Financial assistance, basic needs, and other support is offered from Interfaith Caring Ministries. There may be assistance for rental expenses, food, utility services, flood relief, medications and more for qualified clients. This are one-off programs that are limited in scope, and any help may be provided one-time only within a defined period of time.
When seeking assistance, a household must have experienced a recent financial hardship. It needs to be a crisis. Applicants to Interfaith Caring Ministries therefore need to have proof of the ability to sustain and show on-going management. Interested applicants must formally apply, show proof of income, and attend a workshop.
Interfaith Caring Ministries Thanksgiving meals can be provided for families. Through the generous donations from the community of Galveston County, many who are actively involved in the participation in the annual Thanks for Giving food drive, people from across the region work together to capture the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
Every fall, dozens if not hundreds of families struggle to not only provide a special holiday meal, but they also struggle just to keep some form of basic food on the table. So then Thanksgiving week rolls around, and this can be even more stressful to deal with. This is the time when children expect a big meal, or when when students are home from school or even college.
Emergency Food Pantry Services – The program provides a several days supply of nutritious food, groceries, fruits, and more to income qualified clients of ICM. The pantry can only be used on occasion, and the general limit is once every 60 days. There can be exceptions made in some cases for families facing a crisis or for new, single moms that need formula. Intake and applications are required at Interfaith Caring Ministries.
Basic needs can also be met by the pantry. Not only may may canned food or meat be available, but ICM also offers toilet paper, detergent, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and laundry soap. This too relies on donations from the community.
Summer Food and Meals Program is used to ensure that children get the level of nutrition needed for them to play, learn and grow throughout the summer months when school is not in session. Interfaith Caring Ministries will help them to be fully prepared to start another school year by using this USDA sponsored service. Healthy eating habits help a child maintain a healthy weight as well as nutrition, thereby leading to the development of a positive self-image.
The Interfaith Caring Ministries Thrift (or Resale) Store offers struggling clients a number of items. They will be sold at a low price, but are gently used. Shoppers can find gently used clothes, household goods and furniture that may be purchased at steeply discounted rates. In some cases ICM will offer them for free through the program’s voucher system.
Inventory that is for sale in Galveston Texas includes quality clothing and unique items displayed in a second-hand boutique atmosphere. The service is offered to any member of the community and all are welcomed to visit one of the best thrift stores in Galveston. All funds made from the store go directly back to agency operations to ensure all clients are well supported in their time of struggle.
Also, as noted, the voucher programs at the Thrift Store are noted below. There is Back To Work Clothing as well as free Vouchers for Basic Needs for victims of a disaster, such as a flood. Low income seniors or the disabled can be provided with loaners for Walkers, Wheelchairs, Fans for the summer months, winter heaters, etc. There is also a free Winter Coats Distribution for children.
Financial help for rent and utility payments, as well as shelter for the homeless, may be provided as part of the Continuum of Care. Appointments for cash based aid are required, and they can be made Monday thru Friday. Clients can only receive financial help for their bills at most 3 times per lifetime.
Interfaith Caring Ministries (ICM) as well as many other agencies are part of this coalition. Depending on the organization, the Continuum offers social services, shelter, and financial aid. Many parties are also part of this network, including churches, public officials and interested citizens.
All of the groups in Galveston County combine resources in an effort to prevent families from falling into homelessness. ICM will also advocate on behalf of those living in poverty to try to end the cycle of homelessness.
When seeking help from ICM, proof of government benefits, residency, income, and hardship is needed, among other back up. The main office appointment line is at (281) 332-3881, and address is 151 Park Avenue, League City, Texas 77573.
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