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As followers of Jesus, we want to participate in the work that he has given us to do here in our neighborhoods. Our goal is to make a difference every day in the lives of people who are in need in our community by sharing the love of Christ in words and deeds. We do this through the development of strategic partnerships with local social service agencies in our community. We support these agencies by raising up advocates that act as liaisons between their agency and the church, educate our members of the needs, and provide opportunities for people to become involved.
Christ Church has developed partnerships with local social service agencies that have a proven track record of effectively serving those in need in our community. They provide expertise in their respective fields and we come alongside them to provide resources and the love of Christ.
We encourage our Christ Church community to actively look for ways to contribute their time and talents to our partner agencies. Learn more about each agency’s mission and volunteer opportunities below and on their respective websites. Also, contact us if you have questions or if you are interested in being a Christ Church advocate for one of our strategic partners.
Meadows contends with extreme poverty and racial division in Plano. We partnered with local families and teachers to construct an irrigated garden on the property of the school. It serves two purposes: teachers will instruct children on how to care for the plants and grow their own food, and the garden itself will yield food for children. We also work to encourage the teachers and mentor the students.
Advocate: Kelly Reed
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Christ Church partners with Plano Community Homes, a housing development serving low-income senior adults, by providing on-site worship services for the residents once a month. These services are led by a volunteer team from Christ Church and supported by our clergy. We also run a Bible study on Mondays at Pioneer Place and on Fridays at the East location.
Advocate PCH East: Kim Conoly
Advocate PCH West: Elaine Bealke
Julia’s Clinic is a non-profit medical clinic in east Plano. Through the efforts of several Christ Church members, this inter-faith organization supports the uninsured in south Collin County. The clinic’s staff is made up of doctors, nurse practitioners, and non-healthcare volunteers with a heart for treating those in need. Operating hours are Thursday evenings, 5 – 9 p.m. If you are a physician or nurse practitioner and feel led to join this volunteer team, contact Krystal Hustead.
Advocate: Jeff Reaves
City House provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to at-risk children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness. City House serves as the only emergency shelter for children in Collin County.
Advocate: Jeff Reaves
Real Options for Women exists to empower women, men and young people to make physical, emotional and spiritual choices that affirm life and health.
The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. Located in McKinney, they serve homeless families and individuals.
Advocate: Mark and Brenda Gribbin
The all-volunteer staff of A Christian Food Pantry provides a free supply of groceries once per week per household for residents of East Plano. The organization serves everyone, regardless of their race, color, or religion. This includes low income families, single parents, senior citizens, unemployed individuals, disabled veterans, working poor, and anyone else who comes to the pantry and need emergency food assistance.
Advocate: Gary Cook
Allen Community Outreach (ACO) began in 1985, and today is the sole local provider of free human services for the cities of Allen, Fairview and Lucas in Collin County, Texas.
Advocates: Griff and
Our goal is to get every person in the congregation involved in reaching out to others in our community. Throughout the year we organize events that will allow our members to share their giftedness and resources with others. These events are big projects that involve a lot of people of all ages: people who coordinate with the individual agencies, volunteers who decorate, participate in preparation; staffers at all worship services, volunteers for sorting and stuffing, deliverers, and administrative helpers.
For more information on any of the events listed below, contact Krystal Hustead.
Each July, we collect backpacks and school supplies for children in our community whose families are economically struggling. As a congregation, we sort and stuff the backpacks with school supplies. These packed backpacks are then distributed to the agencies surrounding us.
Each Thanksgiving Christ Church, working with local agencies, collects food for the needy in our community. We provide full Thanksgiving meals for approximately 250 elderly residents and 250 families. This involves a large number of people, from the monetary donors to the volunteers who sort and distribute the food to the folks who coordinate the entire event.
Many individuals, families, and small groups use the Angel Tree Project as a way to express Christ’s love during the Christmas season, through the donation of time, effort, and gifts. Local agencies supply us with gift wishes of children and adults in our community. The wishes are then written on Angel Tree tags and hung as Christmas decorations on Christmas trees and other places around campus.
Assistant to the Rector, Strategic Partner Liaison