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Community Connections

AUMC supports many activities, agencies and programs that have a long term impact on people’s lives.  Learn more about the Rancho Brazos Community Center..

Our outreach programs are broken down into 5 categories: Economic Self Sufficiency, Food Ministries, Child Welfare, Special Collections, and Being a Community Resource.  

Economic Self Sufficiency

  • Affordable Housing Ministry
    This ministry partners with volunteers to help homeowners in the area make minor repairs or improvements to their property with the objective of making their home ownership more affordable.
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps of Granbury -
    The Christian Women’s Job Corps of Granbury provides job and life skills training to women in Hood County. Volunteers are needed to teach various segments of the curriculum provide meals at lunch, mentor the women as they start a new life.
  • Habitat for Humanity in Hood County
    Habitat has built over 80 houses in the Rancho Brazos area of Hood County. Many AUMC volunteers help with construction and/or management of the agency.
  • Mission Granbury -
    The church funds a Homelessness Prevention Program as well as the Emergency Assistance Network. Our efforts are to help families from falling into homelessness, to help with short term emergency financial needs and to help find a solution for GISD students who couch-surf or are otherwise homeless.

Food Ministries

  • Backpack Program
    We provide backpacks stuffed with groceries for kids, who are on the free and reduced lunch program during the week, to bring home on the weekends.
  • Healthy Kids Lunch Program
    Each summer AUMC volunteers distribute lunches from our Rancho Brazos Community Center plus from another location at Sandy Beach to children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year.
  • Meals on Wheels -
    The United Methodist Men volunteer each week to delivery meals on two routines for Meal on Wheels. The entire church helps on major holidays to deliver meals on all of the routes in Hood County. On those days the church pays for the meals as well as delivers them. Learn more about meals on Wheels in Hood County
  • People Helping People
    As the main food pantry in the area, People Helping People receives food donations from AUMC Sunday school classes year round plus a special church wide collection of groceries in November. The proceeds from AUMC’s pre-holiday benefit concert also go to People Helping People.
  • Project-44 -
    The Project-44 farm in Granbury grows and provides fresh produce for local food pantries and others who need food. Volunteers help with planting, weed tending, and harvesting. Project-44 also runs a car donation program. Car donations are accepted, the cars repaired, and then donated to families in need.

Child Welfare

  • Boys and Girls Club of Hood County –
    Our Rancho Brazos Community Center was used for an after school program run by the Boys and Girls Club. We also provide scholarships for youth to attend the program and paid for a tutor.
  • Granbury ISD
    AUMC provides scholarships to high school graduates, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. A student receives financial assistance for each term they remain in college and maintain an acceptable grade point average. Volunteers from AUMC also volunteer at local schools to do one-on-one tutoring in math and reading.
  • Hood County Children’s Charities – Visit this partner’s website
    This ministry helps provide school supplies, winter coats, lunch money and assorted other services to underprivileged children in Hood County.
  • Hood County for Healthy Children Coalition
    Though a collaboration of numerous children’s agencies in Hood County and Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, the focus of the Coalition is for the prevention of child abuse. Volunteers from AUMC participate on several of the organization’s work groups.

Special Collections

The following organizations are supported by the AUMC congregation via special collections held during the year which target specific needs.

  • Alternative Giving Program
    Several times a year the congregation is given the opportunity to buy goats; chicks, rabbits etc from the Heifer Project, or designate donations to specific missions that may be local or global. A card announcing the gift is provided that can be sent to a special person to tell them of the gift that has been made in their honor.
  • Brazos Pregnancy Center
    The Brazos Pregnancy Center provides prenatal sonograms, parenting classes, baby supplies and counseling services to first time mothers in Hood County.
  • Christmas for Children
    Christmas for Children provides toys for local children at Christmas time.
  • Operation School Supplies
    The congregation provides school supplies that are distributed just before the start of each school year. Volunteers from the church help with the distribution.
  • Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center -
    Baby and children supplies, gift cards and sundry supplies are provided for children during crisis situations within their family.
  • Rainbow Room Visit the Rainbow Room Website
    The church provides volunteers and sundry products, children’s clothes and responds to special requests for furniture during the year. The agency helps make the transition into foster care as smooth as possible by providing for the immediate needs of the children being placed in foster care.

Being a Community Resource

AUMC helps organizations by providing meeting space on our campus. Some of the groups we help are:

  • Overeaters Anonymous
  • Yoga classes
  • Girl Scout troop 2315
  • Cub Scout troop 360
  • PEO
  • Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors
  • Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center – board retreat