Round Rock Serving Center assistance programs.

Partnering with churches, non-profit organizations, and volunteers, the Serving Center of Round Rock provide help to those that are less fortunate. Thousands of low income, unemployed, and working poor families in Williamson and Travis County receive help or referrals from the agency every year.

Numerous services are administered, mostly using donations from the community and the help of volunteers. The charity has basic needs, such as clothing and furniture vouchers, a thrift store and the Round Rock Coats for Kids program. Growth and development services are offered from adult computer classes, ESL classes, and a program known as Computers for Kids. The Serving Center also has financial support for food, rental needs, utilities, transportation, medications or security deposits.

The thrift store in Round Rock is known as Treasures Charity Resale Shop and Boutique. It operates as a furniture and clothing store, and it is open to the public of Williamson County and other regions. The lowest income families may be given vouchers to pay for their clothing, books, appliances or furniture needs. Revenue from sale at the store supports the social service programs, food pantry, financial programs and general operating costs.

The charity and its thrift stores are open to the general public and more than likely offer something for everyone. Many of the clients of the Round Rock Serving Center are furnishing a college student apartment, purchasing furniture for your first home, or maybe buying their children Christmas gifts. Thousands of people use the centers. The stores that are operated by churches offer gently used, quality used clothing and furniture at very affordable prices.

The food pantry from the Round Rock Serving Center uses donations from the region to help those that are less fortunate. They also work with the Capital Area Food Bank of Austin and partner with hundreds of other churches and charities. Please contribute to the pantry, volunteer, or maybe organize a food drive for those that are needy.

The groceries disbursed at the pantry may include canned fruit, vegetables, soup, meat and tuna, spaghetti, and cereal. Non-food stuffs include Toilet paper or Diapers for new moms and babies. Donations of those items, and many others, are always appreciated.




Coats for Kids operates both during the winter months as well as back to school season. The Serving Center runs this as a collaborative effort with the community of Round Rock as well as the non-profit Round Rock ISD to provide a free coat to the children from the area that are enrolled in the Free Lunch program.

There is an annual application and registration process in place. Many school nurses or teachers can provide enrollment information to students. As part of the program, a voucher will be issued and it can be redeemed on distribution day for a free coat. Most of the items are passed out during the fall months and it carries on until November and December.

Free computers are passed out to children from low income families in Williamson and nearby Travis County. The Round Rock Center runs the Computers for Kids project. Disadvantaged or working poor families can get the systems, which come with software such as Microsoft office.

The Serving Center can provide other aid as well. While the financial support for bills or rent is very limited, case managers or volunteers may have referrals as well. Some learn about funds for housing or rental needs. Other financial aid, maybe even including loans, can be used for energy bills, deposits, or medications.

Other support is offered too. After all, there are many other charities and non-profits in the region which may have funds. The address is 1099 E Main Street, Round Rock Texas 78664, dial (512) 244-2431.



By Jon McNamara

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