Stand By Our Children
She often seemed tired and sleepy when arriving for class. When questioned, she shared that she didn’t sleep much because of all of her responsbilities at home. Her dad works long hours and relied on her after her mom left. At 13, she cares for her 3 younger siblings, cooks all of the meals, cleans the house, attends school and participates in ROTC and band. She had to grow up way too fast. She lacked confidence and had a poor self image. For this young girl, the Stand By Me program completely changed her life. She was matched with a long term mentor who listened and walked along side her and has given her a little bit of her childhood back.
To Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries (HCDBM), even one child struggling or going hungry is unacceptable. Yet, in the Texas Hill Country many children go without basic needs every day, and poverty is on the rise for women and children.
Many of the girls coming to HCDBM for help have lived in families that have experienced poverty for generations and cannot see life beyond its boundaries. The Stand By Me Mentoring is a highly effective program that changes the trajectory of the children served. Students participating in the program demonstrate higher grade-point averages, improved social and family relationships, and are more likely to graduate from high school and fulfill their hopes for the future.
As an extension of the student mentoring program, HCDBM offers a Summer Academic Academy. The Academy is designed to impact students by helping them academically gain lost ground, offering much needed life skills training, and encouraging social and spiritual growth.
Serving working poor families, women raising their children alone, elderly individuals living on small fixed incomes and disabled or ill clients that struggle to purchase food and medicine; HCDBM successfully meets their physical needs and enhances their quality of life. HCDBM programs are community based and supported by over 4,000 community volunteers. HCDBM’s unique programs are designed to accomplish four goals: 1) Meet basic physical needs. 2) Break the cycle of generational and situational poverty. 3) Transform lives through positive relationships with trained mentors, 4) Mobilize, equip, and train community volunteers so that they can impact the lives of impoverished families and individuals.