TAYLOR COUNTY AGENCIES

 

2-1-1 Big Bend provides 24 hr. crisis hotline, suicide prevention, human services information and referrals. In 2014-15, 329 callers received assistance.

Ability 1st provides assistance to persons with disabilities. 15 clients received services, including construction of three ramps.

Alzheimer’s Project provides a full range of resource services including counseling, referral and support groups. 136 local clients were served.

American Red Cross provides disaster, health, safety, emergency, volunteer, youth, and military services. Over 45 clients received services following a disaster.

America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend provides surplus food to the needy through nonprofit agencies. In 2014-15, 184,397 pounds of food were distributed locally.

Big Bend Cares provides education and comprehensive support to people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. 31 received direct services.

Big Bend Hospice provides patient/family hospice care and bereavement services. 208 individuals and families were served here.

Boy Scouts provides youth leadership development and prevention programs. 70 youth participated in these programs.

Boys and Girls Club provides activities and education for local youth. 973 youth participated.

Brehon provides shelter for homeless pregnant women and services for at-risk families. 140 clients were served.

Children’s Home Society provides comprehensive services for children and families including adoption, crisis pregnancy services and child abuse. 45 children were served in the Early Steps Program.

Early Learning Coalition provides quality child-care including assistance with tuition for low-income working parents. 232 children received services last year.

Elder Care Services provides the Senior Volunteer Program offering individuals 55+ opportunities to become involved in community work. Three clients were served.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes provides a powerful, positive and effective program to produce tomorrow’s leaders with great, Godly character. 456 middle and secondary students participated.

Girl Scouts provides programs encouraging healthy lifestyles and camp experiences. 149 girls participated.

Needy School Children Fund provides such basic items as clothing, shoes, food, medicine, etc. as well as basic school supplies. 246 school children were assisted through this program.

Refuge House provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including safe shelter and a 24-hour crisis hotline. 189 clients reporting domestic violence were served.

Special Olympics Taylor County provides opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities opportunities to participate and compete in sports activities. 85 individuals participated.

Taylor County 4-H Foundation provides nutritionally approved weekend meals for needy students K-12. Each backpack is filled with food for a family of four. An average of 80 backpacks went home weekly in school year 2014-15.

Taylor County Senior Services provided 12,338 congregate meals, 2340 home delivered meals, and other services to over 55 clients during 2014-15.

Taylor County Leadership Council operates a food pantry at the Jerkins Community Center where it distributes food supplies. 3,972 clients were served last year. They are a distribution site for America’s Second Harvest and USDA commodities.

Capital City Youth Services provides counseling services to youth and their families. 55 clients were served.

Office of the Public Guardian In Taylor County, this agency serves people who have been determined by the court to be incapable of managing their lives safely and responsibly and there is no one else who can do it for them. One client was served.