Outreach Ministries Supported by Christ Church:
Any Baby Can – To serve families with children facing serious health or developmental challenges. Donations by Christ Church will be used for the crisis fund that provides prescription medication assistance. www.anybabycansa.org
Bexar County Detention Ministries - To strengthen families and promote a safer community by providing educational, social, and religious services including pastoral care and counseling; to facilitate the transformation of incarcerated adult and juvenile offenders into productive individuals with new direction and meaning to their lives; to assist in the successful reintegration from incarceration back into society; and to empower families of at-risk neighbors in the Five Points area with life skills necessary for lawful existence.www.bcdm.org
CASA (Child Advocates San Antonio) - To improve the lives of abused and neglected children through court-appointed volunteers advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes by recruiting and training community volunteers who complete 33 hours of initial training and are sworn in by a judge to become court-appointed advocates for children who have been removed from their homes. www.casa-satx.org
Christ Church Hospitality Pantry - To serve those in need that live within a 2-mile radius of our church campus. Groceries are distributed on Saturday mornings to hundreds of families each month.
Christ Healing Center – To provide a safe environment for people to receive God’s healing through Jesus Christ in mind, body, and spirit. It is an inter-denominational ministry composed of volunteer lay and ordained ministers dedicated to the healing of hurting people in San Antonio and the surrounding area through healing prayer, training, and pastoral support. www.christhealingcenter.org
Christian Assistance Ministry – To organize and to operate exclusively for the charitable purpose of maintaining for the religious community of Bexar County, a cooperative ministry of assistance to those in crisis situations. Request for funds will be used for photo ID cards, birth certificates, medical, utility assistance, rental assistance, bus tickets, and work supplies. www.christianassistanceministry.org
Daily Bread Ministries - Is the catalyst that mobilizes the community to share resources and training to assist those in poverty and need through direct and effective personal assistance that attacks the underlying problems of generational poverty. www.dailybreadministries.org
God's House Ministry – To befriend and love the people of the “front lines” and let them know we care, to gain trust and teach the people biblical principles, to help them become productive members of society and enjoy life the way God intended. www.MomentOfTruthMinistry.org
Good Samaritan Center – To effect positive change in the lives of individuals and families through quality services focused on prevention and intervention. Serves as the primary social service resource for residents of the near west side of San Antonio, one of the city’s most impoverished areas.www.goodsamaritancommunityservices.org
Habitat for Humanity – Is an ecumenical, Christian organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build simple, decent and affordable homes without interest or profit, there by witnessing God’s love in action. www.habitatsa.org
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship – To see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. The specific campus is Trinity University. The goal for the year is to increase the depth of discipleship and mentoring.www.ivcf.org
Kathleen Whitten Ministries - To bring God’s Word to as many people as they can using every means available, i.e. Bible studies, conferences, Internet and radio.www.kathleenwhitten.org
Morningside Ministries – Was created with the specific mission of caring for those who cared for us. Founded in 1961 by SW TX Conf of United Methodists and five years later was joined by First Pres and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Includes three distinctly different and gracious retirement communities. Chandler Center is closest to our campus. www.morningsidemin.org
NAMI-SA (National Alliance of Mental Illness) – To eradicate mental illness and to improve the quality of life of all who are affected by these diseases. It is the largest grassroots mental health organization. Current office is at Christ Church. www.nami-sat.org
Respite Care – To enhance the stability and the nurturing capabilities and opportunities of families caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities through the provision of residential and site-based respite services. The full-time daycare is located in the Family Ministry Center at Christ Church. www.respitecaresa.org
SAMM Transitional Center – To help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing and services. www.SAMM.org
St. Jude's Ranch for Children - A nationally recognized and fiscally responsible community focused on the individual needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children of all races and faith. The programs are designed to break the vicious cycles of abuse but also seek to create a work ethic through the “Learn to Earn” program. Two campuses are in Texas – one in New Braunfels and the other in Bulverde. www.stjudesranch.org
Unicorn Center – A community-based, church sponsored agency with a call from God to minister to persons with mental retardation by developing job and life skills and integrating individuals into supported employment by creating natural community supports. www.mrmsat.org
Woman at the Well – To develop the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical health of formerly incarcerated women so they may make a successful transition back into the community. Provides transitional housing and a rehabilitation program. www.womanatthewellhouse.org
Youth for Christ – To communicate the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to every young person, participate in the responsible evangelism of youth, presenting them with the person, work, and teachings of Jesus Christ, discipling them, and leading them into the life and fellowship of local churches. www.yfc.net
Crafts or activities for 2- 3 children: Call Claire Massey of Respite Care at 737-1212 and she will schedule a time for you to do a special activity with these special needs children.
St. Jude's Ranch for Children: Volunteers are always needed at St. Jude's in Bulverde. One fun activity is to bring lunch or dinner on Sunday and prepare it together in the home unit with the children (they have full kitchens). Mentors are needed during the week, and you can make a difference. Another activity to do with a small group of St. Jude's youngsters is enrichment: crafts, baking, woodwork, financial planning, car maintenance basics, etc. A small team goes out to St. Jude's to do a Sunday service from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on the third Sunday of the month. Please call Greg Sethness at 822-4160 if you would like to get more information or volunteer.
Child Care & Fun: Any Baby Can is seeking volunteers to assist with childcare during counseling and support groups for families receiving services. This opportunity is available 5:30-7:00 PM Mondays, 9:30-11:00 AM Wednesdays and on the third and last Tuesdays of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM. Volunteers must be good with children and have patience and the ability to have fun. To volunteer, call Sandy Redmond at 210-227-0170.
Variety of Tasks: Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM) needs volunteers Monday through Friday for three- to four-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon on a weekly or bimonthly basis. Volunteers can choose from many areas of assistance. Call Dalia Trevino at 210-223-1553.
Bexar County Detention Ministries needs volunteers to assist staff and chaplains with facilitating support groups, classes and worship services for the incarcerated, as well as the formerly incarcerated, and their families in a facility or at the Family Renewal Center. Weekdays, weekends, and evening hours are available. Contact Belinda Courvier at 299-4540, ext 11.
Drivers Needed: Northeast Senior Assistance needs volunteers to pick up home-bound seniors and take them to medical appointments. They provide door-to-door service from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM, serve 240 clients and you can volunteer weekly or monthly. Other opportunities exist for other services. Call their office at 967-6372.
SAMMinistries needs volunteers that can nurture children, provide maintenance, or supervise a Friday movie night at TLLC. Look on the their website at www.SAMM.org for more details.
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital seeks volunteers in many areas, especially at their patient info desk and surgical waiting area. Call Kathy Black, 757-2446. Volunteer applications and brochures are outside the Christ Church receptionist’s office.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Jacque Roberts.
Supplies Needed: Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM) always has a need for men’s shoes. If you can donate a pair or two, bring them to the church and place them in the CAM trunks, located in the Parish Hall and by the reception area in the administration building. Another constant need is new underwear (still in the package) for all ages.