Montgomery County area families that are facing a short term crisis can try the non-profit Creative Outreach Ministries for help. If an individual applies, and is fund qualified, then the agency will try to assist. Other support is spiritual guidance/counseling. Some of what may be provided is below, but all of their support depends on resources and funding levels.
All assistance is generally first come and served, with priority for senior citizens, the disabled, and elderly. Those are only some examples of what the Ministries may offer, but note that the specifics can change based on available resource levels as well as donations.
Creative Outreach Ministries works with a nutrition provider, either a charity or Aging Center, in Montgomery County Texas to operate the Home-Delivered Meals Program. This low cost (or sometimes free service) serves adults aged 60 and older who are unable to leave their homes because of illness or disability.
The program will bring clients a hot, nutritious meal. This will be delivered directly to the senior’s home each weekday, and in some cases frozen meals are furnished for weekends. Before deliveries begin to the household in question, the partnering nutrition provider sends a representative to each home to assess need and eligibility for food aid. If and when needed, follow-up visits are made on a quarterly basis to ensure that the older adult still qualifies for the service. A voluntary donation is requested for meals to be delivered.
The food pantry of Montgomery County County provides low-income, needy people with nutrient dense food that attempt to meet USDA nutrition guidelines. The Creative Outreach Ministries Client Choice Pantry model has been upgraded as well. These now allow clients to shop and choose grocery items that meet their personal preferences while receiving an appropriate amount that meets the needs per their household size.
Recommended servings from each food group are also provided, so there may be fruits, dairy, vegetables, and more. Any family who shops at the Choice Food Pantry run by Creative Outreach Ministries is given a three day supply of free supplies for their whole household every 30 days if they require it.
Partnering with local Montgomery County charities on holiday programs in order to avoid duplication, Creative Outreach Ministries work with churches, the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program, and others. Staff act as the distribution channel for toys donated and collected in the community. Volunteers decorate, stock, and operate the program as well under the supervision of full time staff.
Creative Outreach Ministries has provided free holiday gifts, clothing, presents, and toys to the area’s most needy families, including children, for years. There is a holiday store open that is stocked, decorated, and operated by volunteers, under the supervision of staff. Merchandise is either donated by generous community members or purchased using monetary contributions from the community.
Income-eligible parents, including single moms from the region, visit to shop and select items that fit the needs of their families, so the Christmas assistance is client choice. Creative Outreach Ministries operates the program in this manner to maintain the dignity of families and empower parents to the greatest extent possible.
The clothing closet service has helped many people over the years. Creative Outreach Ministries works to help clients obtain free quality clothing, or some people may need to pay a minimal price. Based on inventory, the goal is to offer a wide variety of everyday clothing and there are also sections devoted to school supplies as well as career type clothing. Volunteers from across Montgomery County partner with Creative Outreach Ministries to assist clients in selecting clothes.
The center only works due to the generous donations from supporting congregations, non-profits in Montgomery County and individuals. As noted, those guests who are in low to middle income levels or recovering from a natural disaster may be given free goods.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federal funded resource in which the Ministries may receive funding every now and then. When there is money available, EFSP may help low-income families alleviate the effects of a crisis. EFSP provides food and shelter (including rent, mortgage, utility and security deposit assistance) in conjunction with other programs in order to maximize limited resources.
The focus of Creative Outreach Ministries is on offering non-monetary aid, but other support may be coordinated too from their site at 723 W Davis St, Conroe, Texas 77301. Call (936) 441-5433.
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