The Caring Place, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Bartlett, has established an outreach office in Bartlett, Texas where it will provide services to people in financial crisis on the first Thursday of each month beginning September 1, 2016. This new Bartlett office, located at First United Methodist Church, 645 W. Clark St., in Bartlett, is part of an outreach effort by The Caring Place to offer services in the more rural areas of Williamson County for people who have limited access to resources. The pilot program which began in June, 2016, initially established outreach offices in Florence, Granger, Jarrell and now Bartlett, on a 6-month pilot basis.
“We know that transportation can be a critical barrier to peoples’ ability to receive the help they need,” states Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place.
The Caring Place works with partners in these rural communities, including the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Jarrell United Methodist Church, Granger Fire Department and First United Methodist Church of Bartlett, which serve as host sites where The Caring Place offers assistance on a limited schedule. Services include help with rent and utility bills, transportation, prescriptions, certain medical, dental and optical procedures, assistive medical devices, food, clothing, household items, minor home repairs to accommodate persons with disabilities; and, referrals and education.
All services of The Caring Place will be available at the outreach locations, however those who need food, clothing or household goods will need to visit The Caring Place in Georgetown to access those services. If warranted, The Caring Place will provide a gas voucher or CARTS pass so that transportation is not a barrier to receiving those services not provided at the outreach locations.
At the end of the 6-month pilot period in November 2016, The Caring Place will evaluate the outreach initiative, and determine next steps in each community.
“We are very excited about the pilot project and look forward to serving even more people who need assistance,” Ms. O’Connor stated. For more information, contact The Caring Place at 512-943-0700.