Service Center Celebrates 50 Years

“Transforming Communities Through Empowerment & Love” will be the theme of a dinner Sept. 12 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Christian Service Center.


Featured speaker Star Parker

Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), will be guest speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Abilene Convention Center.

Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $50. Call 673-7531 or email Karen Dansby at for ticket availability.

The ministry, located in a renovated portion of Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3185 N. 10th St., provides clothing, food, and other necessities to Abilene’s needy. Started as a Church of Christ ministry, Christian Service Center now is a nonprofit agency.

From 1968 until a fire in 2016 forced a move, Christian Service Center was located at 901 Mesquite St. in three World War II barracks and a building constructed in 1999.

The Sept. 12 dinner will feature Parker, author of several books on poverty and a commentator for CNN, FOX News and other outlets. Her nonprofit, CURE, explores and promotes market-based public policy to fight poverty.

Before becoming a social activist, Parker was welfare-dependent for seven years. Her talk and her ideas for fighting poverty are based on her personal story.

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