It seems every year the need for services is greater. No single organization can meet every need. No matter the size of the organization, non-profits must be able to make referrals to agencies who specialize outside their own scope. Life in community is important to us at Crisis Ministries and this is why we partner through a group, Irving Community Action Network (ICAN).
ICAN members are from local organizations as well as some serving our county and state. Some of the members are large nationwide or world wide organizations and some are smaller, solely volunteer groups. Regardless of size, we serve, hoping to make a difference.
Monthly gatherings enrich all of us with new tools, greater awareness and collaboration. All of this for the purpose of helping neighbors during their most vulnerable times.
We are a proud and faithful member and contributor to ICAN, because together WE CAN!
Ruby SevcikNon-Profit Partnerships- How important are they to the community?
This was not just another year. It was a record year. Keep Irving Beautiful not only champions keeping our city beautiful but partners with various corporations and non-profits to serve our neighbors.
Canned goods donated by volunteers.
Through street, park and community activities, this small team understands what it means to love our city. This year 490 volunteers collected 580 lbs. of trash, 540 lbs. of recyclables and donated 864 lbs. of food to Crisis Ministries.
We are truly blessed to serve in a city where so many love to spend their time in community.
Ruby SevcikKeep Irving Beautiful – Here We Go Again, But How!
Our most recent partnership with Stars & Stripes Bargain Center is helping Crisis Ministries continue our financial assistance program. A portion of each months sales at this partner 501c3 non-profit goes to support other local charities.
Crisis Ministries uses these funds to prevent homelessness by assisting with rent or mortgage payments. We are thankful for the caring team at Stars & Stripes.
Consider donating your unwanted clothing, furniture and household items. Stars & Stripes is a low cost thrift store impacting our community in big ways. Find out more at here.
Ruby SevcikStars and Stripes Bargain Center- Newest Partner
We were blessed by our local postal carriers again this year. Almost 10000 lbs. of food collected and donated to local pantries in Irving. Karen one of volunteers was greeted by Ron with the main post office on Irving Blvd.
Our volunteers were ready with pick up trucks to load up and roll down the road to our location at 114 E. Second Street, in downtown Irving. Waiting for the arrival were eager faces of all ages to unload, sort and inventory and estimated 4200 lbs. the primary day of collection.
Did you know that Crisis Ministries distributed just under 300;000 lbs. of food in 2018 to local families?
We are blessed to have a partnership with the North Texas Food Bank. One of our board members, Ken Melton, and his wife, Edna (one of our Day Managers) were on hand for the grand opening festivities of their new location in Plano.
They took lots of pictures for those who could not attend. Crisis Ministries was happy to have delegates on hand to support the work North Texas Food Bank does on behalf of local pantries in the North Texas area. Partnerships are critical when serving the community. No one organization can do it all.
Thanks North Texas Food Bank for partnering with us to help those in the Irving area who have the greatest needs.
In 2017 we launched a new program to offer financial assistance and financial coaching. The opportunity to assist people during particular difficult times was a real opportunity to provide people with real hope.
The program had limited funds but we made the best use of them to make a real difference in lives.
The impact resulted in a unanimous decision to offer this type of assistance again in 2018.
If you would like to learn more about our financial assistance program and how you can help, email [email protected]
First responders, many of them just everyday folks, helping their neighbors long before the trained rescue organizations were on their way. God rejoices in seeing people coming together to help those in need.
Individuals and families were forced to leave their homes and also the city. Some of those who evacuated did so voluntarily before the mandatory evacuation. They fled near and far, often to families or friends but wherever they decided to stay, they were met with lots of assistance.
Crisis Ministries and other Irving non-profits immediately took to calling on supporters for additional items needed to support an increase in clients. We had much of the food we needed so we initially requested hygiene products then added non-perishables and financial assistance. Some people dropping off items said they had never given before but saw our sign and wanted to do something.
Supporters met the needs especially with the donation of hygiene products. Some families worked together to provide hygiene products with notes of encouragement attached.
Family time writing notes to evacuees.
Thank you friends and families for demonstrating love.
Success is measured in many ways, but there is one thing on which we can all agree. Success regardless of the endeavor requires that you be equipped. Such is the purpose of the annual Supplies for Success event held to support the students in Irving ISD.
Local non-profits and business come together on a single day and provide not only schools supplies, but also a wealth of information and services to families. The event is by invitation only and directed towards families with the greatest need.
We are thankful to the team from Irving Schools Foundation for chairing the event this past year. Crisis Ministries is blessed to be active participant in the planning of the event the last couple of years. This year we sponsored the snack bag and provided a few snacks to compliment the snacks provided by the IISD. Your donation dollars means that we can participate in events like this which brings awareness to the services we offer to those with a need.
One of the things we love the most is seeing the faces of the students and their parents when they see we have additional supplies at our tables. What a blessing to do what we do each day, offering hope!
The Boy Scouts of America are known for “youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.”
Each year one such activity is “Scouting for Food” drive which helps local food pantries. The timing is critical each February as many pantries inventory are lower having met the needs over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Next time you see a Scout thank them for what they do. Support the food drive by filling bags and making them available for pick up on the prescribed Saturday each year.
You will not only be helping a Scout but you will be helping your community.
Ruby Sevcik“Scouting for Food” Helps Put Food on the Table
Each year we look for gaps in services in our local community. In 2016 we added hygiene as part of our offering. We have been assisting the road warriors in our area for years with hygiene products, but we had not taken that leap of faith to provide for other individuals and families. We started small with just a few hygiene items, a hygiene drive and then we partnered with Irving Bible Church.
They set up a tree with ornaments requesting things for the clients we serve. We chose full size shampoo as a need due to the many requests. How clever then for one of their team members to think of using trial size shampoo as the ornament with the need for full size shampoo on the reverse side.
We love our brothers and sisters who have the gift of creativeness and use it to help advance the Kingdom of God. We pray you will find favor with the Lord our God in the New Year.