TMF loan helps UUMC in Austin to help neighbors in need
UUMC’s Open Door Ministry serves hundreds of people every week in need of a meal, clothes or just a welcoming, respectful environment off the streets.
Each Saturday from 9 to 11 am, University United Methodist Church (UUMC) in Austin serves more than 200 meals. They also provide used clothing and toiletries at the Fig Leaf Store during those morning hours. These ministries are made possible through the volunteer help of our members, parishioners of other area congregations, local service group members and individuals.
UUMC needed to remodel and renovate its kitchen facilities in order to be up to code, have the space and equipment to better store food contributed from other organizations, and most importantly to prepare good, healthy lunches inexpensively in order to feed every guest that shows up in need of a decent meal and a warm smile.
Thanks to a construction loan from TMF, University United Methodist Church in Austin was able to update the facilities they use to feed, clothe and support the homeless individuals and families and those in need that show up at UUMC every week.
“Yes, it’s about food, but it’s really about building relationships. And it’s about all of us helping each other, blessing each other and receiving blessings every Saturday.”
- John Elford, Pastor UUMC