The Houston Project

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 $6,365,182.

2019 Houston Project Recipients

Agape Development

Agape Development focuses on transforming the third ward by creating opportunity and empowering the community for sustainability rather than dependency.  Their Getting Ahead job-readiness program provides hands-on accountability and support as community members seek transformation through employment.  

Have Shears Will Travel

Have Shears Will Travel provides haircuts to those struggling with physical impairment, lack of transportation, and/or financial means. With an RV as a mobile salon, Have Shears Will Travel visits places like shelters, hospitals, and hospice care facilities. This grant will supplement salaries and/or transportation expenses required to deliver services to 8,000 clients per year.

Kids’ Meals 

Kids’ Meals is on a mission to end childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. The Houston Project grant will allow Kids’ Meals to deliver an additional 95,000 meals, making their annual goal for the year 998,000 meals, 100,000 bags of family groceries, and 40 resource partners to share with families.

Nehemiah Center

Nehemiah Center is a multi-faceted ministry model whose mission is to provide assistance to low-income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness, and spiritual enrichment.  The grant will help fund their Afterschool Enrichment Program supporting at-risk children with homework instruction, reading and math remediation, cultural enrichment, mental health care, as well as free medical and dental assistance.

Prelude Music Foundation

Prelude Music Foundation transforms the lives of underserved children in Houston through the power of music. With this grant, Prelude will be able to expand their impact by offering evening literacy and music parent education classes at the four public schools they currently serve.  They will also be able to add Music Together classes for the residential foster children at Casa de Esperanza.

Hope for Youth

Hope for Youth builds and maintains long-term Christian mentoring relationships with urban youth to challenge and enable them to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially.  The Houston Project grant allows Hope for Youth to expand their programs in order to meet their projected growth of 50% by August 2020.