“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. St. Martin’s currently has 16 Open Door Mission mentors.
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 Yellowstone Academy mentors help children understand, through clear teaching and affectionate sharing, that reading enriches their lives. Volunteers also help with the Yellowstone Scouting program. St. Martin’s currently has 31 Yellowstone Academy mentors. Change a child’s life forever!
St. Martin’s Houston Food Bank/San Mateo Episcopal Church Food Fair
Saturdays, October 21 and November 18 (spring dates to be announced)
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 21, Turkey Trot
Tuesday, May 20, Bunny Hop 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. St. Martin’s hosts a Thanksgiving party each year for the clients.
Holly Hall Retirement Center
Christmas Decorating Project, Monday, November 27, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Spring Bingo, Saturday, March 3 2000 Holly Hall Street
Holly Hall is a non-profit retirement community operated on Christian principles that is dedicated to keeping the physical safety and well-being and the spiritual, social and intellectual growth of its residents as its highest priority.
The Beacon Day Center Saturdays, October 14 and December 9 10:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1212 Prairie Street
The Beacon is a day shelter in downtown Houston that provides the homeless with a meal, laundry services, shower facilities and assistance.
Church Under the Bridge 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 Under the Bridge 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. St. Martin’s is celebrating 5 years in ministry with Church Under the Bridge.
Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (except the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas) 9 a.m. – noon, 3401 Fannin Lord of the Streets (LOTS) welcomes and addresses the holistic needs of those who are homeless in Houston’s downtown and midtown. LOTS provides basic supportive services including a welcoming day shelter, emergency clothing, hygiene items, food and bottled water, mailing address to receive mail, and vision and health clinics.
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.
Westside Homeless Prevention
This program is designed to empower families with children to achieve financial self-sufficiency and permanent housing through personal effort, education and growth. Volunteers serve dinners to these families.
Prison Entrepreneurship Program Cleveland Correctional Center, 901 E. 5th Street, Cleveland, Texas PEP provides unparalleled resources and real-world values-based business skills to inmates so that once they are back in society they have the tools, skills and support structure to pursue healthy, fulfilling and productive lives. PEP clients are immersed in a proven program comprised of one-on-one training with executive volunteers, business plan mentoring with seasoned professionals and a highly competitive business plan competition.
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 12, 19 and 26, and Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3 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 Thanksgiving Feast Thursday, November 16, 11:30 a m. – 1 p.m. 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. St. Martin’s volunteers will provide and serve a Thanksgiving meal to students and their families.
Bo’s Place Mondays, November6, February 5 and March 19 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 December 4 – 9, 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.
Seafarers’ Centers Sundays, December 17 and February 25 These centers serve seafarers visiting the Port of Houston by providing a safe and welcoming recreational and spiritual environment on land for those who have chosen the sea as their livelihood. St. Martin’s volunteers assemble and wrap Christmas boxes for this ministry.
The Women’s Home 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 Mondays, November 6, 13 and 27, 5:45 p.m. 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 Monday, January 29
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.