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This is a directory of programs and organizations that can help Brewster County residents with problems caused by the pandemic. Please email or call organizations for help, because many have closed offices as a safety precaution.

Use the links above or the drop-down category menu below to browse by the type of assistance needed. Or search the directory by keyword.

Another Round Another Rally Grants for Hospitality Workers

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Website: Grants for Hospitality Workers

Another Round Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, such as chefs, servers, bartenders, dishwashers, sommeliers, managers or workers with any other type of hospitality roles.

As of April 1, they have temporarily paused phone interviews because of the massive response, but the application is still open and an announcement about future funding will be posted on Monday April 6.

CoreGives Grants for Restaurant Workers with Families

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Phone: 404-655-4690 Website: Children of Restaurant Employees Grants

Children of Restaurant Employees is offering funds to restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have children at home

CRAF Restaurant Workers Emergency Grants

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Phone: 800.765.4842 Website: CRAF Restaurant Workers Emergency Grants

Restaurants Care is offering grants for restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined

Emergency Fund for Home Care Workers, Nannies & Cleaners

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Website: Domestic Workers Care Fund

The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF) from the National Domestic Workers Alliance provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IRS Economic Impact Payments

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Website: Registration for Non-Filers Website: IRS Info about Economic Impact Payments

The IRS is sending many Americans Economic Impact Payments, otherwise known as Economic Impact Payment as stimulus payments. These are automatic for many taxpayers, who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019, and most seniors and retirees. But if you don’t file taxes, you need to use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to get your payment. In mid-April, the IRS will launch a Get My Payment application, where you can check the status of your Economic Impact Payment, change your payment from check to direct deposit, and provide direct deposit bank account information so that your payment will arrive more quickly.

Ministerial Alliance

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Location First Christian Church 201 W Sul Ross Ave Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 432-386-8101

Offers assistance with paying bills.

Modest Needs

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Website: Apply for Help from Modest Needs

Modest Needs is a tax-exempt charity that gives small, emergency grants to low-income workers who’re at risk of slipping into poverty and for whom no other source of immediate help is available.

Odessa Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

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Website: Odessa Chamber’s resources for businesses, taxpayers, and job seekers

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce has a compilation of resources for small businesses, taxpayers, and job seekers in West Texas. 

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund for Service Workers

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Website: One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

One Fair Wage is providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church

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Phone: (432) 837-3304 Website: Our Lady of Peace on Facebook

The Catholic Church in Alpine offers a small amount of cash assistance for people with emergency expenses, even if they are not members of the parish. Call the Parish Office, (432) 837-3304, which is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour off for lunch.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

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Website: Restaurant Employees Cash Grants Application

Starting April 2, the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will limited to one grant per person.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Relief Fund

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Website: Relief Fund and Resources for Restaurant Workers

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. As of April 1, the application for direct assistance to restaurant workers was temporarily paused while ROC processes the thousands of applications already received. But ROC says to keep checking back for the application to open again.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

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Website: Restaurant Workers Crisis Relief Fund

RWCF has established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to:

  • Immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community.

  • To bolster our impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed.

  • To establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

RWCF is compiling an extensive list of resources and links related to the COVID-19 Crisis on its website, and, soon, we will collect data (qualitative and quantitative) from affected workers and restaurant owners so that we can work with local and national leaders to address the systemic issues the COVID19 pandemic has exposed.

Salvation Army Alpine Service Unit

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Provides help paying for housing, utilities, prescriptions, clothing, and other needs for Brewster County residents.

Small Business Administration

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Phone: (432) 837-8694 Website: Small Business Administration Emergency Loan Info Website: Streamlined SBA Loan Application

For Small Business Owners (including businesses with short-term rentals) the Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Texas

TANF Cash Help

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Phone: 2-1-1 Website: TANF Cash Assistance

TANF helps families and grandparents raising children offers monthly or one-time cash assistance to pay for basic living needs.

TWU Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

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Website: TWU AssistHER Grants

Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs is launching the AssistHER grant program, which will provide 100 $10,000 grants to women-owned small businesses in Texas that have been impacted adversely by the coronavirus pandemic.

USAGov Help with Bills and CARES Act Relief

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Website: USAGov info on help with bills and CARES Act relief

US government site about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses; and how to apply for temporary assistance.

USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance

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Phone: 855.655.8724 Website: Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

USBG National Charity Foundation is offering loans to bartenders who may be out of work.

If you have an organization or program to add to this resource directory, please contact us.