PURPOSE + FOCUS
WE mobilze volunteers into their cities to build personal relationships that enrich the lives of those being served– and the lives of those who serve.
WE do this by connecting communities with local nonprofits who share missional alignment.
our 5 Key Areas of Focus for Relief and Development are:
- Racial Reconciliation
- addiction & Mental Health
- Women’s Health & Child Advocacy
- Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy
Reducing the impact we HAVE made together in the lives of the marginalized down to "the numbers” falls short when measuring things like transformation, healing and hope. How can we measure the power of love into a spreadsheet?
With that said, when it comes to “the numbers” at For The City, what we see is a clear picture that there are a lot of good people– people like you– who care deeply and are helping the marginalized in their cities
The FOLLOWING numbers offer a glimpse into the scale and reach of For The City in the United States:
5,503 Faith-based Leaders
209 Business Partners
10Hubs in the US
For The City is a community of practice made up of thousands of good people just like you. We come from businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations across the country.
Founded in 2009 as a grassroots outreach to serve the marginalized in Austin, TX, For The City grew into a national movement in less than a decade.
After the pandemic hit, ownership of For The City was transferred over to The 405 Center in OKC. For The City then relaunched in October 2021, and is now under the leadership of Taylor Gahm and Dru Dodson.
For The City remains committed to its founding mission to serve the marginalized in our cities. Join us in this new season as we “discover what it means to be a community of practice, to serve the marginalized in this world, and to let God love us as we are- and not as we should be.”
The best way to learn more and engage is to join us for the weekly podcast here!
(a.k.a. The 405 Center)
known locally as “The 405 Center” (after their 405 area code), the OKC Hub serves as our NATIONAL headquarters. Here is a little background on the OKC Hub (A.K.A. The 405 Center):
+ Grew from 1 church, 3 NonProfits, and 30 volunteers in 2016– to 30 churches (30x), 60 nonprofits (20x), over 2,500 volunteers trained (83x)!
+ Trains & Equips Volunteers instead of “sign-up and send”. (Contact us to learn more about virtual training).
+ Developed deep ties with the OKC Homeless Alliance. Recipient of grants from Walmart, Homeland Grocery, and others.
+ Created the Monarch Music Festival, fed 400 “friends who live outside” (a.k.a. homeless), and attracted 2,000 concert goers– including the Mayor of OKC.
Our leadership team exists to provide direction, tools and opportunities for our community of practice to live out our mission.
Taylor Gahm makes irreverent art for spiritual transformation. His credits include a TED talk, stand up, a book, a critically acclaimed art show, a soon to be released movie, and more. Taylor has worked with many churches throughout the years, and has run an ad agency out of Texas since 2002. Taylor is married with kids, and enjoys watching MotoGP and big wave surfing.
Dru leverages his theological degrees, non-profit work in 20+ countries, and leadership with eight startups in the U.S. to guide entrepreneurs into deep wholeness for themselves, and their enterprises. Dru is “bullish on Jesus, but bearish on the systems set up by his generation.” Dru wrote a book on communities of practice called Kingdom Outposts. He has been married forever and loves his kids. He is also a competitive skeet shooter.
Andreah is a University of Houston media production graduate. She worked at a church out of college and now serves as a creative producer at Gahm Creative. Andreah has a passion for making a meaningful impact in whatever she does. Andreah also worked as an intern on Travis Scott’s Sicko Mode music video (we insisted she include this.)
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