Like many of you, Wesley Community Center has been monitoring COVID-19 as its presence grows in Houston. Our greatest concern is the people we serve. We are particularly concerned with our senior population, who is most at risk of becoming very ill. Because of Harris County’s Stay Home/Work Safe Order, Wesley has closed onsite programs and have asked our employees to work remotely through May 30.
The exception to this is our Food Pantry. We know families and individuals rely on this service and may have even more need for it now, when many businesses are closed. We have altered our distribution to a drive-up service, to keep social distancing recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Families will receive a pre-packed bag of food.
In addition, we are working with our partner BakerRipley on ways to ensure our seniors get the food they need while Wesley remains closed.
Thank you so much for your support during this challenging time.
President and CEO
Ways to Help during COVID-19
1. Organize a drive
The demand in our Food Pantry has grown dramatically and we need to keep our shelves stocked.
- Canned or dried goods
- Diapers and wipes (these items are not covered by SNAP or WIC)
- Cleaning supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, soap, household cleaners)
If you are healthy and able, our Food Pantry is in desperate need of volunteers. Volunteers will help pack bags of food and put in the cars of hundreds of people who are struggling during this uncertain time. To volunteer, please sign up on our volunteer page (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040848acaa22a3fd0-volunteer)
3. Write notes
We are not able to run our senior citizen program during this time. Nearly 50% of our seniors live alone and coming to Wesley is a time for them to feel less isolated. Make a card, note, or drawing for one of our seniors to let them know someone is thinking about them. We will deliver with our meal program.
4. Make a donation
If you are able, a donation will help us keep our food pantry stocked and help neighbors who have lost their jobs during this time to pay their rent. Many of our clients are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
- $50 provides meals for a month for a senior who is isolated at home
- $100 provides a family with two weeks of food
- $250 helps a family pay their utility bills for a month
- $1,000 pays the rent for a family to keep them in their home