Dear Friends, Celebrate: to show happiness that something good or special has happened. Our Something from the Heart Campaign is a celebration of this community’s support of its neighbors. Due to your support of the Needs Council over the past 30 years, many good and special people’s lives have been blessed. People come to the Needs Council fearful, often in despair. Some need a little help with a winter utility bill. Others require more long term assistance with budgeting, counseling, or advice on leaving an abusive relationship. Still others require a ride to a medical appointment, assistance with school supply costs, or a parenting class. The staff and volunteers work with each person individually to meet these needs. Your investment in children, seniors and families has paid off. Our community thrives due to the self-sustaining spirit of helping our neighbors through tough times. We are excited to announce that all donations made by March 31st will be matched up to $85,000 by the Dian Graves Owen Foundation! In Andy Andrews’ book, The Noticer, the main character advises, “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely, consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…” Each life that is touched by the Needs Council matters and each donation matters as it enriches the giver as much as the receiver. Won’t you join in this celebration of community with a gift that will sustain and uplift the lives of those in need? Cindy Heifner, Executive...Read More
What truly defines “Community” may differ from varying perspectives, but I’d like to offer mine. Recently the Needs Council has witnessed “Community” in a profound way. A man called to offer a travel trailer he and his wife had purchased several years ago with plans to see the country. Well, life happened and they didn’t need it anymore. He asked if we knew anyone who might make use of it. We did, a mother who spends her days and nights caring for a disabled son who lives in a trailer that’s seen better days. To go inside during and after a rainstorm is to enter a swamp. Many patch jobs were attempted but the water always found a new way in. Several volunteers pitched in to prepare the trailer and the new location for the move; clearing branches, hooking up the utilities, and showing the mother how everything works! These talented and generous people volunteer because they care about people, about their neighbors even if they don’t know their names, and because they appreciate belonging to this “Community”. The mother in the “new” trailer feels as if she won the lottery and has to pinch herself to make certain she’s not dreaming. During this same two week period your Needs Council assisted: 12 families with rent/mortgage payments, 11 families with Medical, Dental and Vision needs, 9 families with utility bills, 8 children with summer camp scholarships to Boys and Girls Club, a disabled man with wheel chair repair, and 113 children took home Food 4 Kids bags full of nutritious food. Our two in house counselors saw 18 clients, 80% of whom were victims of domestic violence. Transportation volunteers...Read More
Dearest People, I wanted to say to all of you, that I occasionally call the Needs Council — and every time I call, whoever answers is so kind and helpful and respectful to me. I am so grateful to all of you for all your help and kindnesses. I remember all of you in my prayers. Thank you again. A Senior...Read More
The following letter was addressed to the Hill Country Needs Council (aka Santa Claus): Dear “Santa” & All his helpers: With hospital bill arriving from my recent knee replacement looking like part of the national debt, I had decided best to ignore the season & just enjoy the music & Charlie Brown specials. But then your “jolly elves” arrived today bearing not just gifts, but things I had needed or wanted. Needed bedroom shoes but decided food more urgent. Now I’m toasty warm in beautiful, red slippers, + a beautiful blue (my favorite color) throw, luxurious bathroom set, frozen dinner, & oh, the candy! what a luxury! Been needing a bedroom clock (this one is so sleek + great size) – so many goodies I hope I’ve not forgotten anything. It’s hard sometimes when you reach 80 without family – no grandchildren, many old friends live far away – to keep a happy face. Being housebound chained to a walker is a challenge, but when I realized the support you have given me I have to feel blessed. You have made such a great difference in both my life & my outlook. May God continue to bless you & the wonderful, caring work you do. You are truly “Angels unaware”. I pray you all have your best holiday yet. With love, appreciation &...Read More
Helping our Neighbors in Need
Something From the Heart annual fund raising campaign for the Needs Council begins every February to March. However, we depend on your generous donations throughout the year to fund our many programs that address the basic unmet needs of people in Gillespie County!
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