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. 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. In July 2019, Spectrum News did a story on Meals on Wheels featuring St. Alban's parishioners Dave and Susan Saxon! Watch it here. You can learn more about Wheels on Meals at www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org
Menchaca Elementary School - Mustang Lunch Buddies and Readers Initiative
St. Alban's has partnered with Menchaca Elementary since 2009. 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 Menchaca students with books for the summer. In May of 2017, St. Alban's gave 1,436 books to 667 kinder through 5th grade students! Additionally, we continued the tradition of giving each first grader a book bag embroidered 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 - St. Alban's Welcome Teams
Under this ministry, St Alban’s parishioners have helped resettle 20 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
Senior Care of Onion Creek - Sunday Worship
Parishioners who are members of Community of Hope and are Lay Eucharistic Ministers lead worship services one Sunday a month at this residential center. They bring music and prayers to the residents and build relationships with them.
St. Alban’s Clickety-Clack
Clickety-Clack is made up of crafters who enjoy making things to bless others. Throughout the year items such as hats, scarves, mitts, gloves, baby blankets, and even plastic yarn "plarn" mats are crocheted or knit for those who are homeless. They are donated to our homeless neighbors at Trinity Center, Austin, and other organizations. We are especially blessed to have a prayer shawl ministry here at St. Alban's.
Trinity Center, located in St. David's Episcopal Church downtown Austin, provides free healthcare, legal services, an address to receive mail, various meals and a spiritual home. St. Alban's supports this ministry by contributing items like blankets and hotel-sized toiletries, and the youth often do "Socktober" to collect packages of new socks. Parishioners can also serve as lay minister volunteers during the week. Learn more about Trinity Center at their website www.trinitycenteraustin.org