The Daily News will publish a list of local and state agencies offering help to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state is urging clients of Texas Health and Human Services and all residents affected by the coronavirus emergency to use the 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline to speak to someone who can help.
To access the COVID-19 hotline, dial 211, then choose option 6 to get information about coronavirus-related social services including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.
Texans can also dial 877-541-7905 and select option 6 for the same information and services. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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 is available via the hotline.
WHO: Galveston Island Meals on Wheels
INFO: Galveston Island Meals on Wheels, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to delivering hot, nutritious meals each weekday to qualifying homebound elderly citizens of the City of Galveston.
We serve elderly, infirm and/or homebound residents of Galveston Island who are unable to prepare or secure meals for themselves.
To obtain more information, please contact Galveston Island Meals on Wheels at 409-744-2668 during office hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
WHO: Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief, 800-921-3287
INFO: Trained chaplains from across the state are operating the toll-free hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for people to call for the purpose of receiving prayer and encouragement. Voicemail is available for after hours. The hotline will remain available for as long as the crisis remains.
WHO: Interfaith Caring Ministries, www.icmtx.org, 281-332-3881
INFO: Emergency rent, utilities assistance and food pantry support is available for clients zoned to Clear Creek and Friendswood independent school districts. Donations of toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, wipes and feminine hygiene products are needed. Monetary donations can be made online or by mailing to 151 Park Ave., League City, TX 77553.
WHO: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration
INFO: National helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 800-622-4357.
WHO: The Disaster Distress Helpline
INFO: 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
WHO: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
INFO: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 800-273-8255.
WHO: National Alliance on Mental Illness
INFO: Helpline at 800-950-6264 available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) weekdays. Free information and referrals to treatment programs, support groups and educational programs.
WHO: Boys Town, national hotline, 800-448-3000, www.teenlineonline.org
INFO: Teen-to-teen counseling services are available for texts and emails only during this time. Text “TEEN” to 839863 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Other contact options can be found at https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/. Message board is available at https://teenlineonline.org/board
WHO: Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol
INFO: Stay informed about drug and alcohol facts and events in your community. @BACODA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, visit www.bacoda.org or call 800-510-3111.
WHO: The Jesse Tree, 409-762-2233
INFO: During the quarantine, the nonprofit will be providing senior food boxes at various facilities on specific dates as a part of its Senior Wellness and Nutrition program. It’s annual Empty Bowl Event has been rescheduled to Sept. 25 at The Garten Verein at Kempner Park, 2704 Ave. O, in Galveston. Donations also can be mailed to P.O. Box 575, Galveston, TX 77553.
WHO: National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas
INFO: Family support groups are offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. To access, visit www.supportgroupscentral.com/namitexas and click on the blue tab that says “Not yet a member?” to set up a free account. For information, call 281-585-3100.
WHO: Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, www.GalvestonChamber.com
INFO: The chamber’s website offers a comprehensive list of resources for businesses and nonprofits; information about the health, education and tourism sectors; and current updates from local, state and federal agencies.
WHO: Family Service Center of Galveston County
INFO: Services are available for clients and individuals in need via phone at 409-762-8636 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays until further notice. If an urgent need arises, call the hotline at 888-267-4994.
For mental health emergencies, call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Help also is available via the Gulf Coast Center’s 24-hour crisis line, 866-729-3848, or Galveston County Mental Health Deputies, 409-766-2323.
WHO: Galveston County Animal Resource Center, 3412 25th Ave. N., Texas City
INFO: Galveston County residents in need of pet food can drive by the center to pick up donated pet food curbside. Donations also will be accepted. If you’re in need of pet food, email email@example.com or call 409-948-2485.
WHO: Texas Comptroller’s Office
INFO: The agency will offer assistance to businesses struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February. If you need help, the agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest. Call the enforcement hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees.
WHO: Southern Broadband, www.southernbroadband.com
INFO: Southern Broadband will provide free driveWi-Fi hotspots for residents in Crystal Beach. Services will be available at Jose’s Cantina, 1021 state Highway 87; Hard-Heads Icehouse, 1035 state Highway 87; Gulf Coast Market, 2385 state Highway 87; Bolivar Tourism Center, 2275 state Highway 87, Suite 10; Ocean Grille, 2275 state Highway 87, #15; Stingaree Restaurant, 1295 N. Stingaree Drive; and the Southern Broadband office, 4298 state Highway 87.
WHO: Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, www.gofmtogo.com
INFO: Local, fresh food is now only available online. SNAP benefits also are accepted.
WHO: Friendswood Rotary Club, in partnership with Friendswood Youth Baseball and the city of Friendswood
INFO: Friendswood residents affected by COVID-19 can sign up for help by visiting bit.ly/COVIDMeals. Donations can be made at www.paypal.me/Friendscovidsupport.
WHO: United Way of Galveston
INFO: Anyone needing assistance can call 2-1-1 to connect with United Way’s regional database of service providers. Additionally, United Way of Galveston is encouraging residents to complete the 2020 census by visiting my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.
WHO: Catholic Charities
INFO: As a precautionary measure, clients will be served via phone or email. To request an appointment, call 713-526-4611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, 2420 Winnie St., Galveston, 409-765-6971
INFO: Open from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays; no face-to-face contact; prepackaged meals will be available and people can check their mail if they utilize that service there; no other social services are available at this time until further notice.
WHO: Galveston County Food Bank, 624 Fourth Ave. N., Texas City, 409-945-4232
INFO: Pantry hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at 624 Fourth Ave. N., Texas City.
WHO: St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Postoffice St., Galveston, 409-763-8521
There will be no face-to-face contact until further notice.
The food pantry will be drive-thru only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
WHO: United Way Galveston County, www.uwgcm.org or call 409-948-4211
INFO: Visit the website to keep up with what the agency is providing; any questions, call 2-1-1
WHO: Lone Star Legal Aid, lonestarlegal.blog or call 409-763-0381. No face-to-face visits at this time.
WHO: Salvation Army Galveston County, www.salvationarmy galvestoncounty.org or call 409-763-1691
INFO: Hot meals will be served daily at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the family store at 601 51st St. in Galveston.
Applications for emergency financial assistance and food boxes will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.) Mondays through Thursdays.
WHO: Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, www.tclmchamber.com
INFO: The chamber’s site will have updated information about health, small business, state, city, and school resources available.
WHO: Rosenberg Library, www.rosenberg-library.org, 409-763-8854, Ext. 115
INFO: The library will allow free access to an amazing variety of online books, movies, magazine, newspapers, music, scientific health information, reference services and much more. Apply online for a borrower’s card at https://rosenberg-library.org/card-by-email/