Cleburne County Cares is a local non profit organization that has as its mission the prevention of hunger and homelessness in the county. In carrying out that mission the food pantry serves from 300-500 individuals a month and distributes over 10,000 pounds of food per month. Homeless prevention consists of utility assistance, rent assistance, medical/dental assistance and assistance with clothing and household furniture in cases of fire or other disasters.
In order to avoid overlap with services offered by other non profits in the county Cleburne County Cares has invited presentations from other nonprofits and has helped The Call, CASA, Margie's Haven House, The Other Side, and Breakin' Bread with some of their needs.
Cleburne County Cares also offers vocational/technical scholarships to help county residents develop the skills necessary for gainful employment.
The money to support these programs comes primarily from sales from the thrift store and from food donations. In the past year Cares has seen a decline in large food donations so they are having to purchase more food. More community support is needed at this time. You can help by purchasing and donating food. Acceptable food is any commercially canned product such as vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, etc. Cares can also accept frozen products that are commercially produced. You can help the thrift store by donating products to sell. This would include any clean used clothing, small appliances, dishes, books, or other household goods. Furniture is always needed. If you have items that are too large for you to move please call Cares at 362-8486 to arrange for a truck and volunteers to come to your house to pick it up. Cleburne County Cares is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The value of anything you donate is tax deductible and you will be given a receipt for tax purposes.