Summer Staff turned year-long intern, Jack Rider!

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If you’ve volunteered during the last two summers at Blueprint, you may recognize Jack Rider. This summer we convinced him to stick around and serve as the year-long intern. You can’t get rid of us that easily, Jack!

What is your role at BP going to be and how did you hear about us?

My role at BP is the year-long intern.

I heard about Blueprint from my parents two years ago.  My dad brought down our church from Connecticut to serve with Blueprint on a family mission trip.  While at Blueprint, my parents both independently called and told me how great Blueprint was.  They both knew how I have always wanted to work for a service-focused organization, and they thought it would be a great fit. 

What can we find you doing in your free time?

In my free time you can find me spending time with my friends, playing ultimate frisbee, and watching movies.

You're not a San Antonio native, so tell us where you grew up!

I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, which is about an hour outside of New York City.  It’s an incredible area with a rich history and beautiful natural scenery.   

What's your favorite thing about San Antonio or Texas in general?

My favorite thing about San Antonio so far has been the community.  Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and tremendous generosity.   

Favorite vacation or travel destination

My favorite vacation was going to Bar Harbor, Maine.  On this vacation, I had the opportunity to explore Acadia National Park, try local foods, and spend time with my family.  

Favorite movie

The Dark Knight 

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cookies and cream ice cream.

Summer Staff turned part-time Administrative Assistant!

If you haven’t already met her, allow us to introduce Gabby Melendez our favorite photography summer staffer turned part-time administrative assistant! She is full of life, always has a smile on her face and a joke to tell. We’re so happy that she’s been able to stick around post-summer to help us out around the office.

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How did you hear about Blueprint?

I heard about Blueprint through Youth for Christ. Layton came and spoke about Blueprint and I loved the fact that I was able to keep serving after the summer.

What's your ministry background?

I have worked as a Leader in Training with San Antonio Youth for Christ for about a year.

What can we find you doing in your free time?

I really enjoy painting and drawing although my art tends to look terrible. [this is not true and Gabby just “tends” to be super hard on herself!]

What's your favorite thing about San Antonio?

I have lived in San Antonio for all my life and truthfully I cannot image living anywhere else. I love the abundance of HEBs and the culture of San Antonio. [Gabby had to be pressed to think of a “favorite thing” and also suggested that the Alamo and Riverwalk are her favorite things, which we all know are no San Antonians favorite things…]

Favorite vacation or travel destination?

I think my favorite destination is Morro Bay, California! It is such a beautiful little town and it [the temperature] is in the 50s in the middle of summer.

Favorite musical or movie?

I love Mulan!

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be pasta. [Gabby specifies that she loves all kinds of pasta, especially Chicken Alfredo]


Stay tuned over the next few days to meet Judy and Jack!

Meet Abigail: Special Projects Coordinator

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Abigail is joining our team for a few months to assist in special projects. We are so glad to have her join us!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in San Antonio, and then went to college at the University of Texas at Austin where I studied Social Work. After graduating from UT, I moved to Athens, Georgia for a year and received a Master of Social Work degree with a focus in community development and nonprofit management. I have a special heart for communities and people groups living in poverty. I’m a lover of the Spanish language, Latino culture, spontaneous fun opportunities, being with other people, and eating ice cream.  

What is your ministry background? 

I have spent a lot of time working with a ministry in Guatemala, where I first developed a passion for the poor and a love for the latino population. Throughout college, I worked as a youth group leader and had so much fun leading and mentoring high school girls. 

What is your role at BP going to be? 

I will be working on a number of different nonprofit development projects with my main focus being on the development of outcome measurement and assessment tools.  

How did you hear about BP? 

I first heard about Blueprint when I was in high school and Dee Dee, Executive Director of BP, was my small group leader. 

What are you looking forward to being on staff with BP? 

I am excited to be a part of the team, share new ideas, and contribute to this work that is blessing our city!  

What can we find you doing in your free time? 

Hanging out with friends or family, or taking a nap.

Favorite movie? 

Ahh probably Father of the Bride 

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Bean and cheese tacos or a cheeseburger with cheese and ketchup only, hard call. 


Come volunteer with us this summer and chat with Abigail! https://www.blueprintministry.com/kitchen

Meet Ares: Assistant Construction Director!

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Ares came onto the Blueprint team at the start of the new year. His role as Assistant Construction Director will entail assisting in all construction endeavors including: camps, retreats, service days, etc. We are so excited to have him on the team and can’t wait for you to meet him!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name Is Ares Messina. I’m 20 years old and am originally from Beaumont, Texas. I first met Christ my junior year in high school and I’ve been devoted to following him ever since. I have a huge passion for lost kids and love spreading the gospel through camps and sharing my testimony.

What is your ministry background?

I’ve worked as a ministry site director for San Antonio Youth for Christ and as a youth/worship leader at my local church for the past two years.

How did you hear about BP?

I first heard about Blueprint in 2015 when I was part of the YFC group that came and worked over the summer, I really enjoyed it and always imagined I would make it back in some way.

What are you looking forward to being on staff with BP?

I am really looking forward to creating a lasting impact in the community. At YFC and in churches people can choose how much they want to let you in, but to enter into someone’s home and make a difference where they are most vulnerable is truly powerful.

What can we find you doing in your free time?

I love to cook and play guitar, but I will take any chance I can to do some fishing on the river.

Favorite movie?

Currently between Les Misérables and Logan (I’m a huge Hugh Jackman fan).

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I make a killer alfredo pasta that I’m sure I could survive on.

Is there anything else interesting you want us to know about you?

I can walk on my hands, although I’m not sure that counts as interesting.


Interested in doing a construction project with Blueprint? Feel free to e-mail us at info@blueprintministry.com and we would love to chat!

Living in Sub-Standard Housing: One Woman’s Story

A group of students from Houston, TX working on Ms. Bakers home Summer 2017.

A group of students from Houston, TX working on Ms. Bakers home Summer 2017.

The Cost

Ms. Baker’s home was in great disrepair on the outside as well as the inside.  Mirroring the house disrepair is the family that lives there. Ms. Baker lives in this house on the city’s west side with her daughter, son-in-law and 3 grand-daughters.  The total income for this family ranks them just above the poverty level.

Both Ms. Baker and her son-in-law suffer from multiple health issues to include diabetes and back issues.  Emotionally, there has been a great sense of despair and helplessness leading to Ms. Baker to suffer from depression.  She lost her job which caused her to feel even more helpless.  Her neighbors thought she may have passed away as she became so reclusive due to the condition of her home.

Ms. Baker was referred to us through the City of San Antonio’s Code Compliance Department.  The referral came as an attempt to make repairs to keep this home from being condemned and having the family displaced from their home. The home had multiple roof leaks as well as a room addition in the back portion of the home that was detaching from the rest of the house. 

The Hope

Last summer, Blueprint volunteers began working to restore the Baker house.  After several weeks of work, the house had received a new roof, new floors, new walls and ceilings, painting and a remodeled bathroom. 

While there is still much left to do on the restoration of this house, Ms. Baker and her family have seen a restoration of their hope.  Ms. Baker now has a part-time job and shows a great sense of pride in her home.  She is funny, compassionate and most importantly – full of life and hope. 

Ms. Baker is just one story of the 46 families whose homes have been restored this year to a warmer, safer and drier place to live and raise their families.  Over 2,000 volunteers from 74 churches, schools, and businesses have partnered with Blueprint to restore hope to San Antonio homeowners.  

We are grateful for all God did in 2018 and look forward to 2019 and all that it will entail.

 

Meet Joe, Our Year-Long Intern!

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Joe joined our full-time team this summer as the year-long intern. He is a longtime friend to Blueprint & we are lucky to have him! Get to know him a little more below. 

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have lived in San Antonio my whole life and I just finished college at Abilene Christian University where I studied Financial Management.

What is your history with BP? 

I have been at Blueprint for the previous 3 summers as a part of the summer staff and I’m excited to be here all year.

What are you looking forward to as the year-long intern?

It will be fun to learn from Doug and Layton, the Construction Directors. I’m also looking forward to being with the staff on a day to day basis and learning about how Blueprint Ministries runs throughout the year.

In your free time, where can we find you?

I love watching Spurs basketball and a lot of European soccer. I’m also a huge music nerd, so a lot of hours are wasted finding new music on Spotify, a music streaming service.

Favorite movie?

The Big Lebowski.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?

Probably Rosario’s, they have great Tex Mex that really captures the spirit of the city. Shout out to Whataburger for the best fast food.

Any fun facts we should know about you?

I’m an elite level nap-taker but sadly that skill is pretty useless.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know Joe a little more! Interested in working with us during the summer as a part of the summer staff or applying for the year-long internship next year? Click on the button below to learn more!

Lasting Memories

Mary Rodriguez, a Blueprint homeowner, receives her scrapbook from volunteers working on her home.

Mary Rodriguez, a Blueprint homeowner, receives her scrapbook from volunteers working on her home.

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and that could not be truer of the photo-filled scrapbooks that our campers make for their homeowners every week of camp.

One of our homeowners, Johnny Williams, loves to show off the work that Blueprint volunteers did to repair the substandard living conditions of his house through the many scrapbooks made for him over the years.  But be prepared- if you visit Johnny, he has collected many photos worth far more than just a thousand words. 

Mary and the team of volunteers working on her home.

Mary and the team of volunteers working on her home.

Every week during the summer, our groups that serve with Blueprint prepare a scrapbook to leave behind with the homeowner when their week of work is done.  The scrapbook includes pictures of the kids with the homeowners, pictures of the kids doing the different repair projects and progress throughout the week.  Relationships are built - lasting relationships - between the kids and the homeowners.  Not only are homes restored, but hope as well. In the end, long time friendships and beautiful memories remain.  

So when you visit Johnny, he will share stories with you, show you pictures of the kids, and you will see the joy and love he has for those who have served and the gratitude he has for the memories captured in the scrapbooks.

My favorite part of the week was making our homeowner smile while we gave her our scrapbook.
— Week 2 Camper, 2018

Meet the 2018 Summer Staff!

This summer we are welcoming some familiar faces & some new faces, get to know them all below! 


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Andrew Joyce-Hospitality

Hometown: Owasso, OK
School: Oklahoma Baptist c/o 2020
Major: Sociology + Spanish
History with BP: 2nd year on summer staff
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose? C.S. Lewis
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Guac
Fave Disney Movie: The Lion King

 

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Natalie Young-Media

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Southwestern c/o 2020
Major: Sociology + Communication
History with BP: 2nd year on summer staff
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose?
Carrie Fisher
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Queso
Fave Disney Movie: Treasure Planet

 

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Matthew Ebert-Construction

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Texas A&M c/o 2021
Major: Engineering
History with BP: Camper + Trip Leader
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose? Nick Offerman
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Queso
Fave Disney Movie: Coco

 

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Kelsey Myers-Construction

Hometown: Katy, TX
School: Texas A&M c/o 2021
Major: Kinesiology
History with BP: 3 years as camper
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose?
Princess Diana
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Queso
Fave Disney Movie: High School Musical Trilogy

 

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Jack MacTough-Construction

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Texas A&M c/o 2019
Major: Wildlife + Fisheries
History with BP: 2nd year on summer staff
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose?
Christopher Nolan
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Queso
Fave Disney Movie: Treasure Planet

 

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Jack Rider-Construction

Hometown: Westport, CT
School: Wooster c/o 2019
Major: Sociology
History with BP: First Timer
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose? FDR
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Guac
Fave Disney Movie: The Incredibles

 

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Joe Cuthbert-Construction/Year-Long Intern

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Abilene Christian c/o 2018
Major: Finance
History with BP: 4th year as summer staff
If you could eat dinner with one person dead or alive, who would you choose?
George Harrison
Choose One-Queso, Guac or Salsa: Queso
Fave Disney Movie: Wall-E


Interested in Summer Staff 2019? Apply below!

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The Reality of Relationship Building

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Layton Kauffman, Blueprint's Community Construction Director, has the great joy of not only working on substandard homes in our city, but also building relationships with those living in the homes. This past week, Layton had a powerful encounter with one of the residents of a home that we began work on almost a year ago. Check out his story below.

Last summer we started work on a home that was in need of a great deal of repairs. It was the home of a grandmother living with two 20 year old grandchildren and one new born great grandchild. The home was leaking from the roof in multiple spots, had no hot water, no functioning kitchen sink, and was in desperate need of sheetrock repairs and flooring.

Typically, it takes multiple weeks to begin to establish a relationship with those living in the home, so I began to reach out to one of the grandchildren named Pedro. Simply just saying hi, shaking his hand and asking him about work. At first, you could tell he wasn’t sure about us. But over the course of a few weeks, he began to open up more and more.

This past week, as I was finishing the install of the water heater in the back of the house, Pedro approached me a little sheepishly. I could tell he was trying to articulate something but did not know exactly how to do so. He stumbled through his form of a thank you for all that we have done for him and his family. You could tell he was emotional and not used to having to formulate a thank you. I was able to express to him that we do this because we love him and we love Jesus.

As I began to witness to him, he said I know I should read the bible more but I also know that I am not worthy of love. SOBERING REALITY. The ensuing conversation was all about how no one is worthy of God’s love. My sin is just as bad as everyone else's and no one is worthy of God’s love. I ended my time with Pedro with a big hug and a time of prayer. 

I am amazingly grateful for the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with our homeowners and their families. It often takes many weeks of groups coming in to break down the walls of distrust and hurt. Many times our volunteers don’t get to see these moments, yet without weekly volunteers, it is impossible for us to build these relationships. Every week a group of volunteers enters a home and they chip away at the wall that these homeowners build up, and by God’s grace and for His glory, relationships are built and the gospel is shared.

Stories like this one are why Blueprint exists-to repair homes and restore hope. Interested in getting involved with the ministry? Send us an e-mail at info@blueprintministry.com, we'd love to connect you!

Say Hello to Ron, Director of Camps & Programming!

Ron comes on board this month as the Director of Camps & Programming. He’s a veteran of youth ministry who can’t wait to get started with Blueprint. Learn a little more about him below!

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TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born in California but raised in Texas so I can claim the best of both worlds.  I love the beach and I also love Tex-Mex and Barbecue (essentials in Texas).  I met Christ towards the end of my high school years.  I studied Speech Communications at Texas Christian University and have a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  I have been married to my beautiful wife Bethany since June 2012.  I’m an avid snow-skier having lived and worked in Vail, CO after college. 

WHAT IS YOUR MINISTRY BACKGROUND?

During college, I had the opportunity to get my start in ministry at Laity Lodge Youth Camp where I worked for 3 summers.  Over the last 18 years I’ve had the privilege of working with students both with Young Life and a variety of churches in San Antonio, Houston and Huntington Beach, CA. I’ve had a passion for missions for years and have lead a variety of international and domestic missions opportunities. 

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH BP?

From 2006-2009, I served as the Director of High School Ministry at University United Methodist Church activities and worked with Dee Dee Sedgwick during my time there. Together we took a crew of adults and leaders to Memphis to serve with SOS (Service Over Self).  After Dee Dee made the transition to Blueprint, I helped out with summer programming at a few camps and introduced Memorial Drive Presbyterian to Blueprint when I was their Youth Director in 2010.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH BP?

I believe in this mission.  Meeting tangible needs of homeowners is a great expression of the love of Christ. I also appreciate the dual priority of repairing homes but also caring for the homeowners. Displaying this kind of love opens the door to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with San Antonio. I believe home repair with Blueprint & care for the homeowners gives us a glimpse of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

IN YOUR FREE TIME, WHAT CAN WE FIND YOU DOING?

As an alumni of TCU, I’m a die-hard Horned Frog and you can anticipate me sharing my love of sports, food, movies and music with all of my friends.  You can count on my support of the San Antonio Spurs and I will happily oblige any ticket offers to attend games in person. Bethany and I love food, music and television & movies.  We love to entertain guests in our home and look forward to exploring San Antonio together.

IF YOU HAD TO EAT ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Mexican Food.  I’m pretty sure that heaven will be a buffet of Tex-Mex, Fajitas & Chips & Queso.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

When I was 8 years old, I won tickets to a Michael Jackson concert through a contest giveaway at Burger King.  We got to see the “King of Pop” on the 2nd row.  It was great!

I’m known to make random jingles and sing them loudly to help motivate myself to keep going during the long-days of ministry.

Ron, we are so excited to have you join our team!

Meet Aubrey, Director of Hospitality & Homeowner Relations!

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Aubrey joined our team this February as the Director of Hospitality & Homeowner Relations. She's a San Antonio native with a passion to love her community well. We can't wait for you to get to meet her!

Tell us a little about yourself: 

I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and then spent four years in Abilene studying marketing at Abilene Christian University. After moving to Austin, TX and receiving an additional degree in graphic design, I married my husband Michael and *happily* became Aubrey McKissick. Having both grown up in San Antonio, Michael and I shared a dream of learning Spanish and being able to communicate with our Spanish-speaking neighbors. We accomplished that goal when we moved to Costa Rica in December of 2016 for language school. After a year of Spanish immersion and the "Pura Vida" culture of Costa Rica, we are now confident Spanish speakers!

What is your ministry background?

Since I've been old enough to hold a baby in the nursery, and not be in the nursery myself, my sisters and I have served in Children's Ministry at Oak Hills Church. Our mom has served in several capacities in Children's Ministry at Oak Hills and is still the Preschool Director. In turn, our whole family has the pleasure of volunteering alongside her! My husband and I have also had the pleasure of serving with the Austin New Church Kids and Youth in Austin, TX. 

What is your history with BP?

As a middle school and high school student, I double-dipped youth groups and would attend activities with both my home church and University United Methodist Church where Dee Dee Sedgwick was the Youth Pastor. As part of the UUMC youth group, some of my very best friends and I traveled to SOS in Memphis, TN to help rebuild houses there. I knew Dee Dee and Blueprint had adopted a very similar model to SOS, so I was already familiar with the work that Blueprint was doing here in San Antonio. After spending many years away from my hometown, I came back to San Antonio and heard about a job opening at Blueprint. Of course, I had to apply because of Blueprint's mission and vision help to rebuild my favorite city in the world, San Antonio! 

What are you most excited about working with BP?

I'm excited to connect with our homeowners and see first hand how improved housing improves their lives'. It's also exciting to come alongside volunteers who already know the in's and out's of Blueprint! It is rare that you have an equally equipped staff and group of volunteers. 

In your free time, what can we find you doing?

My husband and I are both from San Antonio so you'll find us, with our families' and some of our best friends, eating Mexican Food at Garcia's, watching the Spurs, drinking coffee or going to the movies. My husband and I both share a love of letters and typography, so you may also catch us designing or painting something. Check out Mike's Instagram (@michaeljmckissick) to see his work and lots of Costa Rica pictures. 

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Unequivocally anything on the menu at Garcia's Mexican Food. Give me any mixture of tortillas, brisket, rice, beans, pico and salsa...guaranteed, I'm a happy gal. 

Is there anything else you want the world to know about you?

I have three men named "Bart" in my family (my dad and two uncles on the same side), two aunts named Lezli and Leslie, and both my grandmas are named "Shirley". Sounds like we're not very creative when it comes to naming people…

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Aubrey a little bit more! We can’t wait for you to come meet her in person. 

We are the Same: Everyone Suffers // A Guest Blog by Joybelle Grant.

Every summer, Blueprint opens it's doors to hundreds of students who give their time and hearts to the ministry and the homeowners whose homes are being repaired each summer. Joybelle - a student from Hope Church San Antonio - shared words on her experiences this summer, check them out below. 

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My name is Joybelle Grant. I am a sophomore in high school. I attended the Blueprint Ministries mission trip with the youth group from Hope Church San Antonio this summer.  

Blueprint Ministries is an inner city mission in San Antonio, TX that finds local families or individuals who are around or below the poverty level and brings in youth groups for a weeklong camp experience. Blueprint supplies all the tools and materials to repair their homes while the youth do the labor.  

This was my first service trip. I wanted to go to serve others and have fun with the other teens. The experience impacted me in a surprising way.  It was different than walking away feeling good that I helped someone else, although that was true as well.

While working there, in a decrepit old house with the ceiling and walls falling in and layers of grime on the walls, I realized I am not the only one who suffers.  This was not a brand new idea for me.  I know that we all suffer in different ways and to different degrees.  But sometimes because of the trials God has allowed in my life I can start to believe that I am alone in my suffering.  Many of the people that we were serving had close to nothing and although I was able to appreciate how much I have materially, I felt we had suffering in common.  I felt a sameness.  There was a communication barrier and we really didn’t get to talk to our homeowner much, but I sensed a sadness.  To see so much tangible suffering around me made me feel sad, yet less alone.  It was comforting to realize I am not the only one that hurts.  
Lots of thoughts followed: Suffering isn’t necessarily all bad - God allows suffering to show us his presence and love for us in the face of hardship, many times he uses others, sometimes I can believe that because I am suffering something is very wrong with me, that’s a lie. I can look at people around me who seem on the surface to suffer less and believe that it’s unfair, the truth is that God is wiser than me and perfectly just, that I have the same worth whether I am suffering or doing well, like really valuable sometimes I even feel angry and ask, “Why am I the only one facing this kind of problem?” We all suffer to some degree, it is inevitable and within the suffering there is God’s love and peace and the comfort of others who share our burdens. This was just one aspect of my experience.

It was also so much fun.  There was a lot of fun in the dorm room with the other girls and counselors.  At the job site we had fun during the demolition phase.  There was a seemingly endlessness of cake at dinner.  There might have been a Chinese fire drill.  There was a memorable sawing of body parts of large cuddly stuffed animals during chapel.  We enjoyed some Starbucks at quite an expense of peace between the teams.  

Overall it was just a great experience and I can’t wait till next year!

Thank you, Joybelle, for sharing your experience with us! We can't wait to see you next summer. 

Interested in coming to camp next summer? Click the link below to register your youth group.

Words From a Father & Son

Every October, a group of men from Whites Chapel United Methodist Church out of Southlake, Texas begin their trek down I-35 and head to San Antonio ready to serve. This group of men doing mission together started out in 2008 with 10 people and have grown every year since. You can find them each year repairing roofs, putting up new sheetrock, fixing holes in floors, and sharing the heart of Jesus to homeowners in San Antonio. We asked a father and son, Gary & Al Kaufmann, about their experience at Blueprint - read what they had to say below: 

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"Several years ago my son Al invited me to join him on a mission trip to San Antonio. My first thought was "that would be pretty cool" working side by side with Al helping people we had never met. I have now completed my second year on this mission trip, driving almost 2000 miles round trip to join the team from Whites Chapel.

While I was very excited on the way to the first home that we were assigned to, that quickly turned to a sense of responsibility - not only to the homeowners but also to the work team. Working with Al became very easy as we were both comfortable working together. At times there was a lot of joking, other times were stressful as things didn't go as planned, but we always remembered why we were there.  At the end of the job we were always tired, always dirty, always satisfied and grateful for the chance to be of service to our fellow man.

Reflecting back on the experience I felt many different emotions: humility, thankfulness, shame (that people live in such conditions), accomplishment, and yes pride, pride in what was done for another. "

- Gary Kaufmann (Father)

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"When I started coming to Blueprint Ministry five years ago with White’s Chapel Men’s Mission trip it was an eye-opening experience.  I’m pretty handy with tools and pretty fearless when it comes to taking on remodeling projects, but these homes take it to a new level. 

Inevitably, at some point during the weekend, usually while elbow-deep in plumbing I’ve never seen, I found myself calling one of the best remodelers I know…my dad.  I’d explain the situation as best I could over the phone and he would try to diagnose it from over 1,000 miles away. After the second year of this I told him it would be a lot easier on me if he would just drive down from Minnesota and go on this trip with me! 

Ever since then my dad has made the trip to Texas for our annual Blueprint weekend.  Being so far away from each other, we don’t get very many opportunities to work together on these sorts of things.  BluePrint has given us the time together to do something we both love in a way that lets us follow Jesus’ path."

- Al Kaufmann (Son)


Interested in booking a working retreat with us? Click the link below for more info.


Meet Our Summer Staff!

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We love our summer staff who come from various places to serve in San Antonio for the summer. Learn more about them here!


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Joe Cuthbert
Construction Team

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Abilene Christian University
Major: Finance
Hobbies: Basketball, watching soccer and music
Favorite Sonic Drink: Cherry Limeade
One thing you could not go a day without: Spotify

 

 

Kevin Lawler
Construction Team

Hometown: San Antonio, TX/Fresno, CA
College: University of Texas at San Antonio
Major: Business Management
Hobbies: Sports, TV, sleeping, and helping people
Favorite Sonic Drink: Peanut Butter, Fudge and Vanilla Shake or Vanilla Dr. Pepper Cherry Soda
One thing you could not go a day without: Nothing

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Angel Aguilera
Construction Team

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: San Antonio College
Major: Biology
Hobbies: Church and football
Favorite Sonic Drink: Green Apple Cherry Slush
One thing you could not go a day without: Snapchat

 

 

Andrew Joyce
Hospitality Team

Hometown: Owasso, Oklahoma
School: Oklahoma Baptist University
Major: Sociology and Spanish
Hobbies: Reading, music, Netflix, finding the best food in town
Favorite Sonic Drink: Banana Shake
One thing you could not go a day without: Phone

 

Natalie Young
Media Team

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Southwestern University
Major: Communication and Sociology
Hobbies: Art & binge watching Netflix
Favorite Sonic Drink: Cherry Slush
One thing you could not go a day without: Laptop and drawing tablet

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Garrett Collenback
Construction Team

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School: Sam Houston State University
Major: History
Hobbies: Basketball, reading, coffee and music
Favorite Sonic Drink: Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
One thing you could not go a day without: Coffee



 

caleb joyce
Construction Team

Hometown: Owasso, OK
School: Tulsa Community College
Major: Business
Hobbies: Roasting Coffee
Favorite Sonic Drink: Large Dr. Pepper
One thing you could not go a day without: Coffee!!!


Interested in applying for Summer Staff 2018? Just click the button below!

10 Reasons We Love Camp

As we kick off Summer 2017 here at Blueprint Ministries, check out these 10 reasons we love camp:

10) Summer Staff

College aged students dedicate their entire summer to hang out with campers and help restore substandard homes for our San Antonio neighbors. We could not be more thankful for them.

9) Campers

The steady sound of noise from a building full of campers is our favorite!

8) Sonic Happy Hour

After a day of hard work, teams will head over to Sonic to enjoy a slush...yum!

7) Homeowners

We love getting to know them, hearing their stories, and continuing a relationship with them for years to come.

6) You

Seeing adults and teens come back to serve San Antonio year after year is the greatest joy for us.

5) Friends

We love meeting and making new friends every year.

4) Hands & Feet of Jesus

We love getting to learn what it truly means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

3) Serving Others

The joy that comes from putting on a new roof, fixing up floors, painting a house and more for our homeowners is an incredible blessing!

2) 9 Square

This is an evening favorite and the perfect way to have fun with friends at the end of the day.

1) Lives are Changed

Every week of camp, students and volunteers give their time working on San Antonio substandard homes. In turn, homeowners live warmer, safer and drier, prayers are answered, and life change happens. What an honor to be a part of this mission!

We hope you will join us this summer in prayer; for our homeowners, full time staff, summer staff, adult and teen volunteers, safety, lives to be changed, and so much more!

The Big Give 2017

What is the Big Give?

The Big Give is South Central Texas’ 24 hour online day of online giving fueled by the power of generous donors, creative nonprofits, social media, collaboration, and you!

The goal of the Big Give is to support the nonprofits in our region that are committed to making South Central Texas a great place to live, work, and play.

Since 2014, 101,000 donors have given nearly $11 million dollars to over 1,600 nonprofits through the Big Give-making it one of the most successful giving days in the country.

Who is Blueprint?

Blueprint Ministries is a nonprofit organization in urban San Antonio that provides servant leadership training for youth and adults while restoring homes for elderly, disabled and low-income residents. 

Blueprint Ministries is committed to making San Antonio substandard homes warmer, safer, and drier for our inner city friends.   

How can you help?

1) "Like" Blueprint on Facebook and share our posts to your Facebook community.

2) Promote Blueprint Ministries by sharing this blog to your community.

3) GIVE: Donate to the mission of Blueprint on May 4th at our Big Give Profile. 

*If you donate between 9am and 12pm on May 4th, all donations up to $1,000 will be matched by a local foundation.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the mission of Blueprint Ministries!

 

A Year Spent with Blueprint: An Interview with Jeff Glitz

For the last year, Jeff Glitz has been Blueprint's faithful intern. Learn more about what his time at BP looked like:

-Remind us how you became involved with BP?

My brother and sister-in-law both interned at S.O.S. (Service Over Self), a partner organization that Blueprint is modeled after. So when my brother told me about Blueprint being in San Antonio, I thought it would be really awesome to be closer to him because he lives in Dallas. So I came down to visit Blueprint while in Texas and met all the people that worked here and fell in love with the organization. So the next three years I was on Summer Staff and for the past year I have been the full time intern.

-What does the life of a yearlong intern look like on a day-to-day basis?

During the Spring Break and summer it was just like when I was a Summer Staff member, working with the groups that came in for the week and overseeing the homes that we were working on. During the times that we did not have Spring Break or summer camp I would work on building upkeep and assisting with retreats. Sometimes I would go out to homes to help with previewing them or fixing little things that groups were not able to get to. I would also work with Bobby, our Camp Program Director, and go to churches in other cities to meet with them about their time at Blueprint during the summer. Every day interning at Blueprint looks a little bit different depending on what is going on during that time.

-What is your favorite BP memory from the last year?

I don’t know if I have just one favorite memory. Time spent with Doug and Layton, Blueprint’s Construction Staff, may have been some of my favorite times here. I also enjoyed the time I was able to spend with Joe and Jack, 2016 summer staffers, and getting to know them better.

-What is one significant thing you have learned in your time as an intern?

Most of the things that I have learned over the past year have been construction related. I now have construction skills that I can use in the future.

 -After a year spent in SA, have you found a favorite breakfast taco spot?

I have always been a fan of Taco Haven.

-Do you have a favorite San Antonio activity?

One of my favorite things to do is going for walks in some of the nature trails that are in San Antonio. There is one trail by the place I live that I go to at least 3 or 4 times a week to go on a walk and enjoy the peace and quiet it offers.

-What is your favorite board game to play?

I would have to say Ticket to Ride is my favorite board game, but my favorite card game is definitely Monopoly Deal.

-What is next for you?

I am currently looking for jobs in Texas and Michigan, really depending on God and following Him where He wants me to be.

Thanks Jeff for your time here at Blueprint, we miss you already!

A Day in the Life: Summer Staff Edition

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to intern with Blueprint Ministries? Every Spring Break and Summer, Blueprint hires a group of college aged men and women who want to share Christ’s extravagant hope, love and grace to both San Antonio homeowners and campers. 

At Blueprint, there are three areas where you can serve: construction, media or hospitality. We are currently taking applications for all three! Let me introduce you to two of our previous summer staffers and hear about their experience working for Blueprint.

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Tell us who you are and where you go to school:

Jack: My name is Jack MacTough, I am a Wildlife and Fisheries major at Texas A&M University, class of 2019.

Michaela: Hi! My name is Michaela. I am a junior at Trinity University where I am an International Studies Foreign Affairs major. I am a Young Life leader, in a sorority and I am a big fan of brunch.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

J: I once shut down a hospital for two weeks. 

M: I love lowercase letters.

How did you hear about Blueprint:

J: I went to Blueprint as a middle school camper for a church youth trip.

M: I lead Young Life in Alamo Heights, and my old area director heard about this opportunity to be on summer staff and thought it would be something I loved, he was right. 

What was your role at BP and what did your typical day look like?

J: I was on the Construction Team last summer. My typical day consisted of teaching middle school and high school students drywall and roofing skills as well as helping them grow spiritually and as a team.

M: I was the media intern, the actual best job that exists. A typical day for me consisted of driving around to all of the houses we were working on that week and taking pictures of the progress on the homes, the campers and the homeowners. I would then take all of those photos and form a slideshow everyday and print the best photos to help campers make their homeowners a scrapbook to remember them by!

What is your favorite memory of working at BP?

J: Working alongside Jeff, Layton and Doug (Construction Staff) and hearing them go back and forth on construction ideas was always fun and interesting.

M: This is so hard because BP played such a sweet role in my favorite summer. Watching one homeowner recover from a stroke and work alongside us by the end of the summer. Second, watching another homeowner run water through their shower after years of being without one. Lastly, forming great friendships with homeowners, campers and other interns.

Put broadly, my favorite memory of BP is the overall truth that BP gives simply to give. It's about taking time to serve, and give yourself away and continuing to do so when it is 102 degrees and you are covered in fiberglass splinters from the roof shingles for the 8th week in a row. When you have a million other places you could be but you choose to serve big and love big. It is absolutely beautiful if you ask me.

 

 

If you had one super power, what would it be?

J: The power to refill anything I want. If my bank account was empty, refill it. If my fridge was empty, refill it. 

M: Probably to teleport, I would likely be on time more often.

If you are interested in our summer staff internship, you can fill out an application now or contact our Camp Program Director for more information at Bobby@BlueprintMinistry.com

Blueprint Christmas: An Interview with Taylor Mooney

What is Blueprint Christmas?

Blueprint Christmas is an opportunity for us to further love on our homeowners through the gift of Christmas presents. We are blessed with wonderful volunteers that want to love on our homeowners with us. These volunteers pick up gift tags at various locations and buy Christmas presents for families whose houses we have worked on in the past.

 

What are gift tags?

Gift tags are blue paper ornaments that have an individual’s gift request. They will have a name and an item the person would like for Christmas. These gifts range from slippers to an occasional stove (if the family doesn't have a working one).

 

Where can you find a gift tag?

Several churches will have them, including: University UMC, The Park North, The Park Midtown, Alamo Heights Baptist Church, 210/Arsenal Church, and more. There will also be some at the Fairview Coffee Shop! You can also contact Taylor Mooney at Blueprint to get connected.

 

Who do we give gifts to?

We give gifts to any homeowner that Blueprint has worked with. We give a gift to every adult and two gifts to every child, as well as a grocery gift card for the household.

 

How can somebody get involved?

You can pick up a gift tag and buy a present for someone; you can even pick up gift tags for an entire family. The gifts then get wrapped by you and dropped off at Blueprint. We also have a delivery day where you can come to Blueprint, pick up a household's gifts, and deliver them to that family at their house. You can chat with them and get to know why we love them so much. I would highly recommend that you spend some time praying for each other. This is such a fun thing to do with your family and friends. 

 

You can do one of the above or both. Either way, we would love having you.

 

Why do we do it?

This is less about the act of giving presents and more about the act of tangible love. Blueprint is always about proclaiming the love of Jesus, and giving Christmas gifts is a hands on way of showing that love. 

 

When we call the homeowners to get their gift requests, we also ask for prayer requests. We are guaranteed to talk and connect with over 180 homeowners every year. The Blueprint Staff then gets to spend the next year praying for all of those homeowners.

 

When volunteers deliver the presents, they have the opportunity to meet our families where they are at, much like Jesus does with us. Both sets of people have the opportunity to become one in prayer and thanksgiving, as they talk and pray with each other.

 

Come celebrate Christmas with us!

Meet Amy, Our New Administration & Communications Director!

Amy recently joined the Blueprint team as the Director of Administration & Communications. If you have ever met Amy you know she is a day changer, bringing big smiles and joy wherever she goes. We can't wait for you to get to know her a little better! 

BPM: Where are you from and where did you go to school?

Amy: I am from Katy, TX...and I went to school at the greatest university in the nation, Texas A&M University! Thanks and Gig'em.

What is your ministry background?

I worked for seven summers at Laity Lodge Youth Camp and spent my weekends of college at Laity Lodge Family Camp. I was also a Children's Pastor in the Alamo Heights area for the past three years. 

What brought you to Blueprint?

I was in my role as a Children's Pastor for the last three years, and during the third year I felt the Lord calling me to something new...five months later, He opened up the door to join the Blueprint team. I first heard about Blueprint when my friends at Young Life spent time volunteering during a spring break camp. I was immediately drawn to the vision of Blueprint and could never have imagined joining this awesome group, but God surprises us in really great ways!

What are you most excited about working here?

I am most excited about coming alongside the Blueprint team and walking into the mission of Blueprint. I have the opportunity to share stories about what is happening at Blueprint through our social media outlets. It is exciting to bring people into the story of Blueprint who are not able to experience the work firsthand. 

When you're not working, what do you like to do?

I spend my time hanging out at the lake, drinking lots of coffee, exploring the outdoors, volunteering at Alamo Heights Young Life, reading, and playing Settlers of Catan (the best board game ever). 

What are your favorite movies?

Anything about football (think Friday Night Lights or Remember the Titans), basically all Romantic Comedies, and musicals...if my life could constantly break out into songs and dance numbers, that would be the dream.

And lastly, what are your three favorite restaurants in San Antonio?

1) Torchy's Tacos...I know it's not local, but it is great! 2) Osaka Sushi Bar 3) Whiskey Cake

 

We are so excited to have you join the team Amy!

 

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