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TanoThanks to Mission Presbytery, CUPS is now a member of the Texas Organization of NonProfit Organizations.


EventsUpcoming Events


October 14-15

   CUPS Board Meeting

   Austin, TX


SuppliesCUPS Friends Help Two Primary Schools and Deliver School Supplies to many more


The second and third grades from St. Vincent de Paul Primary School in Houston, TX were among the many donors of school supplies destined for kindergarten and primary schools in Mexico. In simple terms, CUPS continues to work with at least 50 schools located in Mexican communities. These schools serve a total population of around 2,500 students.


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Carrera students receive school supplies

HousingRio Grande Valley Housing with Proyecto Azteca


Substandard housing is all too common in the Rio Grande Valley and Proyecto Azteca is one of the local non-profit groups working to improve such situations for the most economically challenged families. CUPS volunteers gave their time and talent to help Azteca families who must give sweat equity hours for new or rehab housing.


The Lopez family, retired farm workers, live in San Juan, Texas. Their house was selected for rehab - paint the exterior, re-tile interior floors and replace the front porch and ramp access. CUPS volunteers from Northwood Presbyterian Church in Houston joined Proyecto Azteca employees in this effort. The family, just like in Mexico, not only thanked them with words but also with home-made Mexican lunches.


Lopez Family


The Alegria family is an example of loving help even for those outside program requirements. Their home burned in early June. They were homeless. CUPS volunteers from Spring Branch Presbyterian Church and Bethel Presbyterian Church, W. Columbia took the first major step, demolishing the burned house. They were joined by hardworking ladies and gentlemen from Project Arise, South Tower Rd in Alama, Texas.  The Alegria family was in their "new house" in less than 6 weeks because there was a house available to move on to their lot and - equally important - were the hands that helped tear down the burned up house and professional volunteers who donated their labor for electrical and plumbing work.


Alegria Family in front of their burned home


ThoughtsThoughts after a week of Mission Work in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico

By Chris Friedersdorf, CUPS Board member and June 2011 mission team participant.

Our combined First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and Hope Presbyterian Church (Austin) mission trip the last week of June 2011 was a roaring success. Three cases of Bibles were delivered to project communities during this trip. The number of CUPS volunteers willing to travel south of the border has dwindled dramatically in recent years, prompting CUPS to re-invent itself. This re-invention has included, among other things, an increased emphasis on donations of medical, religious, and educational materials by those CUPS supporters unable to participate directly in a mission trip, the offering of mission trip opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas north of the border, and even the offering of a Virtual Mission Trip, where volunteers make a donation to a project in Mexico that is executed solely by CUPS employees and community volunteers. Virtual mission trip members receive daily progress reports and photos via email during the execution of the project.

Christina and Olanda with their new bibles


Despite these new measures, CUPS is determined not to lose focus on the communities in the northeastern part of Tamaulipas where it has historically done most of its work, ie. the building of medical and educational facilities for the most impoverished of communities in the area. CUPS has forged alliances with communities and their leaders in northeastern Tamaulipas, and this alliance has persisted over 20 years.  Put simply, our Mexican partners in this alliance are still counting on us.

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