Previously known as Jedadiah Baker Ministries, we began serving the Greater Austin, Texas area in the spring of 2010. Under the vision of its founder Jedadiah Baker (Jay), Conduits Of Change would set out to feed and clothe the homeless community on Sunday afternoons in downtown Austin outside of the Salvation Army and the ARCH. After meeting Mrs. Jackie Wright and her team, which served on Mondays, this partnership would eventually offer their services four days a week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday).
During that same year, Jay began discussions with management at the Fairway Village Apartments, on Austin’s Southeast side. They would begin monthly gatherings of food, fun, teaching, and building relationships with the residents. In 2012, Conduits Of Change transitioned over to Springdale Garden Apartments in East Austin, providing the same services and adding annual Back-to-School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations. We are currently still serving the Springdale Garden Apartments.
In 2016, we began collaborating with Ebonie Trice, who is the founder and CEO of Mission-Accomplished. This nonprofit organization offers our friends in the homeless community the opportunity to have their clothes washed and dried. During the same year, Conduits Of Change started their Homeless Care Package Initiative, and it continues today.
In 2017 we had the privilege of collaborating with three new organizations. The first was Flo Code, previously Homeless Period Project ATX, who serve women and teen girls with necessary feminine products. The second, was the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit organization who serves single mothers and their children. The third organization is the Settlement Home for Children, who house girls ages 12-18. These we want to continue to collaborate with and network to find others.
Conduits Of Change has served many other communities at critical times. We were there during the Onion Creek floods of 2013 and 2015, providing clothing and food to families. Recently, amid the Harvey floods of 2017, we provided packages to individuals and families that relocated here to Austin, and sent items with those traveling to Houston, La Grange, and other flooded areas.