FIND HELP

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.

Small Business Development Center at Sul Ross State University

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Phone: 432-837-8694 Website: Small Business COVID-19 Resources and Advising
Description

The Small Business Development Center provides free professional and confidential business advising, a variety of quality training programs, an extensive referral network, and a team of business advisors who live and work in your local community. The SBDC offers guidance to emergency assistance programs for small businesses.

SNAP Food Supplement

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Phone: 2-1-1 Website: SNAP Texas
Description

SNAP provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. If you qualify, you’ll get a debit card to use for groceries. Amounts have increased for April and May, and eligibility requirements have changed so recently unemployed people can more easily qualify. A legal aid organization created this guide to applying for SNAP during the pandemic.

State Health Care Benefits

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Phone: 2-1-1 Phone: (432) 837-3877 Website: Texas Health Care Benefits
Description

State health care benefits and resources for children, seniors, families, and others, including CHIP and Medicaid.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Phone: 1-800-273-8255 Website: Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website: Suicide Prevention Online Chat
Description

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.

Sunshine House

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Location 402 E Holland Avenue Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 432-837-5402
Description

Provides Meals on Wheels and emergency food boxes to seniors in Alpine area.

TANF Cash Help

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

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

Terlingua Fever Food Truck

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Phone: (915) 247-8784 Website: Terlingua Fever Food Truck
Description

Terlingua food truck offering free meals to children, seniors, and unemployed. Delivery or curbside pick-up.

Terlingua Outreach Center of Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend

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Location Terlingua TX 79852 Phone: (432) 371-3147
Description

Provides free food and other services in south Brewster County.

Texas Apartment Association Resources for Renters

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Website: TAA’s Info for Renters Struggling During Pandemic
Description

Resources for renters who are struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, from the Texas Apartment Association.

Texas Apartment Association Resources for Renters

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Website: TAA’s Info for Renters Struggling During Pandemic
Description

Resources for renters who are struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, from the Texas Apartment Association.

Texas Workforce Solutions Borderplex

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Location 710 E. Holland, Ste. 2 Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 432-837-9800 Phone: (915) 887-2383 Website: Workforce Solutions Borderplex
Description

Workforce Solutions offers help finding work, job training, child care support, and special resources for students and veterans. While they are not the agency that handles unemployment benefits, their staff can assist people who are filing for unemployment. WSB encourages job seekers to contact them via phone or email to better tailor job search assistance to meet their needs. Call or email Virginia Sandoval at (915) 887-2383 or virginia.sandoval@borderplexjobs.com

TRAX Transportation

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Phone: 855-879-8729 Phone: 432-837-9139 Website: TRAX
Description

BBCAC TRAX Transportation is available to the public in our service areas Monday thru Friday except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This service can be used for various reasons: shopping, work place, visiting friends and family, airports, and/or medical appointments. To ensure your reservation, it is recommended to call 1-855-TRY-TRAX (1-855-879-8729) 24 to 48 hours prior to your planned travel.

TWU Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

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Website: TWU AssistHER Grants
Description

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.

TX Dept. Housing & Community Affairs Resources for Renters and Homeowners

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Website: TDHCA Help for Texans Search Website: exas Covid-19 Housing Resources & Information
Description

Housing resources and guides for renters and homeowners in Texas who are struggling to make payments, from the Texas Dept. Of Housing and Community Affairs.

Also search for a few local resources that serve our area on Help for Texans page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm

Unemployment Benefits from Texas Workforce Commission

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Phone: 800-939-6631 Website: TWC Unemployment Benefits
Description

Application and information for people seeking unemployment benefits in Texas.

USAGov Help with Bills and CARES Act Relief

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

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
Description

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

WIC Texas

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Location 205 N COCKRELL Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 866-907-0080 Phone: (432) 837-3877 Website: WIC Texas
Description

A nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding moms and children under five years old, through Texas State Health and Human Services.

Zero to Three Resources for Families with Young Children

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Website: Zero to Three Family Resource Guide
Description

Resources for families with small children during the pandemic, including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing. Guide by ZERO TO THREE, a non-profit organization working to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

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