Agencies We Support
Your gift to the United Way supports more than one person and one agency.
The Henderson County Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) represents fostered, CPS children in the county who are in need of safe permanent homes. These children - victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment frequently end up in court, as victims, once again. CASA was formed to help these children when there is no one or nowhere else to turn. An effective CASA program can reduce the time a child spends in temporary homes from 27 to 15 months and can make great strides in breaking the cycle of child abuse.
American Red Cross
Locally, the American Red Cross deals with communication to military families and teaching standard First Aid and Adult CPR. They also help fire victims by providing immediate shelter, food & clothing. Families residing in Athens, Chandler, Brownsboro, Poyner, Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Malakoff and Frankston have been provided with assistance. All monies received from the Henderson County United Way are sent to the local American Red Cross chapter ensuring that the donations are used specifically for Henderson County families.
The Labor of Love efforts benefit the entire county. As needs are discovered, volunteers from this organization assist in rebuilding homes, perform general home repairs such as plumbing and electrical, or whatever may be required to make the home safer and functional. Labor of Love serves Athens, Brownsboro, Murchison, Tool, Bethel, LaRue, San Flats and other areas within the county. United Way dollars are used to purchase the supplies necessary to assist the carefully selected repair and rebuilding projects.
The East Texas Arboretum is104 acres of nature preserved land, just inside the city limits of Athens. A unique blend of horticulture and history, the grounds offer 2 miles of nature trails, formal gardens, a museum, a working windmill pond area and a one room school house.
An umbrella program of the Henderson County HELP Center, The Henderson County Children's Advocacy Center serves child victims of abuse and neglect throughout the county. It is designed to reduce the trauma to child abuse and neglect victims by reducing the time needed to process their cased through the court system. Coordinated law enforcement, Child Protective Services investigations and interviews are arranged in a neutral, child friendly setting for the victims.
One of several vital programs under the Help Center umbrella, this program makes available an in-home social worker to assist young parents and parents-to-be with prenatal information, parenting education, encouragement and support. Referrals are primarily from physicians and hospitals as they become aware of the high-risk patient. The social worker provides on going case management to help the young parents become self-sufficient.
Cedar Creek Library is a resource center that provided library materials and services, promotes and assists in educational development and encourages reading. Provides programs and activities that cater to the needs of all citizens.
The East Texas Council on Alcoholism and drug abuse (ETCADA) provides Henderson County residents with several services. OSAR (Outreach,Screening,Assessment and Referral) services provide screening and assessment to determine the severity of alcohol and/ or drug problem for individuals and provide referrals to appropriate services to meet the identified needs Prevention Specialists (YPU;YPS;YPI) facilitate evidenced based curriculum for students in schools within the county.
Disciples Clinic of Athens is a faith based clinic staffed by medical, dental and clerical volunteers providing high quality , low cost health and dental services for persons between the ages of 19 and 64 who work at least 20 hours a week and whose income is less than the poverty level.
United Way Children's Emergency Fund / Assistance for the Elderly. One of the oldest and most useful agencies in our Henderson County United Way drive, this fund serves the needs that "fall through the cracks" of other agencies. Such as glasses for students who cannot afford them, dental work and other such needs, are provided through this fund.
The Family Peace Project is a faith-based organization providing resources and services to families dealing with the complex issues of domestic violence, with multiple transitional homes and other critical support services. The organization also raises additional funds through their Emporium Re-sale Thrift shop in Athens. To appreciate the impact of donated funds, The Family Peace Project assisted 614 family members last fiscal year.
They provide aid to residents by assisting with rent, utilities, medical, temporary housing and transportation. They also assist with emergency issues related to disasters such as fires, floods and tornadoes. They also promote the camp program allowing children who might have the chance to experience camp.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels served nearly 91, 824 meals in Henderson County last year and more than a million across East Texas and we plan to serve even more this year. Meals on Wheels serves disabled and homebound senior citizens residing in Athens, Chandler, Malakoff, Tool, Cedar Creek Lake and every other community in Henderson County. Funding received from the Henderson County United Way donations will provide meals to those seniors who cannot afford to pay for food. Without this service, many seniors would go hungry or placed in nursing homes.
Children's Emergency Fund
One of the oldest and most useful agencies in our Henderson County United Way drive, this fund serves the needs that "fall through the cracks" of other agencies. Items such as otherwise unaffordable eyeglasses for students, dental work, etc. are provided through this fund. Most referrals come from our local public school principals and counselors.
A spinoff of United Way itself, the Helpline provides information and referral services to assist individuals in locating resources to match their needs. The Helpline serves as a constant thread in the coordination of services between many of the Henderson County United Way supported agencies. There is a County Care Coalition that meets quarterly to share information and sources for communication and also provides a quarterly newsletter to all interested parties.
RECOVERY AT TIMBER TRAILS
To provide men at risk the opportunity to overcome destructive life styles of addiction, incarceration and poverty. We provide a protected environment (drug and alcohol free) for men to grow, lead useful and purposeful lives and become productive members of society.
Lila Lane Outreach is a faith based residential facility dedicated to helping men overcome their pasts. Services are designed to prevail over any kind of addiction, dependence and other self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. Lila Lane Outreach provides safe and secure housing with each individual having their "own space" within our dormitory setting.
We are walking hand in hand giving support to caregivers of Henderson County. We provide continuing education and services for caregivers touched by Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias. We offer respite services for caregivers of persons with debilitating disease.
East Texas Crisis Center Outreach provides services to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & other victims of crim. ETCC services include crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, financial assistance, a women's economic program and collaboration with community resources for victim assistance.
Henderson County 4-H
Henderson County 4-H programs prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Through a coordinated, long-term and progressive series of educational experiences, the youth served by this program receive life- enhancing skills and develop positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies.
The mission of Men Unleashed is to bring men from all walks of life together in order to model and support a brotherhood of positive inspirational leaders, through discipleship within our homes and spreading throughout our communities.
This troop is growing at an incredible rate, and we're proud to host an economically and ethnically diverse group of motivated young men. Through their work on merit badges,camp outs and community service projects, these young men are equipped with the tolls they will need to succeed for the rest of their lives.