Dear Friends of the Barnabas Connection,
We hope this post finds you and your family well! In 2016, the Barnabas Connection has continued to respond to the needs of our community.
In 2016, The Barnabas Connection:
- Celebrated 12 years of serving our neighbors in need in Wimberley and Hays County;
- Selected as a Wimberley Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year and Wimberley View’s Best Nonprofit Runner-up;
- Continued to provide information through the Barnabas Connection Facebook page, Wimberley Flood Information Facebook page, Wimberley Employment Opportunities Facebook group, and created the Wimberley Valley Rentals Facebook group;
- Maintained a flood recovery office with space donated by Brookshire Brothers;
- Continued case managing and assisting local families affected by the Memorial Day and Halloween floods;
- Hosted a Family Endeavors case manager to assist Wimberley Memorial Day Flood survivors with rebuilding and recovery;
- Continued in our support of the growth of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, a long term recovery group dedicated to assisting Blanco, Hays, Guadalupe, and Caldwell counties after disasters;
- Released the newest print edition of the Wimberley Resource Directory distributed for free;
- Adopted a Strategic Plan with community support and input;
- Hired a part-time Construction Manager to help manage Wimberley flood rebuilds we are actively funding and case managing;
- Provided approximately 500 local students with free school supplies, backpacks, and Payless Shoes gift cards to start the 2016-2017 school year;
- Received weekly assistance from a Texas State student during the fall semester;
- Launched Best BUDS in October – a mentoring program at Scudder Primary focused on “Building Understanding and Developing Students”;
- Responded to 1200 calls seeking assistance and trained 2 additional phone volunteers;
- Assisted 80+ local families in need with financial assistance from Operation Good Shepherd, the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance fund;
- Began planning for the second “Senior Expo” with the Wimberley Senior Citizen Activity Center, Inc. to be held February 2017;
- Hosted the third annual “Christmas Store” – Christmas assistance that maintained hope and dignity for 70+ families.
As you consider your end-of-year giving, please remember the Barnabas Connection and our work in Wimberley and Hays County. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or memory of a loved one and should be made to the “Barnabas Connection” and mailed to PO Box 737, Wimberley, TX 78676. All donations postmarked by December 31 will be included in your 2016 giving receipt. Donations can be given online here at our website – look for the Paypal link!
The Barnabas Connection is made possible by volunteers and donors like you who believe in our work of connecting people in need with resources to help them, while providing pathways to sustainability. Thank you for a wonderful year filled with blessings! And may 2017 be just as bright with hope and care!
The Barnabas Connection Board of Directors
Frank Walker, Chair
Betty Jo Slider, Vice Chair
Jeanette Kinard, Secretary
Janet Crowley, Treasurer
Rev. Ellen Debenport
Rev. Richard Young
Vicki McCuistion, Executive Director