In 2007, Allison Partridge was Director of Youth and Children at First United Methodist Church in Mabank, Texas. During the fall of that year, Allison and other church members traveled with their pastor to a very special symposium in Tripp City, Ohio. Called the “Save The World” conference, this three day experience opened church members’ eyes to the many ways each of us can work to help one another … both throughout the world and in our own neighborhoods.
Acknowledging this, Allison and Larry Partridge purchased a small, dilapidated house in the Cherokee Shores sub-division of Payne Springs, Texas with the intention of spreading the church’s mission work into this local, impoverished neighborhood. The initial intent of this project was to create a faith-based, safe environment for after-school care and learning.
We named the building The Foundry House … and it is located at 8207 Double Bridge Road. Since January 2010, we have been working on remodeling the house, trying to make it usable for all of the programs envisioned. The initial phase of the remodel is complete, and The Foundry House is now utilized throughout each week for Kids Klubhouse … with additional plans for re-instatement of Celebrate Recovery, initiation of our Sunday evening "home church" called Coffee ’n’ Christ, and for GED educational training.
In March of 20__, Allison completed a 2-year SMU divinity program called “The Academy For Missional Wisdom” … a theological foundation and practical skills concept needed to start and lead micro-communities of contemplative prayer and missional action. We felt that the particular training from these classes would provide a critical understanding of our targeted environment and be extremely necessary before we moved forward into this very important spiritual teaching field.
Construction-wise, we have already had to complete our “first” remodel … adding an additional 200sqft of open-learning space. We still need to complete the full-bath … and finish just a little trim in the construction of a very unique chapel, located in what was the existing garage. Even not quite finished, it already is a really cool place for people worship.
The Foundry House Ministries, Inc. has been established to manage and administer the legal and financial activities of all The Foundry House Ministries, Inc. … and specifically to thereby (1) oversee the operation and maintenance of any/all Foundry House facilities and programs, (2) include educational and construction missions in Honduras and other international locations, and (3) creation and operation of Disaster Emergency Response team(s), supplies and equipment.
The Foundry House Ministries, Inc. is a federal 501(c)3, and our non-profit status gives us the added opportunity to seek federal, as well as local, charitable funding along with future grants and donations ... an organization that works in partnership with other local organizations to make a difference in the lives of those in the community.