Keller United Methodist Church is committed to serving and connecting our congregation and our neighbors in ways that build healthy communities.
The Ministry Council of Keller UMC committed in the fall of 2017 to creating a new ministry, connecting our neighbors with resources as an additional way to fulfill our mission of sharing Christ’s love. The plans for the Resource Center include opening a food pantry to assist those who are unserved or underserved in our community, and to provide GED and ESL classes on-site through Tarrant County College. We will also connect our neighbors who come to the Resource Center for food with resources and partner agencies to address other needs.
Our church family responded with a large Christmas Eve offering dedicated to this new ministry. There was a discovery phase early in the year in which we assessed the Hallelujah Center and determined the renovations needed to be prepared for this ministry. Work began in the spring and continues now, moving into the finishing touches. Our plan is to move in by the latter part of September and open to the public on October 2.
What we are already doing:
• Fund and provide trained volunteers for our Kids Hope mentoring ministry.
• Fund and provide trained volunteers for our Backpack Supplemental Weekend Food program for three local elementary schools.
• Provide our neighbors assistance in signing up for social services as trained volunteers for Texas Health and Human Services Community Partner Program.
Our plans for the future:
• Open the Keller UMC Resource Center’s food pantry and become a food resource for individuals, families and the elderly (without zip code restrictions) who currently go unserved or underserved in our community.
• As we get to know clients of our food pantry, we can learn of other needs and connect them with resources we have or with partner agencies.
• Tarrant County College satellite courses offered
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Construction and funding:
The fund available for this project began with $48,000, mostly from the Christmas Eve offering. An additional $19,000 has been donated, primarily through a donation from the East District Office of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The District Office will rent a portion of the renovated building as office space and the rental funds will help fund the ongoing work of the Resource Center.
Thank you to everyone who has already made a monetary contribution, volunteered to serve when the Resource Center opens, and prayed for the success of our mission. If you are interested in helping us finish out the renovation and start-up project by making a contribution now, please click the button below.
How can you help?
As the Resource Center expands, volunteer your time and energy to stock food shelves and assist clients in making food selections.
Keller UMC is now accepting applications to be part of the Resource Center Team of volunteers.
TAFB Food Pick-Up Team Members
How you will serve: On your designated Monday, drive to the Tarrant Area Food bank, pick up the Resource Center food order, deliver to the Keller UMC Resource Center and unload the food.
Time Requirement: approximately 4 hours on Monday mornings at least once per month.
Skills: Ability to lift up to 50lbs. Would also be helpful to have a truck and trailer hitch.
Meal Connect Coordinator
How you will serve: Keller Resource Center will partner with local grocers who are part of a “food rescue” program. You will work collaboratively with these grocers and coordinate a team of volunteers who will collect donated food and transport it to the Keller UMC Resource Center each week.
Time Requirement: Initially, the time commitment will require more hours to help recruit, meet, train and schedule the volunteers, as well as visit local grocers to establish a positive relationship. After the Meal Connect Team is in place and schedules established, time commitment should be 1 – 2 hours per week.
Skills: Excellent public relations skills and ability to develop a good, positive rapport with a team of volunteers while ensuring the program is run strictly according to Tarrant Area Food Bank guidelines. Good verbal and written skills; email and computer literate.
Other Requirements: Flexibility and ability to be available different days and times each week if required.
Resource Center Volunteer
How you will serve: We are in need of volunteers to serve at the Resource Center to greet guests, assist in completion of necessary forms and assist in the "shopping" process on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm or Wednesdays from 4-7pm.
Time Requirement: 3-6 hours a week.
Skills: Ability to provide a caring and welcoming environment for guests. Patience and good interpersonal skills are also needed. These volunteers must be cleared for Safe Sanctuary.
For more information on the KUMC Resource Center and Food Pantry, contact Pastor Page Hines.
The phone number for the Resource Center is 817-431-5372.