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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 Contact:   Mary Lou Gonzalez, Volunteer Coordinator
                 1214 Colima Street
                  San Antonio, TX 78207
E-Mail:   mary.lou.gonz@gmail.com
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 are run in Austin and Houston, TX and in Washington DC.]

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:

Austin, TX
FOOD JUSTICE (Food Related Service Sites)
June 19-24 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person
            June 26-July 1 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12;  $310.00 per person
Large groups of 25 or more may schedule your own week in Austin. Email
info@reachbeyondmission.orgfor information.

HOUSING FIRST (Home Repair Options)
           June 19-24 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person
           June 26-July 1(Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person
           July 10-15 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person

POVERTY AND RACISM (Urban Service Sites)
         July 10-15 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person
         July 17-22 (Sun-Fri) grades 6-12; $310.00 per person

Group Size: Maximum 45 participants per week.  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: $255 - $345 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
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: Housing provided. Kitchen is available. The ministry is affiliated with the  Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115