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In response to the growing problem of providing children with health and dental services, the Network of Community Ministries’ Adolescent and Children’s Clinic offers free health care and dental services to uninsured children. All services are provided by a dedicated staff of volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, hygienists and front office workers. 

The Network Clinic has been on the frontline of medical assistance for uninsured or uninsurable children since its inception in 1992, working closely with the Richardson Independent School District and local medical and dental agencies to ensure the best quality of care. 

In December 2009, two of the clinic's exam rooms were renovated to serve as dental operatory facilities. With the addition of dental services in January, 2010, Network began providing free dental screening and care through the Rotary Dental Clinic.

In 2013-2014, the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic helped 6,625 unisured children with acute care and dental treatment through its services and projects.

If you are a healthcare professional and are interested in volunteering, visit NETWORK's website, www.thenetwork.org or contact Elizabeth Scheihing by emailing volunteer@thenetwork.org

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On November 3, 2014,  NETWORK of Community Ministries opened their annual Toyland Express program.  For the past 28 years, NETWORK's Toyland Express provides new, unwrapped Christmas toys to local Richardson area families experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford toys for their children during the holiday season.  This year however, Toyland Express opened with a twist.  In an effort to expand NETWORK’s commitment to serve with dignity, Toyland Express is now a Self Service program. Eligible  families are able to “shop” for their children in our newly renovated Toyland Express Warehouse.  Families are able to browse the warehouse, just as they would a local toy store and select the toys they feel will be most enjoyed by their children.  Volunteers serve as customer service representatives to assist families during their shopping visit if they have questions about the toys (i.e. age appropriateness).  All toys are still at no cost to the family. 

NETWORK has received a tremendous about of positive feedback from clients who have already shopped in Toyland Express.  Ms. Hardy, single mother of 4, was in tears when she shopped in Toyland Express.  She commented that “when I came here, I was just happy that my kids would have toys this Christmas.  But being able to pick them myself, I just feel respected”.  During our first week, NETWORK has provided over 1,100 toys to 275 children.  NETWORK is proud to provide holiday joy to our children thanks to the generous donations of our Richardson neighbors, corporations and organizations.  

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In an effort to make it easier and more efficient for Texans to apply for and manage their HHSC benefits, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) partnered with Network.

Thru an HHSC web portal, we assist clients with online application of:

  • SNAP; food benefits
  • Medicaid
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  • Long-term care services
  • Medicare Savings Programs
    • Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB)
    • Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB)
    • Qualifying Individuals (QI-1)
    • Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI)
    • TANF cash help for families

Since March 11, 2014 to October 2014, Network served over 250 clients. This number is growing exponentially.

For the above time-frame, program enrollments were as follows:

  • SNAP; food benefits = 206
  • Medicaid = 36
  • TANF = 7
  • CHIP = 1

In addition to the aforementioned benefits, Network provides Community-based referrals to address a myriad of client needs and enrollment assistance with the Federal Healthcare Market Place (ACA).

We are proud that Network’s CPP commands a high degree of trust and satisfaction by the people it serves!

 

Network’s Client Navigator is guided by its Mission statement which is to “care, coach, and empower our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” Moreover, our “Holistic” approach ensures that clients are assisted in a meaningful way while fostering independence/self-sufficiency!

 


NETWORK is a community based, human services organization that provides services from birth to senior citizens. NETWORK serves clients in the Richardson Independent School District's 14 zip codes, providing food, rent/utility assistance, clothing, pediatric medical/dental care, & unique services to senior citizens. The HHSC is just one way that NETWORK can increase the impact in our community. For more information, please visit, www.thenetwork.org. 

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NETWORK's Non Profit Experience Day is an annual event for NETWORK, open to all volunteers, board members and staff.  This year, NETWORK toured the North Texas Food Bank, Irving Cares and Metrocrest Social Services. This educational opportunity is a chance to learn about partner nonprofit agencies and nonprofits with similar programs.  The day began with a visit to the North Texas Food Bank, a partner agency who provides NETWORK with food.  After lunch at Hattie’s the tour continued with two agencies that offer similar support in other communities; Irving Cares provides for Irving and Metrocrest Social Services provides for Carrolton, Addison, Coppell and Farmer’s Branch. Our participants asked many pertinent questions and learned about practices within these organizations and how they vary from NETWORK. Having these comparisons enlightens the attendees to consider new, better, different ways NETWORK could run more effectively and reach more people in need. 

Volunteers are a major part of Network.  Without them, NETWORK would not be able to support the Richardson community.  There are many volunteer opportunities available.  To learn more about NETWORK and volunteering, please visit www.thenetwork.org. 

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On Tuesday, November 4,  Network of Community Ministries Seniors’ Net division hosted Dana Schulz,  as the speaker at our monthly senior seminar.  Dana, an expert on the Medicare Program, presented timely and important information on the program including upcoming changes and what to expect in 2015.  Attendees Pat Rowden, Darlene Martin and Nita Green appreciated the program and the valuable information given to them.

 As the enrollment period is quickly coming to an end,  Dana has scheduled individual appointments with many attendees to go over their individual plans and make needed changes.   We thank Dana for her time in keeping us up to date on the many changes to the Medicare Program.

NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc., (NETWORK), founded in 1985, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization supported by businesses, individuals, and a coalition of religious, civic and social organizations. NETWORK officially opened its doors on February 3, 1986. It provides health and emergency services to children, low-income families, and senior citizens in need within RISD. The mission is “caring, coaching, and empowering our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” The organization has three divisions: Emergency Services, the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic, and The Seniors’ Net. In addition to the service to families, NETWORK also strives to educate the local community on issues that affect those in need. NETWORK has a small paid staff and hundreds of volunteers who actualize its mission and vision to promote self-sufficiency for low income families.

For more information, visit www.thenetwork.org or call 972-234-8880 ext 127. 

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Can you believe we are three short weeks away from Thanksgiving! NETWORK volunteers are busy making annual Holiday Baskets for our senior (60+ yrs old) clients. NETWORK serves an aging population that are often times by themselves on Thanksgiving day. The Holiday Baskets will be distributed on Saturday, November 15 to the homes of clients, and filled with food items to ensure a perfect Thanksgiving meal, and some extra goodies, like personal hygiene products, bath robes, slippers, hand towels, etc. 

How can you help? We have a few ways! 

1. Help provide product to fill the baskets. We are collecting the following:

FOOD: TURKEYS, non-perishable can items (corn, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French's Onion Toppers), etc.

PERSONAL HYGIENE: shampoo, soap, conditioner, baby wipes, klennex, etc. 

EXTRAS: towels, kitchen hand towels, kitchen cooking utensils, bathrobe, slippers, blankets

2. VOLUNTEER! We are still in need of volunteers to help take the baskets to our clients on Saturday, November 15 from 9am to Noon. 

If you would like more information, or to get plugged in, please call 972-234-8880 ext 125. You can email rconoley@thenetwork.org

Thank you for your help and we look forward to delivering over 125 baskets this Thanksgiving!! 

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It's as Easy as Pie!

Working poor face significant challenges in caring for their daily basic needs. According to the United Way Community Assessment, 15% (582,868 people) in Dallas County live in poverty, and 39% have insufficient resources to stay out of poverty for three months in case of a lay off, a reduction in pay, or other life emergencies.  As the only comprehensive basic needs charity in north Dallas County, NETWORK began in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) community based nonprofit with the mission to "care, coach and empower our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life." NETWORK provides food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance, and healthcare to low-income families, and seniors. 

NETWORK participated in the North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 18, 2014. This was an online giving campaign through the Community Foundation of Texas. NETWORK hosted an in-house pie tasting contest for our dedicated volunteers to participate in! The pie tasting was a great success, and the tag line "It's as Easy as Pie" helped raise over $32,000.00! NETWORK would like to thank all individuals, groups, corporations and organizations that contributed to this event.  

For more information about NETWORK of Community Ministries, please visit www.thenetwork.org. 

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What fun was had by all at The Richardson Senior Center at their Oktoberfest celebration on October 15, 2014.  Network of Community Ministries clients and volunteers joined in the festivities as “Mike the Accordion Player” entertained the crowd with music to suit the occasion.  He serenaded volunteer Jan Lee as she joined in the singing of traditional favorites.  We enjoyed a delicious German meal of kielbasa, potato salad, sauerkraut and warm pretzels.  

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It was going to be a stressful day. Walk-ins galore and disappointed people would be frustrated.  The shift only has two active interviewers right now and one of them is new.    So when a client looking for rental assistance came in, I decided to interview her myself.  We went into a room and I started asking her the appropriate questions about her financial situation.  Some answers were familiar, but some were unusual and exciting. 

She is a full time student at Brookhaven.  When she lost her last “low pay” job last spring, prayers led her to decide to try and end the trail of “dead-end” jobs and take a leap of faith to pursue a college education.  Though each month has been a struggle, somehow, thus far, some unexpected help has gotten her through. She got a work study job- it pays $194 a month! But September she thought she was finished.  She owed over $1100 on back rent, eviction and late fees.  Her student loan money was late- still days til it would come.  The apartment said “all the money must be paid by October 1st, or the eviction would go to court”.  NETWORK was her last hope and she knew we had limited funds.

I listened and took notes.  Before I could make any decisions, I needed to talk to the apartment manager.  Her little boy needed to go to school.  I told her “why don’t you take him to school, come back and we’ll have more time to look into this”.   She had $700 she could pay right now.  But we can’t pay fees and fines- that is a very firm rule at NETWORK.  The client was able t oget her manager on her cell phone and we conversed.  I allowed that I might coax some extra money from the “command structure”, but it couldn’t go to late fees. The apartment manager suggested that some of the client’s money could go to the fees and all of ours would go for rent.  “OF COURSE, why didn’t I think of that??!!!” So off I go to see if I can get an extra $173.25 to help this wonderful lady. 

That part was easy.  Both the Emergency Services Director and the CEO said “yes”.  This is the kind of client we love to help.  I went back to the interview room to tell her the good news.  Up to now she had been calm, poised and stoic.  Now she started to cry. I leaned across the table and took her clasped hands in mine, held tight, and waited for the tears to stop (while blinking back a few of my own). 

BUT, we still had hurdles to jump.  Because of eviction pending, the apartment had to have the ENTIRE AMOUNT in hand today.  If we missed the last day of September, she would have to pay all of October rent also- Immediately.  And today is the last day of September! The accountant had left for an appointment, the checks were locked up, and no one could get into the office to actually write the check.  Then, the accountant returned and the CEO signed the check.  It must be there today.  That’s easy- I’ll deliver it on my way home.  She had already turned in her share, so she was home free.  She won’t have trouble for the rest of the year with her student loan money. 

As the client was crying her tears of joy and relief, she kept repeating that she had thought this roadblock was the final one and maybe she should just quit.  But she kept praying.  It was in God’s hands if she was to continue her education.  Today, God worked through NETWORK-and through me.  What an exhilarating and humbling experience that is!

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On October 7, 2014, communities across the United States came together to strengthen relationships between police officers and community members while also promoting neighborhood safety through National Night Out festivities.  In the City of Richardson, National Night Out celebrations include neighborhood block and house parties throughout the city. Neighbors gathered together with their local Richardson Police Department officers for an evening of socializing, education and giving back.

Each year, the Richardson Police Department hosts a National Night Out Food Drive to benefit NETWORK of Community Ministries. Neighborhood Associations are asked to include food drive donations as part of their festivites for the night.  This year, the NETWORK was blessed to receive more than 6,000 lbs. of food through the National Night Out food drive.  On a weekly basis, NETWORK provides 10,000lbs of food to our neighbors in need. The food drive donations received from National Night Out have a direct impact on our ability to feed families as we enter the holiday season. 

Strong community partnerships are what make our City so special.  Together, we can continue to work together to fight crime and helps those in need.  A special thank you to the Richardson Police Department, the Neighborhood Homeowners’ Associations, and the countless caring Richardson residents.

 

The NETWORK of Community Ministries, founded in 1985, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring, coaching and empowering neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.  84% of all donations to NETWORK go directly to program services through the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic, Emergency Services, and Seniors’ Net.  NETWORK is located at 741 S. Sherman, Richardson, TX75081.