UWDC’s Gary Henderson (second from right) presents a check on behalf of Judge Andy Eads and the Denton County Commissioner’s Court to Sylvia Perez and the Board of Directors of the Sanger Crisis Center.
Sanger Crisis Center Receives $10,500 to Help Residents Impacted by Pandemic
The grant is part of partnership between Denton County and United Way of Denton County to support local nonprofits serving residents devastated by COVID-19
DENTON, TX – Sanger Crisis Center received a $10,500 grant from United Way of Denton County made possible by the financial commitment of Denton County, Judge Andy Eads, and the County Commissioners to allocate CARES Act funds to support nonprofits helping community members impacted by income loss due to COVID-19.
The Sanger Crisis Center was awarded funds to support emergency financial assistance for clothing, food and other necessities like medications and utilities. The grant is expected to provide help to 45 clients who are experiencing homelessness, elderly shut ins, impoverished children, and chronically ill or disabled adults.
“This pandemic is unlike any other crisis our community has faced,” said Gary Henderson, President & CEO of United Way of Denton County. “We’re proud to work with Denton County to get funding to nonprofits like Sanger Crisis Center who are on the front lines of this crisis, providing a lifeline to a record number of neighbors who are being financially devastated.”
The Sanger Crisis Center, the primary and only source of emergency financial assistance for those in need in Sanger, was forced to cease operations of the Bargain Depot thrift store in March due to COVID-19. The organization relies on local financial contributions to supplement cash revenue generated through thrift store sales. The closure of the store has resulted in insufficient funds to meet the growing need of low-income community members.
Despite the closure, Sanger has been able to arrange food distribution, and limited financial assistance through appointment only. The City of Sanger initially extended utility services for three months to those unable to pay their bills. It has now turned into a long-term repayment plan as long as clients are current on new charges. Unfortunately, due to job loss many clients are not able to remain current.
“We anticipated 20 clients per month to apply for financial assistance,” said Sylvia Perez, CEO of Sanger Crisis Center. “We have doubled rental assistance provisions and anticipate those numbers to grow by 50% or more.”
“Denton County is committed to helping our residents through the COVID-19 pandemic with our Denton County CARES funds provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “We are thankful for our partnership with United Way of Denton County in helping us to process grants for our non-profits who are doing the work to ensure needs are met.”
Since March, United Way of Denton County has been working closely with Denton County to support nonprofits assisting residents with COVID-related needs, including rental assistance, food insecurity, childcare, etc.
Denton County nonprofits like Sanger Crisis Center can apply for funding through Denton County CARES – Coalition of Agencies to Restore Essential Services – an initiative launched by Denton County and United Way of Denton County to meet COVID-related financial needs across the county. To date, over $2.2 million have been granted to Denton County nonprofits to support residents impacted by the pandemic.