“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:12
Open Door Mission Mentoring Program
Open Door Mission provides shelter, food, clothing and encouragement for homeless, addicted and disabled men. The Mission is in need of mentors for the residents in the DoorWay Recovery and Educational and Job Training Programs. An invaluable part of defeating chronic homelessness is for our men to find strong Christian mentors to help them find their way. Volunteer Orientation is the second Thursday of the month at 5306 Harrisburg, 12 p.m. Join them to learn more about the program, take a tour and enjoy lunch.
reVision works to transform the lives of at-risk and gang-affected youth by connecting them to positive adult role models, building a new community around strong, affirming peer groups, and preparing the youth for promising futures through education and jobs. reVision pairs adult mentors with youth, many of whom are incarcerated at the time mentors meet them. These volunteer mentors offer friendship and encouragement to youth during a difficult period of their lives, and commit to helping them move towards a more positive future.
Yellowstone Academy Mentoring Program Monday – Friday during the school year 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. By providing an academically rigorous Christian education, Yellowstone Academy is answering the challenge of the education crisis that faces many economically disadvantaged students in Houston’s Third Ward. Volunteer opportunities are available for at least one hour per month to help as a lunch buddy or academic tutor, assist in the early childhood chapel or library, or provide support through Scouts.
St. Martin’s Houston Food Bank/San Mateo Episcopal Church Food Fair
Saturdays, September 14, October 19 and November 16
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
San Mateo Episcopal Church, 6635 Alder Drive St. Martin’s coordinates quarterly food distribution to hundreds of families in the underserved San Mateo community located in southwest Houston. St. Martin’s volunteers also lead Vision Fairs at San Mateo.
Kids’ Meals First Tuesday of the month 4 – 5 p.m. Activity Center, Community Room
Kids’ Meals provides and distributes nutritious lunches to hungry preschool children throughout Houston. Men of St. Martin’s also hosts a Kids’ Meal program the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday, November 26, Turkey Trot
Tuesday, March 31, Bunny Hop
Tuesday, June 23, Patriotic Party
3735 Drexel Drive Amazing Place provide a safe, spiritual and nurturing program for older adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s or similar dementia, while offering respite, education and support to their caregivers and families.
The Beacon Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
7:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
The Beacon is a non-profit organization that serves the homeless community. Founded by Christ Church Cathedral, the Beacon provides essential and next-step services to restore hope and help end homelessness in Houston. Volunteers are needed to serve meals and assist in the laundry room.
Church in the Field Second Tuesday of the month 6:30 p.m., Leave from St. Martin’s parking lot 7:30 p.m., Worship service 2800 St. Charles Street
Church in the Field ministers to the homeless in downtown Houston by serving a meal, serving as prayer partners and providing praise music for the worship service once a month. Check our Events page for upcoming ministry days.
Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – noon or 11 a.m – 1 p.m. 3401 Fannin
LOTS (Lord of the Streets) is a church community that welcomes, restores and rebuilds lives through relationship-focused ministries with the homeless and formerly homeless. Volunteer opportunities include Bible study and prayer team, clothing center, mail clerks and assessment.
Mission of Yahweh
The Mission of Yahweh is a faith-based shelter that has been empowering, enriching and restoring the lives of homeless women and children and provides outreach services to low-income communities since 1961. The Mission offers shelter and many life-changing programs focused on ending the cycle of homelessness and dependency. They also have a Resale Shop that accepts donations and provides affordable merchandise to our surrounding low-income community.
SEARCH Tuesday, September 17 4 – 6 p.m., Family Night at SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures 2323 Francis Street
SEARCH Homeless Services works to engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house individuals and families who are homeless. SEARCH pursues a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives.
Prison Entrepreneurship Program Dates to be announced
The WorkFaith Connection Alternating Thursdays, 1:15 – 4 p.m., Mock interviews Alternating Fridays, 2:45 – 4 p.m., Graduation encouragement
This Christ-centered organization exists to encourage disadvantaged job seekers in their hope for a better future and equip them with the skills and beliefs to gain employment and lead healthy, productive and spiritually rich lives. Volunteers help conduct mock interview sessions with job seekers and offer encouragement for those who have completed the eight-day job readiness boot camp.
DePelchin Children’s Center’s Angel Tree Christmas Gift Program
Saturdays, November 10 and 17, Pick up wish list bags
The Church Narthex
Sundays, November 17 and 24, and December 1, Drop off filled gift bags
Thursday, January 23
1:30 p.m., Mission tour
4950 Memorial Drive This center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. St. Martin’s Angel Tree project provides Christmas gifts for these children.
Small Steps Nurturing Center 1709 DePelchin Street
Small Steps Nurturing Center provides a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to economically at-risk children ages two through six living in Houston’s First, Second and Fifth Wards.
Agape Development Saturday, March 28 9 a.m., Community work day 6401 Calhoun Road
The mission of Agape Development is to transform the Third Ward neighborhood by preparing Christ-following, independent, community-minded leaders. Volunteers will serve with staff and neighbors on facility cleaning, home repairs, garden clean up, trash pick-up or painting.
Bo’s Place Mondays, November 4, February 3, April 6 and June 22 5:30 – 7 p.m. 10050 Buffalo Speedway
Bo’s Place is a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center offering multiple grief support services for children, families, and adults in their grief journey, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief.
Christian Community Service Center Fourth Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – noon, Work days July and August, Back to School pew offering Sundays, September 8 and 15, Food drive December 2 – 6, Jingle Bell Express toy drive
Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) assists the poor, hungry, disabled and otherwise needy, and provides a back-to-school and Christmas program for low-income children. They also offer emergency assistance for needy families, job training, and school vision screening. Church volunteers organize and distribute food and clothing at emergency services, and hold a food drive in September.
Houston Aphasia Recovery Center
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (flexible hours)
Wednesday, January 15 8:30 – 10 a.m., Volunteer orientation
5005 Woodway Houston Aphasia Recovery Center offers volunteers the opportunity to assist participants with programs including games, reading, art and music.
The Women’s Home
Wednesday, October 2, Graduation celebration
1905 Jacquelyn Drive For nearly 60 years, The Women’s Home has been helping women build whole lives. We offer women – many who are homeless and lack job skills or education due to substance abuse and mental illness – a home and a model of care called Whole Life®.
Bel Inzio Dates to be announced 3310 Eastside
Volunteers are invited to take fruit to the Dress for Success team training for the ABB 5K. Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race – the race for a better life.
Nora’s Home Dates to be announced
Volunteers will serve dinner at Nora’s Home, which offers affordable lodging for pre-transplant and post transplant patients and their families who travel to any of the Texas Medical Center transplant centers. The first of its kind in Houston, it provides care, education and support for transplant patients and their families in a loving, home-like environment.