Faith Mission and the community are coming together to provide resources and assistance for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faith Mission, Brenham and Washington County’s Volunteer Disaster Agency, has opened a call center to give out information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, as part of the reactivation of its Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.
The call center, which can be reached at 1-800-845-8035, will provide information regarding the virus, medical services, current declarations and executive orders, volunteer opportunities, and other community services. It will also allow callers to connect with City of Brenham services, such as utilities.
Faith Mission Executive Director Reverend Randy Wells said on-call disaster volunteers who can talk to those affected during this time and give them human interaction are needed.
Faith Mission is also partnering with H-E-B to provide groceries for seniors over 60 who are unable to get their own. According to Rev. Wells, seniors can call the call center, which will take the grocery request over the phone, put the order into H-E-B’s delivery system, and pay for the groceries. Rev. Wells said H-E-B, as part of their curbside delivery program, will go to the homes of those 60 and older who are sick or shut-in and deliver the groceries.
Rev. Wells said several citizens, churches, and corporations have already contributed towards Faith Mission’s efforts, such as Del Sol Food Company, the maker of BRIANNAS Salad Dressings, who have contributed $5,000 to Faith Mission’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. Brenham GameChangers have provided $5,000 toward the H-E-B grocery initiative, while St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has put together a virtual food drive, where people can donate online to purchase packages of food to restock the Faith Mission pantry.
Rev. Wells thanked Brenham H-E-B Manager Larry Hargis for his commitment toward the effort, saying he has put staff and resources behind it. Hargis said H-E-B want to do all it can for the citizens of the county, saying it is a pleasure to support Faith Mission and Brenham GameChangers as they serve seniors in the community.