Come out and join us Saturday, Feb 3, at 2:15 to 3:45. Youth from Bethany United Methodist Church, participating in a 30 hour famine, will come to deliver manna bags and learn about street-dependent youth in Austin. Street Youth Ministry will teach about its homeless young clients on an age appropriate level and answer questions from the students. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn about the ministry. If you come to join us, please look for us in the back of the Renaissance Market at 23rd and Guadalupe. You are encouraged to bring from home bottled water, clean white adult socks, or a zip-lock bag of dog-food to share for our clients. We are happy to receive donations of adult-sized clothing as well.
This is our most popular service project with clients and volunteers alike! This project is being performed by student of Texas State University Baptist Student Ministry from San Marcos and is open to others to participate. The group will do laundry for street youth clients at Convenience Coin Laundromat at 24th and San Gabriel on Friday Jan 24 from 4pm to 8pm. The group will also supply food and offer hospitality to clients during the event. SYM will bring clothing to share with clients. Clothing donations are welcome (use our online form at needs.StreetYouthMinistry.org to register your donation). Parking is limited. Volunteers are asked to carpool. Training is provided on the site by our missionary, Terry Cole.
Come out and join us Sunday, Jan 29, at 7pm at Hope Presbyterian Church. Street Youth Ministry will teach about its homeless young clients on an age appropriate level and answer questions from the students. Students should be encouraged to bring from home bottled water, clean white adult socks, or a zip-lock bag of dog-food to share for our clients. Adult and student guests who've been wanting to learn more are welcome at this convenient NW Austin location: Hope Presbyterian Church, Austin TX, Olson Drive, Austin, TX.
Come out and join us Sunday, Jan 29, at 5pm at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Street Youth Ministry will teach about it's homeless young clients on an age appropriate level and answer questions from the students. Students should be encouraged to bring from home bottled water, clean white adult socks, or a zip-lock bag of dog-food to share for our clients. Adult and student guests who've been wanting to learn more about SYM are welcome at this South Austin location: Hays Hills Baptist Church 1401 North FM 1626 Buda TX 78610.
Street Youth Ministry's missionary, Terry Cole, was hosted by a lively group 24 4th and 5th grade students who get together monthly to do mission. The group learned about homeless people in general, what homeless people like and challenges that homeless people face. The students were very interactive in taking apart some of their own observations about homeless people they have encountered. The student learned to develop compassion and understanding for situations that are deeper than they first imagined. The students brought socks from home to share and assembled ziplock bags of dog food for the dogs of SYM's clients. A really fun time was had by all! They also enjoyed visiting with Rosie, the ministry mascot (Terry's dog).
It's a new year and we've begun our ministries once again! Our 2012 CareCalendar is open and empty, awaiting food volunteers and helpers to sign up! We especially need dog sitters on Wednesday nights--an excellent service project for a group. Our monthly needs list is up if you prefer to share your shopping skills! We are expecting cold weather and look for additional Cold Weather Partners to sign-up to help when freezing weather threatens our clients. Finally, we are looking for several volunteers to help us this semester on a flexible schedule: a coordinator for our speaking engagements and service projects (easily done from home), and a supply "quartermaster" to pick up donations, sort, log and prepare bags for the next week of ministry (basically running errands, organizing and taking notes). Contact us to learn more.
To better help our generous in-kind donors know just what we need, simplify our logistics, and avoid duplication, we have begun a monthly needs chart. We have posted our November needs at http://needs.StreetYouthMinistry.org. You follow a quick and simple sign-up procedure to claim any of the needs. Delivery can be arranged using our donation form and any of our donations sites. P.S. We still need South Austin and Northwest Austin drop-off sites.
Street Youth Ministry has been invited to Covenant Presbyterian Church campus (2222 & Mopac) for Wednesday evening dinners and small group beginning Nov 9. A church bus to bring clients to campus a little after 5:00. A greeter team will welcome guests to campus. Pet sitters are needed each evening from 5:15 to 7:30, in two shifts. The animals, friendly and vaccinated. You can contact Alex Heath at Covenant to volunteer as a pet sitter. SYM keeps record of service hours and is happy to write letters of recommendation. Table hosts will engage our guests during supper. Missionary Terry Cole will provide the small group leadership after dinner and invites anyone to drop by room FE 103 from 6:30 to 7:30 to get to know clients. Drivers will return our guests to the UT campus area at 7:35. You can contact John Ruwwe to volunteer as a driver. Meals will be paid for by SYM for clients and meals are available for volunteer for $5. SYM continues to need donations of toiletries (including sample sizes), adult-sized hoodies & sweat pants, jackets, and other cold-weather gear.
Street Youth Ministry has been invited to present a brief overview of the ministry to the student group at Christian Life Church. Missionary Terry Cole will help students relate to homeless young people. The students of Christian Life Church will be a cold weather partner this year! To learn more about our cold weather response for 2011-2012, go to coldweather.StreetYouthMinistry.org.
Street Youth Ministry is pleased to announce a new Thursday food volunteer opportunity in partnership with University United Methodist Church. Volunteers may sign up at volunteer.StreetYouthMinistry.org to provide afternoon snacks for 20 of our street youth clients on Thursday at 2:45pm. Dairy-based snacks are the favorite. The food volunteer can be reimbursed up to $20! "We are pleased to be able to offer reimbursement of these expenses for Thursday. We thank all the cooks and the 'food-assembly engineers' who buy and donate food, and we wanted a food service opportunity for those on a tighter budget. We want everyone to know they can make a difference by volunteering and acting locally," said Terry Cole, missionary and founder of SYM. SYM offers more than 30 volunteer opportunities each week for compassionate people to take local action to help out our young street-dependent clients.
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