The Neighbor-2-Neighbor (N2N) program meets 2 times per month and serves an 9-zip code area surrounding St. James’ Episcopal Church, where it is based. Those zip codes—78702, 78721, 78722, 78723, 78724, 78725, 78741, 78744, 78752—encompass East Austin, Southeast Austin and Northeast Austin and represent the city’s poorest residents. The majority of those served are 60 years of age or older.
N2N is a source of reliable, helpful information and a trusted advocate for the needs of our high-risk neighbors. N2N brings needed resources to our neighbors that will improve their health and quality of life. These goals are accomplished through partnerships, dedicated staff/volunteers, and the provision of a variety of basic needs and services, including:
- N2N maintains a food pantry that provides a bag of groceries and, when available, meat products to 60 neighbors at each meeting.
- Diapers, adult and child-sized, help families stretch limited budgets, while maintaining dignity and active lifestyles.
- Household items such as toilet paper, shampoo, and other necessities.
- 15 HEB cards with a value of $15 are distributed, via a lottery system, at each meeting.
- 12 Capital Metro 7-day bus passes are distributed, via a lottery system, once per month.
- Community gardens at St. James’ Episcopal Church and from partner organizations provide seasonal fresh produce.
- Monthly screenings are available for blood pressure and diabetes management, plus educational sessions for better health and wellness.
- Utility bill assistance through our partnership with Austin Energy’s Plus 1 program
Neighbor 2 Neighbor has become a community in its own right. The people of St. James’ Episcopal Church and from nearby neighborhoods have formed a bond of friendship and trust. Mutual respect and love are the by-products of this community.