Non-profit faces challenge to provide resources for seniors

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Non-profit helping elderly faces challenges to provide resources for seniors. (Source: CBS 4)

A local non-profit is facing challenges that prevents them from providing the community with resources. 

The Silver Ribbon Community shelves are empty. This once fully stocked dispensary room found in McAllen is seeing less and less products. 

Silver Ribbon is a non-profit that  helps the elderly and disabled community in Hidalgo and Starr county. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, this group is left facing challenges that has held them back from restocking their resource room.

“We haven’t been able to get the items we need. I’m trying to get these items to find that the aisles are bare and it breaks my heart,” said Migdalia Ochoa, director of the program. 

“We do have the finances from the support from donors to be able to do that, but then we don’t have access to the items.” Ochoa adds. 

 Ochoa, who has ran the program from over two years, says the non-profit has about  300 households that  rely on their resources. 

While their McAllen office, found inside the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building,  has some remaining items on the shelf, their Alamo location is already running out.

“I want to be prepared for our resource room to manage the extra demand for our elderly disabled community. We want to be able to be there for them so they don’t have to stand in more lines, so they don’t to be worried about not knowing who to reach out to,” Ochoa added.

 Items they need include; adult diapers, water, non-perishable foods, paper towels, cleaning items, among others.

“If you don’t have use for those items find it in your heart to donate because we could use them in our resource room,” Ochoa said.

For those interested in more information or want to get involved please call 956-664-4892

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