For the last 18 years, Timon’s Ministries has been a helping hand to veterans, disabled people and low-income families. The non-profit provides a variety of resources including clothing, groceries and medical care.
“About 85 percent of the people that come here are folks that do have a home, but they’re scratching by,” says executive director Kae Berry.
Executive director Kae Berry says diabetes is a major focus for the organization.
About three years ago, they started testing frequent visitors, the results were heartbreaking.
“We found a significant number of those had diabetes and either they didn’t know it or they knew it but they couldn’t afford the testing strips or the medicines that it takes to get it under control,” says Berry.
With the help of grants, the ministry is able to provide testing strips and insulin to many people.
But a recent setback has their efforts on hold.
“On Friday, we discovered that we’d lost power to our medical refrigerator,” says Berry.
Berry says they lost all their insulin as well as flu vaccines, a loss of nearly $3,000.
“We’re in a time of year when we’re very short on funds,” says Berry. “We are not able to purchase anything right now.”
Timon’s Ministries is not seeking monetary donations at this time. Instead, they say if a pharmacy or anyone with extra insulin can donate, they can drop it off at their facility located at 10501 S Padre Island Drive.