First Refuge Ministries, a nonprofit agency that is affiliated with First Baptist Church of Denton, will expand its services into Sanger with the help of a grant from Texas Health Resources.

A new initiative, Texas Health Community Impact, will address hunger and offer some health care services to children and teens in Sanger ISD with a $300,000 grant. The school district will partner with First Refuge Ministries, the Sanger Educational Foundation, First Baptist Church of Sanger, the Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile pantry and the city of Sanger.

The community impact grant is one of 12 awarded in five regions of North Texas. The Texas Health Community Impact grant totals $5.2 million.

First Refuge operates a food pantry, health services and counseling, and will provide some of its services in Sanger.

The grant will allow the community partners to develop programs in Sanger by setting up a food pantry, offering training to parents, teachers and counselors to help teens deal with trauma, training a community navigator to connect community members with mental health providers and developing a process to identify youth with low resiliency scores and get them appropriate care. The grant will also provide trauma counseling to youth in school and community counseling program.

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