Programs are available to low income and struggling families in Hood County. The non-profit Mission Granbury, using both volunteers and donations, offers a number of resources to clients, ranging from help for domestic violence survivors from the Ada Carey Center to a client choice food pantry.
When applying, a number of conditions need to be met. All resources are limited, but if the charity organization can't meet a request, then referrals may be provided to other Hood County based agencies. The primary services from Mission Granbury are below.
The main Food Pantry is a Client Choice operation, so this gives increased flexibility. It means that it is set up so that each household has the opportunity to shop for grocery or other perishable items of their own choosing in a store setting, rather than picking up pre-packaged combinations of goods.
During certain days of the week, there are also pre-bagged foods containing no-cooking-required options or easy-to-cook groceries are available for those in need. Kroger, Wal-Mart, HEB, Target, and the Tarrant Area Food Bank donate commodities and surplus food on a regular basis to Mission Granbury, making a major contribution toward keeping the Pantry shelves stocked.
With that being the case, more donations are always needed. The need for food in the Hood County region, especially canned items, is ever-increasing. Dozens of people are turning to the pantry each month, and the non-profit cannot express how important the generous donors are to them. This is what allows the charity to combat hunger and provide affordable food for the hungry in the community.
The Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) provides financial support, including grants or loans. The help is for unemployed, underserved, food insecure, and other qualified low-income clients. They can be provided access to a three-tiered set of services that include financial assistance with rent, prescription medication, heating bills and utilities, health care, and employment-related issues.
The major part of Mission Granbury services is dedicated to preventing homelessness in Hood County. The agency will also help residents with finding housing, paying utility bills, and providing food subsidies. Case managers from the non-profit believe these services are vital to keeping children, including from single parents, from becoming homeless, which can lead to a number of other issues.
As part of the application process, and intake or needs assessment is done by a case manager, followed up with psychological, temporary financial and emotional support services. Then, the staff will identify the causes for the client’s circumstances, and then connect them with vehicle assistance, jobs and temporary housing. Long-term stability is the program’s ultimate goal.
Ada Carey Center from Mission Granbury is programming to assist victims of domestic violence and crime in Hood County. Programs provide individuals with safe housing and crisis intervention for victims of family violence. The Center has staff, including licensed counselors, who are are trained in providing support and stability for this vulnerable population.
The ever-rising levels of homelessness, unemployment, poverty and drug and alcohol abuse often lead to violence and crime. The effects of physical and emotional abuse are devastating to everyone in a household, including children and infants. So Mission Gransbury will offer clients adequate shelter, mental and physical care, and counseling to help rebuild confidence. Other assistance includes Peer Support, Safety Planning, Crisis Stabilization, Permanent Housing and Employment Assistance.
The Victims Assistance Program serves as a clearinghouse for all types of situations. After an interview and assessment is done by Mission Granbury, clients receive assistance with completing applications for Crime Victim’s Compensation. The Victims Assistance staff then works to provide support to victims who are often left emotionally, financially and physically devastated.
Other aid from the non-profit can include low income housing or apartments. There are also attorneys in Hood County that offer free legal aid to victims, and this will help ensure they are safe and out of danger. Other services include medical care, free food, and transportation to work or a shelter in the region.
Mission Granbury’s New Beginnings Resale Shop is a thrift type store. It is located 1310 Weatherford Highway, and the shop carries a large inventory of donated clothing for men, women, and children. As donations allow, they also stock a variety of household items such as furniture or kitchen supplies.
Items are donated to the New Beginnings Resale Shop by individual community members and stores such as Cato’s, Dollar General and Wal-Mart. Prices are affordable, and the items are often high quality. For clients in need, case managers provide vouchers for free clothing and household goods, including even school supplies. All thrift shop proceeds are used to support Mission Granbury’s clients and programs.
For more information, Mission Granbury is located at 3611 Plaza East Ct., Granbury, Texas 76049. Call the center at 817-579-6866.
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