For information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act or other questions regarding homeless assistance, please contact Mrs. Melinda McCarty at (325) 235-8601.

Sweetwater Area Resources:

1)    Samaritan Hospitality House

a.    Nonprofit organization only for family of prison inmates are welcomed to stay there while visiting. There are 43 rooms and 66 beds
b.    Hours: Friday-Sunday
       Westpoint Ave, Colorado City, TX 79512
       325 728-2399

2)    Community Mission of Colorado City

a.    Provides assistance with food, clothing, furniture, and temporary lodging for transients and residents.
    301 E 3rd St.
    Colorado City, TX 79512
    Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm
    Contact: Dorothy Smith

3)    Salvation Army

a.    The Salvation Army is here to help meet all of your basic needs. Whether you need a bag of groceries to get through the week, a hot meal, or assistance paying an outstanding bill, every county in Texas has either a Salvation Army Worship and Community Center, Service Center, or Service Unit representative ready to help. The programs they have consist of the Meals & Food Pantry, Rest Assistance, Utility Assistance, Back To Work Programs, Family Stores & Clothing, Transportation Assistance, and Seasonal Assistance.

b.    Social Services Office: 
    1726 Butternut Street
    Abilene, Texas 79602

    Family Store
    1709 Butternut St
    Abilene, TX 79602

4)    Love and Care Ministries

a.    Today the ministry provides over 350,000 meals annually, clothing, and financial assistance for emergency needs. 
    233 Fannin Street
    Abilene, Texas 79603

5)    FaithWorks

a.    Our mission is to help the underemployed, through personal, career, academic and spiritual development, acquire the confidence and skills for gainful employment.
    1229 N Mockingbird
    Abilene, Texas 79603

6)    First Baptist Church’s City Light Community Ministries

a.    City Light Community Ministries works to minister to the disadvantaged in our community. Through our hot meal program that operates three days a week, personal assistance, and spiritual counseling. City Light strives to provide a safe place for those is need. Besides the benevolence work, City Light also has several programs designed to help with spiritual growth as well. Big A for grades 1-5, Rockin’ Moms provides help for single mothers and their children, and there is also a Sunday morning breakfast worship service.
    1333 North 3rd,
    Abilene, Texas 79601

7)    University Church of Christ: Christian Service Center

a.    Each weekday the ministry serves the poor of Abilene by providing clothing, food, bedding, kitchen items, fans, heaters, furniture, emergency dental services and spiritual nurture and counsel. The Center’s major projects are: 

   Operation Blue Jeans- providing clothes, school supplies and children’s Bibles for low-income kids.
   Seasonal comfort- offering heater and blankets in the winter and box fans in the summer.
   Planting the seed- giving Bibles to adults
   Feed the Hungry – includes University Church of Christ’s special annual contribution for the Center’s food pantry on the Sunday before Thanksgiving         Standing in the Gap- assisting people with emergency needs with gas vouchers, bus passes, prescriptions, or rent and utility help.
  Stocking the Home- providing kitchen items to enhance self-sufficiency

    733 E.N. 16th Street
    Abilene, Texas 79601

8)    Abilene Housing Authority

a.    The Housing Authority’s mission is to service the housing needs of low-income families in the Authority’s jurisdiction in order to enhance self-sufficiency and promote community quality of life and economic viability. 

    Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
    534 Cypress Street, Suite #200
    Abilene, Texas 79601

    Public Housing (LRPH)
    4398 N. 7th Street
    Abilene, Texas

9)    Christian Service Center of Abilene
a.    This ministry is privileged to show the love of Jesus each weekday to those who come to us with a variety of needs. Whether it’s clothing, food, household items, school supplies, a Bible or spiritual counsel and prayer—we do all we can to let people know that God loves them and hasn’t forgotten them
i.    901 Mesquite Street
ii.    Abilene, Texas 79601
iii.    325-673-7531

10)    Baptist Social Ministries Food Pantry

a.    Provides assistance with food and clothing
    618 S. Pioneer Drive
    Abilene, Texas 79605

11)    Christian Ministries Food Pantry

a.    Christian Ministries of Abilene offers food and other commodities once every two months to the citizens of Abilene. Clients are able to select their own food in a “grocery store” type setting.
    701 Walnut
    Abilene, Texas 79603

12)     Rolling Plains Management Corporation

a.    The Rolling Plains Management Corporation offers the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program which emphasizes on meeting the immediate home energy needs of those with low income and high relative energy burdens, with a secondary emphasis on reducing the energy needs and cost to such households. The programs consist of two components

    Household Crisis – provides utility assistance, service and repair of existing heating and cooling units or portable units in and energy related crisis.
    Utility Assistance- provides energy payments to assist low-income household to reduce their home energy needs

1.    Taylor, Shackleford, Stephens Office
    807 North Judge Ely
    Abilene, Texas 79601