Get Involved-Spotlight: Manos de Cristo
Manos de Cristo’s Mission:To serve a culturally and economically diverse community by meeting basic needs, empowering people through education, and providing quality dental care through a Christ-centered ministry.
Who we are:Manos de Cristo serves tens of thousands of people annually in the Greater Austin community who are underprivileged. We provide critically important services to our clients in order to enable them to walk on a road toward self-sufficiency. Our mission statement was established to correlate and support our holistic approach that works to meet the wellness components and needs of everyone it serves. Our dental clinic, basic needs, and education programs are an incredible resource to the public and are always working to capacity.
Volunteers:Manos provides a gateway for volunteers within the Austin community to reach out with helping hands to people who are struggling for survival. At Manos we believe in our three prong approach to serve the working poor in Austin and it is through our Basic Needs, Education Programs and the only low cost Dental Clinic in Austin that we are able to show our Love in Action. Manos de Cristo keeps these programs available to the community and sustains these programs through many fundraising, donation, and volunteer efforts.
Education Programs:Information and communication are vehicles to power and independence. Language and cultural barriers, as well as limited access to computers and the internet, create a deep divide in the community. Manos de Cristo offers English as a Second Language classes, citizenship classes, GED classes, and Computer Literacy classes at no cost.
Dental Clinic:Our Dental Clinic provides a full range of dental treatments to children, adults, and seniors in the Austin community. We are the only full-service, low-cost dental clinic in Central Texas that offers affordable high-quality dental care to the working poor. Our professional staff provides emergency, preventative, and restorative care, including x-rays, sealants, and regular cleanings.
Back-To-School:Every summer local churches, corporations, foundations and individual volunteers work with Manos de Cristo to provide clothing and school supplies to more than 2,000 disadvantaged children in the Greater Austin area. The program is open to Pre-K through 5th grade students. Each student receives a backpack, two sets of clothing, and grade-appropriate school supplies.
Basic Needs:Manos de Cristo’s Food Pantry is open five days a week to clients who need emergency food for their families. The Clothes Closet offers gently used clothing to infants, children, and adults. Clients are eligible to receive assistance once every three months.
Teachers and substitute teachers for classes, training provided
Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, week mornings
*Please call for more volunteer opportunities
Contact:Phone: 512-477-7454Web site