While Houstonians continue cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, a beloved local shop is determined to rise from the ashes itself while continuing to provide its long-standing community assistance.
Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA) has established temporary operations at St. James Lutheran Church, 1602 W. 43rd St. Until a permanent location is found, this site will house MANNA’s offices and provide space to work with individuals requesting financial support from the Assistance Program. MANNA continues to operate its Food Pantry, located at 2101 W. 34th St., and will expand the Pantry’s service hours beginning September 11. MANNA’s Resale Store and offices, located at Rosslyn and West 43rd, were destroyed by fire on August 31. MANNA is currently in search of a suitable location to reopen the Resale Store, which provides significant support for the many community services offered by the organization.
“We have lost our home base of operations, but we are continuing and even expanding our support to the community,” said Executive Director Patricia Dornak. “We know that the need is much greater than usual due to the widespread effects of Hurricane Harvey on our neighbors and we need to provide what we can.”
This week, the MANNA Food Pantry will serve clients at 2101 W. 34th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Beginning September 11, the Pantry will be open Monday through Friday. Financial Assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses has also been expanded to assist those impacted by the storm. Those needing financial assistance can submit requests at the temporary offices at St. James Lutheran Church beginning September 11, Monday through Friday from 10 a. m. to 2 p.m.
Donations of clothing, shoes and small household goods can be brought to MANNA’s temporary space at St. James; however, furniture and other large items cannot be accommodated at this time. Should anyone have larger items to donate, they are asked to contact Patricia Dornak to determine how these items can best be directed to those in need.
“We cannot accept any donations at our storefront and ask individuals to refrain from dropping items there,” said Dornak. “If you wish to donate goods to MANNA, clothing and smaller items can be dropped at St. James Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday[LL1], at this time. We plan on providing extended hours in the future.”
Established in 1988 by a group of area churches, MANNA serves the near northwest quadrant of Houston by operating an Assistance Program, Food Pantry, Clothing Vouchers, Nutritional and Financial classes and Resale Store. Assistance is available to persons who reside in MANNA’s service area, which includes the following Zip Codes: 77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77038, 77040, 77076, 77086, 77088, 77091 and 77092.
“I and everyone who works and volunteers with MANNA wish to thank our community for the overwhelming support we have received,” said Dornak. “The strength of our community is amazing, and we are so thankful that everyone has been there for us during this difficult time.”