“Sharing Christ’s love by providing basic needs and a fresh start”

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Christian Service Center

This is a faith-based ministry, as we depend on the Lord to provide all our needs for serving the poor.  You can make a tax deductible, secure donation through our Pay Pal account.

Giving Tuesday – 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving

On Giving Tuesday, please give to support work that makes Abilene a great place to call home - for everyone. Thank you for helping CSC help others help themselves!

You may donate online or by sending your gift to:
CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER OF ABILENE
3185 N. 10th St.
Abilene, TX 79603


Mid-Year Thoughts

The Christian Service Center’s mission is to share Christ’s love by providing basic needs and a fresh start. CSC provides food, clothing, and other basic essentials which enable our neighbors to live with independence and dignity. Our hope is to help people get on their feet and support them through the emergency they may be encountering.

Because of the generosity of our community, we can assist people like Robin, who came to CSC for help getting items for a new start in a new home. Robin had a background of abuse, prostitution and drug addiction. When she came to CSC, she shared the story about her painful past, her hope for the future and her faith that is leading her forward. Through CSC’s Stocking the Home Program, Robin received kitchen items, bedding and linens to help her set up her new apartment.

Your gifts also enable us to help people like Stella, a single mom, struggling to keep her children clothed and on track in school. Through our Spiritual Nurture Program, we are able to purchase children’s Bibles, like the one Stella’s son carries to school. With your support, we keep the pantry and clothing rooms filled so our friend Margaret can come frequently for help with her growing children. The Feed the Hungry Program is committed to helping Margaret, a widow, who also lost her daughter and is now raising five grandchildren on her retirement income.

These are real stories from people who live near you, here in Abilene. They are our brothers and sisters and children. Your financial gifts and donations of material goods make a difference in how people manage in this economy. Thank you for helping CSC share the love of Christ by providing basic needs and a fresh start.

As you consider giving to the Christian Service Center in 2018, we hope you will imagine the faces of the people in our stories. We hope you might recognize the people we serve are your neighbors too.

During 2017, about 123 volunteers gave nearly 15,360 hours of their time to stock the food pantry, fill food orders, sort, mend and wash clothing, sort household items and box up dishes and pans, package linens and lovingly listen to stories of broken lives and broken dreams. They offered prayers of hope, and referrals to opportunities for work or additional support.

We hope you will carefully consider supporting the Christian Service Center and the many program areas we offer to assist people who struggle because of poverty.

Your Gift Matters!
  • $50.00 will buy 1 set of back-to-school clothes and a pair of tennis shoes
  • $50.00 will provide groceries for two families for one week.
  • $100.00 will buy more than 25 Large Print New Testaments
  • $150.00 will buy 10 electric heaters for winter weather
  • $300.00 will purchase 100 one-day bus passes
  • $240.00 will purchase gas vouchers for 20 people
  • $350.00 will provide 35 new blankets
  • $400.00 will provide 5 people with a week’s rent in a half–way house
  • $450.00 will allow us to assist 6 people with utility payments


You can ensure the Christian Service Center continues assisting people long into the future with a stroke of a pen.

Today, poverty in Abilene is at an all-time high. With 18 - 20% of our community living below the poverty level, the assistance CSC provides is a major source of relief for our neighbors in Abilene.

Through a charitable bequest in your will or a living trust, you can ensure that CSC will continue providing measured help to the poor and needy of this area. This thoughtful act, which has little or no current financial impact on you, may result in the largest and most lasting one-time gift you ever make to the Service Center.

The Christian Service Center offers a variety of ways to make your commitment:

  • Retirement Plans: Designate CSC to receive all or part of what remains of your retirement plan after your death. Such transfers can be very tax-efficient ways of making a gift. For example, heirs may receive as little as 30% of a retirement plan from a large estate after estate tax and income tax. CSC would receive all of it tax-free.
  • Insurance Policies: Designate CSC to receive all or part of a life insurance policy. Ask you insurance company for a beneficiary designation form. Charitable Bequest: Instruct your attorney to add a charitable bequest for Christian Service Center to your estate plan for a specific amount, a specific property, or for a percentage of the estate.
  • Charitable Remainder Trust: Call CSC for a confidential analysis of the tax and income benefits available to you and your family through a charitable remainder trust.
You may direct your bequest to a special area of interest, or you may direct staff and board to allocate your gift to the area most needed.

For confidential information on making a planned gift commitment to the Christian Service Center of Abilene, contact:
Jim Clark, Director - 325-673-7531
Karen Dansby, Development Officer - 325-673-7531
You can leave a legacy and provide for the long-term future of the organization.

The Christian Service Center Endowment Fund has been established at the Community Foundation of Abilene. These funds set aside for ongoing maintenance and program expenses will allow CSC to maintain programs through lean years without an interruption or loss of the programs which we know help families who struggle because of poverty. The deferred maintenance fund will provide a safety net for unexpected costs, or for ongoing upkeep of the facilities.
 

CSC Endowment Goal

Deferred Maintenance Fund - $ 300,000

Programs Fund - $ 700,000


For confidential information on making a planned gift commitment to the Christian Service Center of Abilene, contact:
Jim Clark, Director - 325-673-7531
Karen Dansby, Development Officer - 325-673-7531