March 24, 2020

Outreach Opportunities

Kimberlie Derrick shares how her family recently began feeding homeless individuals in Dallas and how she has seen the Lord move through that.

Help for the Homeless
The homeless population in Dallas has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus as many places where they usually get meals have limited operations or closed entirely. As a result, Kimberlie Derrick and her family have been delivering food to homeless people, and they have even received special permission to continue in the midst of the Shelter in place order. They are looking for donations including nonperishable, individually packaged food such as peanut butter or cheese crackers, beef jerky, fruit or granola bars, chips, and trail mix, and juice; hand sanitizer and travel-sized hygiene items such as lotion, body wash, mouth wash, shampoo; gallon and sandwich sized Ziploc bags; baby wipes, hand wipes, and towels; and Bibles. Contact Kimberlie if you would like to provide some of these items, and she will arrange for them to be picked up from your home.

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Cornerstone has shifted to serving take-away meals, and they also are experiencing more visitors with the closing of so many locations that help the homeless. Please consider donating food items. See the Cornerstone Kitchen link for a list of items that are needed. If you would like contribute financially, you can do so through Cornerstone’s website, or you can mail a check to 2815 S. Ervay Building B, Dallas, TX 75215.

Union Gospel Mission
With the COVID-19 outbreak, UGM is housing all of their residents for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UGM is serving more meals, giving out more supplies, using more paper goods, increasing the load on their utilities, and finding more ways to occupy their guests. They need your help to meet the rising demand for services. In addition to an increased financial need, please also consider in-kind gifts. They need an adequate supply of hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, face masks, wipes, and disinfectants. See the UGM website for more information.

Network of Community Ministries
Network of Community Ministries is looking for volunteers to help deliver food to individuals who are self-quarantining. Volunteers would need to pick up a package of groceries from the center in Richardson and drop it off on peoples’ doorsteps. See their sign-up form if you are interested in volunteering.