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Cafe Justo

Purpose

Café Justo is a grower owned Coffee Cooperative in Southern Chiapas, Mexico formed to address the poverty and migration from Mexico to the United States.  Café Justo uses the fair trade plus model to pay fair prices to the farmers and keeps the processing, roasting, packaging, shipping, marketing and management of the coffee in Mexico.  This system allows farmers to participate in and profit from the entire process, increasing profits and providing more local jobs.  It benefits both the farmers and the communities in which the work occurs. 

The coffee is cultivated at altitudes between 4,000 and 5,000 feet on the side of a volcano.The beans are organically grown, with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides and are cultivated beneath shade trees which allows for a better tasting, more environmentally friendly coffee.The coffee is roasted in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

DSPC Involvement

DSPC sells the coffee in our foyer just outside the door to the kitchen. You can support this cause by purchasing their coffee at DSPC.


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Casa por Cristo

Purpose

Casas por Christo builds homes for families that need to be reminded that Jesus loves them. It is their intent to also build relationships between volunteers, families, and pastors that would otherwise never have met. They strive to build the Kingdom of God by partnering with other local churches and ministries, leveraging their influence and history within the communities served. They also build opportunities for growth by creating structured experiences that cause volunteers to be stretched beyond their comfort zones.

Casos began building homes along the U.S. / México border in 1993, first in Ciudad Juárez. They have since expanded to Ciudad Acuña, MéxicoSan Raymundo, Guatemala; and Santiago, Dominican Republic. To date, over 5,000 families have been provided with homes. Casoc por Christo is dedicated to meeting the physical need of better housing as a way of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ.

DSPC Involvement

Individuals and families from DSPC have been a part of this mission in Guatemala and Acuna. Our next trip is in January 2019.


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Friends Foundation

Purpose

The Friends Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial support to the elderly and to those in need of nursing care, whether in a nursing home, an independent living center, or at their own home in the greater Dripping Springs, Texas area. The Friends Foundation’s program, Our Daily Bread, delivers meals to elderly home bound residents in the Dripping Springs area. The organization may also support any other non-profit organization which provides care to the elderly or serves the greater Dripping Springs community.

DSPC Involvement

DSPC members have volunteered with the Friends Foundation to deliver food to the elderly.


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Helping Hands

Purpose

Dripping Springs Helping Hands is a local nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization supported by local businesses, individuals, and churches. The mission of Helping Hands is to provide the community of Dripping Springs, Texas with a framework of compassionate care designed to assist neighbors in time of need, regardless of their age, creed, or ethnic origin.

DSPC Involvement

The church through its mission team and individual members has contributed food for the food pantry, helped with food distribution at the pantry, bought Christmas gifts for children through Project Elf, participated in the Empty Bowl fund raiser, bought back packs for school supplies, driven the food trucks, and served on the board.


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Hometown Missions

Purpose

Dripping Springs Hometown Missions is a community of volunteers from businesses, churches, and individuals who are seeking to meet the needs of families in crisis in the Dripping Springs area. They focus on helping DSISD’s under-served neighbors acquire livable housing and improve life skills.

Founded in 2010, Hometown Missions, with the help of Churches like DSPC, have helped dozens of families improve their living conditions and in some cases build housing.

For those who can’t or don’t wish to participate in an overseas mission, Hometown Missions provides an opportunity to participate in a mission right in DSPC’s backyard.

DSPC Involvement

DSPC has been a big supporter financially as well as with “boots on the ground” volunteers.


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Manos de Cristo

Purpose

The mission of Manos de Cristo is to empower low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and without regard to age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos de Cristo promotes dignity and self-reliance by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care, and furthering educational development.

Manos de Cristo’s life-changing services empower people of all backgrounds to build self-esteem and self-confidence and the ability to participate fully in the life of the community.

DSPC Involvement

The church through its mission team and individual members has contributed money to fund the work, helped to distribute school supplies, served on the board, and volunteered in the food pantry and dental clinic.


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Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services

Purpose

With faithful support from individuals, churches, and foundations, PCHAS serves nearly 5,000 children and families across three states, including Texas, every year. 

In Texas, PCHAS gives struggling single parents a chance to raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment where they can all succeed. They also serve all ages of children in learning programs in a variety of program settings, place children in loving, supportive group homes with highly trained group home parents, and provide transition services for young adults moving from foster care into a self-sufficient adult life.

DSPC Involvement

DSPC does an annual donation to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services.


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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Purpose

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.

DSPC Involvement

DSPC makes an annual contribution to fund this work.  The church also sent a team of volunteers to help with the cleanup in Port Aransas after Hurricane Harvey.


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Presbyterian Pan American School

Purpose

Presbyterian Pan American School is a Christian college preparatory school that educates and empowers young adults for leadership in the global community.  The school is on a 670 acre campus donated by Henrietta King of the King Ranch.  The campus is 5 miles south of Kingsville, Texas.

The mission of the school is to prepare young people for lives of Christian leadership through:
•       Preparing them for admission to the college or university of their choice;
•       Developing young people who can relate to and function successfully in an increasingly complex, multicultural society,
•       Teaching them the value and dignity of work;
•       Training and encouraging them for church and secular service as Christian Leaders for the Americas and beyond.DSPC Involvement

DSPC Involvement

DSPC makes an annual donation to the school.  In the past, students in the school choir have performed at the church.


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Schools Out, Foods In (SOFI)

Purpose

Many Dripping Springs children who eat free breakfast and lunch at school will not eat adequate meals once school dismisses for summer. SOFI is a summer food assistance program that delivers healthy breakfast and lunch foods to participating families every week for the entire summer. 

Many families do not have transportation.  Others work during local food pantry food distribution hours. Additionally, many families in crisis are not food pantry clients.  Those in need sign up anonymously and food is delivered directly to their door. SOFI wishes to fill the gaps of existing services so no child is left hungry.

SOFI is committed to providing quality food that nourishes the children: whole grains, low fat, low in sugar, and little or no additives or preservatives. 

DSPC Involvement

DSPC has provided funds, food and volunteers to support this work.