Financial assistance and basic needs can be addressed by Manna House of Midlothian. The services are provided to the less fortunate in a non-judgmental way, and the agency will not discriminate based on race, religion, or age. Resources ranging from food from a pantry to clothes from a clothing closet or grant applications, referrals to clinics, and utility bill assistance are just some of what can be provided.
The programs all have limited resources. The pantry relies on donated groceries from partners such as the North Texas Food Bank and much of the financial assistance, such as for rent, depends on government grants or money raised from fundraisers. The non-profit tries to help resolve the crisis while also directing the family to long term support in Ellis County, such as job training from WIA centers or similar programs.
There are several food programs offered by Manna House of Midlothian in Ellis County that help underprivileged individuals meet their dietary needs. The first is the on site food pantry, and this help those income qualified families that are in a crisis.
Nationally, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP, distributes free healthy food on a quarterly basis. TEFAP is available to anyone who meets income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Manna House also operates senior dining centers for persons who are 60 years of age or older. Each location is open at least three days per week, although hours and days of operation vary by center. The charity agency accepts small dollar amount of donations per person and per meal to offset the costs of the dining centers.
Ellis County homebound individuals, if they are seniors or elderly, who are unable to prepare their own meals can turn to the home-delivered meals program for assistance. This is designed for clients who are over age 60, but Manna House of Midlothian can also support the disabled with a delivery too. Temporary meal-delivery service is also available in the aftermath of surgery or an injury.
A Thrift Store is known as Heaven's Attic. The inventory for sale is made up of donations from the Ellis County community. What may be sold by the team at Manna House of Midlothian ranges from clothing to furniture, kitchen appliances, cribs, and much more.
The school supply project extends into the greater Ellis County community. There may be notebooks, boots, uniforms, and more based on donations and partnerships with other charities. Another service is Tools 4 School, and this provides bags full of school supplies to help children start the school year off right. More than hundreds of students from lower income families have received supplies to begin school over the past three years.
For at-risk, struggling clients there is shelter and utility bill assistance programs in the county that may be able to provide financial help to prevent an impending eviction or to make payment for first month’s rent at the time of move-in. In the last budget year, several households and formerly homeless families received financial assistance for rent arrears or housing costs through this resource.
Manna House of Midlothian may also provide referrals to utility bill assistance. Funds may be available from time to time to help with the costs of keeping natural gas, propane gas, water, heating oil and electrical services in operation in a low-income household.
There is support for homeless children. Manna House can help them enroll into a weekly after-school educational program. The program not only incorporates reading, writing, crafts, and one-on-one attention from caring adults, it also provides the younger generation with educational support.
The main location, including the thrift store, are on West Avenue in Midlothian Texas. The phone number is 972-775-1800.
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