Impact COVID-19 Update

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Out of a deep concern for all people and a desire to be responsible citizens, Impact’s leadership affirms and supports the Harris county, the state of Texas, and CDC recommendations and responses to COVID-19.  We also anticipate increased food needs as the crisis continues. Therefore, Impact has determined the following concerning its weekly operations:

Updated 3/27/2020 – Refresh browser for most updated page

The Impact Resource Center WILL continue to distribute food and is responding to growing demand by expanding its services starting next week (3/31/2020). We have added services on Thursday, expanded our hours, and will now serve individuals and families once every two weeks instead of once a month. We’ll be open Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am, Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm, and Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am.  Safety protocols will continue to be followed. For everyone’s safety, please stay in your car, keep your windows rolled up, and open your trunk.  Continue to pray for the safety and well-being of our staff, and share this with those you know who are in need of help with food!

Impact Office is closed until further notice.  Please note, however, that the Resource Center is still operating!

Sunday Worship and Bible Classes are canceled through April 10th, BUT Sunday sermons and communion thoughts in English  WILL be available on the Impact Facebook page and on the Impact website at 11:30 Sunday mornings. Spanish sermons and communion thoughts WILL be available via Facebook Live on the Impact Facebook page at 12:00pm on Sundays.  Let’s join together in prayer and worship during this difficult time!   Pre-packaged communion cups are available at the office for anyone who wants them.

Sunday Lunches and Sunday Evening Worship Service at Lindale are canceled through April 10th.

All Mid-Week Bible Studies and Meals, on and off-campus, are canceled through April 10th.  These include the Liberty Island, Garden Oaks Adult Activity Center, Highland Park, Independence Hall, and Forgotten Sinners Bible studies, all youth and children’s classes and mentoring, English and Spanish-speaking midweek bible studies, South Houston Bible Institute classes, and any other mid-week gatherings.

Thursday Night Children’s Classes are canceled through the end of the school year.

Homeless Ministry WILL continue to hand out lunches and travel bags, but will cancel showers and clothes washing.

Garage Sale Pick-ups are canceled through April 10th, and the warehouse will be closed as well.

Arms of Hope Family Outreach Center- Houston is taking measures to ensure the health of our clients, our staff, and our community during the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of this, we have decided to postpone services through March 30. We are closely monitoring the situation and currently plan to begin offering services on March 31 through phone appointment only. If you would like to schedule a phone appointment you can reach out to us by calling 713-868-1309 and leave a voicemail. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

 

Despite these closures, Impact still needs everyone’s support.  Elders are encouraging all members to continue weekly giving as they’re able.  Visit HERE to see options for giving.

 

Helpful Resources:

Texans who are in need of social services in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak can dial ☎️ 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6. There you will find information and referrals for testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more. You can also dial 2-1-1 to find information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.

Houston Food Bank’s map of where food pantries are located:  CLICK HERE

Apply for unemployment benefits if your job has closed, hours have been reduced, or you have been laid off due to Covid-19: CLICK HERE

Testing sites for people experiencing Covid-19 symptoms:  CLICK HERE

For individuals who do not have access to healthcare, Harris County has established a call center: “Ask My Nurse”.  Call 713-634-1110 from 9AM to 7PM, seven days a week.

Curbside Meal Program for Youth Ages 1-18 – Monday through Friday from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Child must be present in car to receive lunch and snack:  CLICK HERE

Help finding breakfast and lunch at school sites for children under 18 anywhere in Texas: CLICK HERE

WHAM (West Houston Assistance Ministries) – Food Pantry, Rental Assistance, Utility Bills and Employment Services – (713)780-2727:  CLICK HERE

Heights Interfaith Ministries – Food Pantry and Baby Items – (713)861-6155:  CLICK HERE

Wesley Community Center – Food Pantry – (832)305-2562:  CLICK HERE

Joseph House Community Outreach Center – Food Pantry – (713)523-5958:  CLICK HERE