Resources offered from Livingston First United Methodist Church can help low income families and the poor with meeting their needs in a crisis. Any aid is limited and will come with a formal application process. More information on some of the primary programs, such as Local Family Assistance, Feed My Sheep, or Helping Hands, is below.
The main Missions Committee Fund is known as Local Family Assistance. As part of this, there may be one time financial aid to pay for emergency bills. It may be for rent, energy costs, prescriptions, and similar needs. Some seniors in Polk County Texas could even be provided with heaters during the winter or a free air conditioner during the hot Texas summer months. Call 328-8240.
Helping Hands is the name of the team involved in administering many of the services noted here. They also offer referrals. The group will help oversee the emergency program from Livingston First United Methodist Church and its partners. Similar to above, there may be cash assistance for paying past electric bills or maybe back rent. This Helping Hands resource though may also help pay for gasoline for a job interview. So it is wide ranging. It relies on donations, so please contribute if you can. Call 936-327-7100.
Christmas assistance is part of the Empty Stocking program. This is run in partnership with Livingston Inter-agency charity group. As resources allow, they provide free Christmas gifts, clothing, or toys for children from low-income families in Polk County Texas. There may also be free food or meals served during Christmas or the Thanksgiving holiday.
Livingston First United Methodist (UMC) also provides food assistance from Feed My Sheep, also known as 1st UMC Against Hunger. It will help support and feed Polk County’s low income, poor, and disadvantaged. Most items are available from a pantry.
Another component of that is a mobile pantry. This operates across Polk County and can visit packaging events to help the needy or children.
A regional program, including a food pantry, is operated by the Corrigan Christian Resource Center. This provides free groceries, meals, and more. There may even be one time emergency grants for paying expenses such as utility bills. The center may also have clothing, bedding, and similar items.
School supplies, mostly snacks or boxes of food, are offered as part of the BackPack Program. Volunteers from the community work with Livingston First United Methodist Church to supply free food to students at the High School. It is for those who come from families in which they are more than likely to not have a meal on the weekend or maybe over break.
Noahs Helpers may help with minor home repairs or maintenance, including for seniors or the disabled. There is also possible repairs offered for individuals who can’t do the work by themselves for whatever reason. Some examples of the maintenance includes repairing homes, cleaning up yards, building wheel chair ramps and, on occasion, maybe even assembling an entirely new home when there is a need for one.
Another partner of the UMC church is the Polk County Emergency Health Board. For those that qualify, there may be vouchers or funds to pay for gasoline in order to help low-income adults and children get to medical or doctor appointments. There is also various other forms of assistance available, including prescriptions and information on free medical care. The Health Board may coordinate limited doctor visits, however this would be for children only. The program is run from Department of State Health Services, 410 E Church, Suite B, Livingston, TX, 328-8240.
The main address of Livingston First United Methodist Church is 2801 US Hwy 190 W, Livingston, Texas, 77351. Or call 936-327-7100.
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