MCGREGOR, TX (NOV. 8, 2016) — Compassion Ministries has been chosen the 17th Charity Champion, TFNB Your Bank for Life announced today. The nonprofit organization provides transitional housing and care to homeless families as well as a number of other services.
Compassion Ministries has changed the lives of thousands of homeless people in Central Texas for more than 20 years. It provides a year-long support system that begins with transitional housing.
Families live in a Compassion Ministries “Hope House” apartment for up to six months. During that time they learn the basics of financial responsibility. They get help finding full-time employment. They also get help finding a permanent home in an area where they will not be vulnerable to their previous lifestyle. After they leave Hope House, residents receive ‘after-care’ for an additional six months. Hope House accommodates up to 14 families and often has a waiting list.
In her Charity Champion nomination, Compassion Ministries board member Karen Keith, wrote:
Compassion Ministries not only provides a safe living environment, but also the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Compassion Ministries has served 915 singles and 679 families. Those families were comprised of 793 adults and 1,394 children for a total of 3,102 residents.
Compassion Ministries learned it will loose one-third of its budget in 2017 due to the Department of Housing and Urban Development cutting funds and grants available. The nonprofit is in desperate need of donations to continue to serve the homeless in Waco. To alleviate this burden, Compassion Ministries is looking for monetary donations to help finance their basic operating expenses and provide assistance to the needy.
“As a Charity Champion, we hope the public awareness of Compassion Ministries will increase so that we can continue to decrease the number of homeless families in our community,” said Jill McCall, executive director for Compassion Ministries.
Along with the on-field presentation at the TCU vs. Baylor game on November 5, 2016, TFNB will fund a marketing campaign to raise awareness about Compassion Ministries and also pay for staff training and leadership development for the nonprofit provided by 360 Solutions.
About Compassion Ministries
Overwhelmed by the daily needs of the local homeless population, several Central Texas pastors and leaders began meeting in 1993 to discuss solutions for their neighbors in need. Compassion Ministries was born less than a year later providing financial training, counseling, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, healthcare and transitional housing. To learn more visit www.compassionwaco.com