Mobilizing the church to help people, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable

Year Established
2009

About Us

We're compassionately present in the margins of our city.

For the City is an outpouring of The Austin Stone's mission to love the city God has called us to. Through internal initiatives and external partnerships with local nonprofits, churches, and organizations, we help mobilize and empower the church to care for the people who call Austin home.  

Our desire is for the body of Christ to be actively and compassionately engaged with issues of brokenness and injustice in our city. To this aim, we strive to provide volunteers, resources, and more to serve the marginalized in our city.

Core Values

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We center efforts around the needs of the marginalized.

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We dignify the people we serve.

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We join in efforts where God is already at work.

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We value holistic transformation.

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We value operational excellence.

What We Do

For the City helps lead the church to respond to God's call to care for the needs of the vulnerable—not for our own glory, but for His name to be magnified. We want to be a people who are defined by Christ-centered sacrifice and service. To this end, we identify opportunities for people to engage with and address our city's needs.

For the City Portfolio

We work to develop internal initiatives and external partnerships to provide sustainable, holistic solutions to meet the needs of our city.

Programs

COVID-Impact Care Program

In response to the pandemic, For the City initiated the COVID-Impact Care Program. The program provided heavily subsidized biblical counseling and Camp Gladiator memberships to nurses, teachers, social workers, and nonprofit professionals. Through this program, we were able to care for these professionals and express our gratitude for their faithful service during a time that was uniquely challenging.

Child Welfare Support Program

The Child Welfare Support Program exists to cast vision for, celebrate, and create awareness surrounding foster care and adoption. As a church that actively works to respond to God’s heart for vulnerable children and families, this program works to help equip and sustain current foster and adoptive families in their calling and empower more parents to enter into this space. Learn more about the program by exploring the brochure below.

Academy 4 Mentorship

In partnership with Academy 4, we work to provide consistent mentors to fourth-grade students at Pickle Elementary and Houston Elementary. Through these relationships, we’re able to help instill leadership skills in students during a particularly impactful time in their cognitive and social development. For more information about our partnership with Academy 4, click the button below.

Refugee Community ESL at St. John

When refugees and asylum seekers arrive in the United States, one of the greatest challenges they face is overcoming a significant language barrier. The Refugee Community ESL class provides a safe, engaging, and relational environment for these individuals to tackle the task of learning English in a community setting. Learn more about the classes by clicking the button below.

Winter Storm Response

In 2021, we mobilized to provide disaster relief and aid for those impacted by the winter storm. These efforts included supplying and delivering food, water, and other essentials, providing monetary support to organizations serving those most affected, and organizing rescue rides for those unable to travel due to roadway conditions.

Holiday Serve

In partnership with Austin Stone congregations, we work with nonprofit organizations to bless the marginalized in our city through donations of supplies, gift cards, and presents. Check out the impact of the 2021 Holiday Serve project by clicking the button below.

2021 Annual Report

Opportunities

50

Unique Service & Equipping Opportunities Provided
Engagement

1,591

People Engaged With For the City Opportunities
Winter Storm Impact

4,574

Individuals Served During the 2021 Winter Storm

Our Team

Alison Brooks

Local Mission Program Manager
Manager Ministry Strategies Local Mission Program Manager For the City

Brittani Oglesbee

Local Mission Resident
Ministry Strategies First Year Resident Local Mission Resident For the City

Carson Jones

Local Mission Resident
Downtown
Ministry Strategies Deacon Second Year Resident Local Mission Resident Downtown For the City

Heather Foss

Local Mission Ministry Associate
Downtown
Associate Ministry Strategies Local Mission Ministry Associate Downtown For the City

Josh Burke

Local Mission Associate Director
Director Ministry Strategies Local Mission Associate Director For the City

Wilson Echols

Local Mission Program Manager
Manager Ministry Strategies Local Mission Program Manager For the City

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I give directly to For the City?

Yes! You can make a one-time or recurring donation to the Local Mission Fund by clicking here. Financial gifts given to this fund are put toward partnering with nonprofits, meeting tangible needs in our city, and proactively working to address barriers to human flourishing.

How can I stay up to date on volunteer opportunities and classes?

The best way to stay informed about volunteer opportunities, classes, and more is to subscribe to our newsletter email. We'll send out updates on our activities and highlight service, donation, and educational opportunities.

How does For the City work with nonprofits?

We collaborate with and support nonprofits by promoting their service and donation opportunities, providing education opportunities for people to learn more about their ongoing efforts, and providing financial support through grants.

When working alongside organizations, our primary focus is centering efforts to address the needs of those being served. As such, we often support non-faith-based organizations that are effectively serving marginalized communities.

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