Network of Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a service area encompassing the 14 zip codes in Dallas County that make up the Richardson ISD. Founded in 1985, Network began during an economic downturn when several churches and community organizations came together to form an alliance to assist families in need, and thus the term “Network” of Community Ministries was born.
Today, Network is a non-denominational, community-based organization serving nearly 9,000 individuals annually through over 47,000 units of service. Our mission is to care, coach and empower our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. Current programming at Network includes Emergency Services (food, clothing, utilities, rent and income supports), a Medical & Dental voucher program, Senior’s Net (supplemental food, handyman service, companion calls, information and referrals), and Stabilization Programs (Pathways case management and stability planning, Job Resource Center, Financial Empowerment Classes).
In Fall 2019, as an extension of our main Food Pantry, Network is launching a new Mobile Food Pantry through a partnership with RISD. The Mobile Pantry Program will initially focus on 4 high needs RISD schools (Memorial Park Academy High School, Audelia Creek Elementary School, Liberty Junior High School, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School) providing food on a monthly basis for qualifying students and their families. In addition to food distribution, Network will provide access to nutritional information and healthy recipes for all individuals receiving food and information on Network’s other basic needs and stabilization programming for each family.
Organizations similar to Network exist in Dallas County, however the closest ones offering this level of programming are over 10 miles west of Network, and do not serve all the RISD zip codes. To this end, Network fills a very crucial gap for the Richardson ISD Community, which would go unmet if it were not for the range and quality of services provided by the organization.