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Learn about The Work

The Work in Gilmer, Texas is a faith-centered community development organization dedicated to providing assistance and counseling programs. Our purpose is to meet the needs of communities throughout Upshur County. In order to achieve this purpose, we don't just move on to the next community. We build relationships with families to help them improve and live a better quality of life. When our founder became aware of the benevolent efforts of churches and groups in fulfilling a community's requirements, our mission was formed. Momentarily, he felt that he has been led to help and do his part by starting this organization. Join us in our objective of assisting people and building a better community.

Ricky Rigsby, Founder: "Saved at the age of nine and called into the ministry at 16, I have spent 48 years investing my life in Christian education and church ministry. Something I have encountered consistently is a well-known truth:

"People don't care what you know until they know you care."

If we are going to impact lives with the Gospel, we have to first get their attention. That is the motivation for The Work. The mission for The Work is to offer people not a handout, but a hand up; building bridges into their lives they will use to come to Jesus. This will take several steps.

  • We will build relationships with families, help them financially, and assist with housing, transportation, appliances, furniture, etc.

  • We will provide counseling in areas such as marriage and family, premarital, parenting, pastoral, budget, and spiritual. We will coordinate tutoring in whatever subjects or levels are needed.

  • We will offer the city of Gilmer , and all of Upshur County,The Center, a networking cooperate where needs can be evaluated and solutions can be coordinated. The Center is located at 1561 US Hwy 271 N in Gilmer.

  • We will invite other need-meeting organizations to join us at The Center so we can better coordinate ministry efforts. We are praying for 6 other ministries or government agencies to join us at The Center.
We  meet needs in various ways. Whether housing assistance, counseling/tutoring programs, or remodeling/yardwork programs, your skills can be used to brighten lives.

The Work will meet needs in people's lives in an effort to transform hurts, habits, and hang-ups into hope, help, and healing.

Faith-Based Community Development Organization

Mission Statement - What we are called to do...

The Work exists to offer the citizens of Gilmer and Upshur County not a hand out,

but a hand up.

VISION STATEMENT - How we plan to do it...

Click the "Play" button then click on the speaker at the bottom of this video.