The non-profit MBK Center offers numerous resources to the less fortunate. While some limited financial aid is provided to families facing a crisis, this is based on funding levels and other factors. However, My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center provides many other programs to qualified low income families, children, and seniors in Harris County. Examples of resources include clothing or free Christmas meals and toys, and volunteers and staff partner with clients on addressing the cause of their hardship as well.
When seeking assistance, an interview and assessment will need to take place. Staff from MBK will meet with the individual to determine the best service for their needs, whether it is food, emergency rent help, or one of their special programs, such as Christmas or free back to school supplies. The center will offer advice and support regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or even their religion.
Financial assistance relies mostly on money raised from donations, and in an emergency there may be funds to pay back rent or a utility bill to stop a shut off. In rare cases My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center will help with a security deposit for a new, low income apartment in Harris County or Houston.
Any aid is provided along with other self-sufficiency. For example, clients that need financial help will need to be seeking employment or to increase their income, and they may sign up to use the computer for free internet access. Also, they are given information on any job openings that are available in Houston or Harris County that MBC has information on.
An emergency food pantry is also located on site. This will give free groceries and boxes of food to individuals and struggling, low to moderate income families who have established a need through Client Services as indicated above. There may also be baby formula, help for new parents, fruits, and meals for seniors.
Like most of their programs, the MBK Pantry depends on individual donations, local food drives, churches and financial contributions to provide its services. During the Thanksgiving, Easter and or course Christmas holidays, free special packages are prepared and distributed to the needy.
An Onsite Computer Resource Lab is for approved individuals. It can be used for conducting job searches or even just learning the latest software. There is also computer access for creating resumes and/or cover letters, free Internet access for on-line job searches, and printers. Computer classes of MS Excel, Office, and other systems are offered as well.
The Resource Lab also has employment postings from hiring businesses in the community, as there are local companies that partner with My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center to find employees. After all, the long term goal is on employment.
Seasonal and holiday programs include free school supplies, such as notebooks or clothing for students. Each year, the Harris County MBK center receives donations of school supplies from generous members of the community, and they also purchase items and supplies as part of the Inspiring Minds School Supply Program and in partnership with the Salvation Army.
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and toys are available too. The Children Christmas Social will give out a free present to children from low income families, and it can be a game, piece of clothing, or just a general toy. Meals are also served at the MBK center. There is also an Easter social, and children will get free Easter basket with a set of Resurrection Eggs.
To expand on above, the free Thanksgiving Meal service is for low income families and individuals, and there will be a traditional gift basket served or a hot meal with turkey and toppings. It is served or passed out to the needy. It can be prepared to their own liking as well.
The center for My Brother's Keeper can be called at (281) 498-9933. As noted, an application process is in place, and the main address is at 12713A Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77099.
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