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Houston Project Grant Program

The Houston Project Committee was established in 1977 to provide grants to organizations whose work enriches the quality of life in the greater Houston area. Today, the Houston Project provides not only needed funds, but volunteer support as well. Since its inception, the total amount donated by St. Luke’s through the Houston Project is $6,065,182.

2014 Houston Project Grant Applicants

The deadline has passed for 2014 Houston Project grants. Applications and guidelines for 2015 will be available next year.

 

2013 Houston Project Grant Recipients

Bridges to Life– this gift will be used to expand the Bridges to Life program in the Greater Houston Area to serve an additional 175 offenders. Bridges to Life is a faith-based restorative justice program which rehabilitates criminals, reduces recidivism, and promotes healing for victims.

Citizen Schools– the gift will be used to support the expansion of Citizen Schools' program at Fondren Middle School including support for front-line staff, materials for students, and apprenticeships.

Generation One, Inc– this gift will purchase a 16 needle embroidery machine for the t-shirt company division of this non-profit organization which offers a job skills and employment program to impoverished individuals in the Third Ward community.

Healthcare for the Homeless– this gift will provide psycho-educational programming aimed at alleviating trauma symptoms in mentally ill, formerly homeless women recovering from prostitution.

Hospitality Apartments– the grant will be used to perform necessary rehab in each of the 46 apartments. Hospitality Apartments provides free housing for people in financial need coming to the Texas Medical Center for treatment.

Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)– this gift will be used to support a staff program manager to supervise after-school programs for refugee youth at Lee and Westbury high schools. PAIR helps fill gaps in services for refugee youth as they strive to adjust to a enw cultrue, educational system, and language. PAIR operates programs in the Gulfton, Fondren Southwest and Alief communities.

Pro-Vision– this grant will be used to purchase fifteen licenses of Pro-Vision's highly successful reading intervention program. Pro-Vision offers young men from underserved neighborhoods the guidance and support necessary to realize their full potential academically, morally and spiritually.

WorkFaith Connection– this gift is tu support an expansion of the Job Readiness Program and hire a Primary Instructor for the new location. The WorkFaith Connection helps people in transition build a new life through work and faith.

2012 Houston Project Grant Recipients

Child Builders– this gift will provide personal safety, relationship and parenting education through a train the trainer approach which will benefit 600 elementary aged students in our Gulfton neighborhood. 

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto– this gift will establish 4 scout troops of primarily at-risk Hispanic students attending Benavidez and Bonham Elementary Schools in our Gulfton neighborhood and will provide for an educational component to help these girls’ parents become more involved in their children’s education.

Hope For Youth– this gift will allow HFY to expand the number of at-risk youth served by 50%. This Christian youth mentoring and discipleship organization provides programs including VBS, weekend outreach programs, summer camp, special trips and college prep. Most of the youth live in a Star of Hope shelter or a government housing project.

LifeHouse of Houston– this gift will help establish an outreach ministry comprised of counseling, life and job skills classes for pregnant girls ages 12-17 who aren’t residents of a LifeHouse home.

Mission of Yahweh, Inc.– this gift will go toward the purchase of a new 15 person van to assist in transporting Mission of Yahweh residents to various activities and appointments around the city. MOY is a non-denominational Christian based shelter which also provides food, clothing and vocational training for homeless women and their children.

Small Steps Nurturing Center– this gift will support the expansion of the SET for Life mental health program which teaches children to redirect negative or aggressive feelings into more appropriate forms of communication. This curriculum also includes training for students’ parents.

Texas Center for the Missing– this gift will support a dedicated bilingual caseworker who will develop a Family Crisis Response packet in English and Spanish and provide follow-up services to victims and families. TCM is the Amber Alert provider for the 14 county Houston/Galveston region. 

Trees of Hope– this gift is to purchase new shoes and socks for 280 homeless children to begin school year 2013. Trees of Hope is the fundraising arm for Star of Hope Homeless Shelter.

Urban Outreach, Inc.– this gift will further the expansion of Urban Outreach’s Apartment Ministry Program into additional low income apartment complexes in our Gulfton neighborhood. Urban Outreach provides activities and services that meet the educational, physical, social and spiritual needs of at-risk youth and vulnerable families.

 

For information contact Erica Stark at estark@stlukesmethodist.org or 713-357-4471.

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