Interfaith Ministries Denton Texas emergency assistance programs.
A partnership of churches, businesses and faith based charities in Denton County provide assistance to struggling families. Using donations from the community, the Interfaith Ministries organization works to help the poor, seniors, and less fortunate meet their basic needs.
When seeking help, an appointment needs to be made. Any financial aid, such as for rent or energy bills, is limited. Other programs include Christmas assistance, free school supplies, shelter and more. A representative from Interfaith Ministries of Denton will need to review your request.
Resources are offered in the towns of Bolivar, Corinth, Denton, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, Sanger, and Shady Shores. Some of what may be offered is noted below.
- Rent, housing assistance, and grants for paying utility bills is offered in an emergency.
- Health care and medical needs for adults, including the uninsured. There may also be free eyeglasses for adults and children in Denton.
- Food, personal care/ hygiene supplies, and groceries may be offered from Interfaith Ministries.
- Summer fan distribution can help keep the sick and elderly out of the Texas heat.
- Other services include public transportation, ID and legal document assistance.
Apple Tree Project offers free school supplies. The charities and churches that are part of Interfaith Ministries provide items such as clothing, school supplies, backpacks, and free shoes to children from low-income families. It is for families in the Denton Independent School District.
It is estimated that over 30% of children from the region may qualify based on low income standards. Donors and supporters of the Project believe that education is the key to employment and thereby ending cycles of poverty. The goal of Interfaith Ministries is to promote success in education by equipping low income and economically disadvantaged children with the items they need for back-to-school.
Free diapers or baby supplies are offered in Denton County Texas from the Diaper Depot. This program can help low-income or working poor families. The charity works to ensure that families, in particular single moms, have access to a healthy change of diapers.
As many people know, government assistance programs such as Food Stamps, WIC and others do not pay for the cost of diapers. It can cost a hundred dollars of more per month to clothe a new born. So the Diaper Depot can help with this need. Key partners of the Interfaith Ministries include The Dallas Women's Foundation as well as the Flow Health Care Foundation.
Other seasonal assistance programs are noted below. They may include:
- Shop with a Cop, which is a holiday assistance program offered by the Denton Police Association. Kids can get free toys or clothing.
- Coats for Kids is when new and gently used outerwear is disbursed for children from low income families under 18 years of age.
- Toys for Tots is run by local churches and charities in Denton, in partnership with the ministries. There will be free gifts and toys for children.
To contribute to the emergency programs run, please donate or use the Charity Cars program. By donating your used car, people can help the less fortunate or working poor members of the community. Many people that benefit from Interfaith Ministries financial aid programs are children, the disabled, or elderly. So your donation will make a big difference.
Many organizations, both private and non-profit as well as local businesses partner with Interfaith Ministries on their programs. Some of the local businesses include the following.
- City of Denton offers referrals and benefits
- Denton Hi-Noon Lion's Club
- Denton Police Department (runs the holiday program for children)
- Shelton Automotive can help with auto needs
- Texas Motor Speedway
- TXU Electric (utility bill assistance)
- Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Club may have free meals
- Denton Municipal Electric PlusOne Program
- Newman Foundation Charitable Organization
- Total Eyecare (for prescription glasses and exams)
Churches and faith-based organizations also take part. They will offer services, referrals, and assistance regardless of religion, faith, or age. The leading Denton County organizations are below.
- Baha'i Faith of Denton
- Blue Mound United Methodist Church and its volunteers
- Christ the Servant Lutheran Charity
- Cooper Creek of Denton United Methodist Church
- Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
- Eagle Pointe Church
- First Presbyterian
- Faith as well as Faith United Methodist Church
- Good Samaritan Chapel
- Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
- Southmont Baptist
- St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
- St. David's Anglican Church
- Trinity Presbyterian Church as well as United Methodist Church
- Unity Church of New Hope
- The Village Church
For more information, or to make an appointment, Interfaith Ministries of Denton is based at 1109 N Elm St, Denton, Texas 76201. Dial (940) 565-5479.