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Everyone deserves a place to call home. It is a simple concept, but one that offers a powerful transformation for those experiencing homelessness. To LifeWorks in Austin, this concept grounds their purpose.

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Conversations with Purpose

Conversations with Purpose

“We had a disaster plan in place when the pandemic started, but it did not cover this type of extended crisis,” Helen said. “We were looking at our community and realizing how devastating this could be, so we took the opportunity to be innovative..."

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Proactive Foresight in 2020

Proactive Foresight in 2020

Since their roots are so intertwined with community hardship and navigating crises, MAM leaders started planning for COVID-19 before the lockdown began.

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Forward-Thinking Funding

Forward-Thinking Funding

At Bering UMC their missions set the tone for their life as a congregation. When the pandemic hit, leaders at Bering UMC knew their creative ministries had to continue.

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A Virtual Step-a-Thon Fundraiser

A Virtual Step-a-Thon Fundraiser

COVID-19 complicated the landscape of campus ministry along with the component of raising funds for these ministries. However, Wesley House at Tyler Junior College found a winning solution with a virtual step-a-thon!

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Throwing Away the Box

Throwing Away the Box

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...

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Creative Urgency

Creative Urgency

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.

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TMF Receives Lilly Grant for Courageous Congregations Collaborative
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TMF Receives Lilly Grant for Courageous Congregations Collaborative

TMF received a grant of $1 million from the Lilly Endowment to help launch C3. The grant will enable TMF to deepen and expand its work with congregations using ‘five adaptive muscles’ congregations must develop in order to thrive.

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The Shift to Telehealth

The Shift to Telehealth

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.

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