SERVICES & PROGRAMS
We provide three nutritious meals per day Monday through Friday to anyone in the Brownsville community at no cost. We strive to create a safe, comfortable, and judgment-free zone to make everyone feel welcome. We also provide a venue for those with resources to share their blessings to people who are in dire need of it.
The "La Posada" Dinner Program is a fun way for groups of all sizes to volunteer together and provide an important service to the community. The group is responsible for purchasing, and creating a balanced, delicious meal as well as serving the meal and cleaning up afterwards. This program has worked with various organizations for more than 30 years to provide dinner to Brownsville’s street homeless and Brownsville’s low-income residents. We have 22 strong local partnerships for the La Posada Dinner Program that volunteer their time and resources.
In 2019, we served over 90,000 meals.
Soup Kitchen Hours:
Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Dinner: 4:30 PM - 5:30PM
We want to help transition those experiencing homelessness into permanent, self-sustaining living by building a personal connection with each of these individuals. We aim to improve the individual’s housing, health status, and social support network. We are knowledgeable of the resources and services available in this sector and surrounding regions that are applicable to these individuals and inform them of these opportunities. We also have a street outreach vehicle that allows us to help homeless individuals in Brownsville that are unable to visit our facilities by taking our services to them. Example of services provided: resume building, applying for benefits, case management, job search, hygiene kits, and snack bags.
We believe that no one should be denied access to proper hygiene because of their housing situation. In our hygiene program, individuals receive: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and a fresh change of clothes at no cost when they shower at Good Neighbor. Our facility has hot and cold water and our showers have heaters so clients can shower comfortably during the winter months. Good Neighbor Settlement House’s mission is to assist all those in need of our services. As a part of the Brownsville community, Good Neighbor also seeks to keep the health and safety of the city at the forefront. Our Street Outreach program focuses on building self-sufficiency and promoting the dignity of the homeless population we serve.
Our laundry program promotes public health as well as the personal dignity and respect of our clients. It is a 400 sq./ft. laundry room where our clients can wash their clothes. Showers and restrooms for our clients are critical in terms of public health, as well as personal dignity and respect.
MESA LLENA FOOD BANK
Mesa Llena is a Community Food Project of Good Neighbor Settlement House. Mesa Llena is a client choice pantry providing a variety of food options with access to fresh produce and healthy food choices. Good Neighbor Settlement House wishes to provide better options for the community for better nutrition and better health. Mesa Llena also features an on-site demo kitchen for nutrition classes and a community garden.
Mesa Llena Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
In 2018, we developed our Respite Program which welcomes those seeking asylum after being released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We offer respite - “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant”- to these individuals by providing them basic needs like a hot meal, showers, a bed and information packets to help them reach their travel destination/sponsor and what to expect once they arrive.
Dr. Kazim Hussain provides free consultations every Tuesday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
120 clients claim the GNSH as their mailing address. Homeless clients have a place to receive their mail as well as, use a phone, copy and fax machine and receive English to Spanish translation services.