Families in the Cy-Fair region are struggling to keep food on the table while staying away from the COVID-19 virus.
Cy-Fair’s nonprofit and nonprofit organizations, such as Northwest Assistance Ministries and Cypress Assistance Ministries, have worked to fill the gaps for local families with food, school supplies, financial assistance and mental health services for all ages.
On HoustonChronicle.com: The Cypress Creek Watershed Partnership publishes the draft Watershed Protection Plan
Cypress Assistance Ministries, A nonprofit for low-income families in need is seeking donations and volunteers to continue caring for the local community.
“To help people who are in crisis, we need the money to help them with their rent, mortgage or utilities, as well as money to continue paying the rent and utilities for our buildings and staff costs,” said Janet Ryan, director of development for Cypress Assistance Ministries. “The community continues to be generous with their food donations. CAM’s greatest need right now is money and volunteers. “
Anyone who receives groceries from CAM will need one of the following documents: SNAP, Social Security Benefits, Disability Benefits, Veterans Benefits, Proof of Free Lunch or Breakfast from CFISD, Medicaid, CHIP, or a government grant award letter.
“Individuals not currently enrolled in any of these programs will need to schedule an appointment with a customer support advisor to determine eligibility,” said Ryan. “This is more in line with the way we worked before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.”
On HoustonChronicle.com: Harris County Precinct 4 parks will receive 7,500 rainbow trout for the winter
CAM also needs financial donations to help customers with bills and groceries.
Families in postcodes 77065, 77095, 77429, 77433 and 77084 receive free food in the pantry with ID and proof of residence from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Those who want an appointment can book an appointment for Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ESL and GED courses are now also enrolling students.
The CAM pantry is located at 11265 Huffmeister Road in Cypress.
You can find more information at www.facebook.com/cypressassistance.
Cy-Hope is a non-profit organization that benefits low-income students in Cy-Fair ISD. Cy-Hope needs volunteers every month to bag groceries. More information is available at www.facebook.com/CyHopeTx.
Cy-Hope needs volunteers for their backpacking program. You can find the registration here.
Cy-Fair helping hands, A non-profit organization dedicated to the homeless and low-income communities also provides food to families in the Cy-Fair region. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and the first and third Saturday of the month, Cy-Fair Helping Hands offers perishable and non-perishable food with a drive-through model from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, including how to donate, please visit www.facebook.com/CYFAIRHELPINGHANDS.
Northwest Assistance Ministries, or NAM, supplies non-perishable and perishable food to hundreds of needy families weekly through their on-site pantry and uses a drive-thru model.
NAM provides food aid in its main building from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and accepts donations between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
NAM needs food and financial donations. Frozen meat, fruits and vegetables, as well as canned and dry goods are required for the pantry.
“Northwest Assistance Ministries has seen a steady increase in rental and food aid requests,” said Carr.
NAM is hosting a free vaccination clinic for children between the ages of 2 and 18 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on February 4th and March 4th. To make an appointment call 281-885-4649.
NAM is located at 15555 Kuykendahl Rd. In northwest Houston. More information is available at www.namonline.org.
MALE also provides financial assistance to customers who need help with bills or other expenses after losing their job due to COVID-19.
“Because of the way our funding is structured, we encourage our customers to use the unemployment (payments) for their utilities, for their recipes and for some groceries, and to subsidize the rent as we are paying this one payment to the landlord and get that, ”said Carr.
NAM has launched an online rental and mortgage assistance application process that allows applicants to submit all relevant documents without visiting the non-profit organization.
The training and learning center also registers students for online courses in spring 2021. To verify eligibility for a scholarship, call 281-885-4523.
More information is available at www.namonline.org.
The Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce
On the community resources page www.cyfairchamber.com/wearecyfair, small businesses can apply for SBA loans, find out about the latest state government mandates on COVID-19, and get customized instructions on how to navigate through applying for loans and benefits.
More information is available at www.cyfairchamber.com.
Squire Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, counseling sessions will be held via remote teletherapy sessions. The nonprofit works with diverse financial backgrounds to provide advice on a variety of mental health issues, including grief, abuse, addiction, and relationship issues.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, Shield Bearer has seen a surge in demand for mental health services and is seeking financial donations to help the organization continue to meet customer needs.
More information is available at www.shieldbearer.org.
Senior Pastor Floyd Smith with
Ignite God’s vision ministry
, a 19-year-old ministry in the Cy-Fair region, said the ministry continued to pursue the recently launched program and provide advice to the local community.
“We have brought this ministry so far that we are already dealing with the problems they are facing,” he said. “Our goal is to save money to get our own building or property so we can bring it with us and go through the consultation process. My concern is the counseling side and what people are going through during this time not only with the teenagers, but also with the pandemic. “
Cy-Hope also offers counseling and speech therapy both in person and via telemedicine. For personal appointments, customers have to wear a mask, practice social distance and wait in their car until the appointment begins.
To make an appointment call 713-466-1360. Further information is available at www.cy-hopecounseling.org.