Christian Community Services Center
CCSC is a community-based non-profit and coalition of churches serving the city of Houston. Gethsemane is the southwest Houston site for CCSC. We proudly offer our fellowship hall as a food pantry, which is open five days a week to serve the neighborhood with groceries and emergency financial assistance. CCSC also coordinates the community garden at Gethsemane, which provides the food pantry with fresh produce.
Houston Center for Literacy
HCL is a non-profit community organization working to improve literacy rates by connecting literary providers and resources to adult learners. At Gethsemane, HCL coordinates GED and ESL classes for adults, many of whom are recent immigrants to the United States. Classes are Monday-Thursday in the mornings and evenings.
Houston reVision is relationships for kids on the edge. reVision, a non-profit organization birthed from St. Luke’s UMC, leverages the power of kinship community by connecting kids on the edge with mentors, positive peers, and life-changing resources. On Thursday nights, Gethsemane becomes a safe place for kids in the neighborhood simply to be, eat, learn, rest and play.
Justice for our Neighbors (JFON)
provides hospitality and compassion to low income immigrants through immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Gethsemane serves as the legal clinic site for JFON’s professional immigration attorney, who provides affordable legal counsel and guidance on the pathway to citizenship.
KIDS HOPE USA is a church/school mentoring program for at risk elementary aged children. St. Luke’s provides caring, trained mentors at Sutton Elementary School and Briarmeadow Charter School. By spending just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school, children feel loved and valued and that helps them to learn, grow and succeed.
There are many ways to be involved in this ministry:
1. Mentor one student for one hour a week during the school day.
2. Serve as a Prayer Partner and pray(at home) for an assigned mentor-child team.
3. Serve on the Teacher/Staff Encouragement Team and prepare small treats and baked goodies for the school staff and/or help host holiday parties and spring picnics at one of the schools.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Marci Pampe or Karen McCarver
Connect Community is a collaborative of agencies serving the Sharpstown and Gulfton neighborhoods. St. Luke’s lives in long-term relationship with Connect partners for the transformation of the community. The Connect partners include KIPP Charter School, Houston YMCA, Legacy Community Health, the Houston Center for Literacy, and of course St. Luke’s. For more information please visit www.purposebuiltcommunities.org
Starting in Fall 2016, Gethsemane will host a community soccer clinic for children ages 5-11, in partnership with the Houston Dynamo. Young players are invited to learn the skills of the game in a friendly, fun, and community-oriented environment on Gethsemane’s soccer field. Clinics will take place on Monday evenings. For more information contact Alice King