North Ellis County Outreach is a Christ-centered community supported ministry that is changing lives, instilling hope and providing encouragement as a means of promoting self-sufficiency. In essence, NECO gives families what they need today while teaching them to provide for tomorrow.
Some of the services NECO provides are food, clothing, some bill assistance, prescription and non-prescription medications, back to school program, holiday food boxes, toys & clothing Christmas gifts, and light home repairs for the elderly and disabled. The classes they offer for families are on budgeting, parenting, nutrition, personality, marriage, freedom through forgiveness, communication, learning how to set boundaries, and the newest class for women The Upcycled Life.
NECO was formed in 2000 as a product of two agencies that merged together: Helping Hands founded in 1979 and the Red Oak Outreach founded in early 1990?s. Since NECO?s inception, Denise Butler has been the Executive Director working with an eleven member board of directors. The administration is paid only by funds raised at Pennies From Heaven Thrift Store. NECO does not receive any funding from the government and all private donations, grants and fund raising goes directly to families in need. NECO has been asked by other agencies to help them to become self-reliant not dependant on government funds.
There are many ways to get involved: donate your clothing, furniture, housewares, etc. to the Pennies From Heaven Thrift Store at 404 S. State Hwy 342, Red Oak; mail your cash donations to