Serving The Vulnerable
He (the LORD your God) executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." - Jesus (Mark 10:45)
There are so many ways to be a neighbor to vulnerable people in DFW!
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Explore opportunities to serve, connect with organizations and engage in their communities!
Opportunities with 121 partners and local mission commitments are listed below.
CHILDREN: READING BUDDIES FOR CHILDREN AT TIMBERLINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Reading buddies are a critical need identified by Principal June Ritchlin for the children who are falling behind to begin to flourish. Many of these children live in the area close to 121’s Ira E Woods facility. Just spend one hour each week in the classroom reading to students and letting them read to you.
Step 1: Fill out the GCISD Volunteer Application and background check authorization.
Step 2: Allow 10 days for processing the background check, then call the Timberline office (817-251-5770) to check on the status of your application. If approved, tell them you would like to be a Reading Buddy. They will get you set up!
NEIGHBORS IN THE MUSTANG COMMUNITY: VOLUNTEER AT THE GPD COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER
The Community Outreach Center (established by the Grapevine Police Department) provides multiple avenues to build relationships with adults and children and help them flourish.
Valuable After-School Time (VAST): Adult and high school age mentors come one afternoon each week to the Community Outreach Center on Mustang Drive. Mentors will help 1st through 6th graders with homework and reading, play games and help with activities, and mostly be a positive influence and Christ-centered role model. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
English Conversation Club for adults: Join others from 121 to help community residents improve their English. No foreign language skills necessary! Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Gail
Mustang Community Market: Join others from 121 on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month to host a low-cost, fresh food market and build relationships in the Mustang community. Contact Tim Green.
There are many other opportunities such as GED tutoring, computer literacy classes, and more.
Find more info and the volunteer application here: Community Outreach Center.
NEIGHBORS IN THE MUSTANG COMMUNITY: MUSTANG INVITE TEAM
This team meets the second Sunday of each month to visit door to door in the Mustang Drive area to pray for people and invite them to 121.
Contact Jim Hess.
CHILDREN/STUDENTS: MENTORS FOR AT-RISK KIDS
Mentors are needed for students of all ages! Big Brothers Big Sisters is the organization training and coordinating mentors for all GCISD schools, including those in 121’s immediate area (such Timberline Elementary, Glen Hope Elementary, and Cross Timbers Middle School).
POVERTY: NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT TEAM (NET) TO BE FRIENDS AND ADVOCATES FOR THE MATERIALLY POOR
Join a team at 121 that is committed to walking with people in our area who are looking for help with finances, job skills, and other life challenges. Contact Roddy Youree if you are interested in this opportunity.
REFUGEES: FAMILY FRIENDSHIPS & GOOD NEIGHBOR TEAMS
Family Friendships: Be a Family Friend to a refugee family, helping them adjust to life in the U.S. and sharing the love of Christ in practical ways. Most refugees have children, so this is a great opportunity for the entire family! (3-month commitment or more) Find more information here.
Good Neighbor Team: This is a tremendous opportunity for a Community Group or a few families coming together to resettle a new family arriving in DFW closer to the Grapevine area (ideally the Mustang Community). The GNT will prepare together over several weeks to be ready to meet the family at DFW airport and help them settle into an apartment. The GNT creates loving, mutually beneficial relationships with their partnered refugees through weekly visits to the family and assisting with the resettlement process. (6-month commitment or more)
ORPHANS: FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION
Attend a Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting in our area to better understand the foster care system and the needs of kids and families. This is a great first step toward fostering, adopting, or coming alongside another family caring for vulnerable children. Get Started Here.
Contact us to connect with others at 121 who have experience in adoption or foster care.
For international adoption, a great place to begin exploring is the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
THE UNBORN: HELP FOR WOMEN FACING UNPLANNED PREGNANCY
Volunteer at Cura Women’s Care Clinic in Grapevine to support women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
There are many organizations in our area and lots of ways to serve and connect with women who are in process of choosing life. See more at ServeNorthTexas.com
THE UNBORN: MENTOR WOMEN FACING UNPLANNED PREGNANCY
Cura Women’s Clinic is committed to supporting our clients and their babies even after the crisis of the pregnancy has passed. Our Care Coordinator connects mothers and families with a mentor from the local church community, who will link arms with the mother to provide support, love, and practical help as she parents her child. Our mentors and staff work in tandem to plug our clients into churches where they can grow in their relationship with the Lord, and receive the love and support of a faith family.
Contact Rachel Avila
NEIGHBORS IN HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD: VOLUNTEER WITH 6STONES
There are many ways to serve with 6 Stones to meet needs and build relationships in the HEB area.
New Hope Center: This is a place for families to find hope and get emergency assistance of food, clothing and other resources. Volunteer counselors meet and pray with each family coming for assistance, and others help organize food and clothing donations.
Home Repair through Community Powered Revitalization (CPR): CPR is a joint effort between 6 Stones, cities, businesses and churches to help struggling homeowners with home repairs. There are opportunities to build relationships with homeowners as we meet some of their practical needs. There are two large CPR weekends each year and smaller projects throughout the year.
Community Ministries: Meet people in apartment communities or joint block parties, and help with Kids Clubs and adult groups to discuss topics like the Bible, ESL, job skills, family relationships, and more. There are dozens of opportunities just waiting for someone to say “Yes, I’ll help.” 6 Stones will train and connect you!
Family Serve Day: One Saturday each month, 6 Stones organizes projects for families where even young children can begin learning to serve others.
There are many more ways to meet people, build relationships, and serve through 6 Stones. http://www.6stones.org
For more local opportunities, check out ServeNorthTexas.com
ORPHAN OUTREACH / HONDURAS
Sponsor one of the most vulnerable children in Honduras through our partners at Orphan Outreach and the Jubilee school. (In the search boxes, select ‘Honduras’ and ‘Jubilee Centers International’)
Pledge to pray for Orphan Outreach’s work to serve vulnerable children around the world.
Giving a small amount can cover the cost of a child’s backpack. Large gifts can fund projects impacting whole communities of kids and families.
Go on a mission trip and serve some of the most vulnerable children in the world!
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION / CAMBODIA
Sign up to receive weekly IJM prayer update emails and notification of other urgent needs.
Contact us to receive regular updates and prayer needs from the IJM Cambodia office.
Become an IJM Freedom Partner: By making a monthly commitment of $24 or more, you're taking a stand to protect the poor from violence around the world.
121 organizes annual trips to Cambodia (which includes visiting IJM) and to the IJM Global Prayer Gathering. Contact us to learn more.
Contact us to learn more about connecting personally, or as a family or Community Group, with our IJM Cambodia partners.
COOPERATIVE OUTREACH OF INDIA / INDIA
Compassion International was involved in India for years, funding schools and community development efforts in partnership with local churches. COI operated one of Compassion’s centers in North India and took responsibility when Compassion was forced to leave the country.
These sponsorships are now being administered by Genesis of Hope in coordination with COI to provide hope to children living in extreme material poverty.
Learn about the work of Cooperative Outreach of India and sign up to receive updates with prayer needs.
121 organizes trips to serve alongside COI and other partners in India as needs and opportunities arise. Contact us to learn more.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & PERSECUTION / 21ST CENTURY WILBERFORCE INITIATIVE
Connect with 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative in their vision to create a world where religious freedom is embraced as a universal right.
Pray with Wilberforce Initiative
Volunteer with Wilberforce Initiative
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS / THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS
The Voice of the Martyrs offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world.
Commit to pray and stay informed by subscribing to VOM’s monthly newsletter.
Pack an Action Pack to help and encourage persecuted believers around the world.
Write a letter to a Christian who is in prison for his/her faith.