Child nutrition is not just a problem in developing nations. In the state of Texas, 60.6% of all school-aged children are classified as economically disadvantaged. In Central Texas, that number is nearly 50%.
We, who love and follow Jesus, are anchored by our faith in him. Our love for him is manifested in our love for the people we serve. Ultimately, it is this hope and faith in Jesus that we offer to our world.
HaysHope2Go provides filling, easy-to-prepare food to food-insecure children in Hays County, TX.
The dream of Ancora Ministries was born the first time Trey went to Guatemala in 2013, although he didn't know it then. Working in the Department of Santa Rosa, southeast of Guatemala City, Trey has been a part of projects ranging from nutrition and feeding, to clean water, to building latrines and installing safe cookstoves in the remote mountain villages of the region.
In 2019, he teamed up with local community leaders in Kyle, TX and they founded HaysHope2Go, a program that provides food to some of the most food-insecure children in their school district by sending food home with them over weekends and extended breaks. School closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020 forced HaysHope2Go to shift its efforts from a school take-home program to a weekly grocery delivery program targeted at the most food-insecure families in the community. As schools came back online in the fall of 2020, HaysHope2Go resumed the take-home program for students while continuing to provide groceries to food-insecure families.
These 2 missions are really 2 sides of the same mission: To help to provide vulnerable kids and families the things they need to give them the best chance to achieve the full potential that God created them for. Ancora Ministries was created to change the story for as many kids as possible - starting in Guatemala and Central Texas!
We envision a Guatemala where every child has the ability to develop to their full potential through good nutrition, sanitation, clean water, healthy homes, and access to education. A Guatemala where every child knows they were born for a reason, and that God loves them and has a plan for them.
We envision a local community where children have access to food even when school is not in session. A community that invests, not only in nutrition, but in the educational, spiritual, and character development of its children.
Did you know that if a child does not receive the proper amount of micronutrients by the time she is 2 years old, she will never be able to reach her full cognitive and physiological potential?
...through good nutrition, sanitation, clean water, healthy homes, and access to education. A Guatemala where every child knows they were born for a reason, and that God loves them and has a plan for them
A community that invests, not only in nutrition, but in the educational, spiritual, and character development of its children.
...to help every child we serve live out God's plan for his or her life!
After nearly 10 years as a family and missions pastor in Central Texas, Trey Williams, Founder and Executive Director, found himself being called out of full-time pastoral ministry and drawn toward the mission field. At his core he is a children's pastor, and his life's mission is to lead kids to Jesus and to their best possible physical, educational and spiritual outcomes, so that they can live out the purpose they were created for. Trey has been married to the love of his life, Jennifer, since 1993. They have 2 sons, an adorable dog, and various "bonus children" in and out of their house at any given time.
Caroline Asimakopoulos is the President of ML Crane Group. She joined the company in 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. In 2021 she was appointed to the President role. She brings over twenty years of strategic, operational and financial management experience in both public and private companies. Caroline is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado with an Accounting undergraduate degree from CSU Pueblo, and a Masters in Business Administration from Regis University. She is actively involved in her community through organizations including Ancora Ministries and the Women’s Ministry in her community church.
Sylvia Cruz comes to Ancora Ministries with a long legacy of family that understands hard work and serving others. Inspired by her grandmother from a young age, Sylvia has sought out ways to serve others both in her career as trainer in the service industry for the past 25 years and through her volunteer work as a teacher in Children’s Ministry for the past 15 years. Sylvia is married to her college sweetheart, Isay, and together they have 3 sons. She enjoys reading, working her in garden and volunteering with her church, the local school district and with the Boy Scouts.
Diana Nejat brings to Ancora Ministries 19 years of business finance management experience starting with a Business Management degree from Texas State University. She has worked in the automotive industry for the last 14 years, managing a small family-owned business. Diana has a strong love and passion for her community both near and far, including Guatemala. She has had the privilege of visiting and volunteering in Guatemala several times on mission trips through her home church. Diana is recently married (2020) and enjoying life with her new husband, three precious daughters, and two rambunctious puppies in Buda, Tx .
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