The TBN Initiative
Tomball Benevolence Network (TBN) is a new initiative through TEAM that connects residents in need to resources and services available throughout the Greater Tomball area. According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.1% of people in the city of Tomball earned income below the poverty level in the 12 months prior. TEAM’s goal is to move beyond a hand-out, relief ministry to a hand up, restorative ministry to our neighbors through TBN. To do that we need community partners who can supply services, such as repairs (auto, electrical, plumbing), tutoring, and workforce development for low-income, elderly, and disabled, and for those seeking stability in their lives. Partnerships with businesses, schools, churches, non-profits, and individual volunteers provide a network of assistance options for TEAM’s clients that help well beyond emergency assistance. TEAM, with its caseworkers, provides the ‘hub’ for this network and GRACE, a new software program, helps the hub collect and connect client needs with the many community resources available. Clients are vetted by TEAM caseworkers.
How You Can Help
You are invited to join as a donor and/or volunteer to help support the work of this growing TBN community network. Oftentimes it takes a “team” effort to meet the vital needs of our Tomball neighbors. As we move from providing our traditional emergency assistance to addressing more complex issues, the need for financial support increases along with the need for volunteers. To learn more about this initiative, email Karen Guiles, TBN's community liaison. You may also reach Karen by phone at (346) 336-6161.