BRIDGE MINISTRY OF BURTON, TEXAS

Our mission is to build a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community.

Rendering courtesy of Ray Pinkerton

Growing With God’s Grace

 

No man, woman or child should ever go hungry.


Our Manna mobile food pantry supports 165 families in Washington County each month, feeding folks from Brenham, Burton, Carmine, Chappell Hill and Washington. We also prepare hot meals for more than 60 senior citizens each week, some of whom are homebound and in need of human interaction and a friendly face.

 

Adequate housing is a fundamental human right.


We perform small home repairs that improve safety, access, and usability for senior citizens, the disabled, and low income families.

 

Christian education helps students make friends in an atmosphere of positivity and love.


Burton Bridge Ministry provides Christian education to children and youth, providing a place to reflect on belonging and being cherished within a community.


Churches and volunteers partner together in doing work for the kingdom of God.


We were formed in 2010 by 13 area churches with the directive to build a bridge among racial, cultural, educational and economic divisions in Christ’s name. Our service area includes Burton and western Washington County. Since our inception, we have relied on our founding churches and Burton ISD for facilities to operate our programs.


As we embark on our second decade of operation, we believe that now is the time to plan for the future. We need a space to call home, so that we can eventually create facilities designed for all of our programs. Therefore, we ask your help in support of our capital campaign.

We have a dream.


Our immediate plans include supplementing our mobile food pantry by establishing a small storefront for Burton’s low income residents, providing nutritious groceries and perishables that cannot be purchased through the area dollar store. Clients will be able to select the toiletries and paper goods that they want and need, in an environment that allows them to shop with dignity.


When one door closes,another opens.


We also are seeking to expand our retail space at The Corner Shoppe. What began as a simple thrift store has become a valuable resource for home goods, clothing, shoes, and kitchen ware. Our boutique format has filled the void in this region that lacks big box retailers.The donated goods that we receive allow us to keep prices affordable, while also underwriting our programs for youth, senior citizens, job-seekers and the underserved.


Although our thrift store was closed for a large part of 2020 because of the pandemic, we were able to maintain our services to the community because of your generous donations of furniture and large home goods. We had a major setback In March 2021 when we lost our space for storing furniture, a situation that we hope to address through this capital campaign. An expansion of our retail space is critical so that we don’t lose this important funding source for our programs and ministries.

 

Growing in faith.


In the interim, we also are actively searching for a parcel of land in Burton, a step that will make us eligible for programs that award metal buildings to nonprofits.

 

Our long-term goal is to create a space where our seniors can dine-in and our youth can gather for special events. A large open area as well as a kitchen for preparing meals is needed for these programs.


This flexible space could also accommodate adult education, job training and health fairs, as well as maker spaces for new entrepreneurs.
There are several ways that you can help in addition to making a monetary contribution. Gifts of land, buildings or construction materials and services will expedite our longterm plans.

 

Please contact us if you have an in-kind donation that you would like to make. Mail donations to Bridge Ministry of Burton Texas, P.O. Box 68, Burton, Texas 77835 or donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/growing-with-gods-grace-capital-campaign


We’re in this together.


If you would like more information about Burton Bridge Ministry, please contact our Executive Director, Susie Tommaney, at burtonbridgeministry@gmail.com or 979-337-3370.


Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas is a Christian-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.