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Grimes, Leon, Chambers and Burleson County assistance programs.

Emergency financial assistance and social services

Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, or BVCAA. This is the leading non-profit organization. Some short term assistance may be offered. More than likely they will also be able to offer referrals to government and public aid. However the focus of the community action agency is on helping people gain self-sufficiency and overcome poverty over the long term.

Case managers from BVCAA, Inc. will assist with the empowerment of families and individuals in the community. The objective is to help people reach their full potential economically, socially, educationally, health-wise, and culturally. All families and individuals across Burleson, Grimes, and other parts of Brazos Valley should be provided the opportunity to reach their full potential. Some examples of assistance programs include:

  • The non-profit processes applications for the state of Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program. This offers gas and electric bill assistance to qualified low income applicants. They also can help people sign up for the federal government weatherization programs, which can help low income families save money on their utilities. Learn more.
  • Medical assistance is offered for children and adults. This includes health care such as checkups and physical exams, medications, preventive pediatric health care, specialist referrals, and immunizations. Family Planning provides reproductive health services including pregnancy tests and pap smears. Other basic care is offered too, including a dental clinic.
  • Other services include food, Head Start, and senior programs including home delivered meals.
  • Additional social services are available. Find details on Brazos Valley Community Action programs.

Dial (855) 252-1467 to reach the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency. They also have an office at 1905 Dove Crossing in Navasota, Texas 77868. Call (936) 825-0000.




Caldwell Christians Care, Inc. – Various forms of assistance and resources are offered across Burleson County. The purpose and mission of the non-profit agency is to help anyone in need, including low income families, unemployed, seniors, and others. Receive food, clothing, utility bill assistance, rent help, and emergency lodging. (979) 567-9711

Caldwell Police Department – Yes, even they may have some support. Provides prescription expense assistance to individuals who do not have insurance covering prescriptions, food, and gasoline/transportation as funds are available. Phone (979) 567-4712

The Salvation Army of Burleson and Somerville Texas. Call (979) 596-1604. The leading non-profit provides assistance to low income families, travelers and transients passing through the area in the form of clothing and food. Case managers also work closely and partner with Somerville Area Assistance Ministries (SAAM) to provide emergency financial help and basic needs assistance in some cases. Other programs include Angel Tree Christmas help, shelter, and limited financial assistance.

Chambers County Indigent Health Care – Coordinates emergency social services. Assistance is provided to eligible participants subject to availability of funds. Grant funds or cash can be used to help pay for immediate needs with prescriptions, utilities, travel, housing, food, medical care or bills. Persons are served on a first come, first served basis, and funding is limited. 1204 Stowell Street, Anahuac, TX 77514. Telephone (409) 267-8306

Food assistance programs, including clothing and holiday aid

Bedias Food Pantry can provide food in order to help individuals and families make ends meet until the first of the month. Some services are also focused on the elderly population in the region. (936) 395-2023

Iola Church of Christ can help Grimes County families. The center provides personal hygiene products, free food and paper products to those in need with limited income. 23365 FM 39, Iola, Texas 77861, phone (936) 825-5895





Brazos Valley Food Bank is technically a so called mobile food pantry that is based at Grimes County Fairgrounds. Families are provided emergency food boxes, canned goods, and other support. (936) 873-2195

Christian Community Services Center – A free or low cost clothes closet is open 6 days a month, and the center also provides food once a month to all who qualify. For qualified families, the center can also coordinate one night transient or emergency shelter at a local motel in the Navasota Texas region. Dial (936) 825-7454

The Lord's Pantry of Leon County – Clothing and food assistance is available. Phone number is (903) 322-7005

North Creek Baptist Church Food Bank - Distributes boxed-up or sacked food items. Households can get approximately 25 to 30 items when they qualify. 8153 FM 3178, Centerville, TX 75833, phone (903) 729-5457

Lord's Pantry of Leona only has short term food assistance for those who qualify. If you need more permanent assistance, the agency can makes referrals to other programs or non-profit organizations for long-term help. Examples include food stamps or similar aid. (903) 344-2496




Elizabeth Lutheran Church Community Kitchen and Pantry – Food, hot meals, and holiday programs. (979) 567-4768

If those centers above can’t meet your needs, then click here for additional food distribution locations in Texas.

Low cost and affordable medical or dental care

Mid-Chambers Christian Caring Center, Inc. – A local community clinic. (409) 267-6898

Chambers County Public Hospital District #1Bayside Clinic – A local community hospital providing acute care and emergency medical services. They can also provide the low income with other assistance from their two primary care clinics. A sliding fee scale is in place. 621 South Ross Sterling, Anahuac, Texas 77514, call (409) 267-4126

By Jon McNamara

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