Thank You For Your Interest

The OTSHTF is a group of churches located primarily in Spring Heights, represented by pastors and volunteer members of their congregations. The Task Force has the vision to improve the Spring Heights neighborhood through increasing communication with residents, sponsoring events that enhance a sense of community, driving out drugs, and working with those who have a desire to improve their situation. Members of the OTSHTF believe that these goals can best be accomplished by having a physical presence and ministry in Spring Heights and the surrounding areas.
The community which is adjacent to, and north of, Old Town Spring, is an area which is rich in history but is impoverished and deteriorating due to the lack of upkeep of properties. It has also earned a reputation as the center of drug trade in the area and is known for its high level of crime. The residents of this area, including young children, live in the midst of this social breakdown and have until recently been at a loss as to how to remedy the problems that the community faces.
In years past, when Pastor John Medendorp of nearby New Life Church would walk through Old Town Spring and pray with the shop owners, his attention and his heart were often drawn by Spring Heights, the neglected community across the railroad tracks. Soon, Pastor John met with Pastor Frank Callaway of Truevine Missionary Baptist Church and shared his vision of how members of area churches might work with area residents to positively impact their community. His suggestions were readily received and found echo in the hearts of several Spring Heights pastors.
With a common goal in mind, the OTSHTF was officially organized in July of 2006, and has been approved a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Task Force exists solely on donations received at worship services held once a month at the various member churches. We are a multi-denominational and multi-ethnic organization.
The Task Force began by sponsoring events once a month in Southwell Park with games, activities, and dinner offered to residents. We have also held festivals in the community, complete with moonwalks, barbeque, popcorn, sno cones, games, hayrides, live bands, and more. All events are free of charge. The Task Force has also begun a food campaign in which groceries and household supplies are donated and delivered to area residents on a regular basis.
The OTSHTF is pleased to work with our Spring Heights neighbors and in the surrounding areas in whatever way possible. Thank you for the opportunity to share our vision with you.
Donna Molegraaf
Executive Director


Community Worship Services:
We join together in worship at 6:00 p.m. on the third Sunday night of each month to praise and worship the Lord. These services are held in the different churches and the pastors take turns preaching.
Monthly Supply Distribution:
Each member church receives donations of household supplies from its congregation. Then volunteers meet at Truevine Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on the 4th Saturday of every month to sort and distribute these items to Spring Heights residents in need while visiting and praying with the residents.

We welcome your donations of household supplies, toiletries or Wal-Mart gift cards every month.
Task Force Assembly / Community Meetings:
The Task Force meets with community residents on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 at Truevine church. We report on what we're doing and get input from residents as to what needs to be addressed. These meetings are open to everyone.  
We also host neighborhood Festivals throughout the year in celebration of what God is doing. Volunteers from the member churches participate and serve at these events. Prayer partners are always present and Bibles are available at no cost. Our festivals are free and include moonwalks, live entertainment, popcorn, face painting, hayrides, and more! We also provide a delicious Bar-B-Q dinner for all who attend.

God has definitely been present to lead and guide this ministry. Many opportunities have opened up to serve, to make improvements, and to minister to our neighbors in Old Town Spring Heights. Drug running and crime have all but disappeared from this small community, so rich in history and culture.
If you have a heart for service, and would like to be involved, please contact us.