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Update: Due to a scheduling conflict, the open house must be postponed.

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Folks doing great work at the Network of Community Ministries say many who live in the 14 zip codes that make up Richardson ISD have heard of Network — have a vague sense that it’s a nonprofit serving neighborhood families — but they’re just not sure what the organization does or the impact it’s making. That’s why they’re opening their doors wide April 24 and inviting community members to swing by and take a peek.

Network was founded in 1985, when unemployment was high and neighborhood families needed extra support. Local churches and community organizations came together to form an alliance, still going strong almost 40 years later.

Programs at Network run the gamut, from providing free mental health services, to running a free mobile food market, to providing food and clothing, to offering handyman services to seniors, to providing a wide range of educational seminars — the list goes on. More than 32,000 individuals received almost 250,000 units of service last year alone, and almost 2.5 million pounds of food was distributed to neighbors in need. More than 9,000 people received clothing, and more than $200,000 was distributed in housing assistance.

The “Spring into Network” open house is not a fundraiser, organizers say, it’s a chance to learn more about the work being done — but don’t be surprised if they offer you a t-shirt and a way to jump in and volunteer. The open house runs from 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the KayCee Club, 10110 Shoreview.  You may RSVP with Tina Floyd at