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Elaine Kadane Food Pantry,  Harvest of Hope Community Garden, Sandbranch Water Ministry, Austin Street Center, Tasby Middle School, Ascension Bike Ministry

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OUTBOUND MINISTRIES

"I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’"
Matthew 25:35-36

ELAINE KADANE FOOD PANTRY
 

 

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Assist with picking up food from the North Texas Food Bank hub Sharing Life Ministries.

  • Assist with stocking shelves.

  • Provide added support for filling bags during the holidays.

  • Register recipients.

  • Serve coffee and donuts to recipients.

  • Help staff food tables and assist clients with food selection.

  • Help to coordinate semi-annual drives for personal hygiene items and toiletries.

Interested in learning more or getting involved? Contact Hope Harbeck.

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PANTRY STAPLES WISH LIST

Many of our Food Pantry recipients are eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits. The temporary boost to SNAP benefits put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, known as emergency allotments, ended nationwide after the February 2023 issuance. The effects of these rollbacks mean families are stretching fewer dollars farther.  

Our Food Pantry has experienced an increase in clients since February 2023 and, in order to meet their needs, we've put together a pantry staples WISH LIST.  If you'd like to contribute, click HERE to view our Amazon list where you can purchase staples and have them sent directly to our pantry. Thank you for your consideration and LOVE!

WISH LIST

HARVEST OF HOPE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Our community garden offers space for members and non-members alike to grow fresh food.  There is a nominal fee to help cover costs and gardeners commit to sharing a portion of their harvest with our Food Pantry.  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Help plant or harvest in the garden. There is a fee to have your own bed, but there are communal beds and general needs for care. See below for an application and agreement.

  • Join members of Ascension and the community during scheduled garden workdays.

  • Serve as a leader on the Harvest of Hope Garden Committee. 

AUSTIN STREET CENTER

 

Austin Street Center is a mainstay in Dallas.  We share in the work, along with many other area churches. Ascension provides a meal and servers four times a year (February, May, August, and November).

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Cook one or more family-size lasagnas.

  • Transport the lasagnas and help serve dinner at Austin Street Center.

  • Purchase other needed food items such as fruit and bread.

 

Interested in learning more? Contact Brian Kaspar

 

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SANDBRANCH WATER MINISTRY

The next water delivery date is Saturday, June 1, 2024​

 

In the last 2 years, Ascension has collected and delivered nearly 1,250 cases of water to Sandbranch, an unincorporated community 20 miles southeast of downtown Dallas with no running water. About 150 descendants of ex-slaves live here. Until the 1980s, they had wells, but that water got contaminated. All of its residents live below the federal poverty line and do not have clean water for drinking, cooking, or bathing.​Anyone interested in helping deliver water and helping with the Sand Branch community food pantry by distributing food alongside the pantry workers is welcome.

 

On Saturday, June 1, arrive at church by 7 am to load vehicles, depart for Sand Branch at 7:30 am, and arrive at Sand Branch by 8 am to unload water. After we unload the water, anyone who wants to stay and help with the pantry setup and distribution can do so. Pantry hours are from 9 to 11 am.​Interested in learning more? Read about this amazing community and its myriad issues HERE. ​The need is so great!  Interested in learning more?  Contact Jane Taber. 

ASCENSION BIKE MINISTRY

The Ascension Bike Ministry was established to address the need for bicycles among refugees. John Lee took charge of leading this ministry, which involves repairing and servicing donated bikes to make them suitable for distribution to refugees and homeless individuals. Fr. Ernie also contributes to this ministry, while volunteer Dan Cotton focuses on servicing kids' bikes. Ascension member Hope Harbeck is currently working through the waiting list for bikes. If you like to work on bikes or have a bike to donate, don't hesitate to contact John Lee.

SAM TASBY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sam Tasby Middle School (6th—8th) is located in the Vickery Meadow area just south of Ascension. Many refugees, particularly from Asian countries, live in the area, and their needs are great. DISD contacted Ascension to help establish an on-site food pantry so that children could take food home on the weekends.

The pantry is now on site, and Ascension is purchasing food regularly through its own food pantry.  As this ministry grows more opportunities will be forthcoming.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Food is generally delivered to Ascension's food pantry and Tasby on the second Saturday of the month (3-4 cars are needed).

  • Coordinate a “drive” for other needed supplies such as body soap, deodorant, winter coats, and other items as needed.

  • Assist with the Annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Interested in learning more? Contact Audry Lee

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