In March of 2007, Trinity Baptist Church called Dan Reynolds to be its pastor with the intention of starting a new church that had community outreach as its mission. For many years, Trinity had been a thriving church. But, as southwest Lubbock grew and people relocated, the congregation of Trinity dwindled down to twenty-three members. Twenty-one of those members were elderly; two of them were college students. Dan and his small congregation wanted the building on the corner of 34th and Boston to be a blessing to its neighborhood. Calling on Bacon Heights Baptist Church, Trinity asked for help on their mission. Four families from BHBC joined Trinity and began to serve the central Lubbock neighborhood, not fully knowing how big of an impact that decision would make. Looking back on the early days of Lubbock Impact, it was evident that the guidance of the Lord was strong.
COMMUNITY MEAL / FOOD & HYGIENE PANTRY
The Community Meal is usually the gateway for participants to learn about Lubbock Impact’s other transformative resources, such as the Food & Hygiene Pantry. Set up like a small grocery store, participants spend an in-house credit to be used every thirty days on basic food items, such as canned goods and pop-top items.
CLOTHES & SHOES CLOSETS
Lubbock Impact provides basic clothing necessities through The Clothes and Shoe Closets. Open Tuesday and Thursday mornings by appointment, a participant can come shop every 30 days. All clothing is donated to Lubbock Impact from the community. Since 2007, over 150,000 people in need have received clothing from Lubbock Impact.
TTUHSC FREE CLINIC
During Lubbock Impact’s early years, they saw a growing need for healthcare in the community. For individuals who are uninsured, access to quality healthcare is nearly impossible. In August of 2009, Lubbock Impact began to host Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Free Clinic. Open every Wednesday at 4:00 pm and run by volunteers, The Free Clinic sees at least 25 patients each week on a first-come, first-serve basis.
FREE DENTAL CLINIC
Additionally, Lubbock Impact runs the Free Dental Clinic, offering tooth extractions from local dentists who volunteer on Wednesday evenings.
FREE OPTOMETRY CLINIC
The Optometry Clinic, open one Saturday a month, offers a free eye exam and a new pair of glasses to those in need. These healthcare resources are for individuals ages 19 to 65 who are uninsured.
Being a faith-based organization, Lubbock Impact seeks to share the hope, love and saving grace of Jesus Christ with all people who enter their doors. Regardless of the individual’s religious background, they will be welcomed as family. There are times during the week when men, women, and children can worship and participate in Bible study groups.
Lubbock Impact seeks to empower participants with the tools and knowledge to have positive, lasting impacts in their lives. A way we do this is by offering classes throughout the year. Faith and Finance classes partner participants with volunteers who teach them how to steward their money. Work-Life classes help participants understand ways to honor God through their work.
What some call the miracle on 34th street, Lubbock Impact only runs because of volunteers who invest their time. Only having three full-time and one part-time employee, Lubbock Impact operates primarily on volunteers who oversee resources such as The Free Clinics, Clothes Closet, Community Meal, and much more.
Being a donor-based nonprofit, Lubbock Impact relies on local churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals to make our mission possible. Lubbock Impact does not receive government funding. Our resources are completely funded by donors who desire to be difference-makers in our community.