BAC to Life is the Missional Pathway initiative that our church has started after much prayer and planning. Burleson Adventist Church (BAC) feels called to serve two demographics in our city: the First Responders and the Senior Citizens they care for.
According to Fire Chief K. T. Freeman, there is a "senior tsunami" that is fast approaching and the city is not equipped to respond to the needs. When we met with Chief Freeman and Chief EMT, Casey Davis, and said we felt called to serve the senior population, their comment was, "You are an answer to our prayers."
So here's how this process of partnering with the First Responders works:
- When they respond to a 911 call from an elderly person they will do a risk assessment for underlying causes and issues
- They will get their permission to share their contact information with us and give them our card.
- Elder's contact info is shared with us, and the organizational HUB assigns a visiting team who will develop a relationship with the elder and assess for needs.
- Various teams are assigned to help with different needs.
- We get to bring the love of Jesus these elderly in practical and relational ways!
In addition to serving the Seniors we are ministering to all three Fire Houses in Burleson and building relationships with them.
Another city agency that is providing us contacts is Code Compliance. Many elderly cannot maintain their homes and yards. We can help! Here's what Lisa Duello, Director of Neighborhood Services said:
We are excited to be able work in partnership with your Back to Life ministry and the City’s HOPE Program or Homeowner’s Outreach for Positive Empowerment.
The HOPE program brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of seniors, disabled or those financially challenged with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person. The program is designed to connect those in need with those willing to help.
The HOPE Program is a community outreach program where Neighborhood Service partners with local volunteer groups to help citizen’s maintain their property when they cannot. HOPE unites citizens who are seniors, disabled or those financially challenged who cannot properly maintain their property with volunteer groups who wish to provide assistance. Volunteer projects can involve the following:
- Tree Trimming
- House Painting
- Fence Maintenance
- Trash and Debris Removal
How can you get involved in this exciting ministry? Click here to take a short survey that lets us know area your abilities and time allow. We'll be reaching out to you as opportunities are made known to us by the First Responders.