Longview Community Ministries

Longview Community Ministries, Inc. (LCM) serves as an organization to enable Longview congregations and groups to work together more effectively in the community through cooperative acts of service to assist persons in need regardless of race, religion or creed.

Meals on Wheels

The first program of LCM was established in June 1982. Five days a week hot meals are delivered to persons, primarily elderly, who are homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves. Physical disability, not economic need, is the criteria, though no person unable to pay is denied the service if sufficient funding is available. In 1997, 23,967 meals were delivered. A volunteer corps of sixty persons per week is provided by seventeen local churches to deliver the meals.

Food Box

The second project begun by LCM in October 1982, is an emergency food program. Donated foods are packaged by volunteers and dispensed by the Information and Service Center. Churches and other groups support this service by donating collected food, cash and volunteers. In 1997, 1,879 boxes were dispensed containing approximately 67,644 meals.

Information and Service Center

This was the third LCM program and was established in March 1985. The Center provides a clearinghouse to avoid duplication of effort by individual congregations and agencies handling requests for food, rent, utilities, transportation and medical assistance. In 1997, the Information and Service Center served 8,967 people handling 1,771 requests for food, 521 requests for shelter/rent, 865 requests for utility assistance, 301 requests for medical needs, 59 requests for transportation and 310 other requests. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and is staffed by an Executive Director, an Assistant Director and approximately 60 volunteers per month.

Stewpot

In the Fall of 1987, LCM began a weekday lunch program called Stewpot. Coordinated with the Salvation Army, this lunch program is open to the entire community. About 50 people are served per day and LCM pays for the meal.

Coats for Kids

LCM began to coordinate the COATS FOR KIDS Project in the Fall of 1995. This project is made possible by local dry cleaners in Longview who donate the cleaning of over 2,000 coats. The City of Longview donates space for the project at Broughton Community Center. Many volunteers also donate time to help sort and distribute the coats and area businesses serve as drop-offs.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Service Program

LCM began to participate in this program in February 1990, acting as a distribution center for the Texas Department of Health for state funds earmarked for children with special health care needs. Funds advanced by LCM are reimbursed on a direct cost basis. These funds pay for transportation and lodging costs incurred during hospital visits for families of these children.