Although it may be necessary, social distancing is not easy. If you’re like me, you may have experienced some anxiety or frustration or feel uncertain about the future. While this can be scary, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are places that you can turn to for resources and help.
One thing we can all do to help one another is calling attention to the various resources available to help those in need. I was reminded of this when I saw a sign at the grocery store that read: “Limit to two – save some for your neighbor.” As I continued to shop, I thought about how this sign was a call to action for our community to be better neighbors, not only to those close to us, but to all those in our community. As such, while it is necessary that we practice social distancing during this time, there are still many ways that we can come together to support one another and make sure that everyone, especially those most impacted by recent events, has access to much-needed resources.
Being a good neighbor with social distancing
While maintaining social distancing, there are many ways to keep in contact with loved ones and those in the larger community. In addition to social media and staying connected through phone calls, video chats and text messages, you can also support your local community by joining different neighborhood groups and apps to see what’s needed in your area. This is especially important for those most at risk of contracting COVID-19, such as the elderly and immune-compromised. Some of your neighbors may not have access to basic needs, such as groceries or the ability to pick up medications, but you may be able to assist them by sharing resources and information.
Available Resources – Food Pantries
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1610 S Malcolm X Blvd, Bldg 350, Dallas, Texas 75226
Mission Oak Cliff
Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
111 S. Beckley Ave. Dallas, TX 75203
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Every second Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
3906 North Westmoreland Road, Dallas, TX, 75212
A Christian Food Pantry
Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1116 Dobie Dr, Plano, TX 75074
Hope in Hand Food Pantry operated by First Christian Church
GISD district, Monday – Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
7301 W Miller Rd. Rowlett, TX.
Pick up Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
805 King Street Greenville, Tx 75401
Helping Hands of Rockwall
401 W. Rusk Street, Ste 200, Rockwall, TX 75087
Helping Hands of Ennis
604 NE Main Ennis, TX, 75119
Boys and Girls Club
Providing grab and go meals for children 18 and under, available on the weekends
Cedar Springs: 4440 Brown St. Dallas, TX 75219; 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Roseland: 2101 N. Washington Ave. Dallas, TX 75204; 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Oak Cliff: 2907 Linfield Rd. Dallas, TX 75216; 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Providing breakfast and lunch to children up to 18 years old
Pick-up twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Available locations here
*Similar programs available for other school districts as well
Available Resources – Medical
Provides support for behavioral health needs
North Dallas Shared Ministries Dental Clinic
Open on a walk-in basis, Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for emergency care only
North Dallas Shared Ministries Medical Clinic
Resource Center (Dental Services)
Emergency services on a case-by case basis
Resource Center (Nelson-Tebedo)
HIV/STI testing by appointment, gender-affirming health care and PrEP appointments are available
Resource Center Health Campus
For intakes and case management
Available Resources – Financial Assistance
United Way: COVID- 19 Economic Relief Fund
Assists with rent, bills and food.
Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide zip code for list of local agencies
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Foreclosure Prevention
Texas Health and Human Service Commission
Provides vouchers to assist with rent
Interfaith Family Service
Utility and rental assistance
Helping Hands of Rockwall
Financial assistance by appointment
401 W. Rusk Street, Ste 200 Rockwall, TX 75087
*Most utility companies and phone service providers have temporarily halted disconnection of services due to unpaid bills
Available Resources – Shelter
*Many shelters remain open but have less beds available then usual at this time
Austin Street Center (homeless shelter)
The Bridge (homeless shelter)
Mosaic Family Services (domestic violence shelter)
Brighter Tomorrows (domestic violence shelter)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Includes a chat feature in case it’s not safe to call
National Eating Disorder Association
1-800-931-2237 or text ‘NEDA’ to 741741
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
TANF, CHIP, Medicaid are all open but recommend that you visit youtexasbenefits.com
Social Security and Disability are open but offices closed. Visit https://www.ssa.gov/ for more information
Unemployment benefits – provides compensation for lost work or wages due to COVID-19
Worker’s Compensation – if your job has brought you into direct contact with someone with COVID-19 and you became ill you can apply for workers comp
Written by Emma Coleman, advocacy intern at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support