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These organizations are placed here for your convenience. Their listing on this site does not in any way constitute PEP’s “seal of approval.” These organizations are all independently run and may change their website information at any time without our knowledge.  If you come across a link that is no longer active, please let us know so we can keep things current by emailing us at family@pep.org.

At-Risk Family Services

2-1-1 Texas InfoLine

By providing your zip code online or dialing “211,” this organization provides free, confidential listing of local agencies that provide help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

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East Texas Food Bank

This non-profit agency serves 80,000 East Texan households in 26 counties and has eight different programs (BackPack Program, Kids Cafe/Afterschool Snack, Summer Food Program, Senior Box Program, Mobile Pantry, Fresh Produce Program, Nutrition Education and Benefits Outreach).

easttexasfoodbank.org

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)

CAM is supported by member churches as well as several other supporting churches in the San Antonio area. CAM provides food, clothing, financial assistance, miscellaneous items, counseling and referrals to other agencies for clients who qualify.

christianassistanceministry.org

Cancer Care Services

Non-profit agency in Fort Worth helping families with needs resulting from cancer.

cancercareservices.org

Promise House

Provides direct care to Dallas area at-risk teens and their families through individualized support, skills, encouragement and hope to live a better life.

promisehouse.org

South Texas Food Bank

A non-profit organization serving 8 South Texas counties provides the following programs: Adopt-A-Family, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, SNAP Ed Program (Food Stamps, Medicaid, and TANF), TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), Food Banking (Food Pantries)​, Mobile Food Pantry, and PAWS Hunger.

southtexasfoodbank.org

Gonzales Christian Alliance Ministry

Local churches support this centralized agency to help the indigent with local aid, including food, clothing, and financial assistance as funds are available. No website address is available; can contact by calling directly: (830) 672-5566

 

WiNGS Dallas

WiNGS provides a full suite of tailored services to empower women and families to live their fullest potential by providing a continuum of resources for near-term needs, first-time motherhood, financial resiliency, career growth, and entrepreneurial development.

wingsdallas.org/for-women/

North Texas Food Bank

Non-profit agency providing emergency food assistance for 13 North Texas counties through a network of 300 member agencies and 1,000 feeding & education programs.

ntfb.org

West Texas Food Bank

Non-profit WFTB has been serving 170+ partner agencies for more than 20 years with emergency food assistance.

wtxfoodbank.org/

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Provides financial help for children and relatives living with them, covering food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs.

hhs.texas.gov/hhs-services

Children’s Services

Amachi Texas

A special program operated by Big Brothers/Big Sisters to provide positive mentoring relationships for children whose parent is incarcerated.

bbbstx.org/amachi-texas

Texas Youth Hotline

The Texas Youth Hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides prevention services to youths, parents, siblings, and other family members who are in need of a caring voice and listening ear. The toll-free number is 1-800-98-YOUTH.

dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/default.asp

GO KIDS Community Services

Programs and services, listed by city, include: mentorships; support in the areas of health, legal counsel and employment; parenting classes, stress management training, social and mental health services, home-based interventions and advocacy with schools.

tdcj.texas.gov/gokids/gokids_resources_in_community.html

Cherish Our Children

This non-profit operates to help stop the “cradle to prison pipeline” in some of Houston’s poorest schools with a program called No More Victims. NMV helps build social and emotional skillsets students need, including resilience, empathy, leadership and executive function/impulse control.

cherishourchildren.org

U.S. Dream Academy

The Dream Center at Foster Elementary School, accommodating 60 students between the ages of 8-13, promotes engagement in the arts, such as dance, music and theater, as well as academic and other support.

usdreamacademy.org

Mentoring Brother 2 Brother, Inc.

Provides mentoring, tutoring, community service, leadership, spirituality, character and life development skills to disenfranchised and at-risk African American young men within the South Dallas and surrounding communities.

mb2b.org/who-we-are.html

Seedling

Seedling’s Promise is a one-on-one community-based mentoring program for children, ages 5-18, who have an incarcerated parent. Emphasis is placed on long-term mentor relationships, where mentors meet with their mentees once a week over the school year, during the child’s lunch time.

seedlingmentors.org/about

We the Village

This non-profit strives to support children of inmates ages 6-18 by providing assistance to caregivers (help with financials, employment and other concerns) and increasing the likelihood of successful reunification with incarcerated parents through communication.

wethevillage.sitelio.me

DePelchin Children's Center

DePelchin Children’s Center partners with schools to help students make positive life choices. Skills for Success is offered to elementary, middle and high school students to help them evaluate the consequences of their behavior and the impact on their future.

depelchin.org/schoolbased-programs

Advocacy/Counseling/Parenting Resources

Mercy Heart

Assists inmates’ families with re-entry issues and how to process feelings of hopelessness, guilt, defeat and discouragement.

mercyheart.org

Active Parenting Publishing

Curriculum publisher with books and resources geared toward children and families of inmates.

activeparenting.com

Families of Prisoners Support Group

Free, anonymous, online support group that deals specifically with families who have been affected by a loved one’s incarceration.

dailystrength.org/c/Families-of-Prisoners/support-group

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Individual and family counseling provided – low cost, fees based on a sliding scale. Includes emergency shelter for children in crisis, individual and family counseling, short-term pediatric and adolescent psychiatric services, and parent education classes for youth and their families.

a088b8b523.nxcli.net/about-rmya/programs-services/

 

Celebrate Recovery

Confidential group sharing of “hurts, habits and hang-ups” that uses a loving, Biblical approach to help get people through the hurt and to the point of healing.

celebraterecovery.com

Travis County Family Support Services

Travis County emergency services site run by the county’s Health & Human Services.

traviscountytx.gov/health-human-services

Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society

Free, anonymous, online support group that deals specifically with families whose loved one is both mentally ill and incarcerated.

mothersofinmates.com

South Texas Children’s Home Ministries

STCHM offers Christ-centered assistance through family counseling services (in Corpus Christi and Victoria, TX) and job readiness training for women (in Corpus Christi).

stchm.org

DePelchin Support

Examples of family issues addressed by this non-profit include: bullying; parent-teen relationships; low self-esteem; fear and anxiety; sadness or depression; child abuse/assault; academic/behavioral problems.

depelchin.org/counseling

InterNational Prisoners Family Conference

The conference is significant for all wanting to learn and do more to improve the quality of life for all affected by incarceration personally and/or professionally.

prisonersfamilyconference.org/the-conference

National Family Preservation Network

Free resources, articles, videos, and links are hosted on this part of their site; NFPN advocates for the preservation of the family unit, family reunification, and fatherhood.

nfpn.org/free-resources.html 

Teen and Family Services

Uses peer group setting to address substance abuse; behavioral issues; anger management; self-esteem issues; depression; anxiety; trauma resolution; parent/child conflict; impulse control problems; feelings identification and expression; communication difficulties; social and coping skills; family and marriage issues; obsessions and compulsions.

teenandfamilyservices.org

Free Camps/Retreats

GO KIDS Kids’ Camps
  1. Learning Plus Fun Summer Camp – boys’/girls’ camps for 4th-12th graders in the Beaumont area
  2. Camp Good News – run by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX, serving ages 10-15
  3. GRACE Camp – a NW Texas Conference Camp (UMC) designed for incoming 4th-6th graders (max age: 13)
  4. Frontier Camp – participates in Angel Tree Camping (started by Prison Fellowship Ministries), serving ages 8-15

tdcj.texas.gov/gokids/gokids_camps.html

Kairos Outside

Women’s retreats hosted throughout the state and rest of the country; women who attend are supported and “loved on” in a safe environment with others who have (or have had) a loved one incarcerated. 

kairostexas.org/Outside.html

Spark of Life

Adults’ retreat held at Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texoma for those working through any kind of loss of a loved one.

sparkoflife.org

Free Legal Clinics

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Free legal assistance to low income families in the Dallas area, providing advice, brief assistance and representation in matters of family, benefits, consumer employment, housing, landlord-tenant, probate, and wills.

dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org/get-help

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.

Offers legal clinics and outreach programs designed to empower through education on a wide range of legal issues – please visit this site for what each individual office can provide, but generally tries to help low income residents with legal services.

trla.org

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Free legal assistance in the Houston area, assisting low-income citizens that other programs often cannot serve, with matters of domestic violence, child custody rights and child support, and cases related to housing issues (foreclosures, unlawful evictions).

makejusticehappen.org/node/24/how-get-help

Lone Star Legal Aid

Free civil legal help to low-income families re: domestic violence, child advocacy, home-owner protection, tenants rights/public housing, income maintenance/public benefits, health care access, consumer fraud protection, disabilities rights, employment, education, civil rights, disaster relief.

lonestarlegal.org

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

Free civil legal services offered to low income residents re: civil rights, consumer rights, crime victims, disability, elder law, employment, family law and domestic violence, health, housing, immigration, military & veterans’ affairs, public benefits, wills & estates.

internet.lanwt.org/en-us

General Information

The Prison Show

Talk radio show discussing current issues and reviewing the week’s mailbag, followed the second hour by people calling in. The Prison Show airs on 90.1 FM (KPFT) in Houston Fridays at 9-11 p.m. Central Time. People can listen live online by going to the website and clicking where it says “Listen Live to KPFT.”

kpfttheprisonshow

Texas Inmates Family Association (TIFA)

Provides basic information about how to put money on the books and prison mail options, among other topics.

tifa.org

Prison Talk

Lists multiple topics of interest for families, including “Husbands and Boyfriends in Prison”; “Parents with Children in Prison”; “Raising Children with Parents in Prison”; and “Siblings of Inmates.”

prisontalk.com

Twogether in Texas

Marriage education classes covering topics such as conflict management, effective communication skills, and components of a successful marriage; set up for both those already married and for those hoping to marry.

twogetherintexas.com

Sanity Support

A book site about setting boundaries with adult children, aging parents, and generally difficult people.

allisonbottke.com