Provide Christian-based holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. Mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor. Seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized.
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JOB TRAINING PROGRAM TAKING APPLICATIONS
Job Specific Skills added to Pre-employment “Soft Skills”http://missionwaco.org/mpowerment FOR MORE INFORMATIONGetting the right ingredients in the pan at the right time is one of the challenges faced by Mission Waco job trainees who are learning various skills to help them get and retain jobs that move toward living wages. This past month began the new expanded job training “M-Powerment Program” for lower income folks. Interested or know someone needing help finding a job? We can help. Applications available at the Meyer Center, 1226 Washington.
Wellspring Scholarship Changing Lives of Youth — Making College Possible
Several years ago, an anonymous couple, who believed in our model of ministry and the potential for urban youth to overcome the struggles of poverty through education, personal responsibility and faith in God, made a significant donation to help our urban teens get on the path to post-secondary academic education. Calling the fund “the Wellspring Scholarship Program, our Mission Waco Youth staff and volunteer team began Implanting in the middle-school teens the vision, “You are Capable!” By working with these youth to hear and believe those words, visit college campuses firsthand, and apply for Pell Grants as early as possible, we watched hope emerge. Along the way, we help them with homework, dialogue with their parents and teachers, and build their confidence. In their senior year of high school, the students then apply for additional financial help through the Wellspring Scholarship Program. With annual donations, today we have celebrated numerous high school and college graduations and had those students inspire the younger ones. Two of our kids have even completed their masters degrees.
If you wan to be part of this investment in the future of urban youth, we’d love to encourage your donations to the Wellspring Scholarship! You can help change a life and a generation!
ORANGE FOR LENT
Last year, Kent McKeever (Mission Waco’s attorney and justice advocate who directs our Legal Services for the poor), decided to wear “inmate orange” for the 40 …days of Lent as a reminder of the injustices experienced by so many in the legal system who are poor and/or people of color. He wasn’t mad or pushy or even in-the-face of those trapped by their complicit acceptance of a broken system that has failed a huge sector of Americans. His apparel and purpose went viral and several newspapers across the nation picked up the story.
Significant employment is a major need for former inmates. Yet for most applications requiring them to “check the box” if they have a criminal offense, rarely are they interviewed or considered for a job. And with no job and more rejection in the community, hope dwindles. We affirm the growing social movement to “ban the box” and ask employers to open up opportunities in the workplace.
Poverty Simulation Dates
Intensive weekend experience held 16x a year
One weekend can change your life. Don’t believe us? You can ask some of the thousands of participants, ages 13-85, who have experienced the full weekend training. Each year, hundreds of students and adults attend one of the sixteen weekends to learn more about the realities of poverty through a blend of experience and information. Details and cost of the weekend and how to register your group are here on the website.
April 10-12; 24-26
July 31-Aug 2
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Summer Internships Available- Apply online <missionwaco.org/interns/>
Want to spend a summer serving the poor and learning about life?
Each summer they come from all over the U.S. to spend about ten weeks “in the trenches” of urban ministry. Mission Waco’s summer internship program has been a life-changer for so many students who wonder where God is directing them. While in Waco, they live in a challenged neighborhood, serve children, youth and adults who are under-resourced, read urban ministry books, and receive mentoring along the way. If you think you might me interested, check out the website.
Charity Navigator Gives Fourth “Exceptional 4-Star Rating “
Mission Waco one of 7% of all non-profits in the nation
Charity Navigator <www.charitynavigator.org>, the leading charity evaluator in America, just recognized Mission Waco’s fourth “exceptional” rating for financial and accountability/transparency. The ministry received a combined score of 69.09 out of a possible score of 70. According to their letter, “Only 7% of all charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Mission Waco/Mission World out performs most charities in America.” The recognition is a testament of the hard work and integrity of Mission Waco’s administrative staff and commitment to be “beyond reproach” as a Christian ministry. The organization is also approved by the Better Business Bureau. As community-based organization that relies on donors, volunteers, collaborations, and funders. With over a million non-profits in the US, fiscal accountability has become a critical value for donors. We’re proud you can trust our integrity!
X Team Challenge is coming to Waco on Saturday, May 2nd. Click on the above logo for flyer and more information. Click here to register!
Race One 2015 Registration is now open for 5k and 1 mile Fun Run! Click here to register.
Saturday May 2, 2015! Click logo below for more info.