For 30 years, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (EFBHNM) has served the basic human needs of families in our community in temporary financial crisis. Programs include a food pantry, a financial assistance program, and Tri-City Churches Resale Shop.
Executive Director Vickie Coates says, “When the COVID-19 Stay at Home order was issued, we had to decide what to do. We quickly reorganized to a drive-thru, contactless food pantry. For every car (no screening required), we put together an enhanced supplemental food order to serve that family for a few days. Each order includes dry goods, and is further supplemented with dairy items, meat, fresh produce, bakery items and water…and we have been able to include at least one roll of toilet paper in every single order! We are very, very pleased with the drive-thru pantry.”
EFBHNM temporarily suspended the financial assistance program until a remote process could be put in place for volunteer screeners. This program is back up with screeners available daily, and will likely continue to provide remote access after the crisis.
Tri-City Churches Resale Shop also temporarily closed, and has now reopened. The shop has been professionally sanitized. Masks must be worn to enter the store, gloves and sanitizer are provided, and only 20 people are allowed in the store at a time. All donated items are quarantined for the proper time before being brought into the store. Vickie says, “We’d like to brag a moment on the wonderful crew at SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City. They donated the entire shop cleaning service to help us get back up and running, so that we could continue to serve our community!”
Finally, as many of you know, Empty Bowls—EFBHNM’s largest fundraiser—was cancelled due to COVID-19. Development Director Stacey Williams says, “We’ve held online auctions for some of the Empty Bowls items. We are gauging interest to see if we can reschedule the event. Watch our Facebook or Instagram for updates and additional auctions.”