“We are 100-percent moved in, not quite 100-percent organized, but functioning and serving 100 percent.”
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) Resource Program Director Maureen Schein said the old building is completely demolished, and the transition into the new facility on FM 2673 in Sattler is complete.
Food Pantry clients can now shop for their own groceries just like they would in a regular grocery store — rolling their own cart on uncarpeted floors down well-stocked aisles.
“We’re still not moving smoothly, but people are being patient with us and really seem to appreciate and enjoy doing their own shopping,” Schein said.
CRRC is the area’s premier charity, which focuses on helping individuals and families struggling to pay monthy bills.
“When we can help to stabilize an individual we help to stabilize a family, and when we help to stabilize a family we stabilize the community,” she said.
At the moment, CRRC doesn’t need items for its food pantry. Demand fluctuates weekly, depending on donations and resources from the San Antonio Food Bank, which helps supply the food pantry at greatly reduced prices.
The CRRC is now focused on paying for its new building, which also will house community health clinics, a mental health clinic, medical providers and support federal benefits programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Schein said CRRC also recently partnered with Any Baby Can in New Braunfels to provide prescription assistance for families with infants.
“We want to bring the services that will help them overall in their lives, not just food to feed them or financial assistance to keep the lights on,” she said.
That’s why paying down the sizable costs associated with the new facility is important to CRRC.
“Most people don’t understand they need to support the administrative aspects of running a non-profit,” she said.
Naming opportunities are available for sponsors. Retirees also can make ‘required minimum distribution’ donations.
For more information, visit crrcofcanyonlake.org.