Volunteering from Within: Friends of North Rosenberg

The goal for this community is to have a long-term commitment that requires mutual relationships and collaboriative efforts with local organizations, church, residents, and stakeholders committed to community transformation.

Pictured (from left to right) are Jessie G., William G., and Andy O.

Although this year has looked a bit different for each of our locations due to COVID-19, our mission has not changed. Each of our locations has continued to serve their communities by food distributions with the support of our incredible volunteers. We simply would not be able to do God’s work without them. Each volunteer that comes through our locations are a missing piece to Attack Poverty and our friends’ communities. Our staff at each location has the privilege of getting to know them, praying with them, and seeing them for who they are in Christ. As always, with the work that we do at Attack Poverty, we do what we do with the intention to awaken and provoke transformation in each and every person that walks in.

“In words of Jennifer, ‘The most amazing part is that we get to see the community serving the community!’”

We wanted to take the time to honor and highlight some of our volunteers at our Friends of North Rosenberg (FNRO) location.

Jessie G.

Jessie, who is a long-time resident of the North Rosenberg are, met our Director of FNRO, Jennifer, during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Ms. Jessie’s home was heavily impacted during the storm and was able to be repaired with the assistance of our North Rosenberg location alongside other organizations around Fort Bend County. Prior to retiring, Ms. Jessie owned a daycare for nearly 40 years, but even after her retirement, she knew that her work in this community was far from over. She came back to Friends of North Rosenberg to volunteer and has been volunteering throughout our COVID-19 food distributions faithfully. Our staff at Friends of North Rosenberg love to hear her stories and the history and state of the community. We are all so excited to see what God continues to do in and through Ms. Jessie. We are honored that she would choose Attack Poverty to spend her time serving with.

William

William and his brother-in-law were recently first in line at one of our COVID-19 food distributions. On this particular day our Friends of North Rosenberg had received a truck filled with donations just before they were going to open the distribution line. As soon as William and his brother-in-law noticed we could gladly use another serving hand, they jumped out of their vehicle to help our team at Friends of North Rosenberg. Since then, William has faithfully volunteered for about 2 months now. Our staff has had the privilege to get to know William in the last few months.

Jennifer, the Director of FNRO, stated, “We have dreamt with [William] and heard the stories of his past.. we are so excited to start walking in William’s journey of becoming who God has called him to be!”

Andy

Andy is another of our volunteers at our Friends of North Rosenberg who have had the privilege to meet during our COVID-19 food distributions. Andy grew up in North Rosenberg and seems to know all of the local residents in this area. Our friends at this location feel extremely blessed to have Andy on their team because they get to hear his stories about how North Rosenberg once was and cast vision of what it can AND will be!”

Adelia

Adelia, Friends of North Rosenberg

Pictured on the right is Adelia, who has been a longtime volunteer under Barry as the lead for the Community garden. When Jennifer, the Director of FNRO, came on staff with our tem there, Adelia took her under her wing and taught her everything she now knows about gardening. Over the years, Jennifer and Adelia have been able to form a close relationship. Adelia continues to serve as a volunteer in our food distributions, at different community events, and of course, her favorite place, the garden! Adelia never fails to stop by and say hi, have coffee with our friends of North Rosenberg, and shares her stories about the community she grew up in. We are so grateful for her and everything that she does at our Friends of North Rosenberg location!

In words of Jennifer, “The most amazing part is that we get to see the community serving the community!”

At Attack Poverty, our driving force is empowerment, we aim to give people the tools to help themselves and others break out of the cycle of generational poverty. It is about development, not charity; dignity, not shame. We believe that all humans are created in the image of God and we will always strive our best to promote the dignity and worth of people and families. For this reason, we wanted to take the time to highlight and honor some of our volunteers at our Friends of North Rosenberg location. Jessie, William, Andy, and Adelia are only a few of our amazing volunteers who have selflessly given some of their time to Attack Poverty’s mission. There are so many more and we cherish every single one of them.


This story is an example of just one of the many lives being impacted throughout our communities. We are so greatful for your generous support and commitment to helping us break the cycle of generational poverty.