Arrow Outreach is an organization that operates on the outskirts of Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico. The city has a population of almost 2 million people with a large percentage of them being very poor. Arrow Outreach works with churches, schools, and communities, both from the United States and Mexico, including FPC Dallas, to meet the needs of the Juarez community.
Arrow's grassroots network of community centers and churches are located across the lower-income sections of Juarez, and together serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and religious affiliations. By helping individuals and families achieve meaningful improvements to their lives through a host of services, Arrow Outreach works to demonstrate love in action. Since 1999, FPC Dallas has been a partner to the mission of Arrow Outreach. Still today, a portion of the FPC Dallas Mission Budget supports Arrow Outreach Starfish Scholarships and the Toribio Center. Given our partnership and history with Arrow Outreach, FPC Dallas will be hosting the Arrow Outreach Spring Fundraiser and Luncheon on Thursday, March 23 in Byrd Hall from 12 PM - 1 PM. Please join us as we celebrate 33 years of dedicated service with Arrow Outreach.
Read further to see a few ways FPC Dallas has been connected and involved in the roots of Arrow Outreach.
Socorro Rivera School
(Photo 1. Socorro Rivera School entrance with the 2018 FPC Dallas Mission Team)
The school built from pallets was the original structure (See very top cover image). An elderly woman approached Rich Mackey about building a school. The children only had volunteer teachers. FPC Dallas, along with other mission teams, built classrooms which caught the attention of a government official who summoned Rich Mackey to his office for a meeting to find out what was going on. As a result of the meeting, the government agreed to build a school, adding to the rooms already built by mission teams, and sent certified teachers and a principal to manage the school properly.
Starfish Scholarship Program
(Photo 2. Starfish Scholarship Program Dental Student Graduate)
Once the Socorro Rivera School was built, Arrow Outreach started the Starfish Scholarship Program in 2005. Every graduating 6th
grade class was promised a scholarship to continue their education from middle school through university or trade school level. Currently there are 231 students with scholarships from Socorro Rivera and the Arrow Outreach Community Centers. A total of 750 students have received scholarships leading to 408 students completing middle school, 196 completing high school and 44 receiving college degrees. There are currently 64 university level students from Socorro Rivera and the Arrow Outreach Community Centers. You can read more about the impact of the Starfish Scholarship Program here
The Toribio Center (Former site of a garbage dump)
(Photo 3. Photo of the late Rev. Robellio Arriaga and Rich Mackey in 2016.)
FPC Dallas mission trips to Juarez began in 1999. Initial work involved building the Toribio Center on a former garbage dump. The late Rev. Robellio Arriaga had shared with Rich Mackey his vision to build a youth center in 1995. Rich recruited teams from the Dallas area and other parts of the country to help with the build. The building was dedicated in 2002. Mission trips also included offering VBS and sewing classes, building homes and green houses at various churches in Juarez and building homes.
Arrow Outreach has expanded its mission to incorporate more social services such as skills and career training, refugee services, medical services access, child development centers as well as services for the entire family.
Cover image depicts 1st and 3rd graders in the former school house made of pallet boards.
SPRING FUNDRAISER + LUNCHEON
Thursday, March 23 | 12 PM | Byrd Hall
RSVP Deadline: March 16
To RSVP please contact Eunice Fernandez at 469-766-0707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written in collaboration with Arrow Outreach, Eunice Fernandez, and Karen Wisdom.