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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Family Services, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Human Services

Mission: Hill country daily bread ministries is a faith based ministry whose mission is to help unite and equip the hill country community with food, resources and training necessary to transform our communities and the lives of those in poverty and need.

Programs: Hill country daily bread ministries (hcdbm), a faith-based organization, serves impoverished families/individuals living in eight rural, underserved counties in the texas hill country. Our programs offer a full range of support and resources to give low-income families the tools they need to move out of poverty. Over 5,000 volunteers are involved in all aspects of program operations. Our programs include: the family mentoring resource program, community resource program, and programs for children. The family mentoring resource program (fmrp) is a christ-centered, relationship driven program that produces deep, measurable and lasting change in the lives of impoverished families. Family mentors come from partner churches and both are trained to understand the dynamics of poverty. Those we assist receive intentional case management, physical assistance of food, clothing and other items, and referrals to local community assistance agencies. Family mentors share the gospel and encourage the hope of jesus christ. Case managers help those we assist set long and short term goals toward becoming self-reliant. Through the community resource program, hcdbm partners with over 170 agencies in our service area and provides bulk food and other inventory items to support their programs. The development of these varied partnerships allows us to serve more people, expands the impact of our programs, provides more resources, and strengthens all organizations involved. Hcdbm has two programs that directly benefit children. The kingdom kids program provides children from families served by fmrp with christmas toys, easter baskets, birthday in a bag, back- to-school outfits, and a children's book club. Stand by me matches at-risk youth with trained mentors who encourage character development, emotional stability and academic success. Other program aspects are: our summer academic academy- teaching responsibility and offering remediation in math and language arts, and summer camps. All hcdbm programs are dedicated to helping low income families/individual gain stability, improve their quality of life and break the cycle of poverty. All programs are free of charge.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for nearly 10 yrs. I started working in the clothing room then latter became coordinator of the household & furniture part of the ministry which encompasses everything except food & clothing. I also have been privaleged & gifted to be able to minister to multiple families through these years. The reason I have stayed with this ministry is I see God work miracoulsly in providing for families needs over & over again. There is no doubt in my mind that God blesses this ministry, the families in need, myself & my family on a daily basis. I say my family because of the much better person God has made me since serving Him in this manner. A couple examples of His work: I deliver a food box to a single working mom who tells me with pride & fear that she just signed her son up for cub scouts because she's heard it's such a good organization, She states, "I have no clue how I'm going to get him a shirt, thank God that's all they require."We pray togeather with her two children I ask God to provide a cub scout shirt for her son as part of our prayers. After I finish my deliveries, I take the food boxes back to the whse., check the clothing room per my routine at the end of the day & there lays a cub scout shirt, scarf, & clasp in the size this little boy needed. I smiled, praised God for his thoroughness (I'd only prayed for a shirt) & went back to the home for this delivery, The family was ecstatic, they couldn't believe it, the little boy then asked if we could pray that he wouldn't get sick in school any more. We did, when I went back in 2 weeks for my next visit delivery he said. "Jesus healed me, I don't get sick anymore" The amazing part of this is, that was the first & it has been the last cub scout shirt that I have seen in the clothing room. Most families in poverty don't ever consider signing their children up for extra activities, their main focus is food, shelter, & clothing, Another example of what I frequently see God do is not only provide the furniture, curtains, towels, ect. that families need, He frequently makes sure they match what they already have. He is so faithful & full of grace to His broken people. He has shown me He is truely an amazing all knowing God.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Hill Country Daily Bread for about six years. I am in awe of the dedicated staff of this organization and the breadth of services they provide to those in need. Rarely have I seen an organization comprised of such caring, committed individuals with a heart for service and a vision to make a difference in their community. HCDB not only seeks to meet the immediate needs of those living in poverty through its numerous programs, but also strives to build relationships with the people they serve in order to help lift them out of poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We moved to the hill country in late 2006 after retiring. My wife and I were looking for a charity in the community that needed volunteers and was really doing something important for people in this area. Our first exposure to HCDB was early in 2007 when we were invited to the spring gala. To be honest we enjoyed that event, but this did not really connect for us. Later in the year we helped with the Christmas gift packaging for families and through that visit got to learn the model for HCDB and see how they were serving the community. That did it. We decided then to become weekly volunteers. My wife has been helping in the office and I've found my spot in the warehouse. It has been a real blessing for me because I've learned to be more patient in the tasks, to relish the joy that I'm getting by serving others and to have my eyes open to the blessings God is working in so many different people who are serving and being served through HCDB.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since 2006, I have been a donor, family mentor volunteer and I also contract with HCDBM as their Development Consultant. This Ministry has helped me become closer to the Lord God though my hands on experience with the HCDBM mission. HCDBM helps those who are in poverty and crisis with one to one family mentoring. Each client is provided with a relationship with a volunteer family mentor who brings provisions to each family in the form of food, clothing, household goods. Most importantly HCDBM Family Mentors bring a loving, patient relationship that provides hope and faith that brings the family up and out of poverty and into self sustainability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 10 years- since the beginning when we were in a garage in Boerne. It has been a wonderful experience- fulfilling in so many ways. I have gotten close to the families and seen them through hard times and good times: helping them move into their own homes, healing of a boy with leukemia, people accepting Christ, so many things you just can't imagine. The people are wanting to learn more about Christ and appreciate the help so much. We still have lots to accomplish but with the help of Daily Bread and it's staff and mentors we can do much. We also pick up bread from HEB and our kids have gotten involved and help with deliveries as well. We all enjoy working together and with the kids. I will also be starting a Bible study in Spanish that was requested by some of the parents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for about two weeks. In that short time, I have come to realize just how many people in my local area need assistance-and how well Hill Country Daily Bread is trying to fulfill those needs. From the requests for assistance, to include: food, furniture, clothing, diapers, toiletries and Thanksgiving needs, to the spiritual focus of helping, to the rewards of volunteering.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a financial supporter of Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for several years. I currently support several non profit organizations and none are more worthy of my financial support than HCDBM. I am delighted to have the opportunity to help them financially and will continue my support in the years ahead. There is not another ministry in the Hill Country that reaches as many people with needed food and clothing. HCDBM is in need of a larger facility to expand their operations. With much needed additional financial support they can fund a building project that will allow them to reach out to so many more people in need.

Tami K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hill Country Daily Bread is a wonderful organization that provides so much more than just food to their clients. Being faith based, they are much more focused on building relationships and effecting all areas of life as opposed to many other organizations that just provide a meal. I consider donating to Hill Country Daily Bread an excellent use of resources given to me by the Lord.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering for about 10 years. I have been the coordinator of a literacy program we call Kingdom Kids Club for about 8 years. i feel this nonprofit is worth my time and energy due the hard work and focus of the people who run this nonprofit every day. The mission has grown and changed over the years to serve the needs of the population of this area. They understand what this community needs and work diligently with the few funds they have to help our community come together to address these needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking to serve in a Christian based service charity in our area after we moved here. After being asked to help with the Christmas box packing, we did more research and decided to make Hill Country Daily Bread our weekly service contribution. The most impressive aspect of the organization is its' deliberate attempt to be personally involved in the transformation, through the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, to break the cycle of poverty in the Hill Country. The idea of serving the soul as well as the body is paramount to the fulfullment of the mission of Christ, and this body comes as close as we have found to making that happen. We have shared our experiences with our friends and hope to generate more and more interest in sparking their volunteer and giving efforts to Hill Country Daily Bread. God has blessed us with some wonderful new relationships through the participants here, and we are much better for it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this ministry for about 1 year. It is an important cause and I know that I am contibuting to the feeding of people in need. My regular duties are to send mailouts. This gets the word out about this ministry. My work allows others to receive updates abut us.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I answer the phones and take messages. I am also very flexable in doing whatever needs to be done around the office in order to help get food to those in need. I started in this ministry helping pack up boxes of food for the needy which was very rewarding being able to help others and also work with a number of other fine people who give of their time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for nine years total. I have seen the beginning of the ministry and look at what it has become. It is phenominal. I have been Volunteer Coordinator, liaison to the churches and liaison to the families needing food. When I started delivering boxes of food, there were just over a hundred families recceiving help. There are now 2829 families in and around Kendall County receiving help. Everything is done in the name of Christ and there is never a fee or charge for anything. I have worked with several different non-profit agencies and this is by far the most rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i think that this congregation is very good and its meaning is very true and straightforward. i am 14 years old

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i thought that this experience was worth coming to.i am 11 years old.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first experience volunteering at HCDB. I am absolutely overwhelmed at the need for something as simple as food for so many people. My sons who are 14 and 11 helped to fill boxes of food for Thanksgiving. It was an incredible experience. We even just emptied the trash. HCDB appears to be efficiently run and meeting an overwhelming need in this community.