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Family Service Center

the Washington Street Family Service Center
a ministry of Washington Avenue Christian Church

4002 S Washington
Amarillo TX 79110
phone: 806/352.1307

Food and Clothing Distribution Times:
Mondays: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Tuesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Thursdays: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 - 10:30 AM
 

What is the Washington Street Family Service Center?
The Washington Street Family Service Center (FSC) is an outreach ministry of Washington Avenue Christian Church in Amarillo, Texas. The center provides temporary assistance to those of the community who find themselves in time of need. Established in 1995 in a small house behind the church, the FSC relocated in 1999 to a retail space at 4002 S. Washington, one block south of the church building. The relocation provided much needed space for the expanding ministry; another expansion in 2007 approximately doubled the space through which the ministry operates.

Operating under the guidance of an advisory committee and the eldership of Washington Avenue Christian Church, the FSC is staffed by a director (
Darnel Wassinger) and volunteers.

The Family Service Center is supported by monthly donations from individuals and area churches. The FSC provides clothing, food, and personal items on a limited basis (up to 5 times per person/family per year) in order to meet temporary emergency needs. Through this ministry, in 2009 we were able to serve some 26,000 individuals.


How can I help the FSC?
The Washington Street Family Service Center depends upon both financial contributions and volunteer assistance to operate. Of course, it is impossible to operate without ongoing financial income; if you’d like information about how to become a monthly supporter of this ministry, please contact the director.

Equally important and critical to the FSC are volunteers. There are positions that help the clients who come to the center for assistance or there are positions “behind the scenes” that sort clothes and do other processing during the hours of operation. In either case, training is provided, and all work is carried out within a “team” of capable volunteers. For schedules and opportunities for involvement, please
contact Darnel Wassinger.


Donations
You may drop off your donations at the Family Service Center during any of the above Distribution Times, or bring donations by the FSC at 4002 S. Washington Street between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.

Food Donations: We purchase most of our food from the High Plains Food Bank at 16 cents per pounds, so if you are considering buying food, you will get more food for your dollar if you donate the money to the FSC and designate it for food. If you prefer to do the shopping yourself, items that are difficult for us to obtain include: packaged meals (mac and cheese, hamburger helper, potato dishes), soups, and peanut butter.

Clothing Donations: We request that clothing donations be appropriate to the current season, as we have very limited storage space. Clothing should be in very good condition with no rips, stains, or missing buttons or zippers. Please fold clothing donations neatly into small boxes or bags, or leave on hangers. We accept clothing for all ages and gender; items most needed include jeans, shoes, and men’s and teen boys’ clothing.