About Us

Focusing in the Dominican Republic, we seek to empower impoverished communities by providing for physical needs, emotional support, and financial and health education.

 

We feel that helping to establish healthy communities is prevention of child abuse, abandonment, and trafficking.

 

RAIZ means ROOT in Spanish. We study each area to find the ROOT cause of physical, social, and spiritual issues to develop a program that best meets the needs of the people. We always strive to be a culturally sensitive non-profit organization.

Founder's Story

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Founders, Timothy & Holly, have served in many roles in ministry since 1998. But in 2007, their hearts were forever changed during a month mission in Liberia, West Africa. They dedicated their work to foreign missions that focused on health education, medical teams, surgical teams, and dental care. Their organization became a registered non-profit and 501c3 in 2008. Timothy and Holly led teams to Guatemala, Peru, and Zambia Africa. The many lessons learned and relationships made during the many years of medical missions are priceless.

In 2018, Timothy and Holly felt led to rebrand from a medical ministry to a humanitarian based organization helping children who are abused, abandoned, and enslaved. They believe in understanding the ROOT of issues and educating and working together with the locals to find long-lasting solutions. All work and education is done with cultural sensitivity and compassion, understanding that the "western ways" are not always the best practice. Timothy & Holly strive to remain a servant to all people.

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Meet The Team

Our Board

Johnathan Ellison

PRESIDENT

Lead Pastor of Crosspointe Community Church

Tyler, Texas

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Timothy
Letsch

VICE PRESIDENT

Lead Pastor of Crossroads Community Church

Lindale, Texas

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Holly
Garland

MEMBER

"Still can't believe that I get to do this every day! I have always had a heart for advocacy and helping those who have no voice. I am so grateful."

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Timothy
Garland

TREASURER

"Life is too short to wait."

Joe
Patterson

MEMBER

Co-Owner ACI

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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John
Tucker

MEMBER

Priest at Home Pointe Church Houston, Texas

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Karla Aldridge

SECRETARY

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

~Proverbs 17:22

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Niki Voncannon

Fundraising Chairman

Owner/Stylist at Major Barbershop

Charolette, NC