We are honored to showcase Metrocrest Services, as one of our Grants for Good program recipients. Metrocrest provides services that include rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, budgeting and financial education, workforce development and education, as well as senior services.
Our third Grants for Good recipient, Metrocrest Services (Metrocrest) is one of many nonprofits that have stepped up to support their community during COVID-19. Metrocrest is located in the City of Farmers Branch and supports all of Dallas County, Texas. In the first two weeks of the pandemic, Metrocrest saw a 56% increase in food pantry visits, and was able to assist 617 families with groceries and provided 37,346 meals to their community.
To learn more about this amazing nonprofit, we caught up with Peter, an Apex consultant who nominated Metrocrest via our Grants for Good program.
How did you first hear about Metrocrest? What drew you to them?
I first heard about Metrocrest in 2004. My stepdaughter volunteered for a program at Metrocrest through her school and our entire family attended. We volunteered for approximately two hours, mostly sorting clothes and food. Their entire mission appealed to me. Metrocrest helps people in tough situations. Their goal is to prevent homelessness, unemployment, hunger, major medical issues, and more. We’ve seen the direct and powerful impact that they’ve made in the community.
What services do they provide to the community?
The goal of Metrocrest is to help those in crisis BEFORE they lose everything and become homeless. Services they provide include rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, budgeting and financial education, workforce development and education, as well as senior services. More vital than before, individuals 65 years and over are provided with home delivered meals, transportation, minor home repairs, and medical aid. They also offer various seasonal programs, including distribution of school supplies and shoes, food for children during the summer, holiday food and gifts, as well as holiday baskets for seniors.
How else have you supported Metrocrest over the years?
I have helped out on the donation truck, picking up donations. We also support Metrocrest financially.
What impact have you seen them make in the Dallas community?
Last year, Metrocrest helped over 15,000 individuals overcome the threat of homelessness and other crises by providing clothing, food and other donations.
How else could people support them?
Now, more than ever, they need donations to help the growing number of community members who are in dire need of food, housing, and other support. Any donation size would help. Here are examples of the direct impact a financial contribution would make:
- $25 translates to 175 pounds of food
- $50 feeds 14 people for a week
- $150 provides 5 kids with school supplies and backpacks
- $300 provides a family with rent assistance and prevents eviction
- $500 provides food for 100 seniors
If Metrocrest and their mission speaks to you, you can make a donation via Metrocrest Services.