254.753.4900 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Tables cost $350 for general admission. Event sponsorships go from $500-$2000. Don’t miss this chance to hear from local sport leaders about their faith and call to serve others.
Haiti Children School Sponsorships Still Needed
$228 per year can change a child’s life ($20/month)
Over 250 impoverished parents will get to enroll their child in school next month because of the generosity of “sponsors” who invest in their futures. But there are still a few kids that are hoping for a chance to go to school and need sponsors. Interested? Contact JANET DORRELL <email@example.com> to find out more. But don’t wait too long. The first bell rings soon.
World Cup Café Becoming Known as “The Breakfast Place”
Trip Advisor and other sites give café high ratings (4.5)
A few years ago, only a few locals recognized the outstanding food. Today, the restaurant is packed with folks from all over town and also with lots of “Magnolia” visitors. A typical Saturday morning is wild with activity, including those shopping in the Fair Trade Mkt in the back. There are bridge clubs, Bible study groups, men’s breakfast groups and numerous gatherings for the quality food. The Mission Waco café was begun over eleven years ago to be a gateway for those who previously left them North Waco neighborhood to return and be a pare of the revitalization of the historic neighborhood.
Urban R.E.A.P “GRAND OPENING” July 27, 11:00-1:00
Aquaponics, solar, rainwater harvesting, and commercial composting on display
Already hundreds of children, youth and adults have toured the new facility located next door to the Jubilee Food Mkt, 1505 N. 15th Street. They are learning about how to become better stewards of God’s good earth through more sustainable lifestyles. The solar panels are now connected and the commercial composter arrives this week. In just a few days, the project will be completed. Local guests will also be able to purchase organic vegetables, summer flowers, and compost soon. Watch for more details.
School Supply “BACKPACKS” Needed…Want to buy one?
Volunteers needed in “backpack store” to help parents get their children ready
Don’t tell the students, but the 2017-18 school year is closer than most of them know. We’re getting ready for our annual School Supply Store, opening August 5, which allows lower-income parents in specific school districts to attend the pre-store orientation to qualify to purchase new backpacks and some basic supplies for only 20% of the actual retails value. Spanish speakers are available again this year. Want more info? Call 254.753.4900 for information.
Jubilee Food Market “Oasis Cards” Offer Discounts to Area Residents
Cards available in mid-July…details soon
The non-profit Jubilee Food Market, located at 1505 N. 15th Street, has broken the food desert bondage that forced lower-income neighbors to shop at predatory convenience stores. But it’s also the store where Wacoans from all over the city now shop. Beginning in July, a new “Oasis Loyalty Card” will be introduced for area residents to earn dollars for future purchases. Applications and awards notices will be available on July 14-15.
Hawaiian Falls Discount Tickets Available at Jubilee Food Mkt
Only $18 (gate price is $28.99)
Remember the tickets are good at any of the Hawaiian Falls Parks. Don’t miss out on this special deal.
Charity Navigator Ranks Mission Waco in Top Tier Again
Accountability and transparency continue to be high value
Mission Waco Mission World was honored again this year to receive a letter from the largest evaluator of non-profit organizations awarding our ministry with the highest recognition given “for sector best practices and executing it’s mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating means Mission Waco outperforms most charities in your area of work…and sets you apart and (also) demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness, strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency.” This was the second year in a row and fourth year out of five to receive the recognition. Based on Charity Navigator’s website https://www.charitynavigator.org of the latest public audit they examined, we received a 95.02 overall score (92.96 financial and 100.00 accountability and transparency).