Supporting residents of East Fort Bend County, the Human Needs Ministry is a charity focused on helping the poor, homeless, and unemployed, among others. The churches and groups that make up the organization offer free food and meals, temporary emergency financial aid, and help for seniors too, such as Meals on Wheels.
The Ministry unites other groups in the area in an effort to help people obtain a better quality of life. By working together, they are are able to enrich and expand the resource pool to serve the less fortunate neighbors in need.
The Interfaith Food Pantry serves those struggling individuals and families in East Fort Bend County who facing some form of financial hardship. The organization will help them access healthy food, groceries, household supplies and other amenities necessary for daily living. Clients of the pantry are typically referred through social services or area churches and are seen on a first come, first serve basis.
When seeking help, a Full Food Order specifically provides as many as four days worth of groceries for low income or struggling families in need. Each order is nutritionally sound and complete to meet the needs and size of each household, and they can even have laundry detergent, soap and toiletries.
A Supplemental Food Order from East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry provides basic food staples such as bread, baby formula, meats and milk to assist households in maintaining enough food over a certain time period. If a resident qualifies, the program is available on an as needed basis every Wednesday and Friday.
Another partner organization is the Houston Food Bank. Working with other agencies in the region, they established the Food Fair Program and it provides clients with a large order of fresh groceries or meals for their families. The program is non-restricted by zip code and anyone in need of groceries is welcomed.
Senior Sacks was created in cooperation with the Ford Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program. So this is focused on the older residents of the area, and it will provide the elderly citizens with an appropriate amount of groceries or hot meals for their weekend meals.
Christmas and Holiday Food Program includes the distribution of baskets. They are offered multiple times per year, including during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Within these food baskets are all the supplies needed to create and cook a traditional meal including a turkey and the toppings. In some cases, small gifts may be giving to children.
For qualifying residents of East Bend County, the Human Needs Ministry emergency financial assistance is available to assist with necessary costs of living such as rent or mortgage or basic utilities. This assistance is for temporary financial situations only for those facing a crisis, not as a means of permanent payment to creditors.
Any payments or cash grants will be made directly to the creditor. The time limit for this form of temporary assistance is approximately once per year, so residents should take the opportunity to get back on track with paying their own bills.
S.O.S. Program (Supply our Students) provides free school supply packets each summer to qualified East Fort Bend County students from pre-K to 12th grade. It can be clothes, notebooks, and the like. The stipulation is the students must attend school in either Fort Bend Independent School Districts or Stafford Municipal.
A thrift store known as the Tri-City Churches Resale Shop is another vital community resource run by East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. There may be furniture, Christmas gifts, beds, and more. All proceeds from the Resale Shop directly fund the Ministry's Food Pantry and Financial Assistance programs to further help struggling members in the community of Fort Bend County. The address is 425 Stafford Run Rd., Stafford, TX 77477, dial 281-499-8833.
For any program above, resources are limited, and requirements necessary to receive any form of aid include appropriate identification, proof of income and residency within the county or region served. Clients of East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry who have been referred are subsequently interviewed by staff to understand each individual financial situation. Screenings are performed by trained employees to individually assess needs. The Ministry is based in Stafford Texas and can be called at 281-547-0435. Be prepared with documentation as indicated above.
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