Reformed University Fellowship
RUF is a Christian ministry at UT, dedicated to reaching students with the good news of Jesus and to equip our students to serve others. RUF stands for Reformed University Fellowship and is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. If you are interested in supporting RUF, you can do so in a few ways:
Reformed University Fellowship International
RUFI obeys God’s Word by welcoming students from all nations and equipping kingdom ambassadors for Christ’s worldwide church. RUF International seeks to reflect God's grace to an international audience.. To learn more, visit http://www.ruf.org/about/ruf-international or contact Terry Dykstra.
Young Life of Central Austin & Young Life of Northeast Austin
The mission of Central Austin Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We do this with the help of volunteer college and adult leaders who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. Central Austin Young Life reaches students from Bowie HS, Austin HS, McCallum HS, O Henry MS, and Goryzcki MS. The Central Austin area is also home to the city’s Capernaum ministry for adolescents with disabilities. You can get involved by praying, leading a team, joining the Committee, serving leaders by opening up your home or providing meals, or giving financially. For more information please visit www.centralaustinyounglife.org or contact Mark Avent or Allison Funchess.
The mission of Northeast Austin Young Life is that every student in urban Northeast Austin would hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. College volunteer leaders and staff build relationships with students at Lanier, LASA, LBJ, Reagan and Burnet and share the love of God in word and in deed. Caring adults mentor leaders, pray for students, serve in various roles and support the mission financially. You can get involved by praying, joining the Committee for a semester or year, opening your home to the volunteer leaders, delivering food for club, or giving financially. For more information, please reach out to Chris Fisher or Ceirra Riley.
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support for struggling children and families. Since 1903, we’ve created programs that greatly improve children’s lives – enabling their recovery from abuse, abandonment, and other forms of neglect. We also reach out and work closely with their parents, some of whom struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction, unemployment, poverty, depression, and other obstacles to healthy parenting. To learn more or get involved, please visit http://texas.pchas.org/ or reach out to Blaine Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
We empower communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. 365 days a year with the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Truck Ministry, volunteers hit the streets of Austin (and 4 other cities) to serve the homeless, delivering food, clothing, hygiene products, and other life-sustaining items where needed most. The second Saturday of each month from 11am-2pm a group from G&P volunteer. To get involved, please reach out to Tom Parker.
Hill House Ministry
Since its founding in 1989, Hill House has done more than merely help students to survive their university years with their faith intact. We have sought to recover a tradition of Christian living and scholarship that takes both the Bible and contemporary culture seriously. Ours is not a new vision. We stand in the tradition of the Reformation and of contemporary writers such as Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis.
Greg and Mary Jane Grooms lead the Hill House Ministry. Their conviction in leading Hill House is that the Bible is true and that all of life is spiritual and meant to be lived to the glory of God. It is a conviction that is reflected in Greg’s teaching. He begins with the Bible and moves to everything else, from academics to pop culture.
Many students have been influenced by a secular view, influenced first by modernism and then postmodernism. This popular, yet mistaken, view rejects exclusive truth and pressures individuals to keep their faith private and separate from the ‘real world.’
Hill House seeks to help students develop a solid Biblical framework of worldview and theology so that they are confident in their faith. For more information, please visit http://www.hillhouseaustin.org or contact Greg and Mary Jane Grooms.
Texas Reach Out
At Texas Reach Out, we provide Christian men and women leaving the criminal justice system with safe housing, spiritual guidance, employment assistance, social skills, and support while reintegrating into society. Through these five services, we prepare formerly incarcerated men and women to live life as productive citizens walking in the fullness of life with Christ. For more information please visit http://texasreachout.org/.
Casa Marianella provides shelter, food and full supportive services to homeless immigrants. Two clusters of shelters in renovated houses in residential neighborhoods in East Austin serve women and children escaping violence and adult immigrants. Our shelters are home-like facilities designed to meet emergency or transitional needs so vulnerable and injured people can resolve their immediate crisis, get stabilized and once again become independent, which then opens up space for new residents. In 29 years, our population has evolved from survivors of the Salvadoran war to asylum seeking refugees and other immigrants from over 40 countries.
Casa Marianella is the only homeless shelter in Austin dedicated solely to immigrants. 65% of our shelter residents, including children, are asylum seekers, many coming to us from immigration detention.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is united by a love for Jesus and the UT campus. InterVarsity seeks to become a diverse movement of witnessing communities, sent to make disciples of Jesus in the city of Austin and beyond for the Glory of the God of Mission.
Austin Disaster Relief Network
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is comprised of over 175 Greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers bringing hope into crisis. ADRN’s network enables and empowers church members to organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly in the event of disaster, great or small. Business partners, local agencies and community support play a vital role in ADRN’s mission. It is through the generosity of their in-kind donations, monetary gifts and volunteer assistance, that ADRN can fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis.