Manos de Cristo is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering low-income individuals by promoting dignity and self-reliance. Manos was founded in 1988, and the dental clinic opened its doors to the Austin community in 1990. Manos hosts a wide range of adult education classes; houses a food pantry, a clothes closet, and two computer labs.
Manos de Cristo receives support from individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations, whose contributions enable Manos to help more than 23,846 people in Central Texas each year. Led by Executive Director Julie Ballesteros, Manos is a safe place for the homeless and working poor of Austin to come for emergency food and clothing, oral health care, and education.
The mission of Manos de Cristo is to empower low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and without regard to age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos de Cristo promotes dignity and self-reliance by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care, and furthering educational development.
Manos de Cristo’s life-changing services empower people of all backgrounds to build self-esteem and self-confidence and the ability to participate fully in the life of the community.
Manos de Cristo is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible. Manos de Cristo respects the privacy of its donors. Manos will not sell, trade or share a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations unless we have express permission by the donor to do so.