www.vancm.org
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or by mailing them to PO Box 201 Van, TX 75790


Mission Statement

The Mission of Van Community Ministries 
is to coordinate the resources of a caring community in order to assist in meeting the basic needs of the low income population of Van ISD.
Thanks To Chevron!

We recently received a generous $15,000 check from Chevron. Special thanks to Rosa West and Luke Hendricks. Because of their help we will be able to continue to serve nutritious food to our clients for the rest of the year. Chevron has been a great source of help and support for many years and we would not be where we are today without them.

Neighbor Helping Neighbors Needs Volunteers
For Neighbors Helping Neighbors to continue their mission of service to the community they need your help.  Volunteers are needed to help with any number of tasks such as yard work, clean up, demolition, fence repair and more. To sign up please contact Jane Burns at 903-292-2429. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or be accompanied by parent or guardian.


Senior Boxes Available

If you are 60 years old or older and receive Food Stamps you qualify for the Senior Box Program.  This mean that once a month you will receive a 35 pound box of food containing among other things, government cheese and milk. To sign up please come to 205 S Maple any Tuesday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon bringing proof of address such as driver's license, proof of income such as food stamp letter, Social Security letter or bank statement. For more information call 903-963-1616 during business hours. You need not live in the Van School District to qualify.

Ben Wheeler State Bank Sends Volunteers
Great big thanks to Been Wheeler State Bank for sending volunteers to help distribute food on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Mr. Randy Gaston is the driving force behind these volunteers and we are greatful for his assistance. It takes a lot of folks to sort, stack and distribute the food each month and during the summer many of our regulars are on vacation. Next time you visit Ben Wheeler State Bank please tell them “thank you!”


Aluminum Can Recycle Trailer

So far this year we have made more than $600 from recycling aluminum cans thanks to your donations. However, we would like to remind everyone that this trailer, located in front of our building at 205 S. Maple, is ONLY for aluminum cans. It is NOT for clothes, bottles or trash. We cannot recycle or otherwise make use of these items.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Beverly Cawley and Linda Rock are now certified for CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) First Responders. Good work, ladies!


Help with High Heating & Cooling Expenses

Greater East Texas Community Action Program has representatives that come to Van Community Ministries each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon to qualify people for assistance with heating, propane and cooling expenses as well as weatherization.  Call 1-800-621-5746 to make an appointment. Qualifications are based on income. Residents the following counties may apply: Anderson, Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Gregg, Hardin, Henderson, Kaufman, Rusk, San Jacinto, Smith, Trinity, Wood and Van Zandt.

Van Community Ministries
Helping Neighbors in Crisis Since 1996