Local nonprofit Community Assistance Center has been recognized as an EnVision Center by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a Dec. 9 news release by the department.
According to the program’s website, EnVision Centers are resource organizations recognized by the department for promoting economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.
The Community Assistance Center, located at 1022 McCall Ave., Conroe, offers essential services including disaster relief, clothing and a food pantry to Montgomery County residents in need.
“Our organization works tirelessly to promote self-sufficiency and improve the lives of our Montgomery County neighbors by providing services, guidance and resources critical to the pillars of the EnVision Center program,” said organization Executive Director Jennifer Landers in a statement.
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic—from April to June—the nonprofit saw a 1,043% increase in demand for hunger-relief services from clients, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.
“We are seeing a significant increase in need from this year, which we are expecting to continue for quite some time and are excited for the possibilities of [Community Assistance Center] becoming an EnVision Center will bring to our organization,” Landers said.
While the designation does not provide additional funding to the center, HUD spokesperson Scott Hudman said the EnVision Center program allows recognized organizations greater access to other federal agencies and partnerships.
“EnVision Centers are a way to connect local resources with the people who need them the most,” said Michael Burley, regional administrator for the US Department of Housing and Development. “From social service resources to job training classes, vital services will be provided that will have an unimaginable impact on the lives of the people being helped.”