Mission Amarillo began as an apartment ministry to affordable housing communities in June of 2001. Originally a ministry of the Amarillo Area Baptist Association, Multihousing Outreach recruited churches to begin bible studies in these communities through Amarillo and Hereford. For the next 9.5 years, Multihousing Outreach facilitated these ministries in as many as 17 locations in this area.
Mission Amarillo began as an apartment ministry to affordable housing communities in June of 2001. Originally
Mission Amarillo started as Multi-housing Outreach, an apartment ministry to low income properties in Amarillo. We helped churches start Bible studies in low income apartment communities. Two years later, through these Bible studies, we started Back-to-School and Christmas Outreach projects that regularly helped over 500 people.
We began REACH Teams that lived onsite to better minister to those in these communities. At its peak, we had 5 REACH Teams and ministries in 17 apartment communities total.
We started our shoe closet as a result of continual requests from those living in the communities we were serving. Our first year, we gave out close to 1,700 pairs of shoes and began delivering to schools in our area. The shoe closet continues to this day and has given away over 13,000 pairs in over 50 schools in Amarillo, Canyon, Bushland, River Road, and Highland Park school districts.
In order to establish long term relationships, we transitioned our apartment ministries to Mission 2540 and focused on new programs that were mentoring-oriented and provided for long-term relationships.
The ParentChild+ program and partnership began, taking our Early Intervention Specialists into nearly 30 kids homes that first year. ParentChild+ continues to prepare children 2-4 years of age to do well in school and has found a home in our refugee community helping with English acquisition and navigating American culture.
Be-Loved started! This is a ministry for teen moms. As some of our moms have matured, they have stayed with our program. Be-Loved now ministers to moms 25 and younger, helping them develop a career path and learn the mothering skills they need to thrive and not just survive.
365 Dad began - it's a ministry to dads 35 and younger. Using the 24/7 Dad curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative, we train young dads on the importance of their involvement in their children’s lives.