A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
● By Jacqueline Gonzalez
The Charity League of Corpus Christi, a local non-profit group of 40 women, has been focused on doing charitable work in our community since 1934. Each year, they choose a local non-profit to raise money and advocate for the entire year, from funds raised by the public. This year, Timon’s Ministries was chosen for “their hard work and the difference they make in the community,” says Michell Ezell, President of Charity League.
Timon’s Ministries, located in Flour Bluff, opened for business in June of 2000 and is under the direction of Kae Berry. The goal of the faith-based day resource center is to help low-income families and the homeless get back on their feet by providing daily meals, a place where they can shower, a food pantry, laundry services, and free medical, dental, and vision services.
Timon’s clients are predominantly the working poor, although 15 percent consist of the chronic homeless. Each week, hot meals are served to about 80-100 guests, Monday through Friday. Timon’s also operates a Crisis Pantry that distributes between 2-3 tons of groceries into the local community.
In addition to the feeding services, Timon’s also provides health services to all low- or no-income individuals in the community. The William Allen Dental Clinic opened in 2009, and thanks to the tireless work of volunteer dentists, over 3,400 patients throughout the Coastal Bend have been treated. In 2011, Timon’s began offering monthly eye care services free of charge, and family medicine was integrated into the health arm of the ministry in 2012.
Local clients have access to medical treatment three days per week, to help with unresolved health issues, via an in-house medical doctor. The in-house nurse is on board 5 days weekly. The medical center has been very successful and has thus far gained 2,500 patient charts within the parameters whom Timon’s serves. All of the services provided by Timon’s were made possible by various grants including the Howell Foundation and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries.
The grant, written to Charity League earlier this year, focused on raising funds to expand the building to add more showers and laundry facilities. “A lot of people don’t understand that just because you have a home, doesn’t mean you have a place to do laundry,” says Kae Berry.
Timon’s received the much-anticipated phone call from the Charity League in early September, announcing their selection as this year’s charity. In May of 2020, Timon’s will receive a check for 100 percent of all monies raised at the Charity League’s annual Style Show & Luncheon in February.
Kae Berry is grateful and excited to work with such a well- thought-out, organized, and extremely professional organization, and looks forward to the improvements for Timon’s Ministries.
Kae Berry | 361.937.6196 | firstname.lastname@example.org