Contact: Kirk Craig, Executive Director
4523 B Perry St., Houston , TX 77021
Agape brings Hope and Transformation to the Third Ward through economic, emotional, and spiritual empowerment. Founded in 2005, Agape has grown from a young adult fellowship and career program to a holistic neighborhood ministry. Our programs include after-school & summer camp for K-5th, weekly bible study and summer leadership for middle school, Gateway Residential Dorm & retreats for young adults, and a variety of community outreach days. Additionally, Agape has begun working on community development projects to affect change in the community as a whole. Our Community Garden and neighborhood safety effort are examples of this work. All program staff live in the community as neighbors with those we serve.
Contact: Syliva Bolling, Founder and Executive Director
4700 Aldine Mail Rte., Houston, TX 77039; near Bush Airport
Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. was founded in 1990 as a non-profit, grassroots organization to offer support to area youth. Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.’s mission is “to empower positive change in the lives of our youth and their families through partnerships with businesses, agencies, schools, churches and talented volunteers.” For 22 years, Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. has strived to address the gaps in needed programs and services by operating under a “one-stop shop” model. Aldine YOUTH has now joined forces with Buckner International and is operating as the Aldine Community Transformation Center (CTC). Through this collaborative model, Aldine CTC makes available 25 services to the community. These include GED/ESL classes, after school and summer programs, a community resource center, exercise classes, computer lab/classes, food and clothes pantry, Seniors Club, teen job training, a Community Park and much more!
Contact Person: Lydia Eckhoff, Executive Director
14060 Dublin Street, Houston, TX 77085
Casa El Buen Samaritano is a nonprofit organization that operates a free clinic in southwest Houston for those in need. Its mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ while providing whole-person—body, soul, spirit—healthcare to the low-income and uninsured population in our communities. All services are free of charge, including laboratory testing and medications from the clinic’s pharmacy. In addition to general medical care, Casa El Buen Samaritano conducts a number of special programs such as nutrition classes, mammogram screenings, and holiday events for children and families. Spiritual ministry is an integrated part of the work of Casa El Buen Samaritano. Patients hear a one-on-one gospel presentation after their medical visit, and the ministry team works to promote discipleship through home Bible studies and other follow up initiatives
Contact: Andy Benton, Executive Director
9560 Longpoint Rd., Houston, TX 77055
Cornerstone Family Ministries is a multi-cultural, faith-based, non-profit organization located in the heart of the Spring Branch community. Cornerstone Family Ministries believes in the importance of community and the fact that when parents do well, children do well. Cornerstone is committed to changing the environment in these neighborhoods so families can connect to economic opportunity, social networks, and trustworthy services and supports. Cornerstone Family Ministries had its origins 21 years ago as an outreach program of Spring Branch Community Church to the children of the Cornerstone Chase apartment complex next door. Today, CFM is an independent 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization serving the families of North Spring Branch with youth and adult Bible studies, sports, educational tutoring, mentoring, summer camp scholarships, and other opportunities. CFM’s mission is to help families reconnect with the Church, the community, and one another, lifting spiritual darkness, breaking cycles of poverty, and healing relationships. We specifically target families living in 13 local low-income apartment complexes within a 5-mile radius of New Community Baptist Church, 9560 Long Point, where we operate. It is our purpose to be the hands and feet of Christ to the people we serve.
Contact: Mike Malkemes, Executive Director
3306 Dennis St., Houston, TX 77004, Third Ward
Generation One is a community transformation ministry that uses education, volunteers, and employment to create hope and transformation in the Third Ward. Ministries include a Generation One Academy, a private Christian school for pre-school to 5th grade, screen printing and sewing and embroidery businesses that employ young people and lot clean up and home repair projects performed by over 8,000 volunteers a year.
Contact: Debbie Rippstein, Executive Director
7511 Wanda Lane, Houston, 77074; Near U.S. 59 and Fondren
1617 Elmview, Houston, 77080; Spring Branch
Gracewood is not a shelter. It is a residential program for highly motivated single mothers and their children. At Gracewood, moms find stability and the opportunity to regain financial independence. Since 2001, Gracewood has been providing a safe haven to these families in times of crisis. In addition to providing the basic needs of shelter, food and clothing. Gracewood provides a faith-based community with employment resources, money management programs, family and individual counseling, referral to beneficial community resources and post-residential assistance. A program coordinator and residential family life coordinators tailor a plan of service to fit each family’s individual needs and goals. Focus is placed on discovering and correcting the challenges that led clients to their current situation so that these challenges are not repeated in the future. The services provided at Gracewood help the motivated single mother preserve her family while locating the resources needed to survive independently.
Contact: Ginger Smith, Executive Director
Fletcher Mission Center, 1913 Fletcher St., Houston, TX 77009
Gano Mission Center (Admin Offices), 1815 Gano St., Houston, TX 77009
Joy Fellowship Center, 7629 Ave. F., Houston, TX 77012 (Ship Channel area)
Mission Centers of Houston has three locations that serve impoverished areas of Houston’s inner city. Gano Mission Center and Fletcher Mission Center are located in the Near Northside community and Joy Fellowship Center is located in the Magnolia Park community. The Mission Centers serve people in these neighborhoods through various crisis, outreach, discipleship and educational programs. Ministries include: After-school tutoring, kids’ club programs for ages 4-10, preteen clubs for youth 11- 12 years old, teen clubs for youth 13-17 years old, senior adult ministry, English as a Second Language classes, food ministry, clothing ministry, partnership with Kerusso Grace Church (meets at Fletcher Mission Center), special holiday events and block parties, and missionary training. In 2011, over 33,450 volunteer hours were recorded, over 34,625 people received food and clothing was given to over 17,566 people. 134 people professed faith in Jesus Christ for the first time.
Contact: Richard Hill, Executive Director
713 466-4785, ext 112; email@example.com
10247 Algiers, Houston, TX 77041, North Spring Branch between Beltway 8 and Hwy. 290
The Mission of Yahweh is a Christ-centered non-profit organization that has empowered homeless women and women with children for over 50 years. We are a truly unique refuge that not only gives food, clothing and shelter, but also is committed to rehabilitating women to become self-sufficient productive members of society. Through a series of programs the Mission addresses the physical, educational, psychological and spiritual needs of each resident. Comprehensive services such as on-site case management, job skills enhancement, G.E.D. courses, computer training, resume writing and job search assistance are provided. Additionally, the Mission offers Chapel services, a licensed child-care shelter facility, parenting classes, money management, addiction counseling, HIV education, children’s life skills classes and after school tutorials. After completing their stay in our emergency housing, residents will progress into either our transitional housing or permanent housing offered by someone else. It is important to note that we also place an emphasis on preventing homelessness through our community outreach program that offers food, clothing and school supplies to families living within our area.
Contact: Barbara Irving, Executive Director
Physical location: 6001 Gulfton Drive, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77081
Mailing Address: 3350 Highway 6 South, Suite 146, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Light of Faith Ministries: Project LIFT founded in 2005 is a multi-cultural, faith based organization making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in low-income apartment communities in Southwest Houston and Fort Bend Counties. Project LIFT is the cornerstone of the ministry providing programs and services that not only meet basic human needs but providing a Christ-centered approach for families to get control of their lives and to reach a level of sustained self-sufficiency with dignity. Case managers listen to clients and work with them to help them attain their hopes and dreams, but not do it for them. Services include: food, clothing, emergency rent and utility assistance, ESL classes, computer lab, money management, jobs skills training and assistance, after school homework help, summer youth employment, Bible studies and disaster recovery assistance. Through partnerships with affordable housing developers, management, owners, and agencies, individuals and families at risk of homelessness are stabilized and homelessness prevented.
Contact: Cynthia Wenz, Executive Director
6009 Richmond Ave., Suite 130, Houston, TX 77057
Founded in 1982, The Source for Women is a Pregnancy Medical Clinic (PMC) that offers comprehensive, life-affirming, medical care to every woman who is considering her options while in an unintended pregnancy. We exist to serve every abortion-vulnerable woman, providing medical care and services unique to her life circumstance; helping her to slow down and consider that abortion may not be her only option.
It is our conviction that by providing the services available at The Source and infusing the message of LIFE into our community, the overall health of our community will be positively impacted. Services include pre-abortion counseling and post-abortion recovery, pregnancy testing, nursing consultations, STI/STD testing and treatment, ultrasound exams, well-woman exams, parenting classes, maternal and infant support services, support service referrals and material assistance.
The Source for Women gladly serves anyone in the Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery Counties. Services are available without charge or obligation.
Contact: Manny Serna, Sellers Home Director, 713-691-2209, firstname.lastname@example.org
15402 Sellers Rd. #20, Houston, 77060 (near Aldine Community/Intercontinental Airport)
Jesus Miramontes, Third Ward Home Director
2604 Webster (Third Ward)
Victory Home is a residential home reaching the substance abuser, ex-offender and gang member with the purpose of successfully changing men into responsible, productive and contributing members of society. The guiding principal of Victory Home is that it is only through an encounter with God through Jesus Christ that a person can experience true change. This principal permeates every aspect of their intense program of character development, mentoring and life skills training, resulting in men who leave the home free from life-controlling habits and are able to implement good work habits, positive family relationships and service to others.
Contact: Sandy Schultz, President/CEO
10120 Northwest Freeway, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77092
The WorkFaith Connection is a Christ-centered non-profit organization helping people begin new and productive lives through successful employment. The program aims to empower people to provide for themselves and theirfamilies emotionally, spiritually, and financially. The WorkFaith Connection provides training and assistance to adults who currently find themselves in
financially disadvantaged situations; individuals who may be transitioning out of homelessness, prison, addiction, or unstable life patterns. While offering hope and opportunities to its Members, The WorFaith Connection also provides employers with a workforce that is positioned to bring commitment, gratitude, and a strong work ethic to the workplace. The WorkFaith
Connection has partnered with many other faith-based organizations across the city to provide ongoing support for the graduates of their programs. The WFC began offering its program in 2007 at one location, and in 2011,
opened a second location in Houston.