A number of programs exist to help with emergency aid and/or self-sufficiency.
Our food pantry program distributes 435,000 pounds of food valued at over $445,000 to families in need each year. Over 75% of the food we distribute is donated by supporters.
Families may come once every three months, with each seasonal change, and select four outfits per family member. Over 81,000 pieces of clothing are distributed annually in addition to the clothing that we share with other area agencies. Household items and bedding are generally distributed when it is available once a year.
Financial assistance is provided one time in a twelve month period to help families avoid eviction and loss of utilities. We are able to give over $95,000 a year to people in need.
Bus Passes are provided for transportation to doctors' appointments or job interviews.
The joy of the Christmas season is shared with over 1,000 children each year through the distribution of donated toys, gifts and hand crocheted or knitted caps provided by our own "Mad Hatters". A list of recommended toys is available on our Christmas List.
Any donated school supplies and backpacks are passed along to DISD elementary schools in our service area.
Referrals to other agencies and organizations are given whenever possible.