Lead and seed to efficiency and independence.
Harvest Family Life currently distributes groceries in partnership with 4 churches serving 3 counties. The groceries and other donated items are provided on a first come, first served basis to households in or on the brink of poverty. Food is distributed on a monthly basis and when other food resources become available via our community providers, we make arrangements with partners for quick distribution. When food is distributed, relationships are developed and volunteers are encouraged to share the Gospel and offer prayer support.
SHOP WITH A COP
Shop with a Cop is an event during the Christmas season that focuses on fostering positive relationships between police officers, churches, and foster youth, children and families in under-resourced communities. CPS identifies families in need and at the event, the families are teamed up with a police officer and church volunteer to “Christmas Shop” both for the child and any he/she wants to purchase items for, up to a pre-designated amount. After shopping, the children, officers, and volunteers eat together and wrap gifts they purchased for others. Occasionally Santa even makes an appearance at Shop with a Cop!
In 2020, 16, 522 children were removed from unsafe homes in the state of Texas. 60 children were voluntarily relinquished to CPS care. Some of these children were immediately placed with relatives or waiting foster homes, but too many of them were left waiting and essentially homeless until a home became available. Just recently, the state prohibited CWOP (Children without Placement) from sleeping in CPS offices, but then the question arose, “where will these children go?” After meeting with CPS and hearing this true crisis, a generous donor purchased our newest Harvest House nestled in downtown Waxahachie in Ellis County.
The Harvest House in Brownwood is the home for all our ministry efforts there in our ministry home-town. The Honor Academy is hosted there as well as various additional events throughout the year including our community garden. The house is always bustling with kids of all ages.
SOUTH DALLAS SCHOOL INITIATIVES
Harvest Family Life is currently engaged in a pilot program to manage resource rooms at seven elementary programs in DISD. These onsite resource rooms are available to Dallas ISD teachers and social workers for children in need. This provides children in need with immediate access to necessary items for their health, safety and well-being. The resource rooms are stocked with most of the requested items the staff requested. We will continue to manage this pilot program through 2021 and make any necessary changes in order to best serve the students in need.
If you’re interested in donating items or volunteering in one of these resource rooms, please contact Ellyn Favors at firstname.lastname@example.org.