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Hearts for Service

Built with Purpose

Bates Mission was founded in 2021 by Whitney Elizabeth Bates in honor of her parents, Alan and Sheila Bates. Alan and Sheila were hard-working Texans whose generosity impacted everyone blessed to know them. They believed laughter was the best medicine, and they both had hearts for service, especially for underprivileged kids. Alan passed away in 2014 and Sheila passed away in 2020, so this organization is a way for the Bates family to come together and carry forward the legacy of two people that meant so much to all of them.

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Who We Are

Meet the Team

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Whitney founded Bates Mission in 2021 and has spent the time since then breathing life and inspiration into the nonprofit. She has a background in technical writing, with over 20 years of experience building websites and writing content. Whitney’s generous heart and passion for supporting former foster youth drive the vision behind Bates Mission.

Whitney Bates (Founder)

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Jessica has been with the nonprofit since the beginning and helped make Whitney’s nonprofit dreams a reality. She has a background in graphic design and over 20 years of experience with branding, logo design, website development, and social media marketing. Jessica channels this expertise both into Bates Mission and Bates Creative.

Jessica Pierre-auguste

Jessica (aka, “Jett”) is a professional baker who started at Bates Mission in 2022. She lends that expertise as well as exceptional project management skills to support our Sheila’s Supply Closet program, pop-ups and events, and the new Bates Pantry business set to open in 2024.

Jessica Newsome

Rizae began working with the Bates Mission team in November of 2022. She provides administrative support for all the nonprofit’s events and programs. In 2023, she expanded her work to include both administrative and content-creation work in Bates Creative and will be helping to grow that business.

Rizae Almaguer

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Mikki joined Bates Mission in 2023. She is a content creator and web developer with 20 years of experience and supports the nonprofit’s growing digital marketing needs, as well as other projects and programs. She also works at Bates Creative.

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Bates Mission

1904 S. Bagdad Road, #2

Leander, TX 78641



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