Works of Mercy - The Jesse Tree (USA)

The Jesse Tree was founded in Galveston, Texas, in 1995. The founders were a group of individuals, led by Ted Hanley, at the invitation of Reverend Charles Millikan of the Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church. The group gathered to explore better uses for emerging technology to address dwindling local resources and to provide direction to those attempting to find help in the community. It is a faith-based, non-profit organization that connects people with the health care, social services and ministerial resources they need to rebuild their lives and uplift their spirits. 

By Connecting: Through direct services and a network of partners and service providers, The Jesse Tree ensures that clients receive the all the care and services they need. Their intake process is designed to screen people in - not out.  They work to determine every service for which a client is eligible and then they work with clients to connect them to those services.

Rebuilding: The Jesse Tree rebuilds lives by addressing common problems in their community. From hunger to education to chronic medical conditions, The Jesse Tree works to alleviate suffering for all residents in their area.

Uplifting:  It was the hope of the founders that the roots of The Jesse Tree would be works of mercy, through which those seeking help would be uplifted, their dignity restored and their independence and self-sufficiency re-established. For this reason, the name of the organization was taken from a passage from the Book of Isaiah (11:1): "A shoot will come up from the stem of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit," and signifies the growth of mercy and compassion that they hope their work inspires in the community.

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