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

No man, woman or child should ever go hungry.

 

Burton is in a food desert where there is no access to fresh produce. In partnership with the Brazos Valley Food Bank, part of the Feeding America network, last year we distributed more than 105,000 pounds of food (proteins, seasonal produce, milk, and canned goods) to 377 unique individuals from 152 families. Now that we have switched to the Client Choice Model — which is more comfortable for both our clients and volunteers — we are serving even more families with efficiency, dignity, and without the long lines of cars or inclement weather.

 

We also prepare hot meals for more than 75 senior citizens or disabled persons each week, some of whom are homebound and in need of human interaction and a friendly face.

 

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

 

Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas was 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. We have relied on our founding churches for facilities to operate our programs.

 

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.

 

Last fall, in partnership with our three partner Lutheran churches, we served at six different sites in Burton to perform home repairs, improve living conditions, and haul away 30 yards of debris.

 

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

 

Bridge Ministry of Burton, Texas offers a summer day camp for children, providing a place to reflect on belonging and being cherished within a community.

 

Lessons from the Bible are reinforced through worship, songs, arts and crafts, games, STEM activities, and storytelling.

 

Phase I Accomplishments and Milestones (2021-2022)

 

Receive approval from Burton City Council to build anywhere within the City of Burton. (November 2020)

 

Purchase 2,750 square foot building on 307 North Brazos and accompanying vacant lot, with a mortgage from Carmine State Bank. (October 2021)

 

Move thrift store operations from 601 North Main to 307 North Brazos. (January 2022)

 

Bring administrative office back to its original home at 601 North Main. (February 2022) 

 

This allows us to stop paying monthly rent of $450, which would have increased to $550 in April with a lease renewal.

 

Receive delivery of two new convertible upright freezers and refrigerators, and three new convertible chest freezers and refrigerators. (March 2022)

 

Open Client Choice Pantry at 601 North Main, thus replacing the previous mobile pantry model. (April 2022)

 

Building a Bridge

 

Last year, 354 volunteers devoted more than 10,963 service hours to our community. We want to make Burton a wonderful place for all of its citizens, and sometimes that means a hand up. 

 

We are called by God to share His love through action and giving — whether it’s helping a senior citizen on a fixed income who could not have predicted the cost of today’s groceries and gas, the worker who saw industry move away when the railroad left town, or the neighbor suffering from infirmity, injury, or joblessness.

 

Our partner churches have asked us to improve the conditions of those living in substandard housing, to bring a health care ministry to Burton, and to continue our food and feeding programs. Our summer day camp for children remains a priority, as it nourishes and nurtures the adults of tomorrow. Grant funding is available as long as we continue programs that address joblessness.

 

Workstations and computers, additional coolers and a generator, space to host seminars or senior meals, and a health care ministry all require more space than we currently have, so now is the time to move forward with our building plans. 

 

Our Partner Churches

 

Bethany Christian Church

Christway Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Burton

Greenvine Baptist Church

Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Hollow Spring Missionary Baptist Church

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. Mary’s Baptist Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Rehburg

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

Zion Hill Baptist Church

Zion Lutheran Church

 

Phase II Project Milestones Planned (2022-2023)

 

Launch phase II of our Growing With God’s Grace capital campaign, with the goal of raising $150,000 over the next 18 months. (May 2022)

 

Apply for grants to help underwrite the infrastructure and construction of a new 4,000 square foot Community Center on our vacant lot, with space for our administrative office and a larger Client Choice Pantry, as well as for our furniture and appliance inventory. (May 2022)

 

Partner with Bush’s Chicken in Brenham for the first capital campaign fundraiser. (June 2022)

 

Develop architectural plans for dirt work, concrete pad and roughed in plumbing for our vacant lot at 315 North Brazos. (Summer 2022)

 

Send brochures to the community and invite them to share our dream for the future. (October and November 2022)

 

Growing in faith.

 

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

 

This space would also accommodate adult education, job programs, and computer workstations.

 

Washington County EMS describes Burton as a super rural area, and by moving forward with the development of a Health Care Ministry, we would help close the gap in health inequities. Clients could receive immunizations, get screened, have their blood pressure checked, and access tele-health services online.

 

With a larger space, our Client Choice Pantry would include a walk-in freezer and refrigerator, as well as a generator to help protect the product we purchase.

 

Time, Talent and Treasure.

 

If you have not yet volunteered with us, please consider doing so now. Whether you have made a charitable donation in the past, or you are a first time giver, please consider blessing us with your donation. We cannot change the world, but we can make this little slice of Texas just a little bit better.

 

There are several ways that you can help in addition to making a monetary contribution. Gifts of appliances, construction materials, or concrete, electrical and plumbing services will expedite our plans.

 

Please contact us if you can make an in-kind donation. 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, Taylor Whittaker, at burtonbridgeministry@gmail.com or 979-337-3370.

 

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