Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Photo exhibit at Conner Museum features Ministry Resource Center projects

KINGSVILLE - October 25, 2010

Contact: Julie Naejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has on display a very different kind of exhibit. Ministry Resource Center: Changing Communities One Family at a Time, depicts some of the projects undertaken by the Ministry Resource Center (MRC), a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to helping less fortunate families in Texas. It was developed by Renee Vickers, executive director of the MRC.

An exhibit reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, when guests can meet Vickers and learn more about the work of the MRC. The exhibit continues through Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Although a very small organization in terms of membership, the MRC networks with a variety of other ministries and non-profit organizations. Vickers founded the organization in 1996 because “The needs in my community were many and I sought out the resources that were available in my county to bring about positive changes.”

Some of the projects pictured in the exhibit include food distributions to residents in coastal Texas counties following Hurricane Ike and obtaining mobile homes for residents in Live Oak County after a devastating wildlife destroyed an entire neighborhood leaving many families homeless.

MRC originally focused on a few counties in South Texas, but now brings material goods and housing to Texans in need from Amarillo to Mission. As the amount of resources available to MRC expanded, so did the range of influence.  

“As a recipient of funding from the Texas Facilities Commission, our boundaries are now the borders of the state,” Vickers said. It is Vickers’ hope the exhibit will touch the hearts of the visitors and make them wonder what they can do to help.

The Conner Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810.


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