Local Outreach

At OHC, the gospel compels us to live courageously and love authentically as we follow Jesus moment by moment. When you serve, you nurture your love for God and others. Through our Local Outreach Ministry, we show authentic love to our city by following the imperatives given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:31-46. Join us in sharing the good news of Jesus through our local partnerships and serve opportunities as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, and provide shelter for the stranger, all in the name of Jesus.

 

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Oak Hills Church is committed to sharing the hope of Jesus and making disciples through authentic relationships. We believe that relational discipleship is the best approach to poverty alleviation, as people and families discover their true identities in Christ and begin following Jesus moment by moment.

Our Family Mentoring Ministry is an outreach to vulnerable families in our community who are committed to improving their lives. OHC Family Mentors are matched with local families and walk alongside them in this journey of restoration. The ministry provides training, prayer support, and encouragement for mentors, bi-weekly food distributions for families, and special resources throughout the year.

Our vision is that these relationships are so mutually beneficial that all involved grow closer to Christ, as we courageously engage culture, and extend the hope of Jesus into our community.

LEARN MORE
Download and read our Family Mentoring FAQ for more information about the Family Mentoring Ministry and mentor/mentee relationship. Download link
Register for our class Helping Without Hurting which covers a biblical perspective on poverty, based on the book When Helping Hurts.  Click HERE

WAYS TO SERVE
There are several ways for you and your family to plug in and serve: 
Mentor: Serve as a family mentor or mentor backup.
Food Distributions: Serve as a driver, loader/unloader, or food box preparer during bi-weekly Family Mentoring Ministry food distributions.
Holiday Support: Serve during special projects to bless our mentee families on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions.
Volunteer: Serve directly at Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. 

BECOME A FAMILY MENTOR 
Complete the following steps to become a Family Mentor:

Application: OHC and HCDBM require volunteer applications and background checks for all representing the organizations in volunteer roles. We’ll assist you with completing all steps in the process.
Training: Our Family Mentoring Core Team will train and equip you on the journey of mentoring others in cooperation with our experienced partners at Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. Our 5-week Helping Without Hurting class provides foundational training for prospective mentors. This class is for both those interested in mentoring and general FFM volunteers.
Matching: After training, you’ll be matched up with a struggling family in the community that is committed to improving their situation.
Mentoring: Together, you help build a better future through mutual encouragement, accountability and love, as you seek the dignity and purpose that God intends.

Email Marian Sultenfuss (210.954.5545), OHC Ministry Volunteer contact to take your next step in becoming a Family Mentor! 
 
At Oak Hills Church, we believe life is a gift from God. The gospel compels us to live courageously and love authentically as we follow Jesus moment by moment. The invitation from Jesus to follow him is an invitation from our maker to discover the purpose for which we’ve been created. When following Jesus, we are prepared to share the hope of Jesus with a hurting world. 

CARE & COUNSELING
You are loved unconditionally and there is nothing you can do to earn or lose God’s love or ours. Jesus invites us all into a new life of freedom from guilt and shame, and offers us forgiveness, healing, and new beginnings moment by moment of each day. Our OHC Pastoral Care team would be honored to walk with you on this journey. Classes and care communities are available through our Care Ministry. Professional Christian counseling services are also available by appointment for adults, children, individuals, and couples. Our licensed counselors work from a biblically-based, solution-focused, clinically-competent process, guided by the Holy Spirit and informed by Scripture, to bring about healing, spiritual formation and Christ-centered living.  Click HERE to learn more about our Counseling Team.

PRAYER & ADVOCACY
We can pray for those in our city and nation facing unexpected pregnancy to make God and life-honoring choices. Be a voice for the voiceless and advocate for the sanctity of life. Join with others in praying and advocating for life in our city through the 40 Days of Life organization. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. The 40 day campaign occurred this past February 17, 2021. We will provide a sign up for 2022 as preparations are finalized. 

HELP & GUIDANCE
Oak Hills Church partners with local organizations committed to providing Christ-centered guidance and the preservation of life in San Antonio for those facing an unexpected pregnancy. The provide a place of healing and of discovering God’s grace and forgiveness. Click the links below to learn more about the services provided by our local outreach ministry partners:

Any Woman Can
Any Woman Can's counselors, nurses, and client advocates walk alongside women in crisis by offering FREE Counseling, FREE Ultrasounds, FREE STI testing and FREE Pregnancy testing. If you have questions about STI's, pregnancy, adoption, or abortion education, please call. If you are dealing with past or current trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, make your appointment today. Any Woman Can is currently offering a "Surrendering the Secret" class and other group therapy classes. 

Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center
The Mission of the HCPCC is to promote the sanctity of life and empower individuals to make Christ centered choices regarding pregnancy and sexuality, and to experience the healing presence and love of Jesus Christ. HCPPP is currently raising funds for an ultrasound and other equipment.

San Antonio Pregnancy Care Center
The San Antonio Pregnancy Care Center provides a Christ-centered plan for women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, by offering free clinical services, referrals, material aid, decision counseling and parenting support programs. 

Threads of Love
Threads of Love, located in the south parking lot on the Oak Hills Church campus, is a ministry that produces and distributes clothing free of charge to families with premature babies, (living or deceased). Threads of Love partners in service with local San Antonio hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, and Any Woman Can ministries. If you have knitting, crocheting, or sewing skills, please prayerfully consider joining the ministry. You can volunteer by reaching out to Liz and Joe Page at 210.279.1717. 

Get Food
Fresh food for all! Anyone facing food-insecurity may pick-up food boxes. Get food for any family in need. You do not need to be an Oak Hills Church member or attendee. To get food, you simply need to pre-register for the distribution.

Make Hygiene Kits
Many families facing financial challenges go without personal care items. These small items can make a big difference. We'll be distributing kits to families attending our Fresh Food Distribution. You can help! Simply take a gallon size Ziplock bag, gather new (unused) travel size toiletry items (bar of soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, razor, comb, etc.) and write an encouraging note.

Volunteer
Use your gifts to bless and serve local families! Volunteers will welcome families and distribute food boxes to up to 400 families in the Oak Hills Church and San Antonio community. Adults, middle school, and high school students are invited to serve. Middle school students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. High school students can volunteer without a parent/guardian present. Both middle and high school students must have a signed parental waiver (to be provided). We request that all volunteers bring your own mask (we will also have some available). We will provide lunch and water, along with a t-shirt for each volunteer. A volunteer waiver will also be provided for your review and signature.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can pick-up food?
Anyone facing food-insecurity may pick-up food boxes. You do not need to be an Oak Hills Church member or attendee. To get food, you simply need to pre-register for the distribution (see link above).

How do I get a box?
To get food, you simply need to pre-register for the distribution. Your information will be used to identify you at the mobile distribution. Please come in your vehicle to the OHC Crownridge campus on the date and time listed above.

Will you save a box for me?
No, boxes contain perishable items and must be refrigerated. OHC is not able to set aside or save boxes for later pick-up. Boxes must be picked-up at the dates and times listed above. You may send someone to pick-up boxes for you (please pre-register).

What happens if food runs out?
We anticipate having sufficient food for 500 families. Gates may close early if all food is distributed prior to closing time. If you do not receive a box because all food has been distributed, and need immediate help to feed your family, please call OHC at 210.698.4620 or 210.698.4624 or call the San Antonio Food Bank at 210.431.8326. You can also visit the San Antonio Food Bank web site and sign up for other distributions, which occur throughout the week.

What does pick-up involve?
Pick-up will be a drive-thru system. Please enter the OHC parking lot in your vehicles at the first IH-10 access road parking lot entrance. Be prepared to wait in line in your vehicle. Food boxes will be placed in your trunk once you arrive in the loading zone. Pick-up will be contact-less, you will remain in your vehicle. Please clear space in your trunk for 2 medium size boxes of food.

What food will I receive?
Typically, each family will receive 1 box of assorted fresh produce, as well as milk and/or other dairy products, frozen meat and assorted non-perishable pantry items. The exact variety and quantity of the fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and pantry items may vary depending on product availability. Most items are perishable and need to be refrigerated after pick-up.

Where does this food come from?
Farmers to Families is a USDA Food Box program, funding the regional distribution and purchase of fresh perishable food from farmers (that would otherwise have been sold to restaurants) and providing it to families facing food-insecurity in ready-to-distribute food boxes through local non-profit and faith-based organizations. Learn more about the program HERE. The San Antonio Food Bank provides food through private and public donations, by individuals and corporate sponsors. Learn more about their programs HERE.

Did you know that one of our city’s greatest needs is in the area of affordable housing? An estimated 153,000 families in San Antonio have an unmet housing need, including 71,000 children living in overcrowded housing. At Oak Hills Church, we’ve decided to do something about it. We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to share the hope of Jesus by providing long-term housing solutions to families in need. Serve with us!

GIVE
Support affordable housing by giving to fund this home and future Oak Hills Church sponsored homes. Each new home costs $57,000. 100% of your gifts will go towards construction costs. Through our "Square Foot Campaign," you can sponsor a square foot or more. One square foot costs $57. With 1,000 sponsorships, we can complete one new home! Click HERE to give now! (Enter your dollar amount, select recurring or one time gift, select fund: Habitat for Humanity).

BUILD
Serve alongside the home-buyer to help build their new home. You can build one time, or multiple weekends, you do not have to commit to every weekend. Each service day, approximately 30 construction volunteers will work under the direction of Habitat’s building coordinator to build this home. Anyone age 14 and above is eligible to work on the construction site, and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to serve. 

FEED
Support the construction efforts each week by providing lunch. Lunch teams purchase or make lunches for all the volunteers, staff, and home-buyers working on their sponsored home, including all the paper products, serving utensils, ice, drinks, and desserts. Tackle it yourself or recruit your family, small group, friends, or neighbors to join in. All ages can help serve lunch! 

PRAY
We invite you to pray for the project. Click HERE to download and print the weekly prayer guide to join us in covering the project in prayer. You can also pray for the specific family who will receive their new home. They are looking forward to starting on their house and learning how to take care of it inside and out through all of the Home Owner Readiness Classes.

LEARN MORE
Click HERE to learn more about Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. For more information about the Oak Hills Church Habitat for Humanity project, please email OHC Local Outreach Minister Dean Mathis.

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Please complete the form below and your request will be forwarded to the Outreach Ministry. Please allow 2-3 office days for a response. If you would like to speak with someone or leave a message, please call 210.807.5211.