September 9, 2016
Your volunteering shows what the church, in action, REALLY looks like.
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September 8, 2016
The Street Youth Ministry personality seen most often in the photographs we take is not the lead missionary, Terry Cole. It’s Rosie, Terry’s counseling dog, who seems to know exactly when to find her way into the frame before a shutter release is pushed. She provides untold comfort and companionship to clients and volunteers alike.
When Terry started the ministry, he studied a book on fundraising. There was literally a chapter in the book called “Don’t Buy a Dog.” It was about not intentionally increasing your cost of living when raising support. Lol!
About that time, Terry’s daughter chose a dog breed that would be perfect for the household. Non-allergenic, small, non-shedding, hardy, friendly. But Terry said, “No way. Now is not the time to buy a dog!”
Within a couple weeks, we found ourselves on a family vacation together and riding one of those little tourist trains. The ride owner had two dogs that loved to ride with passengers and one of them hopped into Terry’s lap. Low and behold it was the type selected by Terry’s daughter. After the ride, the whole family was musing over this “coincidence” when the ride owner came up and said, “We have puppies for sale.” The whole family was shouting, “Please, please, please!” Terry kept to his mantra, “Now is not the time to buy a dog. And who buys a dog on vacation, anyway?”
A few days later on the trip, Terry called a family meeting. He shared that if the family would chip in to pay the purchase price, Terry would raise the funds for the medical bills for shots, spaying, etc. Everyone was quickly in accord and we cut short our trip to go pick up our sweet Rosie! Here she is on her ride home from Arkansas!
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January 8, 2015
What can a partner do to serve our clients? Here is a list of some of the ways people help us. Let us know which item you’re interested in and we’ll get started! Contact us.
- University/Seminary Organization
- Start or join our campus organization (Friends of Street Youth at UT). We also need a student chapter at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary – APTS, Concordia and St. Edwards!
- Publicize and host an end of semester collection drop-off for needed items. We’ll cross promote the event to help get traction.
- Table for us on campus to raise awareness . We’ll cross promote your event!
- Host our participation at volunteer event in the spring or fall. We’ll cross promote to get lots of people out.
- Near Campus
- Let us use a room once a week.
- Partner with us for a Christian film screening.
- In Austin
- Do a drive for needed items at your place and deliver them.
- Direct self-starting volunteer to our opportunities and let them report back to your group.
- Invite us to speak to your group.
- Be a public drop-off site and deliver items once a month.
- Host one of our service projects.
- Help us connect clients with your worship and discipleship studies by designating a connector or two that we can contact.
- Agree to cross promote one blog or social media posting per week; we’ll reciprocate!
- Do a drive for high-value but low weight/volume needed items and ship them to us.
- Agree to host 2 or more of the following links on your web, indicating that you’re a partner. We’ll reciprocate by listing you on our web, too!
- Agree to publish one of our blogs in your newsletter quarterly. We’ll cross promote your publication in return!
- Promote our internship with appropriate students as one option for preparing for ministry. If you screen for interested students, we will contact them and discover if the internship is right for them. We also will cross-link to your organization in return!
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April 20, 2014
Several areas where one can volunteer.
Read all about it here.
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April 13, 2014
Do you like to bake?
Do you have no one to bake for?
Now you do.
Sharing a photo of the goodies baked by a volunteer and her children.
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April 6, 2014
Do you like to cook, or like to prepare food?
If you have the time, you can volunteer as a food helper.
We thank GOD for all of our food helpers, past, present and future.
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January 19, 2014
This message comes from a volunteer at All Saints’ Episcopal Church who was part of the team preparing for our Christmas Party on Dec 20, 2013.
“As you know, we have been reading Anne Lamott’s wonderful book, Help Thanks Wow, Three Essential Prayers. I know we all have experienced these times and prayers in our lives. But I just had to share a true WOW moment I recently had at HEB.
I was in HEB standing in line to check out. The lady in front of me had her cart filled with 12 – 1 gallon jugs of apple cider. I couldn’t stand it – I had to ask her what she was going to do with all that apple cider. She said that it only comes out this time of year so she buys 12 gallons so she can drink one per month – that way it lasts her a long time.
I said “what if you drink more than one gallon in a month?” She said she would just be skimpy the next month – kinda like rationing. We both laughed. She said so many people in the store had said “Well, you’re having a party!” She told me she doesn’t have parties much anymore.
As we talked, I just mentioned that we were having a party a week from Friday for 65+ kids. She was amazed and asked me questions all about the kids There was true amazement on her face when I told her they were all homeless. But where do they stay, she asked. I told her, on the streets.
Well, she started checking out. When she had paid and had moved her cart, she came back and said, “God bless you and since I bought all of this for myself, may I give you a donation for the kids.”
I said that it wasn’t necessary but she insisted and discretely palmed off a wadded up bill into my hand. I didn’t look at it and just put it wadded up in the top of my purse.
When I got to my car, still with a grateful smile on my face, I looked at the bill and it was a 50 dollar bill!
I said, “WOW, THANKS. God, you are so good!” I still have a that grin on my face. What grateful joy!”
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November 14, 2013
“A talented volunteer from Street Youth Ministry repaired this street-dependent young person’s guitar. I think he’s happy to have it back, don’t you?”
You can watch our videos about the Street Youth Ministry on our Youtube channel.
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