• “Affordable Housing for Disabled Families”

     

    The Abilene Housing Authority (AHA) Mainstream Voucher Program provides non-elderly, low-income families with a disabled family member, the opportunity to live in affordable housing of their choice. Information on the program is below, or CLICK HERE to download the PDF version of this flier.

     

     

  • “Love Helps Community Garden Grow”

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    Saturday, November 12, the Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry held a reception for the Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden. Jerry Bevel, and his wife Lonna came to Coleman to see the “fruits of their labor.” Jerry spoke about how Loaves and Fishes was such a big part of his life, and how the garden was started.

    CLICK HERE to read about the people, passion and love that brought the Community Garden to life.

  • Our mission is to use our God given gardening talents to provide fresh organically grown produce to our community and to Loaves and Fishes Pantry and
    Hot Meal Program.

    Here are some photos of our beautiful and fruitful garden this year!

    The Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden was started in the spring of 2015, and is growing daily! This project is made possible by the combined support of Christian Family Ministries, Coleman Ministerial Network, CTO, Coleman County Foundation, Coleman Community Coalition, Central Texas Opportunities, Jerry & Lonna Bevel, Greg & Wendy Bevel, Mike & Mary Bevel, Shane & Frances Bevel, Deborah & Ernie Yates, and various civic organizations. Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their time and talents to construct and maintain the garden. We would also like to thank you for your continued support and prayers.

     

  • Serving students who cannot afford the increasingly high cost of required school supplies.
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    Christian Family Ministries School Supplies for Kids Program serves elementary, middle, and high school age students who cannot afford the increasingly high cost of required school supplies.

    We know that this program is a real benefit to students and parents.  We received a positive response from those assisted in previous years.  Many stated they simply did not know how they could have purchased the school supplies without this program.  Please help us make a difference for these students and the Coleman community.

    We are pleased to announce that we were able to assist 43 students in 2015 through the School Supplies for Kids Program.  Many thanks to Maureen Wilson, Kristi Greaves, and CoriAnn Carrillo for assisting with the program this year.  I also want to thank those who provided financial donations.  Without the blessing of all these people, none of this happens.

    You, or anyone else who is interested, may still make a donation to the program.  Any balance will be carried over to provide assistance for the next school year.  Just mail your check to P. O. Box 105, Coleman, Tx., 76834, with the memo line designation of ‘School Supplies for Kids’ or visit the Donate page to make a donation online.

    Thank you all very much for your prayers and support!

  • Our mission is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance by quickly moving fresh, perishable and other frozen grocery products to those in need.
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    How Mobile Food Pantries reduce hunger, food waste and costs in our region
    The Food Bank reclaims surplus food from growers, manufacturers, truckers, and stores. Most of those goods are regularly shipped to more than 150 food pantries, soup kitchens and other hunger-relief agencies in our 13-county service area.
    But, as needed, more food goes directly to hungry families via our Mobile Pantries – a quick, easy, inexpensive way to help meet our region’s fast growing need.

    How we roll.
    The Food Bank of West Central Texas drives the truck where the food is needed.
    At a pre-arranged site, a host agency – such as a local church or service organization – distributes the goods directly from the truck.
    Local folks who need food gather at the site, notified by the local agency. The agency makes a measurable impact on community hunger – without having to transport or store any products.

    What we bring.
    Each load includes 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of groceries, typically including fruit, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods, plus non-perishable staples we have on hand.
    That’s about four days’ supplemental groceries for 100 to 200 families. It’s always a varied assortment, and made up of seasonal produce and other high-quality groceries we have on hand.
    When the truck arrives, host agency volunteers set up tables and load them with product. Clients walk around just as they would at a farmer’s market, selecting the goods they can use.
    Our goal is for every family in need to walk away with about 30 pounds of groceries their household will use. This ensures that very little, if any, of the product will go to waste.

    CFM of Coleman County is now a host site for The Mobile Food Pantry. The Food Bank of West Central Texas Truck delivers fresh, perishable and other frozen grocery products once per month on the last Wednesday of the month.  Food can be picked up between 10:00 a.m. – noon.  This is still a new program, and dates and times are subject to change.

  • We would like to thank all of our generous Donors!
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    The existing property next to Christian Family Ministries of Coleman County facility is the site for the new community garden. The Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden was started in the spring of 2015, and is growing daily! This project is made possible by the combined support of Christian Family Ministries, Coleman Ministerial Network, CTO, private donors, and various civic organizations. Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their time and talents to construct the garden. We would also like to thank you for your continued support and prayers.

    We want to thank all of our generous donors who have contributed to the funding of this community garden project!

    Coleman County Foundation
    Coleman Community Coalition
    Central Texas Opportunities
    Jerry & Lonna Bevel
    Greg & Wendy Bevel
    Mike & Mary Bevel
    Shane & Frances Bevel
    Deborah & Ernie Yates
    Barry Wilson
    Bolton Steel Erectors
    Clean Blast Services
    Crowder Construction
    Jeff & Jeannie Moss
    Cooper Supply
    Taylor-Hetzel Real Estate
    Dr. Paul Reynolds
    Men’s Downtown Sunday School
    Don Allen Equipment
    James Hartley
    Jane Padgitt & Padgitt Ranch
    Town and Country Garden Club
    Circle C Cattlewomen
    Keep Coleman Beautiful
    Stevens Funeral Home
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
    ACE Project Volunteers
    Ben Scott
    Joe & Sandra Rose
    Clarence Castleberry
    Rodney & Lois McCarty
    Johnny Needham
    Kent & Carla Finley
    Virginia Jamison
    Paul & Rebecca Reynolds
    Rodney & Debbie Ivy
    James Moreland
    Bob & Jo Tyson
    Timothy & Ann Parker
    MK Ranch
    Margaret Miller
    Tim & Debbie Manley
    Rev. Russell Fisher
    David Palacio
    James Vineyard
    Denny Norris
    Fred Hemphill
    Ray Nunez
    Jim Manley
    Ken Manley
    Todd & Joan Ethridge
    Jacque Rosales
    Barbara Brown
    David Barnett
    Raye King
    Christian Irrigation
    Abilene Seamless Rain Gutter
    City of Coleman
    Jackson Plumbing
    ACME Brick
    Lynn & Trisha Owens
    Church of the Epiphany
    Vicki Cook
    Hanna Adams
    Bethany Guerrero
    Rancho Pizzeria
    Robert Williamson
    Gouldbusk Community Club
    Bobbie Edington Memorial
    Mario and Michelle Tanzi
    Sarah, Michael, & Gino Tanzi
    Screen Arts Graphics
    Best Fried Chicken
    Julie Walker
    Albert Rodriguez
    Dixie Lee
    Fran Staggs
    Zoie, Cloey, and Tonya Staggs
    Baber Welding
    Todd Fowler

     

  • Our mission is to use our God given gardening talents to provide fresh organically grown produce to our community and to Loaves and Fishes Pantry and
    Hot Meal Program.

     

    The existing property next to Christian Family Ministries of Coleman County facility is the site for the new community garden. The Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden was started in the spring of 2015, and is growing daily! This project is made possible by the combined support of Christian Family Ministries, Coleman Ministerial Network, CTO, Coleman County Foundation, Coleman Community Coalition, Central Texas Opportunities, Jerry & Lonna Bevel, Greg & Wendy Bevel, Mike & Mary Bevel, Shane & Frances Bevel, Deborah & Ernie Yates, and various civic organizations. Thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered their time and talents to construct the garden. We would also like to thank you for your continued support and prayers.

    If anyone would like to lease a garden bed, we are now accepting applications. This may be done at Christian Family Ministries, 519 W. Pecan, on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Vicki Cook, CFM Director, will take applications until all the beds are leased for the year. Beds are $50 per calendar year, limit of two beds per individual or group. There are 4 beds available for handicapped gardeners in wheelchairs or other condition that doesn’t allow them to garden in a standard bed. The annual lease fee of $50 is due and payable with the application.

    The community garden project provides community outreach, education, fresh produce, and positive social impact for all the citizens of Coleman County. Residents from all walks of life can come together to plant, grow, and harvest fresh nutritious produce of which a portion will be given to Christian Family Ministries to help sustain its Hot Meals and Food Pantry Programs. This project will enhance the gardener’s knowledge of horticulture and provide educational opportunities for CISD students. There is a dedicated garden bed available for the students to plant and grow their own crops. There are also beds designed for handicap access to allow them to enjoy the fresh air and rewarding garden work.

    The highlighted features of our garden are:
    1. A total of 40 raised beds with nutrient filled top soil
    2. Four of the raised beds will have handicap access
    3. One bed will be dedicated to the CISD
    4. Three beds will be dedicated to CFM
    5. One greenhouse bed
    6. 6,000 gallon rainwater irrigation system
    7. Drip irrigation system in every bed, fed by rainwater or city water
    8. Compost area
    9. A grapevine covered perimeter fence
    10. A beautiful vine covered arbor in the center of the garden for shade and relaxation
    11. Two wheel wheelbarrows and some garden tools
    12. City water outlet for wash up and irrigation when no rainwater is available
    13. Secure storage shed
    14. Produce scales and production log
    15. Wood chip mulch for the garden paths
    16. $50 annual rental fee for each bed to cover watering costs
    17. Organic gardening principals will be followed

    The Community Garden is an exciting addition to our community. I hope that you will join in the excitement and follow its progress throughout the season!

  • A Client Story

    A young woman with three children arrived at Loaves and Fishes one day while we were preparing and serving our hot meals. She seemed very quiet and reserved. When asked if we could help her in any way, tears came to her eyes and she said, “My husband has left us and taken everything with him. We have no food, only a few clothes, and no pots, pans or dishes. I don’t know where to go, but a friend told me to come here to see if we can get some help.”
    After talking awhile we learned she was still in the house with utilities, but did not know where to go. She was looking for a job, but had not been successful. We immediately advised that we could help her with a supply of food to get her started, and then we sat down and talked further about her problems. We had recently had household items dropped at our site, and were able to find a few pots and pans, as well as dishes, cutlery, a few linens and other items to help the family through their transition. We also discussed possibilities of where she might get a job quickly, and the subject of a church came up. She needed a church that provided a good child activity group for her children. We immediately gave her names of churches that we personally know have good activity groups for children and she was very thankful.
    About a week later, we were once again faced with a tearful mother, but this time it was tears of joy. She had been able to find a job, as well as a person to care for her small ones while she was working, and had visited one of the churches that had a youth group and was happy with it. She continues to come to our site when she needs help, but each time again thankfully says, “I don’t know what I would have done if you had not taken the time to visit with me the day I came in here. I will always remember all of you, and what you did for me. And if I am ever able to get my life back in order, I want to help you in any way I can.”