I don’t remember the exact date the members of Christ Lutheran decided to support Neighborhood Needs as one of our ministries, but it was over a decade ago. As I recall, Tom Welches spearheaded the effort to partner with the Altamesa Church of Christ and fellow supporting Churches/Organizations: Genesis United Methodist, Life Church, St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Southwest Christian, Trinity Chapel, Hulen Street, Christ United Methodist, Hallmark Baptist, Southwest Christian School and Pregnancy Lifeline to focus our efforts on our surrounding mission field.
Neighborhood Needs Mission: “provide food clothing, technology access and mentor/counseling to those in need with God’s help and in God’s way”. As a result of this partnership, Neighborhood Needs has been able to expand it facility and services on the corner of Hulen and Altamesa to better serve our needy neighbors. Although they are only open two days a week for shopping, volunteers work six days a week to prepare by sorting donations and stocking shelves. Their Community Center provides technology access for those looking for work, housing, or life counseling four days a week.
We have many wonderful outreach programs at Christ Lutheran including Barnabas House, Senior Share, WIC, a food cabinet for walk-ins in need of immediate help and numerous programs with the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies. These programs deserve our full support. My goal as our new liaison to Neighborhood Needs is to continue our support while not detracting for our other outreach efforts. We are off to a good start with the school supplies program for both our member teachers and Neighborhood Needs.
If you have any questions about Neighborhood Needs, feel free to contact me.