There are people who think outside the box and there are people who throw the box away. The leaders at Rancho Brazos Community Center are proudly the latter. Since 2003 they have offered free after-school programs with a hot meal...
At Oak Lawn UMC in Dallas, TX, the pandemic stirred creative solutions that would enable the congregation to continue serving as a refuge even though the physical space of their building could no longer function in that way.
On March 17, 2020, the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic ceased face-to-face medical appointments. It was a difficult and necessary decision that could have upended their services without a well-conceived transition plan.
When providers started shuttering in March, the Coalition for the Homeless asked The Beacon to step up and fill the gap. Without hesitation, they agreed. “We took a leap of faith to do this work before any extra funding came,” CEO Becky Landes said.
When the leaders of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank applied for a grant from TMF, they envisioned those dollars helping them open a food FARMacy. COVID-19 changed those plans as they now work to feed thousands of families in El Paso each week.
"The funding through TMF has been critical to our operations and makes a significant difference to families and individuals who need our services the most, especially during this pandemic that has left so much uncertainty in people’s lives."
When Rev. Heikes was learning about TMF’s Grant Ministry, Jacki Lammert left her with one question. If money was not an object, what would you do for the Kingdom of God? It was the kind of question that spurred innovation and excitement.