Caring Resources Ministries International Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of Caring Resources Ministries International (CRMI) of San Antonio, TX.


ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.


CRMI joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors, that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal.  When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.


“We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to serve to increase the kingdom of God,” said Dan Busby, president of ECFA.


Founded in 2002, Caring Resources Ministries International ( through its division known as Christian Resort Ministries (CRM), accomplishes their mission by placing qualified and trained chaplains in RV resorts across the US; working with owners, managers, and leaders in the RV industry to present quality programs for resorts and campgrounds; sharing their mission with churches, mission committees, and pastors; and offering the opportunity to industry leaders.


ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA Standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising, and board governance. For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit or call 1-800-323-9473.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer chaplain with CRM, you can contact the organization at 970-420-9525 or visit the website:


CRM currently has over 35 chaplains serving in the ministry.

H-E-B to Present McAllen’s 90th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Texas-based grocer will host, honor veterans and current serving military

With people making plans for the summer, the City of Mcallen is preparing for the 90th Annual Independence Day Celebration, this year, proudly presented by H-E-B.   The City of McAllen and H-E-B are proud to celebrate the nation’s birthday in one of the largest community events held in the city and together, to honor all veterans and current serving military for their service.


“H-E-B is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s 90th Annual Independence Day Celebration,” said Linda Tovar, H-E-B Senior Manager of Public Affairs.  “We are honored to celebrate this Fourth of July with the City of McAllen, and to pay tribute to the many men and women of our military.”

Kicking it Off

The annual Independence Day Celebration will kick off with an early morning patriotic program, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Parade Grand Stand at Archer Park, 101 N. Main Street.  The 4th of July Main Street Parade begins at 9:00 a.m., heading north along Main Street, starting at Houston Street and concluding at Cedar Street at Archer Park. Freedom Festival, a family-friendly festival will be held at Archer Park immediately following the parade until 2:00 p.m.  Music, food, games and artisans will be some of the highlights of the event.

Make Waves & Stay Cool

For those who wish to celebrate the 4th of July by making waves, enjoy Aquatica Extreme at the Municipal Park Pool, 1921 N. Bicentennial Boulevard, from 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.  While this event does have an entry fee of $2.50 a person, there will be games, contests, crafts, music and more to help keep everyone entertained. Make sure to stick around for the Concert in the Sky Fireworks Extravaganza at Municipal Park, where games, food and entertainment pick up the celebration at 7:00p.m. and culminate with a sizzling fireworks musical display at 9:00 p.m. that enchants everyone in attendance.

Join the Festivities

The City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for this year’s festivities. Businesses, civic and youth groups, and nonprofit organizations, and especially, veterans and veterans’ groups are invited to participate in the parade and other festivities. All entries should feature a patriotic theme.  The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, June 22, at the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, located at 100 S. Ware Rd.


The parade will be carried live on the McAllen Cable Network, now found on Spectrum Channel 1300, as well as on the City of McAllen website and Facebook Live.  Additionally, the fireworks show is set to music; listen to the patriotic line-up on KURV-AM.  For more information, please contact (956) 681-3333 or visit

What’s so great about retirement in South Texas, anyway?

Let me start out by offering a quick disclaimer:  I’m not retired.  Unfortunately, I’m far from it.  And, I’ve never been to retirement destinations in Arizona or Florida, so I personally have nothing to base this column on except the conversations I’ve had over the last 10 years with the hundred-thousand-plus (yes, 100,000+) Winter Texans who come to the Valley each year.

Now that that’s out there – back to the question.  What is it that makes the Rio Grande Valley such a wonderful place to ‘winter’?  First of all, we want you here.  WE are lucky to have YOU, not the other way around.  Not only do you energize our local economy, but you also bring your time and talents to so many of our schools and nonprofit organizations.  In Texas, we don’t see you as ‘snowbirds.’  We see you as one of us, so we gave you a name to prove it.  To us, you are Winter Texans.  We are also incredibly friendly people by nature, so the friendliness of our people is just as important to the Winter Texans we visited with as what you’ll read below.

 Next…well…you just can’t beat the cost of living.  Some people say it’s cheap down here, but we prefer the term ‘affordable.’  Your hard-earned money goes farther down here.  Period.  Trust me, you’ll save the money you spent on gas and then some.  We know it’s a long drive.

 Another great thing about South Texas is the sense of community.  All of our RV resorts and retirement communities are incredibly welcoming.  Almost all dances, craft shows, entertainment, jam sessions, and meals are open to the public, so you can zip from one resort to another without a worry in the world.  We have a wide variety of festivals and events outside of the RV resorts, as well, so you can find yourself at a world-championship barbecue contest one weekend and a butterfly festival the next!  You might even hit both the same weekend!

And we haven’t even talked about the weather!  We have great weather.  Our ‘winter’ lasted about four days in 2017, and while the locals called in sick, wore parkas, and complained an awful lot,  there were sightings of Winter Texans on bicycles sporting long pants and a light jacket.

The Rio Grande Valley is a wonderful place to live.  Now that’s something I can speak on as a ‘resident expert.’  I’ve lived in McAllen most of my life (40 out of 47 years!).  We know you have choices when it comes to retirement destinations, but we also know you’ll love it here, so we kindly ask that you give us a try.  Sure, it’s a long drive.  Once you hit the Texas border, you still have 10 hours before you see our smiling faces.  But, trust me and the 100,000+ Winter Texans who call the Rio Grande Valley their home away from home–it’s definitely worth it!!!

Safe travels, and see you in South Texas soon!

We’re just connecting the dots,


Kristi Collier is a McAllen native who loves to share her passion for the area with others.  Her company, Welcome Home RGV caters to the Winter & Converted Texan market through their events, activities, special interest publications and more.  For more information, call the Welcome Home RGV office at 956-687-5115 or visit their website at or on facebook at and