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Food & Shelter

Greater Ennis United Way Works To Feed The Hungry And House Those In Need. 

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic living needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost and for families walking a financial tightrope, Greater Ennis United Way is here to help.

A-Cross a new 4 apartment complex offering interim housing to citizens of Ennis who are homeless due to a crisis situation.  Further, to provide and assist in locating services and counseling that benefit individuals as they move toward independence.  As part of their services, in extreme emergencies, they help with motel stays when a night or two will make the difference in the general welfare of the family, especially when there are children involved.  In 2017 two families were helped.  A family of 4 suffered the loss of their home during a fire.  A-Cross was allowed to pay for hotel/motel lodging for 3 days until the family could move into one of our 4 apartment complexes.  In addition funds contributed by Greater Ennis United Way allowed us to assist a family of 4 after the loss of their home due to foreclosure.

Meals-On-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties serves the children of yesterday by helping needy homebound elderly and disabled persons remain independent and healthy in their homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families.  Each day, Meals on Wheels caring volunteers deliver noon-time meals with a smiling face that nourishes the spirit who are homebound elderly and disabled persons. Additional services include: AniMeals for our clients’ four-legged family members, nutritional supplements at a low cost and client support. We are helping nourish the body and spirit of our homebound neighbors.  With community support we can address these issues and offer the security Meals on Wheels brings to more seniors in need. Meals on Wheels provide over 225,000 meals per year throughout our two-county service area.

Helping Hands of Ennis provides food, clothing, and financial (rent/mortgage, and some utility bills) assistance to families in crisis.  Assistance is subject to the qualification of clients, and utility providers involved. The Greater Ennis United Way funds ensured that we were able to fulfill our mission while maintaining a secure business operation.  In 2017 we provided 2,842 individuals with one week’s worth of food, 1,027 senior boxes, $22,000 in financial assistance to 23 households with rent/mortgage and 20 families with utility bills.