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Community Update Fall 2021


Hi Friends,

As some of you know, Impact Church has been working on a set of initiatives to create healthy community for friends living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders to experience recovery and life-restoration. A major component of this is creating opportunities for people who have had difficult life-experiences to understand the redemptive nature of those experiences: some of our greatest gifts are our stories. Next week, we will have a two-day training workshop for Peer Advocacy. Peer Advocacy Training provides people with lived experiences the competencies to effectively help others. This training is perfect for practitioners working with people with mental illness, people living with mental illness and histories of substance abuse, and family members. This training is absolutely free, and provided by our friends from Kairos Recovery, LLC (

Peer Advocacy Training is a two-day workshop that teaches the core

competencies that help people equip, encourage, and empower those

living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders to experience

recovery and life-restoration. These classes are perfect for

practitioners working with friends in need, family members, and those

of us with life experiences who want to help others who are where

we've once been.

These classes are offered free through Impact Temple Church and

Kairos Recovery, LLC ( Kairos Recovery brings

decades of experience and an accredited, trauma-informed approach

to equipping peer advocates.

“I want to love my neighbors well, but I’m not sure if I’m

actually being helpful. How can we be better champions of

others’ success?” You can start by attending this special workshop

For More information contact:


Good News Clubs- Barbara

There are 18 clubs ready to go into the schools. At the last training there were 118 volunteers who attend. She urged more churches, and organizations to participate. Also, most of the schools participating are in West Bell County and need more schools in East Bell County to open their schools for this important club Each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust the Lord Jesus as Savior. Every club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All children are encouraged to attend a local church.

They are hosting a fundraiser on line Sept. 6-10th

Contact: Marquita Everson 254-780-7780 or or for their Double Good fundraiser Call Cora Williams at 254-415-9816

HOPE Pregnancy Centers, Inc. - Heather Ortner

HOPE continues to experience a high volume of clients coming in for pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Please continue to pray for clients as they navigate increased hardships and more uncertainty during this time. Donations of diapers, wipes, and baby formula are always appreciated.

TISD- Community Connections- Gil Hollie

This after school program is charged to improve change and to build positive social and emotional growth.

Homelessness Programs- Sue Hamby

St. Vincent de Paul name changed to “Temple Christian Outreach Center” They offer basic needs services and programs. Food distribution Each Thursday’s and have a “return to Work program” focusing on the Homeless to find and keep jobs.

Neema House- is a village in Africa that is home for saving babies and helping mothers to become financially independent and was started by the Fortson who are from Temple.

Nursing Home Building available In North Temple

The thought is to convert the building into possibly a Transitional Living Center for single individual who are seeking employment and need various types of support while they get back on their feet. Sue stated it has 1 ½ acres and is close to the Industrial park. The need is for an organization, business or a non-profit to take this on as a project to purchase it and oversee the operations. The owner of the property has given 6 months for this use before it is sold on the market. Anyone interested contact Sue at 254-228-6473.

SALVATION ARMY- Paul Carr stated they have rental assistance for qualified individuals. They plan to have a fund raising event in November.

FEED MY SHEEP- has a new Director, Earl Lloyd.

Body of Christ- Donna Dunn, Director- they continue to offer Health & Dental Services to the underserved. They are hosting 2 fundraisers in Sept. They are still in need of a part time Dental Assistant.

Hope for the Hungry. Dan Kirkley - they have lost 3 staff members due to COVID and are need of more staff. Contact Dan if interested, 254-718-1462

JAIL Ministry- Steve Cannon- they continue to minister to over 1,000 jail inmates in the Bell County Jail. They offer bible classes for the jail mates tablets and over the radio. They will host a virtual Banquet, Oct. 21, 2021 from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. For more information contact Steve at 254- 7i8-1553 or

Hope for the Hungry- 39" Anniversary Banquet- Mayborn Convention Center, Temple, Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m. " Sharing a Future and a Hope"

Guest speaker :Walter Abercrombie. Associate Athletic director at Baylor University & Executive Director of Baylor " B" Association. He spent 8 years in the National Football League playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Contact: for more information.

Hill Top Recovery Ministries now has Relief & Assistance funds for those effected by the Covid-10 pandemic. Call; 254- 239-7625 for more information


Veterans Appreciation Dinner and Seminar about Veterans Burial Benefits

When: Thursday, November 4th @ 6:00 p.m.

Where: Young's Daughters Funeral Home

4235 E. Business 190

Temple, Texas

RSVP to Lisa @ (817) 914-2694 or

log onto registration at:

Christ Episcopal Church in Temple is offering several sessions

on Social Justice every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Camaraderie with Veterans classes are offered Free of Charge weekly. Also hygiene items are provided to homeless veterans and those in nursing homes. Contact Trish Alger 254-773-8900 or

Mark Jones is offering to lead a obstacle course race competition. In need of sponsorship. He also offers mentorship, Nutrition, Health & Fitness for At-Risk kids. Contact Mark at 254-421-3460.

Paul Carr stated that he is presently looking for employment and is interested in working in a Non-profit. Contact Paul at

Flying Vikings- Paul Henson continues to offer flying sessions for at-risk or disabled children. Contact Paul Hansen254-438-7055

Bell County Committee for Persons with Disabilities will host a family outdoor " Fun & Learn " event on Nov. 13, 2021, 11::00 -2:00 pm. at HOCTIL, 2005 Commerce St. Belton. Lots of info on local recourses, food, & fun activities. Open to the

public. (Weather permitting-- Back up date- Nov. 20th)


Bell County Committee for Persons with Disabilities' annual Banquet has been postponed until the spring due to precaution for the COVID situation. Please be thinking about who you want to nominate. The event will high light & showcase people with disabilities and share their inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and being a blessing to our community. Call 254-933-7487 for more information.


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