Tyler Family Assistance Center

About Us


The Tyler Family Assistance Center (TFAC) operates as a ministry of First Baptist Church Tyler. The mission of TFAC is to honor God by providing assistance to the people in our community who have physical, spiritual and emotional needs.

In 2018,  we served over 6,500 families in need. That number represents over 23,000 individuals in our community who were impacted by our efforts. We are only able to do this because of the generous hearts of not only our church members who provide financially, but also the volunteers, largely from First Baptist Church Tyler, and others within our community who dedicate many hours of their time each week to serve our neighbors in need. Over and over again our “neighbors” that we serve tell us they are so thankful for the unique ways in which we minister to them, not only through the meeting of their physical needs, but even more so by spending time with them in prayer and building relationships with them.

 TFAC is overseen by a committee of 6 elected members plus a designated seat for the Minister of Missions Robert Watson. Each elected committee member serves a 3 year term on a rotating basis. The TFAC Committee operates under the Missions Committee of First Baptist Church Tyler. A committee-appointed Director oversees the day-to-day operations. The current Director is Joyce Hahn.

 TFAC partners with the East Texas Food Bank “ETFB” to procure the majority of our food locally. ETFB is a member of the the Feeding Texas and Feeding America Networks at the state and national levels. All of these organizations are working alongside local partners, like First Baptist Church Tyler, to help meet the hunger needs that so many people experience.

 

 History of TFAC
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 Services Offered
We provide a robust choice pantry with a variety of healthy food options including canned goods, cereal, pasta, meat and fresh produce when available. There is also a small clothes closet, as well as personal care and hygiene items available. Ready-to-eat items are also available for anyone who is homeless or doesn’t have the option to cook the regular pantry goods. We also offer limited financial assistance for Tyler Water Utilities*, medication assistance** and local bus day passes.  

 *Financial assistance for Tyler Water Utilities is limited to eligible neighbors once every 12 months at the discretion of the appropriate volunteer staff. The past-due water bill must be presented at the time of assistance and the neighbor must be on the account, along with their address matching the service address for them to be eligible.

 **Medication assistance is limited to a $25 voucher to Brick Street Pharmacy for the fulfillment of maintenance medications at the discretion of the appropriate volunteer staff. The original prescription or medication showing a refill must be presented at the time of assistance.

 As a faith-based organization, we offer spiritual encouragement and prayer. We also assist in making referrals to other agencies as needed. All services and assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

 Services provided by the Tyler Family Assistance Center will not discriminate in regard to race, color, gender or religion.

 
Eligibility Requirements
We are able to serve families and individuals who reside in Tyler (with zip codes 75701 to 75709) once every calendar month. Eligibility is based on the income guidelines determined by the Texas Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) under the Texas Department of Agriculture. We ask you to bring your ID and proof of residency with you when seeking services. We also serve anyone who is homeless locally as well. Please see one of our volunteers if you have questions about your eligibility or if you have any extenuating circumstances.

 Services provided by the Tyler Family Assistance Center will not discriminate in regard to race, color, gender or religion.

 Service Hours
We are open to neighbors Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. OR until we have reached the maximum number of 85 neighbors for the day*. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and a voucher will be given on a first-come first-serve basis in order of arrival. Neighbors may be seen by a volunteer until an optional Bible study is conducted from 8:30-8:50 a.m., in both English and Spanish.  At 9:00 a.m. all services will begin to be offered.

 *If the days’ maximum has been reached before 11:00 a.m. a sign will be posted informing the public and notifying them of the next day in which we will be open.

 Senior Box Program
In 2018, TFAC was asked to be the only other host site in the city of Tyler, at this time, to offer the Senior Box Program. “Senior Box” is a federally-funded program administered through the East Texas Food Bank and Tyler Family Assistance Center that provides qualifying senior citizens a free box of nutritious food on a monthly basis in addition to food assistance from the pantry. With the initial estimation and goal to enroll 60 seniors at our site, we currently have 90 seniors enrolled and more on a waiting list. Senior boxes are distributed on the 1stMonday of every month.

There are two requirements to qualify for the program ageand income:

 AGE – 60 years of age or older

INCOME – If you are living off of Social Security, SSI (disability) or Retirement, then your Household GROSS income must be at or below the following*:

 Household Size       Monthly
1                           $1,316
2                           $1,784
3                          $2,252
4                           $2,720
5                           $3,188

*2018 Elderly Income Guidelines*

 Standards for participation in the program are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.  You may appeal any decision made by the local agency regarding your denial or termination from the program.  If your application is approved, the local agency will make nutrition education available to you and you are encouraged to participate.

 

 

Get Involved

 We are so grateful to the Lord for all of the many ways that so many people contribute to the mission at TFAC and have for so many years! From donations of goods, to volunteering face-to-face with clients, to stocking and transport, to financial contributions, to administrative assistance and most of all in prayer – we couldn’t do it without the help of so many generous friends!

 

If you would like to become more involved with serving in any capacity or even if you would like to just come and pay us a visit to see what it’s all about, we would love to have you! We could always use your support. Young or old, for one hour a week or ten, we know you will be blessed just as much as you’ll be a blessing. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like our TFAC Family! Contact Director, Joyce Hahn at 903-372-3224 or for questions or just come by any day we’re open.

 

Donations

Gently used items can be dropped off at the assistance center building, 412 W. Ferguson, any pantry day – Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m., Mondays during stocking 8:00-10:00 a.m. or in the church office on the main floor any day that the church is open.

 

Donations can include:
Clothes (all types and sizes from men’s to baby clothes)
Coats
Shoes
Socks and undergarments
Towels and washcloths
Bedding and sheets
Blankets
Car seats/Strollers/Pack-N-Plays
Diapers and wipes
Toys & stuffed animals (in good condition)
Laundry detergent
Denture cleanser
Feminine pads
Full-sized personal items like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.
Seasonal needs: Blankets & Fans
Books and magazines

***If you have other ideas for donation or for inquiries about donating food,

Please contact Director Joyce Hahn at 903-372-3224 or


 Thanksgiving Bag distribution

 Tyler Family Assistance Center helps host First Baptist Church Tyler’s annual Thanksgiving Bag giveaway. We open our doors to welcome as many as 800 families the third Saturday every November and bless them with a bag filled with everything they need for a traditional thanksgiving meal, including a fresh ham for every family. Bags are filled and collected by 100’s of church and community members in the weeks leading up to the event and then over __(#?)__ of volunteers help make the event itself a success each year. This community ministry has grown each year since it started (?) years ago.

 

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Tyler Family Assistance Center | 412 W. Ferguson
Phone number: 903-000-0000
(Across from First Baptist Church Tyler parking lot and next door to the Christian Women’s Job Corps building)

  

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” | Ecclesiastes 9:10

 

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” | Proverbs 19:17