Operating a food pantry in the El Paso Texas region, the team at Our Lady of Guadalupe offer this key service and administers other assistance as well. There is a clothing closet as well as occasional financial aid for income qualified families in a crisis.
The Food bank is one of the largest pantries available in the area to those in need. The location will pass out emergency items to those struggling in the community. Volunteers help hundreds of families each year by offering both free food and referrals. There are also items for immigrants and those El Paso County residents from different cultures. The center always needs support, so anyone that can donate or volunteer is always welcome.
Most of the food at the pantry has been provided by the generous donations of individuals, local area business, churches and other non-profit organizations. Not only that, but local supermarkets as well as restaurants in southern Texas also contribute. They give the center surplus produce, meat and other baked goods on a daily basis.
In addition to all of those sources, a large percentage of the food comes from Feeding America and fresh produce is also purchased from time to time from a local wholesaler. Seasonal programs are also available from Our Lady of Guadalupe for the children of struggling families. These include but are not limited to Easter Baskets, Holiday Gifts, Christmas meals and Backpacks full of snacks. Due to these operating may children are able to experience the joy of the holidays.
Our Lady of Guadalupe will require an application process. For those interested in eligibility to the pantry, the following information is required. People should bring a copy of a current utility bill in the name of the head of the household. This is used as a form of proof of residence. Also, ID is needed from the applicant as well as proof of income.
The Clothing Closet from the non-profit will pass free professional attire as well as items such as winter coats for children as well as school supplies. While income conditions and availability will vary, this is often free of charge for unemployed, low income individuals. The location may also have some furniture items that have been donated to it.
Access to the Our Lady of Guadalupe program is through referrals from various social service and career assistance organizations. With the help of volunteers from across El Paso County, clients choose outfits from donated, gently used clothing and accessories.
The Clothing Closet always accepts, and in fact relies on, donations of current, gently used professional clothes. They should be clean, pressed and ready for clients to wear. Items needed include dresses, blouses, skirts, men’s suits, dress shirts, slacks, polo shirts, khakis, ties and shoes. Children clothing or items for infants are always in demand as well.
Some clients, on rare occasions, may be able to receive emergency financial assistance. The goal of this is around homelessness prevention for at-risk families and individuals. This program may be able to help keep families in their current residence, and it can benefit those who may have otherwise become homeless.
Financial support is combined with other services. There may be budget counseling, information referral, financial assistance with paying past overdue rent, utility bill assistance and help with critical medical bills, namely medications. When Our Lady of Guadalupe does not have money for clients, they may be able to offer referrals to alternative sources of funding in El Paso.
Case managers from Our Lady of Guadalupe also work individually with clients to focus on immediate needs to prevent homelessness and to help them establish a more stable financial plan in the future. A major crisis occurs for individuals and families when the threat of an eviction or an interruption in utility services is looming. Based on an individual assessment of circumstances, Our Lady of Guadalupe tries to offer support.
No matter the need, the non-profit Our Lady of Guadalupe is a source of information. The main office is at 2709 Alabama in the city of El Paso. The main number is (915)-545-4234.
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