This is our news from 2019. We hope you enjoyed the events you joined us in.
THAT IS US! Chamber Members!
We are now a part of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. We will be having a ribbon cutting at our NEW building sometime in January. Check back for updates on the time and address this will be.
WOW! Thank you to those who donated to Giving Tuesday!
Unfortunately, we did not meet our goal so it will not be matched by the organization. However, we are SO THANKFUL for the $600. in donations we did receive!
Not too bad for our first year in the runnings for Giving Tuesday! We cannot wait to put this $600. BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY! Be on the look out for our next big event!
This year we partnered with an amazing group of people to be able to deliver 4 meals to 4 families for Thanksgiving! Each meal contained one 15lb. turkey, two sides, rolls, drinks and a dessert! If you are interested in doing this in 2020, let us know 🙂
We cannot believe that nicotine and cigarettes were on their way OUT of our lives and somehow.... they discovered a way to stick around.... If you are needing a presentation on nicotine, vaping, tobacco products, let us know! We would love to come out and educate your group of adolescents OR adults!
We actually do love going to trainings, especially if they're in Austin, TX! Three of our memebers went to the Director's and Media Training down in the 512. It was great!
A warm Halloween in 2019? If you were at our event, it was!
Once again Hub City Outreach Center hosted THE Halloween event of the year! We thank all 161 who came out and had fun with us. We also want to thank our AMAZING vendors, donators and volunteers who came out to our event. The breakdown of the 161 attendees is as followed: 79 adults and 81 youth. With a total of 9 vendors, 12 raffles that were given out totaling in over $600., and the abundance of games enjoyed by families, together we made an impact!!!!!! If you are interested in being a part of (one of our) goals, building stronger individuals and families, let us know and we will make sure you are a part of it!
Did you see us?
During the National Night Out at Maggy Trejo Park, it was a nice to see some familiar faces and also some new ones! We gave out free new books, new planners, snacks and laughs while enjoying the beautiful day. If you ever see us out in the community, pop into our gallery and see if you're in any photos! Our photos are always free for you to save and use.
Jarrett Culver traded up to the NBA and he wanted our kids to strive for the same.
The Timberwolves NBA draft pick, from Texas Tech University, donated his shoes to our kids! WOW! We are thankful for Lubbock Impact and Jarrett for the amazing chance to change lives!!!! Our youth will receive a large reusable grocery bag full of brand name hygiene items, undergarments, and a new pair of shoes. Jarrett's are just a few new shoes they can choose from.
If you are ever wanting to donate, you can find out how to right ->here<-
2nd Annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway,
How do we Sunday Funday you may ask??? Well, we decided to head back to the Toledo Apartments. Last year, Ashley reached out to us requesting items for her tenets. This year, we reached out to Ashley so we could come bless this apartment community once again. We brought games, food, goodies, the essentials and we gave away a brand new bike! Check out more photos over in our gallery.
May 2019 Family of the Month:
Our wonderful Family of the Month for May is the Marritt/Vasquez Family! Theresa and Haylie are two of our most active participants in HCOC as well as Poppy’s Unpack. Even though Haylie is always hiding and trying to scare someone, they say Uncle Mikey is the funniest in the family because he is always playing around and telling funny jokes. This family eats together about 5-6 times a week and, their favorite meal to cook together is BBQ, because they get to make all the sides from scratch! (YUM!) Some of their favorite memories are from going to Schlitterbahn Water Park in Galveston, TX and Grandma got stuck in the lazy river!!! Going swimming, roadtrips and watching movies are some of their favorite things to do together. Theresa and Haylie like to help by serving the homeless at Grace Campus. They help the familys by providing clothes for kids. They also like to help the elderly by going to their homes and praying with them. We are thankful to see this family every week. The empowerment they instill in each other daily is powerful and we are thankful to have them in our programs!
Our 2nd Annual Summer Bash + Texas Health Steps Workgroup Committee
WOW! HCOC hosted our 2nd Annual Summer Bash along side the Texas Health Steps Workgroup Committee. We had about 300 attendees, 25 vendors and community resources, 4,000 tamales and over $700.00 worth of raffle prizes. What a success!
→ A HUGE “THANK YOU!!!” goes out to everyone who assisted in, donated items, volunteered their time, networked to the community and attended our event. YOU made it possible!
→ A very deserving THANK YOU goes out to the Texas Health Steps Workgroup Committee for your efforts in making this possible as well! We are blessed to have had your team on board with us!
→ *A very special shout out goes to Rory and Wanda for allowing us the space in the parking lot on their ALWAYS very busy Wednesdays nights. We thank you for allowing us to empower the community. We thank you for believing in us every step of the way!!!
Courtnie, Gary and Alexa Briggs are this month’s Family of the Month! Courtnie and Gary show up and fully participate in our group and Ms. Poppy’s group with giant smiles and radiating positivity. Sweet Alexa has volunteered with us in the past and is such a joy to be around. Alexa attends Evans JH and plays basketball there! Gary excels when he is in Art and asks great questions when doing science experiments with BioTech. Courtnie is a table leader in Unpack and is active in Jail Ministry by supporting women in the system, telling stories of hope and gives her testimony to the ladies. Courtnie says that her silly Gary is always full of jokes, so it is no surprise to us when we heard that Pie Face is their favorite game, alongside Ispy. Reading the scripture, cooking enchiladas and doing homeless ministry are some of their favorite things to do together. This family shows us how a strong family bond can lead to lasting greatness in their lives.
Easter Fun at Lubbock Impact, 2019
We decided to have a little Easter fun the week before the holiday to ensure our kids received the joy of an Easter egg hunt! With donations from the community, we were able to give out 24 Easter baskets to 24 kids. Each basket had a new toothbrush, toothpaste, a fire safety workbook, a re-fillable water bottle and a hat! Our Easter egg hunt has 250 eggs full of candy and 12 had HCOC-made coupons. Some of the coupons were for: 1 free item from the clothes closet, 1 free book from the library, you-call-it: free day, you-call-it: reading day, free pizza for everyone, and more! Our kids had a blast and we were excited to give them this experience.
Global Youth Service Day 2019:
Hub City Outreach Center hosted a site for the Global Youth Service Day 2019! We prepped the donated Easter baskets that we will be giving to our youth on 4/17/2019. We also switched out the winter clothes with our summer clothes for our Youth Swap Clothes Closet. These opportunities allow youth to see the impact on giving back to their community. Youth were able to take home 1 items for volunteering. If youth/adults brought items to donate, they were eligible to take items that equaled the amount that was donated. The Swap Closet is designed to keep itself plentiful as well as providing youth with a way to get new items without needing any funds! It also teaches our youth to respect and take care of their items.
March 2019 Family of the Month: The Arguelles Family
Priscilla and Daniella Arguelles have been selected as our March family of the month. Priscilla and Daniella are both hard working ladies that wholeheartedly participate in our program and Mrs. Poppy’s Unpack Ministry. Daniella has been deemed the funniest one in the family because she always tells funny stories. Priscilla told us that her and Daniella once played a prank on their friend in the car because she fell asleep!!The Arguelles’ enjoy eating together every day/night, whether that means going to Souper Salad or cooking quesadillas at home, going on vacations and screaming in the car to stay awake on long trips, attending basketball games, watching funny movies and playing ISPY together! These ladies also enjoy giving back whenever they can. They’ve helped the community through ‘The Shoebox’ at Christmas time and cared for Priscilla’s Sister as she worked to overcome losing everything from a home electrical fire. The Arguelles’ are a team and they are awesome! Priscilla is an excellent role model in many ways to her little girl, but we want to give special recognition to how she motivates Daniella to do well in school! They BOTH utilize free tutoring, as Priscilla is working towards her Teacher’s Certification! This family demonstrates how positive attitudes and actions can bring positive results in return! To see more previous Family of the Month recipients, click me!
New Curriculum!! Introducing Positive Action!
Positive Action is an curriculum that is systematically designed to teach youth positive thought loops through 15-minute interactive CBT sessions. We received a very generous donation of a variety of Positive Action Kits. We are so excited to start implementing them at our sites!
February 2019 Family of the Month: The Haney Family
Debra, Adrian and Ariana Haney are our fabulous February family of the month! The Haney Family enjoys going to Texas Ranger’s Baseball Games. Some traditions they have are attending the opening game of the season for the Rangers. The Haney Family attends Under Construction Church and also enjoy cooking together. Adrian, the youngest, plays baseball and football. Ariana, the oldest, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track. We get to see the Haney’s on Wednesdays. They are always helpful, insightful, fun and they fully participate in our program and Poppy’s program. They remind us that when life gets tough, we are tougher!
To see more previous Family of the Month recipients, click me!
It has officially begun!!!!
No, we are not talking about a zombie apocalypse.
We're talking about our LIBRARY!!! With a HUGE shout-out to Friends of the Library Lubbock and Lubbock Mahon Public Library, and a HUGE thank you to Lubbock Impact, we have had a marvelous jump start to the library we have always dreamt of having for our youth.
We are accepting donations of books, games and book shelves so we can continue the amazing-ness that is READING! We have a special addition that we are working on. We will post the update soon! You can get more information and pictures, here.
Winter Coat Drive October 2018- January 2019
From October 2018 through January 2019 Hub City Outreach Center hosted a Winter Coat (and accessory) Drive. Together, with your help, we collected 42 coats and many accessories (ie. hats, gloves, scarves). We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated. You made a difference in a young person's life. You contributed to their basic needs so that they could focus on anything else! You warmed bodies and hearts this winter season!!! To see more photos from the coat drive and our Youth Clothes Swap Closet, click me!
We appreciate you.
Hub City Outreach Center wants to thank everyone who came out to spend a little of their Halloween with us!
We were able to have fun with 50+ families and 165+ people! We are thankful for all of our vendors, volunteers and the Optimist Boys and Girls Club for allowing us to host our event there.
We are blessed to have support and sponsors that have given us the ability to give out 11 raffle packages to well deserving families.
Check out all the photos -> here <-
We are proud of our founder and director, Megan Estrada for having been selected for the
2018 Hispana Inspiradora Award from the Hispanic Association of Women!!
Megan was selected for this award based on her community service contributions and outstanding work which benefits the entire community. Megan goes above and beyond the call of duty for serving youth, is a positive role model, demonstrates leadership skills and is a proud Hispanic woman!!!
On June 11th, 2018, Hub City Outreach Center began a tradition. We want our youth to experience the importance of positive relationships in family life and in their community! HCOC teamed up with 17 other community partner vendors and donors to provide a Summer Carnival free for youth and their families. Youth were given a raffle ticket, a punch-card and a goodie bag on behalf of West Texas AHEC. As youth explored the Carnival and spoke to our vendors, collected their information, participated in games and activities, they were able to collect raffle tickets. With the help of our original awesome 17 community partners and donors, we created 15 available prizes to win. To see more photos, click me!