Community Services of Northeast Texas assistance programs.

Outreach, case management, and emergency assistance from Community Services of Northeast Texas can help the less fortunate. There is also emphasis on seniors and elderly in the region. The non-profit administers extensive amounts of assistance across Camp, Cass, Bowie, Marion, and Morris Counties in Texas.

The community action agency operates an Outreach service. The goal of the department is to provide programming, advice and even limited amounts of assistance to financially disadvantaged households in the area. Partnerships are key as well.

Community Services of Northeast Texas will offer financial aid with the help of funding from the Salvation Army, CEAP -  the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, and the federally funded Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Some examples of the specific CSNT services and programs include linking transients and local residents with lodging, loans for paying rent, free meals, gasoline vouchers, utilities, and prescription medications. Shelter and other housing resources may be coordinated too. This is mostly due to Salvation Army funding from centers in Cass, Marion and other counties.

The agencies will also help low-income or unemployed households with managing high utility bill through CEAP and other similar programs. They will also coordinate comprehensive case management services with CSBG funding. This can help provide the less fortunate with coats, free fans, food, and even back to school supplies for students.

The offices also offer meal services for residents who are age 60 or over, volunteers, or their spouses who put in at least 8 hours a month working at a feeding site. There is also help for primary caretakers of someone over 60. The groceries and meals are available either in a congregate (group) setting, or by home delivery. This is usually offered at low cost for those who are unable to leave home.

The Community Services of Northeast Texas hot meal services are planned by a registered dietician, who ensures that they meet one-third of the USDA daily requirements. There are no requirements as to income limits of the applicant, but a small donation is appreciated.




Food and groceries items are offered in partnership with the DADS - Department of Aging and Disability and also the non-profit East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG). These other agencies contribute some of the funds and resources along with CSNT.

The nutritional resources indicated above in counties such as Camp, Morris, and Cass also rely on volunteers and donations from the community.  Donate if you can. The Congregate Meal Locations are as follows.

  • American Legion Hall, 111 West Broadway, Jefferson, TX 75657, 903-665-1005
  • Address is 267 CR 3516, Leesburg, Texas 75451, call 903-856-2910
  • Another meal site is at 525 Elm St., Pittsburg, TX 75686, 903-856-9050
  • 106 Crockett St., Marshall, TX 75670, 903-935-6115
  • 165 Texas Ave., Waskom, Texas 75692, phone 903-687-2323

Several CSNT resources provide low cost home improvement services for qualifying residents of Bowie, Cass, Marion, and Morris Counties. These will try to make homes safer, more energy efficient, more comfortable in extreme weather, and/or more accessible. An additional, major benefit is that the programs help people with saving money that can be put toward other vital needs.

All of the programs are focused on the low income, seniors, or disabled. They will perform all work according to regulations and guidelines. Staff will also network with other local agencies and organizations, in order to provide the highest quality services they can.

Home repairs may provide for increased accessibility. This will be home adaptations necessary for residents with disabilities, the elderly, and can help people live safely and comfortably. Such adaptations are often the key to enabling less fortunate people to remain in their own homes, rather than being forced to move to a more accessible setting where they are not as comfortable.

Weatherization Assistance from Community Services of Northeast Texas is federally funded. It will provide for free energy-efficient measures that enable families to save money and to also be comfortable when it’s extremely cold or hot in Texas.





Get help with paying utility bills from Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Grants and credits can be used to offer payment assistance to qualifying families. A focus is on the Texas and disabled.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program, with a focus on preparing children from low income families for success. It is for those who range in age from three to age five. This is accomplished through the provision of educational, health care and support services that promote cognitive, social, and physical development.

The educational component focuses on pre-reading as well as math skills, numeric development, and social skills. Support services include dental, free health and social services, based on initial screenings performed at the beginning of the program year that include physicals, dental exams, and any necessary follow-up services.

Children from Southwest Texas diagnosed with disabilities are included in all aspects of the program. In addition, the entire family, including the parents, are served through case management to determine strengths and needs. Based on that, case managers from Community Services of Northeast work with the family as a unit to develop a Family Partnership Agreement, to ensure success over the long term.




Whether temporarily unemployed, looking for a career change or new to the workforce, CSNT’s Career Services Center will provide with the skills and confidence people need to move forward with their career. The program follows a highly structured model that includes soft skills training, assessment, career readiness training, employment, and post-employment services. This set of resources works in combination with partners, such as One Stop Centers, to promote self-sufficiency and success for residents.

The locations of the community action centers are as follow.

  • Camp County, 200 W. Marshall, PO Box 892, Pittsburg, TX 75686, 903-856-5861
  • Marion County, 1115 N. Walcott, Ste. B, Jefferson, TX 75657, 903-665-9198
  • Morris County, 102 Coffey St., Daingerfield, TX 75638, 903-645-5608
  • Cass County, 304 E. Houston, Linden, Texas 75563, dial 903-756-5596
  • Bowie County office is at 1611 N. Robison Rd., Texarkana, TX 75570. Call 903-838-0746 for details.


By Jon McNamara

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