Timon’s Ministries breaks ground on center improvements

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Timon’s Ministries is located in Flour Bluff and offers services including lunch meals, food pantry, showers, laundry and basic health services to people in need.

Timon’s Ministries held a groundbreaking ceremony in Flour Bluff on Wednesday, marking the start of construction to the building made possible by a grant from the Corpus Christi Charity League. 

Since 2000, the Timon’s Ministries resource center has offered food, clothing, medical and financial aid to low- and no-income, uninsured individuals in the Coastal Bend.

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Timon’s Ministries holds a groundbreaking for their building addition and renovation on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

The center’s resources include hot meals five days a week, a crisis pantry, a grocery delivery program, a dental clinic, a medical clinic, an eye clinic, school supply distributions, clothing and household supplies, and laundry and shower facilities.

The Charity League raised a record-breaking $350,000 to extend the Timon’s Ministries building by 13 feet, adding room for more bathrooms and additional washers and dryers, Timon’s Ministries Executive Director Kae Berry said.

The funds will also contribute to getting the building up to code, Berry added.

“We’re able to double the shower facilities, all ADA-approved, and quadruple the washer and dryer facilities,” Berry said. “So we feel that’s going to make a great big difference in the quality of life for these people.”

Berry said the center’s mission is to take care of the needy and help them return to the workforce. According to the Timon’s Ministries website, only 15 percent of individuals served are homeless.

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People gather to protest Timon’s Ministries’ groundbreaking for their building addition and renovation on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

A handful of protesters stood along the street with signs reading “Say No to Toxic Charities” and “Timon’s is enabling drugs/theft.”

“I would like for them to come and visit us and see what we do,” Berry said. “We’ll take you on a tour. We’ll show you the people we help.”

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