Caring & Sharing

 

Mission Statement: To serve God by serving others.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.…” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

Caring & Sharing is a multi-faceted ministry that seeks to respond to the short-term needs of emergency food, clothing and other physical necessities, while offering hope, encouragement, financial counseling and information to assist in finding long-term solutions.

We focus on the specific needs of children in our community with an August School Supply drive and a Holiday Toy drive in November and December. Each spring, we also conduct a Change for Children drive to collect cans of change to benefit Arms of Hope children and single mothers at Medina Children’s Home, Medina, TX and Boles Home, Quinlan, TX.

Our food pantry is a partner agency of the North Texas Food Bank, and operates in accordance with their policies and procedures to address hunger in the community. Our program received their Model Agency Award in 2005 and 2008. In 2013, Caring & Sharing provided food for 2,447 people. Go to www.ntfb.org to learn more about what we are doing to Rethink Hunger.

The clothing ministry is open by appointment to provide clothing and shoes for men, women and children. Donations of clean, gently-used clothing and shoes are welcomed. In 2013, we provided clothing for 160 families.

This ministry serves both Highland Oaks members and those within the community who live in zip codes 75238 and 75243. Those we assist usually have experienced some type of loss-loss of a job, loss of health, or loss of a spouse or family member.

In our pursuit of the heart of God, we also reach into our own hearts. Caring & Sharing is about bringing servants, each with his or her own spiritual gifts and life experiences, to the aid of those in need. For many who come to us for assistance, our outreach is their first step in learning about the love of God.

Contact names:
Mary Helen Morris, Director/Ministry Leader, mhmorris@hocc.org
Al Fannin, hafannin@att.net

Ministry office phone number:
214-342-6040

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Open Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m.
And Sunday 5:00-6:00 p.m. by appointment.

For assistance before or after Caring & Sharing office hours, please call 211 or visit Community Council of Greater Dallas, www.ccgd.org, for a directory listing of other resources in the Dallas area.

Other organizations that may be of assistance:

Arms of Hope-Assists disadvantaged children and single-mother families through their faith-based Residential Child Care Program, Together Program and Outreach Ministry. www.armsofhope.org

Christian Care Centers, Inc.-Provides faith-based quality housing and health care services to seniors in North Texas. www.christiancarecenters.org

ChristianWorks-Provides faith-based family and marriage counseling, adoption services and children’s grief support. www.christian-works.org

City Square-Fights poverty in the heart of Dallas by addressing the root cause of poverty, with programs to address the needs of hunger, health, housing and hope. www.citysquare.org

Lifeline Chaplaincy-Provides faith-based support to the seriously ill, their families and caregivers. www.lifelinechaplaincy.org

New Friends, New Life-Restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. www.newfriendsnewlife.org