Affirming God-given value. Multiplying possibilities.

aka Kids Club and Volunteers in Medicine   |   New Braunfels, TX   |


New Braunfels Christian Ministries exists to share the love of Christ by investing in people.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Jim Wesson

Main address

169 S Hickory Ave

New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA

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NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Volunteer in Medicine addresses the need for access to quality healthcare by providing a home for uninsured families who would otherwise go without care. Although the Affordable Care Act improved access to care, the Kaiser Foundation notes, “millions will remain uninsured.” It is reported that uninsured adults are twice as likely to report being in fair or poor health as those with insurance. The clinic removes the financial barrier that previously kept the working poor from receiving care. Kids Club is addressing the need for reducing risks for youth in Comal County. According to the Texas Education Agency’s annual report, 36.7% of students were considered at risk of dropping out of school at Comal ISD and 37.6% at New Braunfels ISD. National research shows that after-school programs, such as Kids Club, result in improved school attendance, completion of more and better-quality homework and increased commitment to school and development of higher aspirations for the future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine seeks to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved by providing quality, compassionate and personalized care in a caring environment. New Braunfels Christian Ministries opened Volunteers in Medicine in September 2008 to provide medical and dental care at no charge to New Braunfels and Comal County residents who do not have health insurance. The clinic’s seven staff members (5 clinical and 2 administrative) and fifty volunteers work together to serve patients five days per week to deliver quality care to families who are struggling to stay healthy so that they can maintain (or regain) employment and care for their families.

In addition to medical and dental services, VIM provides patients with access to care from partnering specialists in cardiology, imaging, diagnostic mammography, radiology, physical therapy, ophthalmology, counseling and more.

Volunteers in Medicine serves a very specific population for which there is a significant gap in healthcare services in Comal County. Clinic services are available at no charge to Comal County adults who have a household income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and do not have private insurance nor qualify for government-funded insurance. Although a few local organizations offer similar services at below-market rates, Volunteers in Medicine is the only one to offer care without any charge. VIM has successfully helped many local residents to regain control of chronic medical conditions thus enabling them to maintain employment, provide for their families, and avoid a medical crisis requiring costly emergency care. The clinic team works diligently to stretch the impact of donated funds. The average cost per patient visit is approximately $100.

Volunteers in Medicine is a member of the Volunteers in Medicine Institute, which has helped 112 community clinics open and follow a successful and proven model used to operate a free clinic in Hilton Head, South Carolina, since 1993.

Population(s) Served

Kids Club partners with local schools, volunteers and families to affirm God-given value and multiply possibilities together. Kids Club creates a fun, engaging environment where kids thrive through positive relationships with caring adults. Kids grow academically, expand life skills, and develop Godly character.

Participating students are recommended to the program by school representatives based on poor academic performance, challenging home situations, income level, and other "at risk” criteria. Students attend Kids Club twice a week interacting with a consistent team of volunteers. Most students are performing below grade level when they enroll at Kids Club, and most qualify for free or reduced lunch. Many students have a history of sexual abuse, and most reside in a single-parent home. A few students have parents in jail, several have active drug use in their homes, and some have family members involved in gang activity.

At Kids Club, students expand their hope for positive change, increase confidence in their academic abilities, improve their homework habits, and gain skills in conflict resolution and self-control that will equip them to interact respectfully with peers and adults.

Each year Kids Club serves students in grades first through fifth that are enrolled in 13 New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD schools.

Kids Club follows the successful model of Chicago’s By the Hand. Kids Club has strategically grown from serving 37 students from one school in 2006 to 311 students in the 2019/2020 school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Business Partner of the Year 2021

Comal ISD

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2017

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

New Braunfels Christian Ministries (NBCM) exists to demonstrate Christ’s love by aiding the physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth of individuals and families in New Braunfels and surrounding communities. The organization operates two programs, Volunteers in Medicine and Kids Club, which annually serve 1,000 New Braunfels and Comal County residents.

NBCM’s primary goal is to help its neighbors multiply opportunities. Results of this high-level goal are measured through qualitative feedback and supporting program outcome goals.

Volunteers in Medicine equips patients to achieve improved health and a stable health status which allows them to perform their role in the community. With diabetes, anxiety and depression ranking as some of the clinic’s most frequent medical diagnoses, the clinic will monitor and report clinical outcomes of patients. Clients diagnosed with depression/anxiety who complete six months of treatment will experience reduced symptoms of depression/anxiety, measured by the PHQ9 questionnaire. The clinic expects at least 60% to be successful. VIM help diabetic patients achieve and maintain an A1c value less than 9%. The clinic expects at least 66% to be successful.

Kids Club evaluates reading levels and measures student ability to demonstrate good homework habits, respect and responsibility. Reading proficiency by fourth grade is an important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Most students who fail to reach this milestone falter in later grades and often drop out. Kids Club provides one-on-one reading support for students. In the 2021/2022 school year, Kids Club will pursue these goals: 25% of 4th grade students will have an improved attitude and perception towards reading and 80% of student will maintain or have a positive change with focused attention, cheerful obedience and demonstrated kindness.

The organization will continue leveraging volunteer support to help multiply possibilities in the community.
Kids Club has built a committed volunteer base and strong partnerships with local churches and organizations. Volunteers help students develop skills that will equip them to succeed in life by building confidence in their academic abilities and learn skills to navigate challenging social situations. In 2021, 123 volunteers served at Kids Club Main Campus and at four school-based program sites. In summer 2021 Kids Club Camp held its inaugural summer camp program and served 185 campers. Kids Club will continue to build relationships with volunteers, local businesses and charities as NBCM expands to new school-based sites and strengthens its summer program in 2022.

New Braunfels Christian Ministries strives to serve the community following a comprehensive and integrated approach. Volunteers in Medicine works to care for the whole person offering a broad array of services on-site and connecting patients with other community resources not available at the clinic. The clinic also continues to receive significant support through 44 clinical volunteers and administrative volunteers who help deliver quality care to our neighbors in need. In 2021 clinic staff and volunteers served 669 patients at 5,600 medical and dental appointments.

Kids Club offers fifteen years of proven success helping students with low confidence and limited academic accomplishment to transform into students equipped with strategies and skills to perform on grade level and successfully navigate challenging social situations. The program has strategically grown serving 37 students in grades first and second in 2006 to 344 first through fifth grade students from thirteen schools in 2021. Kids Club launched a pilot program at its first school-based site at Morningside Elementary School in 2015. This was the program’s first time to serve students on a school campus. The successful model was replicated as Kids Club expanded to Goodwin-Frazier Elementary in 2016, Startzville Elementary in 2017, and Freiheit Elementary in 2019.

Volunteers in Medicine opened in 2008 and remains the only organization providing a broad range of medical and dental services at no cost to uninsured, low-income New Braunfels and Comal County residents. The clinic expanded dental services by hiring a dental hygienist in 2015, a dental assistant in 2018 and a part-time dentist in 2021. In 2016, a second staff nurse joined VIM to support the growing team of volunteer providers. Expansion of the clinic’s specialty referral network has offered patients access to a broader array of services. In addition to serving patients at 5,600 on-site appointments in 2021, the clinic team referred patients to 880 appointments with specialists in cardiology, imaging, diagnostic mammography, radiology, physical therapy, ophthalmology, counseling and more. Facility renovation in 2019 created two new medical exam rooms and consult room to improve patient care.

In 2021, NBCM launched a new summer program at Kids Club offering eight weeks of an affordable summer day camp. The fun-filled, high-energy program will strengthen academic skills, teach biblical truths and counteract the summer learning gap.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    New Braunfels Christian Ministries Volunteers in Medicine aims to improve access to quality health care by providing a broad range of medical and dental services without charge to uninsured adults of New Braunfels and Comal County. New Braunfels Christian Ministries Kids Club partners with local schoolteachers and administrators who recommend 1st through 5th grade students based on intervention need with most students performing below grade level when they enroll into the Kids Club program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community Advisory Committee,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    New Braunfels Christian Ministries recently added the option to fill out Kids Club registration paperwork through an online process to make it easier for parents to enroll their child or children into the program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback received from people served allows them to feel more invested with New Braunfels Ministries programs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,



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Board of directors
as of 10/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ray Still

Senior Pastor, Oakwood - New Braunfels

Term: 2021 -

Leigh Ann Dees

Retired Educator & Administrator

Christi Piner


Sheri Boyd

MD, New Braunfels Cardiology

Linda Canady

Retired Educator

Jason Leach

Attorney, Reagan Burrus PLLC

Rick Dudney

Alliant Insurance Services

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/12/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.