Outreach ~ Partnerships Off the Hill
El Buen Samaritano
El Buen Samaritano, an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, improves the health and wellbeing of our community through culturally appropriate, family-focused, and integrated services on one 11-acre campus. St. Alban's participates through financial donations for their Hands for Hope fundraiser and goods for El Buen's food bank.
When you enter our Parish Life Center, you will always see a receptacle for donations for local food banks. We encourage parishioners to bring non-perishable or canned foods to support our neighbors in need. Additionally, we have participated in the national Souper Bowl of Caring and our youth have even done "Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods." El Buen Samaritano is one of the distribution centers we share our donations with. You can learn more about El Buen Samaritano at their website, www.elbuen.org
Habitat for Humanity
Each year, St Alban’s participates in a Faith Build, teaming with other churches in our area to build a home for a deserving individual or family. Our participation consists of one day of providing the labor to supplement the professional Habitat for Humanity staff, as well as provide lunch and snacks to the crew of approximately 30 individuals. We have been able to provide a donation of money to cover a portion of the costs to build the house in addition to our contributions of labor. To see a video of our October 2017 build, click here. You can learn more about Austin Habitat for Humanity at their website, www.austinhabitat.org
Meals on Wheels of Central Texas
Meals on Wheels of Central Texas distributes over 3,000 meals every business day to homebound seniors and people with disabilities, and provides other crucial services like in-home care, home repairs, respite care, grocery shopping and delivery, and pet care. St. Alban's helps by delivering some of those meals. We develop lasting relationships with the seniors we serve. You can learn more about Wheels on Meals at www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org
Readers Initiative with Menchaca Elementary
St. Alban's has partnered with Menchaca Elementary over the past several years. In addition to providing mentors to at-risk students, we have sought to fight the "summer slide" (when students' reading skills diminish due to lack of reading opportunities) by providing studentsat Menchaca with books for the summer. In May 2016, we provided 4 books each for 460 students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. And, each first grader also received a book bag monogrammed with their name. It has been a joy to work with the principal and librarian at Menchaca to make this happen!
Refugee Services of Texas
Under this ministry, St Alban’s parishioners have helped resettle 17 families from countries all over the world. Our assistance is coordinated through the Refugee Services of Texas (RST), who receive families approved by the State Department for resettlement in our area. Typically these families are fleeing extreme political unrest in their respective homelands, with direct threats to themselves and other family members. Our job, simply, is to ease their transition as they pick up the pieces of their lives and begin anew here. This involves donation of furniture, money and household goods to furnish the apartments provided by RST along with the actual setting up of those apartments. We greet the family at the airport and transport them to their apartment. A hot meal is provided that first night after their long journey, and a pantry stocked with one week’s worth of food also awaits them. Assistance with registering with the Social Security, wellness visits, pre-school inoculations, bus orientation and other needs are also generally accomplished in the first month of their arrival. You can watch the video here and learn more about Refugee Services of Texas at their website, www.rstx.org
St. Alban’s Adult Literacy Tutoring
Parishioners are trained in a particular method of teaching reading to adults. We get referrals through wider community libraries, which connect us with adults who need literacy tutoring.
St. Alban’s Klickety-Klack
Under the umbrella of the St. Clare Guild which is a craft guild, those of us partricipating in Klickety-Klack are true to the giving spirit of St. Alban's. Throughout the year we crochet or knit items such as hats,scarves, mitts, gloves, and baby blankets. In December, we donate them to our homeless neighbors at Trinity Center, to Safe Place, and sometimes to the Seamens Institute as part of their Christmas gift program. We are especially blessed to be able to have a prayer shawl ministry here at St. Alban's.
Sunday Worship at Parson’s House/Onion Creek Senior Living Center
Parishioners who are members of Community of Hope and are Lay Eucharistic Ministers lead worship services on designated Sundays at these two residential centers. They bring music and prayers to the residents and build relationships with them. Trinity Center grew from the concern of parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church for people experiencing homelessness, their downtown “neighbors,” who were living in shelters and on the streets near the church. Trinity Center provides free healthcare, legal services, an address to receive mail, various meals and a church home. St. Alban's supports this ministry by contributing items like blankets and hotel-sized toiletries, and the youth do "Socktober" to collect packages of new socks. You can learn more about Trinity Center at www.trinitycenteraustin.org