by stephen.reeves — September 3, 2013
There is now a new way your church can partner with the State of Texas to help meet the needs you see every day. Many of our churches have already engaged in a similar partnership by helping the Texas Department of Agriculture feed hungry children through their Summer Food Service Program. Now the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is looking for churches and other nonprofit organizations to help make sure folks are getting all the benefits for which they are eligible.
As a recent article in the New York Times demonstrates (A Push to Connect Millions) some people lack Internet access and the consequences are often dire. Your church can help meet that need and in so doing demonstrate your love of neighbor. What a bold, kingdom vision of which you have an opportunity to be a part. This is truly a God-sized task that will require all His people working together.
Please allow us to introduce you to Jackie Fowler who will be spearheading this effort through the CLC. Don’t be surprised if you get a call or email from her in the coming weeks and months. But you don’t have to wait, if your church would like to better serve your neighbors through this program, give her a call.
Community Partner Program
My name is Jackie Fowler and I am an AmeriCorps/VISTA Volunteer serving with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. AmeriCorps is a program of the U.S. government that engages adults in intensive community service work with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”
Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative, the Texas Association of Community Health Centers and Texas Impact have partnered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to recruit and educate organizations about the Community Partner Program and my purpose this year is to tell you about this unique and exciting opportunity. CPP is an innovative new program allowing faith and community based organizations to provide application assistance for state social services to eligible Texans who may not have computers or understand how to access services. This is a wonderful way for local organizations to serve their communities more effectively.
The program is free and all your ministry needs is a computer with an internet connection and a willingness to learn. The Community Partner program is possible due to HHSC’s work to update the state’s eligibility system and Partners will receive training, certification for staff or volunteers, and reports that show how many people you are helping. This is an opportunity for your membership to change people’s lives in a tangible way by volunteering just a few hours a week to offer a “hand up” and connect people in need with available services.
To learn more about the program and how your ministry can get involved please contact me at Jackie.Fowler@texasimpact.org.