We hope this post finds you and your family well! In 2015, the Barnabas Connection has responded to the needs of our community in new and amazing ways!
In 2015, The Barnabas Connection:
- Celebrated 11 years of serving our neighbors in need in Wimberley and Hays County;
- Selected as the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year;
- Hosted a “Senior Expo” with the Wimberley Senior Citizen Activity Center, Inc.;
- Expanded services immediately after the Memorial Day Flood to provide information for official entities through a staffed table at Brookshire Brothers, daily distribution of info pages, and the Wimberley Flood Information 2015 Facebook page, gathering close to 16,000 followers;
- Raised over $1.2 million dedicated to assisting Wimberley residents with rebuilding and recovery after the floods;
- Received a grant from the Kronkosky Foundation which provided disaster trained case managers for 6 months to assist Wimberley residents with rebuilding and recovery;
- Opened a flood recovery office in July with space donated by Brookshire Brothers , and office furniture donated by 3M;
- Assisted 300+ local families affected by the Memorial Day and Halloween floods;
- Participated in the development of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, a long term recovery group dedicated to assisting Blanco, Hays, Guadalupe, and Caldwell counties after disasters;
- Provided approximately 500 local students with free school supplies, backpacks, and Payless Shoes gift cards to start the 2015-2016 school year;
- Received weekly assistance from two Texas State students during the fall semester and an unprecedented level of volunteer support after the Memorial Day Flood;
- Received a grant from the Knights of Columbus Hunter’s Night Out;
- Celebrated our work in the community at The Leaning Pear with Chef Iliana de la Vega;
- 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;
- Voted as one of three nonprofits to receive a donation from King Feed during their Fall Festival;
- Hosted the second annual “Christmas Store” – Christmas assistance that maintained hope and dignity for 56 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 2015 giving receipt. Donations dedicated to flood recovery 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 2016 be just as bright with hope and care!
With Appreciation, The Barnabas Connection Board of Directors