Corpus Christi – In an ongoing quest to fulfill their mission statement of “Honoring God, and ministering to hurting children and families” South Texas Children’s Home Ministries (STCHM) has attempted to impact the cycle of generational poverty, crime and broken families that have trapped so many families with their children in dependence and a deep sense of hopelessness.
Since 2008, STCHM Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) has provided the facility, staffing and financial support to ensure the success of this ministry under Lil Abshier’s leadership. The program is a life-changing opportunity for women to grow spiritually and personally as they gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to experience greater success and self-sufficiency.
Lives have been changed and God has been glorified through the great work of many volunteers and staff. They appreciate the great work that has been done in the past and want to continue many elements of this successful ministry they have all become familiar with. It is because of this foundation that they are now ready to expand their efforts and go where they are needed the most.
Effective Aug. 1, they are expanding their ministry and partnering with the CrossBridge Fellowship church. Formerly Corpus Christi Baptist Church, CrossBridge Fellowship has been operating since 2009 to give hope to people in need. The community surrounding CrossBridge Fellowship is rated among the top areas for crime, homelessness, level of poverty, unemployment and at the lowest level of education.
The expanded program will be named Jobs for Life – CWJC. They will continue to use the Jobs for Life curriculum. Jobs for Life is a global nonprofit organization that engages and equips the local Church to address the impact of joblessness through the dignity of work. They also will continue to use material from CWJC, developed by WMU, as well as include Bible study, computer classes, mock interviews and other job preparation skills, classes on nutrition and health, and sessions to build interpersonal skills.
Participants in the program also will be paired with “champions,” who will serve as mentors by continuing to encourage and pray for each student. The ultimate goal of this ministry will be to help individuals develop a relationship with Christ and grow spiritually, improve deficiencies in their job skills, develop healthier relationships and move toward economic self-sufficiency. Volunteers will continue to play a major role in the daily success of the program. As with all STCHM services, this ministry is provided at no charge.
STCHM is excited to announce that Santiago “Jimmy” Rodriguez has joined them as the new Jobs for Life – CWJC director. Rodriguez has a history of following his passion by serving with numerous non-profit organizations with emphasis on helping people in need.
Growing up in Mineral, he lived not far from where South Texas Children’s Home Ministries started. He has an extensive background in law enforcement and in the security industry where he has served as a consultant, previously served as chief duty sheriff with the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, and as a consultant and strategic planner for the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from Corpus Christi State University, certified teachers certifications, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is the immediate past president of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association and has served on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He and his wife, Lydia, choose to live in the heart of the inner city of Corpus Christi. They worship and are leadership team members at CrossBridge Fellowship.
Jobs for Life – CWJC is currently accepting applicants for the fall semester, which starts Monday, Sept. 29. The 12-week program will hold classes on Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays, with Friday as an option to attend faith and finances and counseling. Classes will be held at CrossBridge Fellowship, 3002 Buffalo St.