Zachary Growth Group - Homeless Outreach

The Zachary Growth Group heads to the Downtown area during the holidays to feed the homeless community a warm meal. Pete and Barbara Edwards serve meals each month, but the entire group joins in around the holidays. "Time goes by so fast when you are trying to help people who haven't had a hot meal in a while. We never have any leftovers." 

Jennifer Zachary, Zachary Growth Group Leader


TC Oster - Adopted a Student

During One:8 Weekend Jacob and Justina, a couple of Seminary students visited the TC Oster Growth Group to share about their part of the world in West Africa. While in the group Justina started a conversation with one the the growth group members about Dress a Girl Around the World, and organization that sews dresses to send to underprivileged girls around the world. Justina was interested in learning to sew and be a part of the ministry. During the time spent with Justina, the growth group realized that the family was living on very little, and though they did not ask for help, the TC Growth Group decided to bless the family in any way they could. Christmas gifts and closing were given to the kids at Christmas, and food and financial aid was provided to get them through a couple months.  


Blan Growth Group Outreach - Adopted a Refugee Family

"Several of us in the Blan Growth Group felt a desire to reach out to the refugee community in our neighborhood to offer support in some capacity. After a short volunteer training session, Catholic Charities Fort Worth's Refugee Match Grant Program, a program that helps newly-placed-refugees to acclimate in our community, connected us with an Iraqi family who had been in the U.S. for only a month. Our role was simply to be their friends, which turned out to be really easy! For an hour each week, we practiced English (and Iraqi Arabic), drank tea, discussed the latest developments in soccer--ahem, football--and solved all of the world's problems. The most challenging part of the entire experience was deciding who would get to visit them each week, occasionally resorting to a thumb war. They joined us for a Thanksgiving feast at the house of Blan’s and even shared a traditional dish of theirs with us--which was my favorite. It was such a great way for us to experience community with each other and with some of the newest members in our greater community. As it goes with these things, they turned out to be at least as much a blessing to our lives as we had intended to be in theirs. 

- Krisy Kuo, member of the Blan Growth Group