Mission: 1. Provide christian-based holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. 2. Mobilize middle-class americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor. 3. Seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized.
Programs: Mobilizing programs: seminars designed to raise participants awareness of poverty locally, in the united states and worldwide. High school, college students and other individuals attended these seminars entitled "poverty simulations". In addition, the organization sponsored trips to mexico, haiti and india. The purpose of these trips was to expose participants to cultural and religious situations. Volunteers from the community and churches of the waco area and across the united states help in all programs of mission waco. Internships are offered in a variety of disciplines. "the other side of waco" tour is offered as an introduction to poverty and development issues in waco.
empowering programs: the organization serves the local community with 16 programs designed to reach out to the persons who are poor and marginalized, including children, youth and adults. Program areas include drug and alcohol residential treatment for men, homeless shelter for adult men/women, afterschool and mentoring program for at-risk youth and children, non-residential recovery services, walk-in center for homeless, legal clinic, visual and performing arts, job readiness/job search classes. In haiti, mission waco supports a microcredit enterprise for women,economic development, schools, a clinic, and a well digging and clean water program.
retail sales programs: the world cup cafe and the fair trade market provide economic development for the organization's target neighborhood, job training for the food service industry, a gathering place for people of all economic and racial backgrounds, and a sales outlet for fair trade items to provide a livable wage for craftsmen from around the world. The clothesline resale shop sells women's name brand clothing to help raise funds to support the recovery program, utilizes volunteers, and distributes other clothing to low-income persons.
other program services