Our Mission Statement: Many denominations of churches uniting to meet the needs of Irving’s homeless through clothing, hot meals, and spiritual guidance in order to demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion. We have 10 Churches that work together to feed the homeless and provide basic needs such as Hygiene, blankets, clothes, shoes and an occasional bus pass. We serve a hot meal every Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Irving. We have a schedule and each church feeds every other month. We serve an average of 45 people each Thursday. we have a winter event and a spring event which we give out clothing to Irving’s needy families as well.
Holiday gift card drive- participants collect $10-$15 gift cards that will be used to purchase gifts for our older wish children who do not necessarily love receiving toys like younger kids do. Each child receives a small gift when their wish granting volunteers meet with them for the first time. Groups normally gather donations and deliver to Make-A-Wish during the holidays.
Specific project focus would be on La Buena Vida House for homeless high school students. La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation exists to empower, inspire and educate today’s at risk and homeless youth to be tomorrow’s business and community leaders. We work to improve the lives of young people in North Texas who are in desperate need of a positive influence in their lives. Through programs that provide leadership development and higher education opportunities, participants see tangible benefits that last a life-time. La Buena Vida means “The Good Life.” We strongly believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to achieve their goals and improve their lives. All they need is a positive role-model in their lives and to be equipped with the right life skills, interpersonal skills and life principles. We help homeless youth, teen mothers, at-risk students, the economically disadvantaged and teens without mentors, role models or other positive life influencers. We do this through a multi-faceted approach that includes group workshops, academic scholarships, housing for homeless teens, and a large network of committed community members eager to make improve the lives of young people in North Texas, with an emphasis in Irving.
The HSC is always in need. We serve seniors ages 50+. We serve complimentary breakfast each morning that is funded strictly by donations. We regularly have events that refreshments are needed as well as sponsorship of entertainment. We are always seeking qualified instructors to teach classes and conduct workshops on topics that benefit the senior population.
Irving Cares is dedicated to identifying and providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency. Our philosophy is to apply a hand up, not a handout. Irving Cares was organized in 1957 by a group of citizens interested in the social welfare of the needy people in the community.
FAMILY PROMISE OF IRVING is a faith-based, nonprofit ministry that supports families who are experiencing homelessness as they search for jobs, undergo job training, and seek permanent housing. The ministry is affiliated with the national organization Family Promise, which began in New York City in 1986. Our mission is to provide a safe environment in which displaced families can stay together and receive the assistance they need to become self-sufficient.
Over 80% of Irving ISD students are economically disadvantaged. During the winter months, many students who walk to school have to brave the elements. Having a warm coat that keeps them warm will increase the chances that a child will attend school despite the weather. If they do make it to school and recess begins, having a warm coat will help keep them healthy. As schools work diligently to increase the attendance rate, this is one way the the community can be part of the solution!