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Save the date for a county wide 'Meet the Candidates' event which will be held on January 24, 2020 at the John D. Windham Civic Center for local candidates. Doors will open at 5:00pm to the public and starting at 6:00pm candidates from throughout Shelby County will have a turn at the microphone for their opportunity to introduce themselves to you! Mark your calendar for this social event of the year!

Attention Candidates: An invitation letter is in the mail and if you have not received it and would like to register for the event, call 936-591-9334.

This is a free event to the candidates and to the public.

List of Candidates Who Filed for Place on 2020 Primary Ballots (Updated)

January 16, 2020 - During the month of December 2019, Shelby County Outreach Ministries' (SCOM) Helping Hands provided 292 emergency food boxes which helped to feed 593 people and met the needs of 324. The Senior Site provided 391 congregate meals, Meals on Wheels provided 723 meals, and 491 frozen meals for a total of 1,605 meals were provided in December alone.

For the year of 2019, a total of 19,517 meals were provided, 3,399 emergency food boxes given away, 3,994 needs met, and 7,087 people fed.

Ways to Help: 

  • Food of the Month: Peanut Butter, Canned Meats, Ramen Noodle Soup, and Mac & Cheese. Please bring food items to the Helping Hands Outreach Center at 930 Shelbyville Street.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed in each of our programs. For more infor-mation on any of the above, call us at 598-4990.
  • Volunteers for our Fundraiser Committee: We are always seeking individuals to help us pia' organize and help with fundraisers throughout the year. If you are interested, please call Sherri Harding at 598-4990.
  • Canned Food Drives: We are always in the need of canned goods. If you or your business would like to have a food drive, please contact us for more information. 

Ways to Support:

  • Website:
  • Amazon Smile: (Just select Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. as your choice of charity and shop like always.) 
  • U.S. Mail: Send donations to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 1029, Center, TX 75935. Ask us for other ways you can help support our ministry!

Fundraisers and Events

  • Upcoming Fundraiser: Raffle for 10x16 Steel Building. Tickets are $10 each or 11 for $100. Drawing on April 3, 2020. We are currently planning another fundraiser for the near future. We will keep you updated.

January 14, 2020 - Delta Kappa Gamma Society International supports educational endeavors of ladies in education. President Wendy Watson of the local chapter, Delta Gamma, recently presented a check to Stacy Barr to continue her studies in counseling. 

Stacy currently teaches at Tenaha Elementary. Delta Gamma presents a check each year to a deserving young lady in the field of education. 

We are proud to assist Stacy with her interest in counseling.

January 9, 2020 - Walter Bounds who has Bounds AV did a video of the downtown square giving everyone a birds-eye view of the progress of the construction as of January 8, 2020.

The video is labeled "Every Beautiful City Deserves a Beautiful Heart."

January 9, 2020 - Brisa Guevara of Center was recognized among the students named to the Dean's List in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.

Guevara was the Class of 2019 salutatorian and is the daughter of Cristina Olalde and Jose Guevara. She is pursuing a major in foreign language (Japanese/Spanish) to pursue a career as an interpreter/translator.

To view an online listing, visit For questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact 

Dear Blue Santa Elfs,

January 7, 2020 - The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program.

With your donation and others like yours, we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 285 children (120 families). That is 285 smiles put on little children’s faces. Again thank you, we could not do it without you! You truly helped Blue Santa make a Child's Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You, from the Operation Blue Santa Team!

January 2, 2020 - McNeese State University awarded 628 diplomas to 618 students at the university’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, December 14, as commencement exercises returned to an on-campus venue for the first time in 33 years in the new Health and Human Performance Education Complex.

Of the Fall 2019 Texas graduates, James Thomas Hovey of Joaquin, Texas earned a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration.

December 31, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to remind you that it’s not too late to send in your end of the year contributions! To ensure you make it on time, please drop off your contributions to our office, which is located at 930 Shelbyville Street. We are on the corner of Shelbyville St. and MLK, directly beside the railroad tracks.

With your help, we can continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County. Thank you for your support. We hope you have a Happy New Year.

December 31, 2019 - Praise 2019 was a huge success! On December 14, 2019, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. had their end of the year fundraiser, which had live singing, food and refreshments, live and silent auctions, and door prizes. All proceeds made that night went to the Senior Nutrition Site programs that provide meals to seniors 60 and older and deliver meals to homebound seniors in the community.

Praise 2019 would not have been possible without those who made contributions. They include Margaret Smith, Dependable Arms, EscapeNac, Gary Roberts, David Masterson, Brookshire Brothers, CA Jewel/COR Boutique, Sanford and Sons Boulder Designs, Pine Creek Lodge, McAdams Propane, Golden Eye Clinic, Shelbyville ISD Ag. Department, Pine Colony Inn, Holly Park Marina, Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149, Ivan Smith Furniture, Wal-Mart, Roger and Donna Harding, Shelbyville ISD Floral Design, Shelby Savings Bank, Sister Iva, ACE Hardware, Terri Lacher, Shelbyville Grocery, NAPA Auto Parts, Tractor Supply, O’Reily’s Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Center Motor Company/ATV, Covington Lumber Company, Boles Feed, Big Tin Barn/Pineland, Cellular One of East Texas, Duran’s Italian Restaurant, Rio Movie Theater, Rancho Grande, Center Floral, 3 P’s Detail Shop, Vintage Junkie, Ihlo Sales, Center Tire Company, Blake Furniture, Center Noon Lions Club, Short United Methodist Church, Texas Bank and Trust, KML Contractors, Antioch Baptist Church, and Shelby County Today.

We want to also extend our deepest appreciation to everyone that came out to support our fundraiser. We had a great turn out and it was because of each of you that showed up to support the organization. Your support to this fundraiser and our organization helps us continue to serve the people of Shelby County.

December 30, 2019 - Noble Children’s Services would like to thank our sponsors, schools and community members who participated in the angel tree, the raffle at the poultry festival and those who donated their time. Through your generous donations and participation we were able to help provide each child with Christmas gifts, a magical visit from Santa and a wonderful Christmas party surrounded by people who love and support them. We couldn’t do this without the love and support from our community.

From the director and staff of Noble Children’s Services we thank each of you and wish all of you a Happy and Joyous New Year.