Meyer Center Programs
The Meyer Center is Waco’s “one-stop-shop,” housing many of the programs and resources we provide to low-income families and those struggling with homelessness. We want this building to be a safe and empowering space for all those in need in the Waco community.
Street Sweep Employment Program
First Baptist Church here in Waco came to us with a problem: trash. The tourism boom brought lots of it to their parking lots and surrounding areas. The easiest solution was to pay a company to clean it up, right? Instead, they reached out to us with an idea – what if we paid our participants staying in our homeless shelter to clean up their property and downtown? Thus, the Street Sweep Employment Program was born. We pay our employees a livable wage with the goal of helping them find full-time employment and residence elsewhere while helping them provide for themselves. All funding is provided by FBC Waco. If you see our employees downtown with their yellow vests, honk and say, “Thank you!”
The Chapel at the Meyer Center
Located in the former Central Presbyterian Church, the Chapel at Meyer Center is available as event space—weddings, funerals, meetings, you name it. Seating over 200 guests, the Chapel features unique bronze doors on the front entrance and has beautiful natural light and interior woodwork. This is the ideal venue for engaged couples on a budget. Take a look at the facility rental policies and fees here. Currently a church is occupying the Chapel on the weekends and we are unable to book weddings at the moment, but for more information or any other questions, call 254-753-4900 or email [email protected].
Screening for the Manna House
Mission Waco’s Manna House is an unashamedly Christian treatment program for men who are alcohol/drug dependent. Set in a home, this rigorous program requires total buy-in from the participants, which is why it works! Due to limited capacity, potential participants must be screened. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol and/or other drugs and are serious about changing your life, please contact us at the Meyer Center for a screening or call 254-296-9866, ext.300.
12:2 Renewal Recovery Group
12:2, also known as Renewal Recovery Group, is a faith-based outpatient program for men and women struggling with alcohol/drug abuse and addiction. 12:2 meets at the Meyer Center on Thursdays evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Vincent Hartsfield, Sandy Emorian, and other staff and approved volunteers handle the application process. Please feel free to pass this information on to others you think may benefit from a professional treatment program.
MPowerment Job Training
Oftentimes the biggest game-changer in the life of someone living in poverty is getting a job. We want to empower community members to be able to provide for themselves, so we offer pre-employment services such as job readiness training, job search skills, computer skills and assistance in setting life goals and budgeting. To learn more about our job training program, click here.
Friday Morning Breakfast
Every Friday at 6:30 a.m., those who would otherwise go without a meal are welcome to come to the Meyer Center for a warm breakfast, a message and fellowship. Different churches and civic groups provide the meals each week. This is a wonderful way to get involved with those living in poverty in our community. Find details on Friday Morning Breakfast here.
Since 2005, the Mission Waco Health Clinic has cared for the homeless and the working poor in Waco when it comes to medical needs ranging from minor emergencies to mental illness, to dental problems. Our aim is to be a bridge in helping patients find long-term solutions. Learn more about the types of health services we provide here.
Since 2012, the Mission Waco Legal Assistance Program (MWLAP) has provided access to affordable legal services for those who cannot afford a private attorney. We offer free monthly legal advice clinics on the third Thursday of every month, direct legal advice, periodic legal workshops and holistic advocacy. Our heart is to promote an increased quality of life for all people. Read more about how you could benefit from these legal services here.
Sometimes you just need help getting back on your feet. Mission Waco offers numerous social services such as case management and counseling. We also meet tangible needs by providing clothing vouchers, showers, limited laundry machine usage and mailing addresses.
Learn more about The Clothesline and voucher center here.