The Children’s Coalition of Aransas County was started after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 to help families with free daycare. Since then this nonprofit organization has grown.
Now it is working hard to make sure that no one in Aransas county and surrounding areas goes without help, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So when a family comes to us, and they are hurting, it is our goal to do everything we possibly can to bring them peace and help them get on the path to recovery, health, and happiness,” said Children’s Coalition Executive Director Dianne Nielsen.
The Children’s Coalition of Aransas County has different types of programs, such as direct services to families in the community.
“That includes everything from food, clothing, assistance with housing, childcare tuition, anything a family needs,” Nielsen said.
This is a coalition; it doesn't aim to do everything on its own, but it does try to help find resources so that needs can be met.
“I think it has become very valuable," said Children’s Coalition President Stefany Simmons. "I think people are seeing who we are and what we are doing, and people continue to reach out to seek help and also to give help. So it is constant; it just keeps growing.”
“We don’t receive any government funding; we are not a United Way agency," Nielsen said. "We are a small non-profit and so we definitely need support of our neighbors so we can continue supporting our neighbors."
The Children’s Coalition of Aransas County has grown so much that it's now providing services for more than 200 area families.