Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry assistance programs.

As Poteet and the Atascosa County area has grown over the years, faith based agencies such as Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry are striving to help the less fortunate. There is financial assistance (rent or medical) as well as basic needs (free food or furniture) available in an effort to meet the needs of the community. There are always families that are facing difficult problems, and ACAM is a charity that can sometimes help.

The fact is that when in a crisis, many people cannot even afford to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, utilities, or prescription drugs or medical bills. In an effort to help low income families that are struggling (in the short term) Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry has been reaching out and helping individuals in need.

Free basic needs

One resource is emergency food boxes as well as clothing, utensils, furniture, and kitchen supplies. The Food Pantry provides emergency boxes of groceries for individuals and families in immediate need. There is also a clothing closet, thrift store, bedding, and distribution of supplies from the main office.

The Pantry is open a number of days throughout the year, but call for hours. The free emergency food boxes are also available by request to those who are homebound and who lack transportation to get the pantry. Rice, cereal, sauce, spaghetti, and other goods are available.

Water bottle donations, food drives, and other contributions are always appreciated. Same as blankets, couches, kitchen supplies, and other basic needs. The free food Pantry accepts donations during normal business hours. If a business or individual is interested in given larger donations to Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry, such as water, bagged/boxed citrus, or major boxes of food, some pick up services may be coordinated. Pre-prepared meals are accepted as well.

 

 

 

 

Most of the support from the faith based charity is material in need. Financial aid is more limited. It is more likely to get free food, hot meals, and other items from ACAM. Donate as well if possible, as they also give out clothes, bedding, blankets, and other goods to the needy.

Financial help from Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry

In some cases, ACAM has medications or vouchers for them. they can include generic pills, over the counter (OTC) medications, insulin, and vouchers for coupons or other savings. Much of this Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry program is for the vulnerable, such as disabled, seniors, diabetics, and others. The goal is to help families stay healthy. Find more details on insulin for diabetics.

The programs from ACAM focus on assisting clients to become housed, fed, keep their power on as well as health up and employed. The staff from the agency have outreach sessions in the larger Poteet community. They also partner with local churches and other charities to help the working poor and families living in poverty.

When it comes to housing, they try to help current low-income renters in the city both keep up with their rent as well as find affordable housing. They also work to find the homeless, no matter if they live in an abandoned building or on the streets. They help clients find affordable housing and pay the security deposit or obtain furniture. A big focus is also on helping families pay their water bills. Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry also has information on a network of agencies as well as food pantries that care for the less fortunate.

 

 

 

 

Applications are needed. Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry requires proof of need. Applicants need proof of income, social security cards, identification, and other documents. Financial help, including for some bills like deposits, is limited. The address is 500 Avenue H, Poteet, Texas 78065, (210-632-6341).

By Jon McNamara

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