Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) (San Antonio)


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Contact: DOOR Program National Office
    See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.
E-Mail:  DOOR@DOORnetwork.org 
Phone: 303.295.3667
Fax: 866.559.3248
Web site: www.DOORnetwork.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/doornetwork

DOOR is an urban learning and service program.

Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.  

DOOR locations nationwide:  California (Hollywood/Los Angeles)Colorado (Denver),  Georgia (Atlanta)Illinois (Chicago)Florida (Miami) and Texas (San Antonio).


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Inman Christian Center (San Antonio)

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Amber Aquino, Director
                 1214 Colima Street
                 San Antonio, TX 78207
E-mail:  amber.aquino@inmancenter.org
Phone: 210.222.9641  *  Fax:  210.227.9566
Website:  http://www.inmancenter.org/ 

Inman Christian Center empowers children, youth and families and the elderly to develop to their full physical, mental and spiritual potential within the communities that Inman serves.

Projects/Focus:  assist in maintaining the center facilities as well as in program support.  
For more information, please contact the center directly or visit our website.

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Reach Beyond Mission (Austin, Dallas & Houston)

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 Contact: Mary Lu Johnston
   15907 Braesgate Drive
   Austin, TX 78717
E-mail: info@reachbeyondmission.org
Web site: www.reachbeyondmission.org

Biblical.  Progressive.  Inclusive.  Reach Beyond Mission is a theologically progressive youth mission program that goes beyond traditional mission, combining service opportunities with thoughtful and intentional poverty education.  [Programs of Reach Beyond Mission for 2016 are being run in Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, TX and in Washington DC and coming in 2018 one in Memphis.]

Project/Focus:  Reach Beyond Mission is a fully planned youth mission experience.  Youth join youth from other churches across the country to explore issues of culture, gender, and poverty in an urban setting.  Participants volunteer at numerous metropolitan area non-profits working with the homeless, low-income families, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.  Reach Beyond Mission provides speakers, age-appropriate activities, and discussion starters to help young people explore the biblical, theological, economic, social and political issues related to poverty.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  It is life-changing when youth are challenged to move beyond feeling warm and fuzzy about helping others and begin to explore how to spend a lifetime changing the system which causes poverty.  It is life-changing when youth begin to recognize that racism, sexism, and all the other "isms" are more than attitudes and that those "isms" have provoked real actions which have left many of God's children marginalized and disadvantaged.  It is life-changing when youth begin to understand that they have power to make an impact with their votes, through their career choices, and with how they spend their money.

Time & Location:

FOOD JUSTICE (Food Related Service Sites)
June 11-15 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $325.00 per person
            June 18-23 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $325.00 per person
Large groups of 25 or more may schedule your own week in Austin. Email
info@reachbeyondmission.org for information.

FORT WORTH, TX (on the TCU campus)
           JULY 16-21  (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $325.00 per person

RACE & PLACE (Urban Service Sites)
         July 16-21 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $325.00 per person
         July 23-28 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $325.00 per person

Group Size: Maximum 45 participants per week in San Antonio.  Maximum 75 participants in Austin and Fort Worth.  Smaller groups will join others from different places and congregations.  

Minimum Age: Varies by location and week.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6

Accommodations: Food is provided.  Groups are housed in a dorm or local church.  All females and males sleep in separate rooms, including married adult leaders.  Showers are available either on-site or at a nearby location.  Participants provide their own transportation.  Program provides 3-4 trained young adults who will serve as hosts and program coordinators.

Cost: 325.00 per person per week. 

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Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries (Los Fresnos & Bayview)

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Contact: Feliberto Pereira, Director or Raquel Garcia, Assistant Director
   28259 Pereira Compassion Road
   Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Work Project Correspondence;  P.O. Box 273, Los Fresnos, TX 67566

Phone: 956.233.5198
Fax:  956.233.8802
Web site:

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries lives the Good News of salvation by addressing spiritual and material needs, including emergency shelter and food, clothing, transportation, legal aid, advocacy and job referral through a cooperative effort with other agencies and religious organizations.

Project/Focus:  Light construction, painting, building maintenance, electrical, plumbing and masonry work for homes, churches, and other projects.  Sites in the U.S.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders responsible for own programming.  Resources on immigration and border issues are available at www.ucc.org/justice/advocacy_resources.  Feliberto Pereira's autobiographical book "I Was A Stranger:  Hope for a Hidden World" can be used as framework for discussion www.hopeforahiddenworld.com.  

Time:  All year. Call office or visit website for registration information.

Group Size: Maximum of 82 at Bayview site and a maximum of 28 at the Los Fresnos site. 

Minimum Age: Middle school age youth with supervision through adults of all ages. 

Adult to Youth Ratio:  Adult supervision required.

Accommodations:  Sleeping area:  bunk beds, bathrooms with shower.  Kitchen dining area, laundry, Chapeland play yard available.

Cost:  Deposits:  Facility rental $100. Lodging final cost $13 per person per night.  Group also covers costs for the work project and varies according to the project chosen for the group's skills and level of work.  Recommendation for work project contribution is $200/participant. Van rental is $50/day with an additional $100 deposit. Please visit website for additional cost information and forms.

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Disaster Recovery - (Williamson County, Texas)

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Over the past 5 years Williamsom County, TX has experienced its fair share of disasters such as the September 2011 wildfires, Memorial weekend flood and tornado event(May 25, 2015), the latest Hidden Pines Fires (October 13) and now the 2015 Halloween Floods (October 31).  Approximately 133 homes were repaired following the 2011 fires. Repairs for over 30 families in the Memorial Day Floods are underway and case management for the Hidden Pines Fire will likely reach 40 - 50 families and needs arising from the 2015 Halloween Floods are being evaluated. UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting the recovery efforts and is seeking volunteer teams to assist with repair and reconstruction of homes impacted by these disasters.

Work needed:  Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by recent disasters. Work may consist of but is not limited to roofing, drywall, insulation, painting, framing, siding, flooring etc.

Site management: Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with local
recovery agencies.

Time Frame:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning. Work Monday - Friday.  

Minimum Age: 16 years (senior high age groups accepted).

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4

Maximum Group Size: 15

Accommodations:   Various churches in town.  Church used depends on size of group. Showers are available at the field house, as the churches do not have showers.          

Required: Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms.

Tools: Tools are provided for most types of carpentry work however, groups are encouraged to bring their favorite tools.  

Cost:  Please consider $10 per day per person to help offset the cost of the host church utilities.  Donations to help cover the cost of materials are welcome   

Meals: Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare their own meals.

Scheduling: Contact Karah at karahricketts2015@gmail.com                

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 Annunciation House (El Paso)


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Contact:  Ruben Garcia, founder
Location:  El Paso, Texas
Email:  Trip /Volunteer Coordinator, Bae@annunciationhouse.org
Website:  www.annunciationhouse.org
Focus:  University and religious delegations with an educational focus.

Size of Group: Up to fifteen persons.

Cost: $90 a day per person: includes van, food, housing, and program fee for setting up the itinerary. Housing is at Casa Vides – Dorm Style.

Length of Trip: Five to seven days (or a weekend). Longer volunteer opportunities are also available (see below).
Age: College students and older. No high school age groups.

LGBT-Friendly: Yes.

Accessibility: Only the ground floor is accessible with a few steps. Casa Vides is not accessible.

Background: Annunciation House was founded in 1978 to provide basic shelter, food, and clothing for migrants. As many as sixty to ninety people a day enter the House. They have been released from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
on humanitarian parole. As asylum seekers they can use the Annunciation House address for work permission.

House Information: It is an older building with dormitories for migrant guests on the second and third floor. Delegations share meals several times a week during their stay.

Volunteer Opportunity: Four to six volunteers work for a year without stipend but receive housing and food, and live at the shelter. After one year of service, volunteers receive a stipend of $400 a month. There is a volunteer program for the summer (ten weeks), and a volunteer house one block away.

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Columban Mission Center (El Paso)


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Contact: Robert E. Mosher, Doctor of Missiology/Director of the Center
Location:  El Paso, Texas
Email:  bmosher@columban.org
Phone:  915-351-1153 (office) or 402-689-8936 (cell)
Website: www.facebook.com/columbanmissioncenter

Focus: Educates groups about the U.S./Mexico border realities. Topics include: the political economy of the border, historical issues of the border, learning from refugees and migrants, and interviews with Border Patrol. They will adjust itinerary to each group's interest. They provide a daily reflection time (either Father Bob or a group leader/reflector leads these). Columban Father’s mission or praxis is, "To accompany the poor."

Size of Group: Prefer twelve but can handle up to twenty persons.

Cost: $100 per day per person: includes van, food, housing and program fee for setting up the itinerary.

Length of Trip: Five to seven days (or ten days or a weekend)

Age: College students and older. No high school age groups. All participants must be at least 18 years old at the time of the programmed visit.

LGBT-Friendly: Yes

Accessibility: Ground floor is accessible with bathrooms but bedrooms are on second floor. No elevator.

Background: The Missionary Society of St. Columban is an international order of approximately 400 priests with lay associates. They work in fourteen countries worldwide. The El Paso Center opened eight years ago and provides border immersion experiences for university and religious and non-religious delegations.

House Information: It is an older house that has been remodeled using recycled and ecological building materials. It has a strong “sustainability” focus with a community garden and water conservation devices. No air conditioning but attic fans (strong) that remove the hot air during the summer.  Solar panels on the roof (22) help tap into a renewable energy resource that is abundant in the desert climate.

It is a two-story house: Ground floor has kitchen, dining room area, a chapel/reflection room and a large conference room with technology equipment for PowerPoint, etc. There are two bathrooms on the ground floor. The second floor has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and shower facilities. It has eighteen twin beds and can sleep up to thirty to forty people in cots or sleeping bags on the floor, which happens when local shelters have an overflow of refugees. The Center is located a few blocks from the downtown area of El Paso.  It is a modest house but comfortable.

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 Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (El Paso)


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Contact:  Contact:  Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán, Senior Pastor
Location:  El Paso, Texas
Email:  borderimmersion@gmail.com
Phone:  915-544-6545
Website:  iglesiacristorey.wix.com/borderimmersion   

Focus: Cristo Rey Border Immersion Program seeks to educate participants about border issues through shared learning,
experience, work, and prayer.

Size of Group: Seven to fourteen persons.

Cost: $350 per participant fee; $350.00 non-refundable deposit (applies toward group total); $200 cash gratuity for cleaning & transportation costs; Food & other personal expenses.

Length of Trip: Seven days (or a weekend)

Age: Minimum participant age is fifteen. Church, high school groups, universities, and seminary students participate.

LGBT-Friendly: Yes.

Accessibility: Limited.

Background: Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey ("Christ the King Lutheran Church") belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Located in the heart of a low-income Hispanic district in central El Paso, Texas. Cristo Rey ministers to people on both sides of the international border. The worshiping congregation provides an inclusive place for cultures to meet and share their gifts. The congregation primarily consists of first-generation Mexican immigrants and their families, and welcomes people from all backgrounds.
Cristo Rey's Immersion Program considers border issues through a Christian perspective. As Christians, our reality cannot be separated from the lives of our sisters and brothers in Christ. Every individual has gifts to share and a need to learn.  The Border Immersion Program may be considered a reverse mission trip because the border and its people will teach and minister to your group. When you return home, you will have stories and reflections to share with family and friends.

Housing Information: Groups stay in two dorm-style rooms complete with bunks, shower facilities, towels, and linens.
Free Wi-Fi available.

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