The Transformation Ministries at Christ United help break the cycle of poverty through education and hands-on programs. Our goal is to offer an opportunity to all people who want to move to a sustainable quality of life for themselves and their families.
To learn how you can get involved with any of the opportunities below, please contact Lisa Riazi, Director of Serving Others Ministries.
Alternative Valentine’s and Christmas Programs
Alternative Valentine’s Day cards are available for purchase in the Atrium each February. Choose from four hand-designed cards to give to your favorite valentines. All of the proceeds support Journey of Hope – a nonprofit group specializing in grief support for children.
Each December, The Alternative Christmas catalog provides wonderful gift options that take the place of traditional Christmas gifts. These meaningful gifts are in the form of a donation that will help change lives through transformative programs detailed in the catalog. Give a gift of hope in honor of a friend, family member, teacher, co-worker or anyone else on your list. You will also receive a Christmas ornament.
Disaster Response Team
Provides assistance to people whose property has been devastated by a natural disaster such as floods, fires, severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. The primary responsibility of the DRT team is to make things safe, sanitary and secure in the early stages of recovery. The team also offers reconstructive assistance following the early stages of recovery. Since 2004, this courageous team has been all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. We gladly welcome any new comers, so please email email@example.com for more information.
- Van, TX Dulac, LA
- Grandbury, TX Bastrop, TX
- Tushka, OK Altus, OK
- Marlow, OK Orange, TX
- Santa Fe, TX Oklahoma City, OK
- Sherman, TX Gainesville, TX
- McAlester, OK Pass Christian, MS
- Mclean, TX Grand Prairie, TX
- Carbon, TX New Orleans, LA
- Kountze, TX Pass Christian, MS
- Lancaster, TX Falfurrias, TX
Emily’s Place seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence for women and families in Plano by providing transformational housing. Christ United supports the “Adopt a Room” Program that provides safe housing for those in need.
Provides support, networking, and skill development programs for the unemployed or underemployed. The Career Focus Group meets every Friday at 9:30 AM via zoom. In addition, the Practice Interview Team (PIT Crew) meets every Wednesday at 1:00 PM via zoom as well.
Contact Jeff Morris for more information.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos is a lay-led Christian ministry that shares Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. Christ United supports this program by providing volunteers who bake cookies to take to inmates in the program. We also have volunteers who write letters and make decorations for the weekend program that Kairos hosts.
Volunteer to bake cookies | bit.ly/Kairoscookies
Project Hope’s mission is to eliminate hopelessness in the North Texas Area by providing a program of coaching, training, education, and opportunity to all people who want to move from an impoverished lifestyle to a sustainable, quality lifestyle. The program focuses on seven areas: Family, Faith, Education, Career, Budget, Health, and Personal Issues. Visit our Project Hope page for more information!
Project Hope Tutoring
The Project Hope Tutoring Program provides tutoring for the children of the families who are involved with Project Hope Coaching. Tutors focus on academic tools such as good study habits, organizational skills, time management, and improving their grades by sharing their own knowledge and talents. Academic needs are tailored and enriched for each student in K-12. The students, families, and tutors work collaboratively once a week through flexible sessions; virtual or in-person. Personal goals are set for the student to ensure their success in school. Our hope is that by providing academic tutoring and encouraging personal goal setting, students will develop a love of learning in order to be successful in school and in life.
Our goal for partnering with these schools is to provide positive public relations and community attitude towards the educational system, modeling positive adult role models, offering individualized and personal attention for students, offering active support for quality education, and improving student achievement, attitude, and behavior.
Christ United partners with Dooley Elementary (PISD) by offering:
- Tutoring/mentoring – our volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring (on-site or virtually) throughout the year for children who have been identified by the school as “at-risk” (grades K-5th).
- ESL Classes – Classes are offered to families of students that attend Dooley Elementary. Participants are provided with the required materials and work on learning and understanding the English language. There are over 13 different languages spoken within the families at Dooley.
- The Dooley Holiday Market Place – Christ United collects new and gently used items to be used in a “store” created for students to shop with Dooley Dollars that they have earned during the semester. Donations can include items such as coffee cups, puzzles, coloring books, books, trinkets, The students can purchase holiday gifts and even have them gift wrapped. Items are dropped in the atrium in appropriately marked boxes. Volunteers help sort, deliver, set-up, gift wrap, and “work” the market.
- Support- Christ United supports students and teachers by donating school supplies and providing teacher appreciation gifts throughout the year.
Frankford Middle School
Christ United partners with Frankford Middle School (PISD) by offering:
- Tutoring/mentoring – our volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring (on-site or virtually) throughout the year for children who have been identified by the school as “at-risk” (grades 6th -8th). Mentors work with students during lunch and advisory periods to gain positive relations and enrich the lives of both the mentor and the student.
- ESL Classes – Classes are offered to families of students that attend Frankford Middle School. Participants are provided with the required materials and work on learning and understanding the English language. There are a variety of languages spoken within the families at Frankford.
- Support – Christ United supports students and teachers by donating school supplies and providing teacher appreciation gifts throughout the year.
- Kindness Club – The Kindness Club is offered to students during the school hours. Participants learn the importance of being kind and doing their part to make this world a better place.
- Hands-on service opportunities will be led and provided by Christ United Staff and volunteers.