Our mission is to know, love and serve street-dependent young people.
We serve 80 to 120 individuals every week. Won't you consider joining the 100 regular donors who help make our great programs and ministry possible?
Help give our newest staff member a fund-raising boost. Darvin Tan joined us in February 2016. He's an amazing asset and was called from Indonesia to serve street youth. He attended university in Austin and served street youth in a soup kitchen some years ago, but he never forgot the experience. Like all our missionaries, Darvin is responsible for support-raising as well as day-to-day ministry. To help Darvin get off to a fantastic start, we will dedicate all new or increased donations from individuals Darvin's account!, up to $15,000, in the months of May (including from April 29) to October 31! We'll post updates on how it's going! 100% of the funds will credit to Darvin's fundraising account and be used for his monthly support!
We suggest you choose a recurring donation because it's convenient, efficient and effective. Your financial information is stored with Paypal and you are free to cancel at any time.
(Scroll down to bottom to name your own monthly support level.)
How will we use the money? We invest in time spent with our young homeless adults primarily. We know this works because of the awesome things they accomplish once they understand the opportunities in front and that someone believes in them. Our weekly costs for sample events are as follows:
Prayer Time (breakfast, socks, hope-filled prayer with clients): $196
Bible Study (lunch, socks, clothing, hope-filled dialogue and study with clients): $290
Job Club (hope-filled tutoring on finding/keeping a job): $110
Staff Outreach (brief therapy and follow-up on street by staff): $330
Clothing Closet (clothes, self-care tutoring): $237
Lifeworks Street Outreach Staffing (drop-in and meal engagement work): $199
- You can start with one of these gifts:
Your gift of $100 purchases college textbooks for one of our clients attending college courses.
Your gift of $50 purchases the street outreach bag lunches for one week.
Your gift of $25 provides breakfast for clients at our our prayer time each Monday.
Your gift of $10 purchases the socks we provide at an event. Socks are very important to our clients so they can take care of their feet.
Your gift of $300 funds everything for one of our weekly Bible studies, prayer times, or fellowship events. That includes food, pet supplies, socks, toiletries, Bibles, room, parking, supervision, prep, logistics, and follow-up!
Your gift of $500 funds everything for one of our weekly events PLUS the guidance counselling or office hour and street outreach that we like to do before or after each event. We don't take appointments for our guidance counseling but rather split the hour between those who come. Clients can see us during office hours and access our supplies for needed items.
- Or set your own gift amount, once or monthyly: Without your gifts, there is no SYM. We invite you into ministry with us! Your donations matter to our clients every day. You can specify how you would like your donation to be used.
Does your employer support matching gifts? Our 501(3)(c) EIN is 46-1449556.
Many supporters choose to give in honor or dedication to a special person or event. We will contact you for the address of a special note card to be sent for the honoree.
If you participate in a donor-directed fund, you can use this link to start a donation.
If we do not have a recurring gift at a level you want, please contact us so we may add it. We use funds for the listed services as needed. Items funded in excess are redirected as needed for operations of the ministry unless otherwise specified by the donor.
Other Ways to Donate
This year we still launch two new events to benefit our clients. We don't yet have resources, volunteers or funds, but we are working on that behind the scenes. One event will be a one-on-one mentor evening. We have long wanted to offer this event, but now we believe we have sufficient interest from clients, volunteers, and have gained experience to guide it successfully. Volunteers willing to meet at least twice a month will be paired with clients who want to do the same. Clients will choose topic for mentoring from these possibilities: discipleship; small group leadership; academic subject mentoring for GED, high school or college; planning and goal setting; or a hobby to share and learn. By providing a regular venue and time, we will provide a healthy structure for volunteers to know, love and serve our clients as they work to better themselves.
In addition, we will plan to launch a self-expression newspaper
. We have learned that our clients are amazingly talented and self-expression is very healthy. Clients will be invited to contribute drawing, poetry, or stories as frequently as they like. The publication will be produced periodically and offered as an insert in the Challenger Newspaper, viewed online by SYM followers, and distributed by clients themselves.
Please use this link
to answer 5 questions about your interest in helping launch these two events.