Mission 911

Mission 911 reaches out to hard to work with area citizens struggling with poverty, providing them with basic needs, opportunities to learn and use a skill, and a place to worship.

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Mission 911 is a non-profit, faith-based Mission that serves the Coastal Bend community by providing apartments, vocational support, spiritual support, and hope for people in poverty, and for adults of all ages, of the hard-to-serve population. It is innovative in that it provides mentoring programs, spiritual uplifting, basic life skills programs, substance abuse programs, and vocational training on site, as well as housing for those in need. We provide alcohol and drug free, faith-based environments in family neighborhoods. This atmosphere helps to break the cycle of hopelessness that many have lived with for so long. This model allows for a family feeling, often missing among the homeless, foster youth, and young adults. We become family for those who have no family. This unity allows our residents to strive for self-sufficiency and higher self-esteem. Mission 911's model of small, shared apartments takes a different approach to helping men, women, and children to change their lives and gain employment.

Along with Mission 911's innovative mentoring, housing and life skills programs, we also partner with healthcare agencies for medical services critical to good health, such as diabetic screenings and immunizations. Our focus is to treat the sick and those struggling in poverty with dignity and respect, while remaining a vital social service in Corpus Christi, Nueces County and the Coastal Bend.

The Alpha course consists of a series of talks addressing key issues related to the Christian faith.
Alpha courses run in a wide variety of locations and at different times of the day. The typical format is below:
- Meal - 1hr
- Talk - 45mins
- Coffee and small group discussion - 1hr

Sample Schedule
Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?
Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: How can we have faith?
Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 6: How does God guide us?
Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
Week 9: Does God heal today?
Week 10: What about the Church?
Weekend: Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit do?
How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
How can I make the most of the rest of my life?

Aligning the mission of The South Park Communities of Shalom with that of Mission 911, we request financial resources for Project Lucia. Based at 911 Park Street, Project Lucia will provide dental services for the neighborhood. Our goal is to help the indigent, working poor and homeless families in need of dental care. State resources such as Medicaid rarely provide resources for dental care, leaving this population without the opportunity for preventative care leading to serious and painful decay and loss of teeth. In response to this gap in services, dental services would be provided by well-respected dentist and member of First United Methodist Church, Dr. Bill Whiteside, who is volunteering his time. Some of the dental equipment such as dental tools, x-ray machine, and a dental chair has been donated. The hours of operations will be approximately 10 hours a week with the primary goal to help the clients get the necessary preventative care and education about their oral hygiene that they might not be able to afford.

Funding from the Howell foundation will be used for additional dental equipment needed by Dr. Whiteside and his volunteers to enhance the dentistry program. Funding this request will also provide a part time dental hygienist to assist the volunteer dentists in the provision of the dental care. In addition, we request supplies to improve the dental office including flooring, paint and other small minor repairs to make the dental facility more comfortable for the patients. We believe this service will improve their self esteem and will bring a forgotten smile to their new found life.

Working with other community partners such as the Southside Rotary Club and WorkSource of the Coastal Bend and other resources, South Bluff Community of Shalom and Mission 911 have created a strong collaboration in our efforts to meet the needs of the neighborhood. Grant funding through the Howell Foundation will be used to continue this work and help our neighbors receive services they have identified as necessary to improve their lives and well-being.

Nutrition! Reading! Fun!
- NUTRITION: Each Saturday children will be loaned a backpack from The Center Peace to take home. It will contain food items such as canned meat, canned vegetables, snacks and juice boxes. The food is free, but the children should return the empty backpack to The Center Peace the next Saturday to receive another full backpack. If the backpack is not returned, the child will be given a few food items in a paper sack and a reminder note. If your child still does not return the backpack, he or she will just receive the reminder note.
- READING: Along with the food, each child will receive a book in the backpack.

Please share the reading of this book with your child, by having your child read the book to you or your reading the book to your child. We want to help your child build a home library.
- FUN: Each Saturday from 10 to 11 AM we will have a fun hour of doing an art project, making something, reading and having snacks.
Once a month we will have a special activity, event or guest.

This program is designed to help families. For eligibility to enter this program:
- The family must meet the criteria for homelessness;
- Be willing to look at all avenues to change their life to include their spiritual way of living as well as programs offered to them;
- Be able to either gain employment or to complete volunteer work at the local volunteer center within three weeks of admission (this depends on childcare and other variables for the participant)

This program was developed to help families engage in re-setting a family style of living. There is a 9:00 pm curfew for the residents in this program and they must be actively seeking employment from 8:00am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

We are part of the TXU Energy Aid Program. Every week we help many families, single mothers, the disabled and elderly to pay their TXU electricity bills. We are able to help TXU customers once (sometimes twice) a year.

We have a small food pantry that was installed in the Mission parking lot. It is filled daily with canned foods, dry foods, drinks and hygeine products. The panty is free and available to all from the neighborhood.

This program is for males who are just entering the program. For an individual to be eligible to enter this program, they shall:
- Meet the criteria for homelessness;
- Be willing to look at all avenues to change their life to include their spiritual way of living and programs offered to them;
- Be able to gain employment;
- Volunteer Work at the local volunteer center or in the community;
- Live in a dorm setting for $3.00 a night;
- Get identification to get a job. (ie. Texas Id, Voter Registration Card, Social Security Card)

This project has to do with residents and others in the community spiritual journeys. This includes, but not limited to:
- Walk to Siloam;
- Bible Studies;
- Alpha Program;
- Spiritual Services;
- Mission Trips/Spiritual Retreats;
- and Outreach Projects

(Homeless Opportunities Providing Employment) This is a program that has two computers hooked up to WorkSource and other job banks in the Corpus Christi, Texas area. This program was developed to help all individuals who have a desire to gain employment and help themselves.

PROJECT M - 911:
Once a client has maintained employment and completed programming for a time to be determined by the Mission 911 Team, they will have a chance to move into the apartment living. This program was set up for the individual to begin to strive toward independence. They cook for themselves, clean and maintain their own apartment. Each individual in this program will continue to receive group sessions, individual sessions and spiritual guidance. These individuals will continue to follow their Service Plans and work toward their ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.

The total program is mapped out to be completed in three to nine months. The program will start to implement an alumni aspect for people who have completed the program to find fellowship and help others who may needs guidance. The plan is for the past participants to engage in a monthly meeting to explore continued self-sufficiency.

(Relationship and Direction) This is project designed to go into the community and search for youth between the ages of 16 - 21 who are either homeless or are street youth. This project is to get them into a safe environment and keep them away from inappropriate behaviors they use as survival skills. These projects is designed to help these youth become self-sufficient and learn coping skills.
I get lots of satisfaction knowing that as I clear the lawn or paint, all of the people here, now, and the future will be using it for good things. I also get to know that I am doing one of the many things that God is calling me to do. - John Butler

I think that this mission trip has been one of the most interesting mission trips that I have been on. It feels really good to help other people, and to be serving God, as well. - Margaret Llewellyn

Over the past few days working at Mission 911, I have relearned what I should care about in life. Knowing that a lot of people lives are much worse than mine, so why complain. Drugs, alcohol, and poverty are the real troubles in the world. Every now and then, we as people need to have real values instilled in us, so we know why we are blessed to be here. - Josh Odson

During my experience here at Mission 911, I feel that I, as a Christian, have grown closer to God and to my friends in our youth group. I know that we are all helping God and that he sent us here for a reason to help as much as possible, and I feel that we have. - Lindsay Steele

I liked my experience here at Mission 911. I felt that I not only grew close to God and my youth group friends, but also to the people that live and work here. I am glad that I got to work at a place like this because I know how much it helps other people, and that the work we did here will be seen by many people in the future. - Beth Deardorff

I had a good time working at Mission 911. I think all the hard work we put into this will be a great benefit to all the people who live here. I think on this mission trip, our three goals really have come true: grow closer to the people we work for, grow closer to God, and grow closer to each other. I am very glad we came on this mission trip and I have received the satisfaction I was looking for in helping others. - Lindsay Ferguson

I had a good time working here at Mission 911. I feel as though the work done here is very important to the community and world as a whole. If a man knows he needs help, there's somewhere for him to go, which gives me a great sense of security. While we continue to be praised for our work, I continue to feel selfish because I'm getting a good feeling out of doing this work. We will keep you in our prayers and our hearts. - Ben Briles

This has been a most rewarding experience for me. The time I have spent working here today at Mission 911 has given me a lot of time to reflect on how much I have and how much I have to give to the world. And this is only one place, think of all of the other places I have been and where I have yet to visit. Art is one thing that I enjoy doing. I got to do it here and it spreads the love. That is my personal mission: to spread the love through my art. Today was a time for growing, I got to lead and help and advise. It was awesome. I also appreciate the caring that goes on in this town. The man at the paint shop was really caring and donated paint to Mission 911. Thank you for letting us come down here and work. Prayers continue and God bless! - Robin Dahlke