Through Relief ministries, we provide aid to our neighbors from the immediate effects of poverty.

 

Relief Ministries

Benevolence
Our Benevolence ministry assists our neighbors in the Belton or Academy school districts in emergency situations. If funds are available, $50 may be used once every 6 months for aid with rent, utility bills, or medication. Helping Hands also partners with Smith Brothers Gas in Belton to provide gas vouchers of $12 or $20 for transportation to verifiable medical appointments or job interviews. When individuals receive assistance through Benevolence, they must complete the Family Finance class and one other elective class at Helping Hands within 6 months to be eligible for further financial assistance.

Client Choice Food Pantry
Clients may visit our food pantry weekly to choose non-perishable food for their families, in addition to fresh produce, bread, and frozen meat. We strive to have a variety of healthy food available each week. Clients can also receive a personal hygiene item from our General Store when they visit the pantry.
In addition to receiving food from community donations and the Central Texas Food Bank, Helping Hands also participates in "Food Rescue" with our local WalMart and H-E-B Plus. Several times each week, Helping Hands volunteers visit WalMart and H-E-B Plus to retrieve food items that would otherwise go to waste, such as day-old bread, fresh produce, and frozen meats.

Clothing
Our Clothing Ministry stocks new and gently-used clothes for men, women, and children. Clients may visit the Clothing Ministry each week. Available clothing items include tops, bottoms, dresses, socks, shoes, bras, underwear (new only), belts, purses, and backpacks. We also have a limited supply of maternity clothes for expectant mothers, as well as scrubs for individuals who need them for jobs.
Helping Hands always appreciates donations to our Clothing Ministry. However, the dignity of the families we serve is very important to us. Therefore, before you donate, please make sure all clothes and shoes are clean, free of stains and tears, without visible signs of extreme wear, and currently in style. We do not accept used underwear. If you have any questions about whether your items are appropriate to donate, just call us, and we will be happy to talk with you.

Kim's Closet
Kim's Closet stores household items for families in emergency situations who find themselves without basic household necessities. Our neighbors who are helped from Kim's Closet are often fleeing abusive situations, rebuilding their homes after a natural disaster, aging out of foster care, or coming out of prison. Kim's Closet provides families with basic household items, such as sheets, towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, and small household appliances.
If you would like to donate new or gently-used household items to Kim's Closet, please make sure all items are clean and in good working order. Helping Hands does not accept furniture, electronics, large appliances, or household decor. Kim's Closet items can be donated to Helping Hands during our operating hours.


Spring & Summer Breakfast
When school is no longer in session during spring and summer vacations, students may have limited access to a healthy breakfast. During these vacations, families living in Belton ISD and Academy ISD with children ages 2 - 18 can receive healthy breakfast items for each of their children every week. Breakfast items include a dozen eggs, a box of cereal, or a breakfast packet with oatmeal, granola bars, raisins, and apple sauce.


Thanksgiving & Christmas Groceries
For two days during the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas, Helping Hands ceases its normal operations and opens for a special distribution of holiday groceries for our families. Families may shop the pantry specifically for groceries that allow them to prepare a holiday meal in their homes. Specialty holiday food items include turkeys, hams, stuffing mixes, vegetables, dessert items, and other ingredients. Helping Hands welcomes your church or family to participate in our holiday grocery distributions by collecting special holiday food items. If you would like more information, just call us or e-mail us at info@helpinghandsbelton.org.


TXU Energy Aid & Reliant Energy (CARE) Program Helping Hands Ministry partners with TXU Energy and Reliant Energy to administer TXU Energy Aid and the Community Assistance from Reliant Energy (CARE) Program. TXU and Reliant customers living in Bell County who need assistance paying their energy bill can bring the bill to Helping Hands and speak with a member of our Benevolence team about the programs.