Welcome to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH)
FISH brings hope to victims of neglect, abuse, those with serious illness, those with loss of jobs and other crisis situations. We provide food, support to assist in payment of electric, gas, water and sewer bills, rent or mortgage, assist with access to medical treatment either by payment of office visits, lab work, x-rays, prescription assistance, dental office visits and treatment, and access to obtain eye exams, glasses and other medical treatment.
To provide short-term emergency assistance to residents of Hunt County who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, or with serious illness, loss of job and other family crisis situations. Assistance is provided in the form of housing/utility assistance, food, access to healthcare services, prescriptions, dental, optical, some educational assistance and other related areas of assistance.
FISH M.A.R.K. Program Named Beneficiary for the Annual Altrusa Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 7th!
The Meals for At Risk Kids (M.A.R.K.) program has been named the 2014 beneficiary of the Altrusa Greenville Tour of Homes. This event will be Sunday December 7 with the homes open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the reception from 1 p.m . to 5 p.m. There is also a reception at Wesley Uniteed Methodist Church where you will be able to shop at a craft & gift section, bid on silent auction items, buy chances on chance items, have some refreshments and listen to musical entertainment. There are five beautiful homes on the tour this year: Onnie Dixon, Sue Ann Harting, Ralph & Jeannette Moser, Claudia Sullins and John & Holly Gotcher.
“We are very excited to help Hunt County Shared Ministries with the M.A.R.K. program this year,” said Julia Wensel, President of Altrusa Greenville. “Any time we can provide assistance to children it’s a good thing and this program makes sure that school children don’t go hungry over the weekend.”
“M.A.R.K. currently serves children in Greenville, Quinlan, Wolfe City, Bland and Campbell,” said Wally Jeffers, executive director of Hunt County Shared Ministries. “And thanks to the success, we hope to add additional communities this year.”
Meals for At Risk Kids identifies K-6th grade children who might not have enough food to eat at home over the weekend during the school year. These students are provided a backpack every Friday that is filled with 7 nutritious, easy to prepare meals and snacks.
Research shows that children who are chronically hungry do not do as well in school as their well-fed counterparts. Young children’s brains and bodies need continuous nourishment in order to develop properly. A hungry child can’t focus on a math lesson. A child wondering what he will eat for breakfast on Saturday can’t focus on reading. Teachers report that chronically hungry children often have issues with discipline as well. M.A.R.K., in partnership with the schools, seeks to alleviate the problem of chronic hunger in children.
A Quick Overview of Hunt County Shared Ministries
Hunt County Shared Ministries was organized to help meet basic emergency needs of families residing within Hunt County. Organized in 1980 the ministry has grown from a small pantry to providing services ranging from food to prescription medicines.
Each year, FISH (more commonly known as) serves over 8,000 families in crisis which included over 28,000 individuals.
FISH is supported by a coalition of churches, individuals, local businesses, a partner agency with the United Way of Hunt County and the North Texas Food Bank.
Hunt County Shared Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit and all donations are tax-deductible.