FORT BEND HOPE
In the early Fall of 2013, we sat down as a church and asked ourselves, “What is going to be different because Faith United Methodist Church is on the map?” We looked at the neighborhoods that surround us that were hurting, and concluded we couldn’t ignore the area we call, “North Rosenberg.” North Rosenberg is a culturally diverse, historically under-served area just seven miles from our church. We partnered with families and a local school, Jackson Elementary, and began year- round programs to empower neighbors to seek transformation for themselves, their families, and their streets.
Ft. Bend Hope serves an area of extended poverty. Teacher turnover is at a higher rate than most schools because of the conditions. As a local mission of Faith UMC in Richmond, TX, students receive backpacks, school supplies and weekend lunches to take home. Special attention is also given to the teachers by providing supplies, snacks in their break room and other expressions of appreciation.
WE ARE CALLED to BUILD COMMUNITY, STRENGTHEN SCHOOLS and EQUIP NEIGHBORS. This local mission provides ESL for adults, job interview counseling, and offers school supplies, take-home lunches for the weekend, and classroom supplies for teachers.
PRIORITIZED NEEDS for the NEW CENTER, “FT. BEND HOPE”
· Tablet or laptop for checking books out/in $100
· Barcode scanner for book check-out/in $230
· Reading resources for Spanish-speaking parents $250
· Books in Spanish K-2nd grade $300
SCHOOL KITS provide tools for education, which changes lives.
3 Notebooks, approx. 8 x 11″ (total 210-250 sheets)
1 – 2″ or more eraser
1 – 30 cm metric ruler
1-blunt-end scissors (metal blades)
1-hand pencil sharpener (1″ or more)
1-box of 24 crayons (ONLY 24)
6-un-sharpened pencils with eraser
All items are placed in a STURDY CLOTH BAG, 14” wide X 16” long (finished size) with 1” X 19” finished-size handles.
Ft. Bend Hope Representative to the Ingathering:
Ruth McPhail-Ubaldo, Director
Faith UMC, Richmond
281-341-8200 ext. 104