After Hours Assistance

Need assistance after hours, on the weekend, or when campus is closed for a break? Check out this list of resources in the community!

Food Resources in the Community

 This food resource guide is created and maintained by Caritas of Waco.

Emergency Crisis/Suicide Hotline Numbers:

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

2-1-1 Texas is a free statewide 24-hour information and referral service. By simply dialing 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905 callers can receive information about community and social services, such as food pantries, emergency shelter, rent assistance, utility bill assistance, child care, and senior services to name a few.

  • HOT Behavioral Health Network (Formally MHMR) Crisis Line: 1-866-752-3451
  • Ascension Providence DePaul Center: 254-776-5970
  • Ocean's Behavioral HealthCare: 254-870-4874
  • Crisis Treatment Center: 254-867-6550
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988 or 1-800-273-8255(TALK) Spanish 1-888-628-9454
  • Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children: 1-888-867-7233 or 254-752-7233
  • National Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
  • Local Family Abuse Center:1-800-283-8401
  • Child Protective Services (CPS): 1-800-252-5400
  • Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
  • Runaway Hotline: 1-888-580-4357 (HELP)
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: 24/7, confidential and multilingual. Call 1-888-373-7888 or text “help” to BEFREE (233733) Search and connect to support. Find financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help in your area, anywhere in the US.


Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation (EOAC)

Offers a service known as Community Programming, which provides homeless prevention and intervention services to families in need of help, including rent and utility. Services are provided through assistance programs such as Emergency Homeless Program as well as the Emergency Food and Shelter, which can offer funds for rent and deposits in a crisis.

500 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76701
Phone: 254-753-0331

Heart To Home Coordinated Entry - Connecting Homeless to Housing

Coordinated Entry is the process by which an individual or family experiencing homelessness can be assessed for housing and priority of need at centralized locations, then participating housing programs receive referrals to openings in their housing programs, as they become available, from the Prioritization List. After being assessed, participants will be put on the Prioritization List and matched to openings in housing within the region in case conferencing conducted by the Coordinated Entry Committee of the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition.

For assistance call: 254-297-8929 or you can complete assessment at an access point:

Mission Waco Meyer Center

1226 Washington Ave.
Mon-Thurs 1:00 -3:30 pm

Salvation Army Community Kitchen

300 Webster Ave.
Tue-Thurs 8:00-11:00 am

DOBEY Center

211 Austin Ave.
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Compassion Ministries

The organization provides transitional and low income housing from 90 to 180 days for homeless families. The goal of Compassion is to reintegrate homeless families and those on the verge of homelessness into permanent housing and employment. To reach that goal, Compassion provides needed services for residents while living in our transitional housing facility, both in-house and in conjunction with local agencies currently providing services.

1421 Austin Avenue
Waco, TX 76701

The Salvation Army - Social Services Office

Services provided to the low income and those faced with an emergency include, but are not limited to, housing assistance, including rent and mortgages, emergency shelter, electric payments, household furniture, counseling and referrals for other services. Also get information on federal government and Texas assistance programs.

The Salvation Army - Social Services Office

4721 W. Waco Dr. 
Waco, TX 76710

The Salvation Army - Community Kitchen & Red Shield Men's Lodge (Emergency Men’s Shelter)

300 Webster
Waco TX, 76706
254- 756-7271

The Salvation Army - Sally's House (Emergency Women’s Shelter)

524 S. 4th Street, Waco, TX
Waco TX, 76706
254- 756-7271

Mission Waco - Meyer Center

The Meyer Center is Waco’s “one-stop-shop,” housing many of the programs and resources we provide to low-income families and those struggling with homelessness. Provides low income families and individuals with case management, intake, emergency shelter voucher distribution for hotels and motels, showers, laundry, haircuts, and meals.

1226 Washington Avenue
Waco, TX

Mission Waco - Manna House

Mission Waco’s Manna House is an unashamedly Christian treatment program for men who are alcohol/drug dependent. Set in a home, this rigorous program requires total buy-in from the participants, which is why it works! Due to limited capacity, potential participants must be screened. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol and/or other drugs and are serious about changing your life, please contact us at the Meyer Center for a screening or call 254-296-9866, ext. 300.

Mission Waco - My Brothers Keeper’s Men and Women’s Emergency Shelter

My Brother’s Keeper is a chronic emergency homeless shelter available to those with an urgent housing need on an application basis. Check-in is from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm. 

1217 Mary Ave
Waco, TX. 76701

The Hangar: A Home Away From Homeless

The Hangar was originally an old abandoned Quonset Hut that we have remodeled into a private residence. This is the heart of our mission. We invite our homeless friends inside our home, and away from all of the stress that comes from the streets. This is where we spend time together investing in relationships, and these relationships are the foundation for everything we do.

417 South 17th St
Waco, TX 76706

The Church Under The Bridge

Church Under the Bridge attempts to avoid denomination, cultural, economic, or racial distinctions. We welcome folks from wide and diverse backgrounds. May provide temporary housing depending on the situation. Some minimum requirements that applicants must meet in order to be serviced.

713 N. 18th St
Waco, TX

The Cove

The Cove is a safe space created for high-school-aged youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. We are committed to providing care for our students, opportunities for their future stability, making them feel valued through their mental and physical health, and empowering them with programs to encourage success in their educational endeavors.

524 W. Waco Dr. Suite B
Waco, TX. 76701

DOBEY Drop-In-Center

The Heart of Texas community’s goal is for every youth and young adult in the region to be housed in safe, secure, and stable environments. They serve any homeless young adult who has been in contact with YHDP Navigation Team, and/or any other Heart of Texas YHDP programs, and/or any other referral source. Young adults aged 18-24.Serves all 6 counties.

2111 Austin Avenue
Waco, TX  76701 
(254) 297-8980

Central Texas Youth Services

Central Texas Youth Services is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides services to runaways, homeless youth, and their families throughout the Central Texas region. This program has since evolved to include emergency services, respite services, employment, resources and transitional living services for ages 16-21 years of age, and  foster care youth. Central Texas Youth Services offers a variety of services to Bell, Coryell, and McLennan Counties.  

1200 Bagby Avenue, Apt#1
Waco, TX 76706

The Family Abuse Center

The Family Abuse Center offers a free, safe and confidential place for adults and children to begin to experience life without violence. They offer emergency housing, counseling, transportation help, job and life skills education, and more. Services adults, children and victims in rural counties. For services, please contact:

1 (800) 283-8401.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Methodist Children’s Home- Transition Services

Transition Services helps young adults make a successful transition to independent living and adjust to college or the workforce. The program serves MCH graduates and the community ages 18 to 25.

Young people participating in the Independent Living program have the option to live in on-campus housing or at Clay Commons, an MCH-owned apartment complex in Waco.

1111 Herring Avenue
Waco, TX 76708
800-964-9226 (toll-free) or 254-750-1237

Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network (formerly MHMR)


The Crisis Respite Center is a 16-bed facility that offers short-term respite services for individuals who need assistance in stabilizing their behavioral health condition. The facility is used as a step-down from a higher level of care such as the state hospital when the individual may need a little more time to feel comfortable before returning home. It can also be used to help someone who identifies they may need some additional supports to avoid falling into a crisis situation. Occasionally the facility is used to help the homeless population while transitioning into a more permanent housing option. Two beds are set aside for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. 


The Youth Crisis Respite House (YCRH) is a 6 bed facility that provides short term, enhanced, and readily accessible services for youth ages 13 to 17, who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. YCRH is designed to decrease the need for more intensive interventions such as; psychiatric hospitalization, the use of the emergency room for non-medical emergency care, and the use of juvenile detention when inappropriate. Activities and services can include, but are not limited to: academics, development of life skills, social skills, and coping skills, art and group activities, individual counseling, family counseling, case management, medication training and support, peer services, and family partner services.

110 S 12th St.
Waco, TX 76701
(254) 752-3451
After Hours: (254) 752-3451 or toll free 1-866-752-3451

Endeavors (Waco, TX Office)

Endeavors' Veteran Supportive Services (VSS) rapidly re-houses and prevents homelessness among eligible Veterans and their families.Financial assistance for qualifying Veterans is available on a case-by-case basis for the purpose of Veteran homeless prevention. 

Services Provided: Case Management, Short-term Emergency Housing, Rental/Utility Payment, Assistance Obtaining VA Benefits and Services, Mental Health Resources,Access to Substance Abuse Programs, Job Placement Assistance, Skills and Parenting Workshops, Assistance with Other Public Benefits


  • Must be living on a low-income.
  • Must have discharge status and conduct or active duty service status.
  • Must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

4600 Bosque Boulevard, Suite B
Waco, TX 76710
Phone: 254-218-4455

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Our programs include:

  • Rent-free transitional housing for wounded service members
  • Transitional Homes for Veterans


If you are a student of MCC and require emergency assistance during breaks or on weekends, please contact the MCC campus police at 254-299-8911 (emergency) or 254-299-8860 (non-emergency). 


Also consider checking out this resource guide from The Hope Center - an organization committed to helping students succeed!


Last updated 12/7/23