Metro Relief began out of God’s heart for the homeless. Austin Bonds, Metro Relief’s Founder, was serving with New York City Relief when God gave him a vision for future ministry: to take the Relief Bus model of homeless ministry developed at NYC Relief and replicate it in major cities across the United States.
During his time at NYC Relief, Austin witnessed God transform the lives of countless people through the Relief Bus ministry. Volunteers brought love, hope, prayer, and service to the streets. The homeless responded with hearts filled with humility, gratitude, suffering, and need. God put these groups together to spark life-transformation for them both.
In 2011, God whispered to the Bonds family that it was time to go. So, with the blessing of NYC Relief, they moved to DFW and Austin opened the doors of Metro Relief.
Metro Relief’s early days were challenging. Resources seemed meager compared to the enormity of homeless needs. God’s provisions, however, were greater. What started out as a handful of volunteers passing out sack lunches on the streets, God has multiplied into three fully retrofitted Metro Relief Buses with thousands of volunteers and homeless friends served each year.