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CRRC of Canyon Lake Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports

Mission: To serve the residents of Canyon Lake by providing vital social service resources as well as life-enriching recreational and educational opportunities.

Results: With assistance from Canyon Lake Rotary Club and many other local community organizations, we have renovated and expanded the food pantry storage area. This allows easier access and distribution to increased numbers of clients.

Target demographics: Residents in the Canyon Lake Community

Geographic areas served: 78133 and portions of 78132

Programs: Provide assistance through care and social programs for senior citizens in comal county, texas.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only lived in Canyon Lake only a few years. I had volunteered in a food pantry previously in another town. One of the first person invited me to tour tha CRRC food pantry. I was unaware of the great need of its services in the area. After I became a volunteer I began to how much people were being helped. The clients were extremely thankful for their help, some leaving with tears in eyes. I am so thankful for such a caring place. Noone knows when they may help. I feel that people always have a friendly and safe place to get help at the C R R C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the CRRC food pantry for almost two years and I can feel the love and compassion that the staff exhibits to the clients who come in for food or financial help. Those in need are never turned down.

Max0713

Board Member

Rating: 5

Each of us at times will sit in our comfortable chair in front of the TV and say, "oh I need to volunteer somewhere"!! Sounds wonderful but 90% of the time is does not happen. I was one of those individuals. I finally pushed my self out the door to go and meet with CRRC! I did that because they lost a valued volunteer and I heard such good things about her and what she was doing at CRRC that I wanted to try and fill that void. My first assignment was bagging groceries. Sounds easy ?? Well let me tell you that when I would go home, I was exhausted because the pantry is soooooo busy. I was never aware of the work the pantry did nor the number of clients served! It was very humbling and gratifying that they allowed me the opportunity to work with the staff, the volunteers and the clients. Now I am an active Board Member!! I would like to get on my soap box and state that a high percentage of Canyon Lake residents have no idea of the "gem" they have in their community. I continue to work with CRRC and promote its efforts anywhere and anytime that I can do so!! VOLUNTEER AT CRRC!! SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ENERGY AND HEART WITH THOSE IN NEED!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a Great way to help those in need. I went in not expecting much of anything. Boy was I wrong; I've met other volunteers from all different walks of life wanting to share the same thing. TO HELP OTHERS!! The reward is unmeasurable!! I've met a great new group of people to work along side of me. It's a wonderful place to lay your judgements down and reach out to those that need help. When the customers leave and say Thankyou, that is all I need. They have touched my heart!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A an attorney with clients in Canyon Lake, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how the volunteers of this organization take care of the lake community. My husband and I have installed an air conditioner for a woman who was home from the hospital in 100 degree weather who had no way to stay cool. I have witnessed those in need come into the CRRC "grocery store" to obtain food when they had none at home. And I have watched Maureen "scramble" when she had a shortages of Meals on Wheels drivers or people to work in the Thrift Store. Canyon Lake could not survive without CRRC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As President of the CRRC Board of Directors for three years (yes, three) I've had an opportunity to get to really know the Executive Director and his wonderful staff. The local community could not ask for a more dedicated staff and volunteers, ensuring that all clients are treated with utmost respect and dignity. The CRRC's mission areas are diverse. Probably best known is our food pantry; however, CRRC also provides other community needs: crisis programs, loan of durable medical equipment, a thrift store, recreation center offering exercise and youth programs, a senior center, and senior garden that provides fresh produce to the food pantry. I'm proud to be associated with this wonderful, caring organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the CRRC food panty for the last two years. I went into this endeavor thinking I would just go and do a little to help out. I did not think much would come of it, just helping out a little. I soon found out I was just kidding myself. I actually liked what I was doing. Then, I started liking the people I was "working" with, WOW. I did not think this was going to affect me any at all. Well, guess what?. I really liked helping others. I found there were so many people in our area that needed help, and the CRRC food pantry helped with their needs. I was the last one to think that you really did receive when you first gave. So if you want to feel good, then give a little and you will receive much more. That is all I can say.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering in the Meals on Wheels program at CRRC of Canyon Lake, Texas for over a year now. I can positively say it has been such a blessing in my life to deliver meals weekly to the elderly in our community. It has given me an awareness of the vast needs of the elderly in my community. The words of thanks and "God bless you" I hear at almost every delivery are so touching. To get to visit with these sweet people and share a little in their lives brings me so many joys and blessings. CRRC is fulfilling so many needs in our community. Not only the Meals on Wheels program, but a food pantry and clothing for the needy. When people who are so down come through the doors, they are met with love and a caring person to listen to their needs and provide for their needs. We are so blessed to have CRRC in our community, and I love being a volunteer with this great non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to vegetable garden, and decided to increase the size of my garden to allow me to share the excess with my community. I regularly donate my home grown vegetables to CRRC throughout the year. Each time I walk into CRRC to make a donation, I am met with the most wonderful staff and volunteers. I am pleased that CRRC gives me the opportunity to share a small part of what I love to do with my local community. Thank-you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The pleasure of feeling the thanks and appreciation of the clients we serve is really the high point of any job or duty that I have experienced in my 60 plus years of dealing with the public.Getting to know the clients in their homes lets you see a part of the community that few see. I am always reminded and made aware of how much CRRC means to the members of this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at CRRC for eight years and have been an active volunteer in four different communities over the past twenty years. CRRC is the most compassionate and effective non-profit organization I have experienced. They not only serve the community but provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for over 100 volunteers. The organization provides food and finances to the less fortunate, meals on wheels to those unable to provide, durable medical equipment to those in need, recreation to all who come forth, programs for the elderly, and various other programs to meet the changing needs of our community. I am proud to be a small part of the outstanding organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to CRRC individually, and my church (ST Thomas of Canyon Lake) donates and volunteers to many programs. I am most familiar with the Recreation Center, Thrift Shop, and Food Pantry. This organization helps countless individuals with food, financial resources, exercise programs, and well priced retail products. CRRC also supports other charities. For example, for many years, the CRRC rec center volunteers have helped raise funds for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, another nonprofit. The rec center also has many organized sports programs for our youth. I personally know many board members and volunteers. All are compassionate and community-minded individuals who work hard to help people in need. Our community is fortunate to have such a vibrant and active nonprofit. I will be happy to answer any questions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at CRRC, but I find that I am in fact getting paid by the wonder of seeing exactly what it does, what it means to the truly needy in the Canyon Lake area. Numerous recipients have told me that ere it not for the food and/or assistance CRRC has given them their families would have been hungry all month, or their utilities would have been shut off. Others have expressed their appreciation for wheelchairs and medical equipment provided them at no cost. What has moved me the most has been the happy expressions on the face of toddlers and children at seeing the bags of groceries which they are taking home, because in some cases they have had to do with little or nothing to eat that day. I have also delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and/or infirm residents, and their blessings upon receiving the meals mean very much to me. CRRC is a caring, compassionate and efficient provider of desperately-needed food and services - and I am proud to be a small part of it.

Donna184

Donor

Rating: 5

CRRC has been meeting the needs of the Canyon Lake community for over a decade by providing crisis intervention & assistance but also seeing that activities for all ages are available. CRRC is a fabulous gathering place & gets better every year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a non-profit that serves the underprivileged members of the community, CRRC stands out for its kind, compassionate staff and volunteers who treat clients with the utmost in caring and respect. People who come to the Resource Center for food or financial assistance are always met and greeted by a smiling, welcoming and caring volunteer or a staff member who genuinely wants to listen, understand and provide the most complete and prompt service while guarding the "client's" privacy and dignity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Food Pantry, I see forst hand the operation and the performance of the staff and volunteers. What imoresses me the most is the absolute courtesy, kindness and respect the "clients" are treated with from everybody. You would think these are "paying customers" the way everybody treats them. I wish to single out Ms. Maureen Schein the Resource Program Director. She greets everybody with a warm, sincere and welcoming smile. She is very patient. helpful and courteous to those who have difficulty communicating their needs to her. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of people and this organization whose mission is best described as "Doing God's Work"

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CRRC is an organization that is of vital importance to our local community, providing food & financial assistance, senior programs, meals on wheels, recreational opportunities, thrift store and just so much more. It is impressive to see how much the dedicated staff can do with so little. Community support is evidenced by the number of volunteers that are involved, as well as the donations that are received. Clients are served with dignity and are tutored in the ways to succeed and overcome their current situation. I am very proud to be associated with this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working in the Food Pantry, I see first hand the extent to which this organization impacts our local community. While it is there to provide immediate help to those who need it most, it does not act as an enabler to people who might "use" the system. Both employees and volunteers treat the clients with respect and compassion, always looking for ways to better help people in the way they need it most. It is an amazing organization run by some amazing people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CRRC provides a range of services to Canyon Lake residents to include a food pantry, financial assistance to those who qualify, loan of durable medical equipment, recreational and fitness programs for all ages, Spurs basket ball youth teams, Meals on Wheels, a self-supporting thrift store, minimal number of paid staff , and many, many volunteer opportunities for local residents!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

With the current economy, Canyon Lake residents are provided with financial help, food, and financial counseling to help them get on their feet in difficult times. The Thrift Store helps families buy clothing, etc that they would otherwise not be able to afford. This could mean the difference for children to attend school or not. A lot of our senior citizens find themselves raising grandchildren and need this financial assistance and help with groceries b

Board Member

Rating: 5

CRRC provides assistance to the Canyon Lake area citizens by meeting their every basic needs- food, clothing and crisis financial assistance. Then it does not stop there. CRRC goes on to provide affordable recreation and events that the whole family can enjoy. I have never seen a non-profit do so much based on the loving donations of others. No political agenda to work through and although Christ is at the center of everything CRRC does, He is presence is never directly spoken of unless asked, but His presence is shown everyday through kind actions, sweet words and loving smiles. This is where I choose to do my 'kingdom work'. Lives are changed, families are made whole and children learn lessons of life through noncompetitive sports programs. My arms are not near big enough to hug CRRC and its continued accomplishments.

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Nancy Deckard

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Advisory Board for the CRRC of Canyon Lake, INC. The CRRC consists of a Food Pantry, a Thrift Store, a Recreation Center, and a Senior Center. This organization serves the entire community in so many ways. The clean, well run thrift store provides affordable clothing for our population (and others). The Recreation Center is the hub of the community! It's located in the Hidden Valley Sports Complex. Many social activities are scheduled there by the various clubs, organizations, and churches around the lake. County -wide civic meetings are booked there frequently. There is ample parking, and the facilities are centrally located. The Seniors have their own 'Gathering Place' which sponsors group events, regularly scheduled activities, and special celebrations. The Bridge Group meets there, and enjoys 'showing off' their cooking skills in addition to their Card skills. The Rec. Ctr. allows mingling with like-minded folks and bonding with age appropriate friends. The Athletic offerings serve folks from 3 to 93 or more: Volley Ball, Basket Ball, and also Pickle Ball which is a growing sport, and is gaining fans and participants. The North Pole Village is an annual event, and draws people from as far away as Houston. It's a magical experience for kids and parents/grandparents alike. I have nothing bad to say about this organization. They feed, nurture, entertain and exercise the population around the lake in grand style. We have just added a Pavilion for all types of groups and family functions, and all are looking forward to it's use. Would there could be a place like this in every community!
Our beloved CRRC is Well run, Well used, and Well loved!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with the CRRC shortly after my husband passed away; it helped me deal with the sadness and the drastic change in my life. Among the varied services offered to our residents, the CRRC also provides a place for meaningful volunteering. Our retirees can continue to feel genuinely needed after their working years draw to a close. Many find themselves with time on their hands, as I did, and the CRRC staff can find a worthy spot for anyone who chooses to volunteer their time (or treasure.)
The four sites of the CRRC welcome Canyon Lake residents and visitors alike. 1) The main office and Crisis Center provide social services, a food pantry and other resources. 2) The Thrift Store is well organized, and offers affordable clothing, electronics, and household goods to all. The bookstore is a favorite stop for many folks.
3) The Recreation Center offers sports and games for young and old alike. and a site for dancing and social gatherings. 4) The Event Center is adjacent to the Rec. Center, and is another site with plenty of parking for meetings, private celebrations, bridge groups, church meetings, etc.
The organization provides for both the physical and emotional needs of our residents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CRRC of Canyon Lake provides a variety of valuable services to the community including crisis food, and limited financial assistance, meals on wheels, medical equipment loans, senior and youth recreational acitivities, social events, espeically North Pole Village, Thrift Store merchandise, and other forms of community support. The staff and complement of many volunteers are dedicated and giving. Improvements and efficiencies are continuous including a recently added pavillion that can be used for various team and outdoor events and an ongoing effort to automate crisis food pantry records and data.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the CRRC Crisis Food Pantry and find it to be a very rewarding experience knowing that I am supporting the community and helping others less fortunate than I. I am also proud to serve with such a dedicated group of staff and other volunteers who provide such a vital service on such a limited budget. It has been a treat to see the facilities and activities offered by the CRRC grow over the years while the demand within the community has also increased.

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