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.
Job Training Program Continues to Expand
Job Specific Skills added to Pre-employment “Soft Skills”
Climbing up on a forklift for the first time or getting the right ingredients in the pan at the right time are only two 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.
Thanksgiving Day Lunch & Worship with the Homeless- Nov 27
Over 100 homeless men & women gather with volunteers to thank God and eat
On Thanksgiving Day each year, Mission Waco’s Meyer Center for Urban Ministries is filled with the aroma of home-cooked turkey and dressing, baked pies, sweet potatoes with a dash of love and celebration of God’s blessings. After a thanksgiving worship service at 11:00 in the upstairs Chapel at Meyer Center, the homeless and volunteers head downstairs for the annual feast at noon. It’s a day of joy and great food. Donations of pies and food costs welcome!
Biker Toy Run Heads to 19 Churches on 11/30 to Collect Toys for Low-Income Children
Mission Waco Toy Store opens in early December for shopping with dignity
The roar of scores of motorcyclists heading to church early Sunday morning may seem strange to some, but not if you have ever participated in the annual Mission Waco Biker Toy Run for the Christmas Toy Store. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, area bikers stop at 19 local churches to pick up donated Christmas toys that are offered to struggling parents at an 80% discount, giving them the dignity of “buying” for their own children. You can also donate toys other times and even ride with your own motorcycle. Meet at Flying J by 8:00am on October 30. We unload at Church Under the Bridge at 11:00am, then take the toys after worship to the Toy Store at Mission Waco’s Children Center. Low-income parents can shop in early December.
Fair Trade Mkt Sales Explode During Holidays- Groups welcome!
Items made by world’s poor give meaning to shopping at 1321 N. 15th
When you buy a piece of jewelry, a scarf, a wall hanging or any of the hundreds of items in Mission Waco’s Fair Trade Mkt, you are not only giving a meaningful gift to someone, but also joining in a wider economic system of justice that guarantees fairness for the world’s poor. Located at the back of the World Cup Café, the large number of items come from all over the world, so come shop while blessing others. The room is also set for up to 40 customers to enjoy dining.
Click on the link for the virtual store or come on by the store to find that perfect gift.
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.
February 6-8; 27-March 1
April 10-12; 24-26
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!