2016-2017 Partner Ministries

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Anchor Point
Bay Area Habitat for Humanity
Family Promise of Clear Creek
Galveston Urban Ministries
Innovative Alternatives
Lighthouse Christian Ministries
The Mercy Tree
Project Joy & Hope

 

Anchor Point

Debbie Simmons, Executive Director
debbie@anchorpoint.us
(832) 632-1221

Anchor Point’s desire is to help children, individuals, and families in the greater Clear Lake area to find HOPE amidst some of today’s most challenging situations: raising children with difficult backgrounds, the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy and recovery from sexual abuse and abortion.

We do that through providing:

* Crisis counseling/intervention around a pregnancy
* Confidential pregnancy testing/ultrasound services
* Education and Case Management with our pregnancy center clients
* Recovery groups for post abortion and sexual abuse recovery
* Community education through our Discover Adoption courses
* Our Pathway to Hope camp for families with kids from difficult backgrounds

Our ultimate goal is for each of these individuals to not only survive in this life but to THRIVE

 

Bay Area Habitat for Humanity

Marco Maina, Executive Director
mmaina@bahfh.org
(281) 337-3590

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

We express this statement by working to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community through building and selling homes to low income families at no profit and no interest. Working with individuals, churches, businesses and foundations and with our partner families, we build decent, affordable homes throughout the communities we serve.

To be selected for the program, families have to demonstrate a need for housing, they must have the ability to be financially successful homeowners and they must have a “willingness to partner” which includes 300 hours of sweat equity and attendance in financial literacy classes and budgeting classes prior to closing on the home.

Partner families work on constructing their homes and other families’ homes. They work with staff and volunteers and learn basic construction and home maintenance. When the volunteers and the partner families work together, everyone realizes that the dreams families have for their children and themselves are the same, regardless of income. The time spent together puts decent housing for everyone on the hearts and minds of the volunteers and the partner families gain confidence and self-reliance through a hand up and not a hand out.

After completion, there is a dedication of the home. It is the loving culmination of God’s love in action. It is a simple service where blessings are asked for the family and their life in their new home.

 

Family Promise of Clear Creek

Emmanuel Favor, Executive Director
efavor@ccfamilypromise.org
(832) 932-3963

Family Promise of Clear Creek mobilizes the faith community to empower homeless families to achieve lasting independence. The program’s goal is to help transition families away from homelessness to permanent housing by providing a safe environment that includes shelter, meals and hospitality; by offering supportive services to aid in the search of employments and housing; and by organizing congregations to reach out with compassion to our families in need.

 

Galveston Urban Ministries

Josh Dorrell, Executive Director
joshd@galvestonurbanministries.org
(409) 497-2460

Galveston Urban Ministries is a faith-based organization that empowers the poor and marginalized of Galveston through community development and support services.

  1. Engaging relationships with people from all walks of life to share God’s love and blessings for the whole person.
  2. Equipping resources for churches and the community that will offer opportunities for others to serve.
  3. Empowering programs that encourage growth holistically (spiritually, emotionally, and physically).

We Are Committed To:

  • Listening and responding to the needs of the people through utilizing their assets.
  • Developing, initiating, and sustaining strategic, relevant, and innovative ministries.
  • Replicating proven urban ministry models that allow effectiveness to be monitored and measured for results.
  • Seeking to fill unmet needs without duplicating or competing with existing services or ministries.
  • Being wise stewards of resources.

 

Innovative Alternatives

Sharon Bayus, President and CEO
sbayus@innovativealternatives.org
(713) 222-2525

Innovative Alternatives, Inc. provides a wide variety of services to individuals, families and organizations in either a Christian or secular format based upon the request and definition of the client. Our Victim Assistance Program provides free individual, group and psycho-educational training to anyone who has ever been a victim of crime, whether or not it was ever reported, as long as the client wishes to resolve symptoms related to the trauma in counseling. Our general counseling and family preservation counseling services serve all other mental health needs. IA takes most major insurance, Medicaid, Employee Assistance benefits and offers sliding-scale to those who qualify. Mediation Programs include Family Mediation offerings such as Reconciliation, Intervention, Elder Care & Guardianship and/or Divorce & Custody types of mediation. To the workplace, we offer Personnel Grievance Mediation, Team Mediation for development of positive work culture and/or intervention into team or departmental conflict and a variety of training programs. We also offer Violence Prevention Programs for Schools and Ministry Assistance Programs for Churches.

 

Lighthouse Christian Ministries

Erika Steele, Executive Director
erika@lighthousecm.org
(281) 339-3033

Lighthouse Christian Ministries (LCM) is a non-denominational Christian Outreach mission dedicated to assisting our neighbors in need. LCM provides emergency financial assistance and food for short term help. We are dedicated to serving each individual with respect and love, through Christ.

 

The Mercy Tree

Gina Evans, Executive Director
gina.evans@themercytree.org
(832) 661-2823

The mission of The Mercy Tree is to feed the homeless and hungry in the Clear Lake area. We do this by serving meals indoors, where our guests can enjoy a break from Houston’s extreme weather, completely free of charge. The Mercy Tree exists to give encouragement and hope as well as food to the homeless in our area. Our theme verse is Hebrews 13:2, “Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” We value treating every client with dignity and honor, as we would an angel, family member or friend.

The Mercy Tree serves lunch Monday to Saturday and dinner on Sunday. The meals are prepared offsite by volunteers, including individuals, families and small groups, and then brought to one of our five rotating serving locations: Clear Lake Church of Christ, Ecclesia Clear Lake, University Baptist Church, Southeast Church of Christ and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Both clients and volunteers enjoy table fellowship together before we begin with prayer and then Bible study. We then join hands in prayer again to bless the food before our volunteers begin serving the meal. Clients and volunteers enjoy eating together and visiting at the tables, as a large family would.

In addition to meals, The Mercy Tree assists our clients by providing clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries and backpacks. We also help our clients by referring them to other agencies for vital services such as health care, mental health care, recovery from drug/alcohol addiction, food assistance, and temporary shelter.

 

Project Joy and Hope

Jan Wheeler, Executive Director
jan@joyandhope.org
(713) 944-6569

Project Joy and Hope strives to prevent and relieve suffering for children with life-limiting conditions and their families through community awareness, education, and special supportive care services and programs.

We exists to enhance the quality of families and children who live with life-limiting conditions. We are based in the greater Houston-Galveston area and serve as an advisor and model for similar programs throughout Texas and the United States.

Partner Ministry Qualifications:

In order for a local ministry to be considered as a potential Partner Ministry, the following requirements need to be met: Mission of the ministry must be Christ-centered in their approach; 501c3 Tax Exempt Non-Profit, have an Executive Director in place who is interested in building relationships with people in the business community, able to attend luncheons and serve as the main point-of-contact; have ways for people in the business community to be involved in their ministry using their business expertise, networks and resources. All potential Partner Ministries are required to apply/reapply annually.