Network of Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a service area that encompasses the entirety of the 14 zip codes within RISD, including the portion of these zip codes that extend into the Plano, Garland, and Dallas ISD areas. 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 30,000 individuals annually through over 142,000 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, rental assistance), a Medical & Dental voucher program, Seniors’ Net (supplemental food, handyman service, companion calls, information and referrals), and Stabilization Programs (Pampillonia Pathways case management and stability planning, Job Coaching, ESL and GED classes and benefits assistance).
In Fall 2019, as an extension of our main Food Pantry, Network launched a new Mobile Food Pantry through a partnership with RISD. The Mobile Pantry Program initially focused 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 August 2020, Network increased Mobile pantry visits to 4 schools per week within RISD to reach families who are still struggling due to the pandemic and other economic hardships.
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.
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