Upcoming Events

JULY 24-28, 2017

Back-to-School is an important community program that provides children living in need with one backpack, a set of school supplies, two new sets of clothing and a book.


The Program helps children feel confident and creates positive experiences at the beginning of school which promotes academic success. Learn more about how you can receive items or help with the program.











APRIL 1, 2017

The Pearly White Ball was a success, grossing $214,190 toward our dental, education and basic needs programs! We are so grateful for our sponsors, guests, friends and volunteers that made this event possible.


Manos de Cristo's ball enables more than 25,000 individuals to receive assistance with low cost dental care, adult educational opportunities, and emergency food and clothing relief. See pictures from The Pearly White Ball.




OCTOBER 20, 2016

Manos de Cristo hosted our second annual Beer, Wine & Swine event. Guests gathered to sample craft brews, delicious wines, culinary treats from RQ SmokeMasters and dance to the sounds of Sons of the Salt Fork. Proceeds from the event benefit over 25,000 local children, adults, and seniors with access to low-cost dental care, adult education classes, and emergency food and clothing relief. Thank you to our supporters and everyone who joined in the fun-filled evening!

See pictures.



Manos de Cristo Set for Back-to-School


JUNE 2016

Watch our Executive Director, Julie Ballesteros, live with Yvonne Nava of KVUE. The Back-to-School program needs help from our community to raise funds to make sure 2,000 children get the tools they need for a successful school year.




Manos de Cristo provides school supplies for needy children


JUNE 2016

Austin American Statesman - ¡Ahora Si!
The average cost of school supplies for elementary school students is more than $650, according to Manos de Cristo. For Cetura Guevara, an unemployed mother of five children, the program is a godsend. “They give school supplies and even clothing for the uniforms my children need,” said Guevara.




Manos de Cristo Set for Back-to-School Serving 2,000 Low-Income Children



JUNE 2016

Ujima Magazine

The average costs for must-have supplies for elementary students totals nearly $650 and is beyond the reach of thousands of low- income, working poor families in our area. Fortunately, Manos is here to lend a helping hand. For approximately 20 years, the Back- to-School program has made a positive impact on children and families in need.






The Big Reveal Gala


APRIL 2, 2016

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who joined us for this year’s Big Reveal gala where we grossed over $244,000 to continue serving over 25,000 people throughout our community.


Our honorees, Dick and Sara Rathgeber, announced the big reveal: forgiving the loan of $312,543.49, plus interest due, on the adjourning property at the corner of 50th and Harmon. This property is the home of a future parking lot for Manos clients, which will provide safe access to our building and services. The event would not have been successful without our event co-chairs, Drs. Tony Pacheco and Neal Shah, our emcee, Ron Oliveira, our event planning committee, our sponsors and supporters. We appreciate everyone who made the event memorable and successful!



KEYE We Are Austin: The Big Reveal Gala


MARCH 24, 2016

See our Executive Director, Julie Ballesteros, live on KEYE's We Are Austin, discuss our biggest fundraiser of the year, our 2016 gala called the Big Reveal. The night honored Sara & Dick Rathgeber for their long time support of Manos de Cristo.






KVUE with Yvonne Nava: The Big Reveal Gala


MARCH 22, 2016

See our Executive Director, Julie Ballesteros, and Board Member, Dr. Neal Shah, discuss our biggest fundraiser of the year, our 2016 gala called the Big Reveal. The night honored Sara & Dick Rathgeber for their long time support of Manos de Cristo.



Amplify Manos!


MARCH 8 - MARCH 9, 2016

Here's to another incredible year of Amplify Austin! Together we raised over $92,000 from 200 donors, not including the generous match from the St. David’s Foundation that will amplify the donations even further! Out of 611 local nonprofits, we came in 14th for total dollars raised! We are grateful to be a part of such a generous community of supporters.






2015 Manos Annual Tamale Sale

DECEMBER 4, 2015

Thank you to those that participated in our annual tamale sale. You helped raise over $12,000 for Manos programs by collectively ordering 2,063 dozen tamales! We hope you enjoy them!






Beer, Wine & Swine: The Un-Gala


OCTOBER 29, 2015
Fun & philanthropy was the theme of the evening! Guests enjoyed delicious BBQ provided and prepared by chef Jeff Rutkowski, beer samples from craft breweries, fine wines, and live music! Over $33,000 was donated to benefit those who enter our doors each day. A big THANK YOU to our supporters and volunteers!





Plus the rising cost of school supplies


JULY 2015


On Sunday during NewsHour, our story focuses on the rising cost of back-to-school supplies. Austin non-profit Manos de Cristo hosted its annual Back-to-School drive this week. During the drive the group hands out backpacks, school supplies and clothing to 2,000 low-income children, and many parents line up before sunrise to make sure they get what they need.



Nonprofit helps struggling families with school supplies


JULY 2015

Austin American Statesman
“We now provide 2,000 children with not only school supplies, but also two changes of clothes and everything you need to have self-confidence going back to school,” said Julie Ballesteros, the group’s executive director.






Austin families lined up at 3:30 a.m. for school supplies giveaway


JULY 2015

Austin American Statesman

As early as 3:30 a.m. Monday, families have been lining up at Allan Elementary School in East Austin to pick up free school supplies. As of 11 a.m., dozens of people were still lined up in the growing summer heat along the cafeteria loading dock, waiting to get new backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons and school uniforms.




Nonprofit Helps Students Get School Supplies


JULY 2015

Time Warner Cable News

Manos de Cristo serves 2,000 kids with its Back-To-School program. Volunteers give out two sets of new clothes, a backpack, a book and school supplies.

"I am a mother of seven children, and I only work when the kids are in school, so coming here is a big help to me,” parent Ines Reyna said.



Parents wait overnight for back-to-school supplies


JULY 2015


“My big thing is: A child should go to school, should feel excited, should be happy to be there on Day 1 and not go in feeling ashamed or feeling sad because they don’t have what they need,” said Julie Ballesteros, executive director of Manos De Cristo.




Ayuda para el regreso a classes


JULY 2015

El Mundo

Each year, the return to school is a time of stress for families who must spend hundreds of dollars to prepare for their children to go to school. When salaries do not allow parents to buy clothes or backpacks for their children, they often feel sad and psychologically affected.





Back-to-school giveaway serves 2,000 Austin kids


JULY 2015


Most kids would say going back to school is no fun, but you would never know it from the smiles and giggles today at Allan Elementary in East Austin. Families here are receiving new uniforms, books and supplies that the kids will use during the school year.



Program Prepares More than 2,000 Low-Income Children for School



JULY 2015

Ujima Magazine

Each year Manos de Cristo helps thousands of Central Texas

children, Pre-K through 5th grades get ready for school at its

annual Back-to-School program.






Manos de Cristo to kick off annual back to school program


JULY 2015

Manos Executive Director, Julie Ballesteros talking with KVUE's Yvonne Nava about the impact of Manos' annual Back-to-School program.






New Grant to Allow Low-Cost Dental Organization to Grow


JUNE 2015
Time Warner Cable News Austin

Manos de Cristo is an organization whose mission is to make people smile—literally.
They provide affordable dental care to thousands of people in need, and oftentimes, they see patients leave with a newfound sense of confidence.