LOCAL MINISTRIES

Austin Resource Center for the Homeless

The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) serves as the first point of entry into the homeless service system for many of Austin’s adults experiencing homelessness for the first time, as well as those who have been living on the streets for years. The ARCH is designed to assess client needs, provide information on how and where to access services, and meet the basic emergency needs of homeless adults, as well as provide a place for homeless people to rest and get out of the elements during the day. Approximately 10,000 homeless men and women use the ARCH, including an average of approximately 600 individuals each day. Oak Hill UMC serves ARCH through blanket and towel drives throughout the year and by serving evening meals.

For more information, email Bob Kline at rkline30@gmail.com.

Blood Center of Central Texas

You can give blood several times a year when the Blood Mobile visits the Oak Hill UMC campus. Walk-ins are welcome, but making an appointment will help us know how many people to expect.

Please contact Anita Barton at anitabchef@yahoo.com for more information and to set an appointment.

The Burke Center for Youth

The mission of the agency is to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect of children in Texas by providing residential care services to infants, children, and adolescents in a facility and in licensed therapeutic and basic foster homes in central and south Texas. The Burke Center for Youth provides treatment in the areas of familial, educational, physical, social, recreational, and behavioral growth of clients.

Please contact Alison Talbert at alison.I.talbert@gmail.com for more information.

Central Texas Food Bank

A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 35 years, the mission of the Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. It is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. Volunteer opportunities include helping prepare food donations for distribution, delivering food at mobile food pantries, and lending a hand in their kitchen or garden.

Please contact Vicki Matustik at vicki@oakhillumc.org for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

habitat-e1452783391506Every two years, congregations from Methodist churches throughout Austin join with Austin Habitat to make the dream of home ownership a reality for some of our communities’ most deserving families. By raising money, Methodist congregations provide the materials needed to build a home. By providing volunteer labor, they provide the sweat, love, and examples of the values needed to change the world. Come build with us!

For more information about Oak Hill UMC and Habitat for Humanity, email Ernie Rebuck at ecrebuck@gmail.com.

Human Trafficking

You might think slavery is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it is not. There are still close to 30 million people living in slavery worldwide, some right here in our own communities. We know that cases of trafficking involving sweatshops, domestic servitude, and brothels have been found inside the Austin city limits. As Christians we also know that God has called us “to seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17), rather than look the other way. Contact Cathy Herzog or Corinne Weisgerber if you want to become involved in the fight to stop trafficking. We have developed an Online Safety Education for Families (OSEF) program designed to teach parents how to keep their kids safe online. For more info on that program, check out the OSEF page.

Montopolis Friendship Center

Montopolis Friendship Community Center is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation formed as a United Methodist Women’s response to help meet some of the needs in the Montopolis community of Austin.

Contact Ashley Fryer at ashleyewhite@hotmail.com or Lydia Polomski at lydia26@austin.rr.com.

REGIONAL MINISTRIES

Local/Regional Missions

missions3Under the direction of Wally Vog, Phil Parker, and others, we work to be the hands and feet of our neighbors via regional and local mission outreach. Work includes, but is not limited to, painting and minor repairs for homeowners who are elderly, ill, handicapped, or otherwise unable to make the repairs themselves. In Austin, we often partner with Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) for home repairs and painting.

Contact Wally Vog at wvog@rifeline.org or Matt Bales at mbales6501@aol.com.

Disaster Relief

When disaster strikes our area, whether by fire, flood, or some other life-altering weather situation, Oak Hill UMC responds with supplies, money, and manpower. Want to join our list of responders? Contact Ron Kettler at ronkettlerphd@gmail.com or Vicki Matustik at vmatustik@yahoo.com.

The Rio Texas Conference has a website for disaster response. ERT training is available. For more information, contact Adam Matustik at tubaman693@yahoo.com.

GLOBAL MINISTRIES

Church World Service

Each spring we gather money to help fight hunger throughout the world. Oak Hill UMC also sends a delegation of “walkers” to participate in the annual CWS Crop Walk. While the money is directed to alleviate hunger, the walkers serve as a physical representation that those who face hunger daily are not forgotten. Contact Rae Barho at raebarho@gmail.com to learn more about how to get involved with CROP.

wellsAfrican Wells

Water is a basic necessity that we take for granted, but many people still don’t have clean, accessible drinking water. Please help us change that one well at a time. Can you imagine trudging more than five miles every day just to get water? How about carrying that water the five-plus miles back? Or worse yet, having to give that murky brown water to your child. The Seven Class began collecting funds for a well in Africa when two classmates made a trip to Africa. The class decided to ask for funds for an Africa well instead of gifts. Other people in the church have joined the effort over the years. Nearly 500 people in Ethiopia now have clean water because Oak Hill UMC cared enough to sponsor wells in Africa. Two wells have been built, and a third will be built this year. Funds have been raised for a fourth well. If the class raises $15,000, a well and wastewater system for a school will be provided. To support the effort, please write a check to Oak Hill UMC and note “African Well Project,” or donate at the Water To Thrive website.

CONNECTION STATION

We invite you to visit the Connection Station Sunday mornings for information about upcoming ministry opportunities! You can also contact Vicki Matustik, Director of Connections and Service, for general information on our Community Ministries. Email her at vicki@oakhillumc.org.