NONPROFIT Katy nonprots adjust to COVID19 pandemic M any nonprots in the Katy area, including Katy Chris- tian Ministries and The
BY NOLA Z. VALENTE
THE BALLARD HOUSE OFFERS FREE HOUSING FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TRAVELING TO THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.
“We want survivors to know they are not alone,” she said. Another nonprot in Katy, The Ballard House, which oers free lodging to patients and families who travel to the Greater Houston area to receive treatment for life-threatening illnesses, canceled two fundraisers and minimized sta members to only one per day, Executive Director Kathy Alt said. Although volunteers stopped showing up to the nonprot site at 21421 Cinco Park Road, Katy, locals have continued to drop o donations and meals for the families, Alt said. “Folks are pulling into the drive- way where we’ve got an entry with a cart,” Alt said. “It’s a wonderful, incredible thing to watch.” In addition to help from the community, The Ballard House
Ballard House, have been nancially aected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The community can help by making monetary donations as well as nonperishable food and disposable mask donations for food pantry workers. KCM continues to answer hotline calls via a 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline as well as providing crisis intervention, advocacy and emo- tional support by telephone, Execu- tive Director Deysi Crespo said. KCM Crisis Center Director Susan Hastings said though everyone is fac- ing dicult times with the pandemic, KCM has confronted the challenge by uniting as a team to implement virtual platforms such as Zoom,
COURTESY THE BALLARD HOUSE
The BallardHouse The Ballard House oers free housing for guests receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Katy ChristianMinistries Katy Christian Ministries helps local families struggling with poverty, domestic violence and sexual assault. Below is the 2018 impact.
Typically has 3 sta members per day
Households served: 8,648
Typically houses 40 families and patients
Pounds of food distributed: 862,066
20,000 sq. ft. of livable space
Abuse victims served: 2,644
DocuSign, telehealth and Microsoft Teams. “It is important for us to continue to access the needs of our clients who are struggling with social distancing, isolation, and who are experiencing and/ or have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse,” Hastings said. KCM Crisis Center counselor Lizet Benitez
applied for government grants to stay aoat but was not awarded in the rst round of funding. Alt said the nonprot will continue to apply in subsequent rounds. “I would just ask folks to keep supporting the nonprots in their area,” Alt said. “With the oil prices dropping and folks losing their job, the nonprots are severely suering.
“WEWANT SURVIVORS TOKNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE.” LIZET BENITEZ, KCM CRISIS CENTER COUNSELOR
Located on 3 acres
Case management sessions provided: 41,279
21421 Cinco Park Road, Katy 281-717-4670 www.theballardhouse.org Hours: Check online for up-to- date hours. SOURCE: THE BALLARD HOUSECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
SOURCE: KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
5504 First St., Katy 281-391-5261 www.ktcm.org
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed from noon-1 p.m. for lunch)
said KCM will also oer resources to any family members, friends and neighbors who need assistance in supporting someone aected by abuse.
There are some benets that the CARES Act passed specically—tax deductions for support of the nonprots—so if people can help, we could sure use it.”
KATY EDITION • MAY 2020
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