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 $6,265,182.
2018 Grant applications will be available online March 1, 2018. For further information, please contact Meredith Davis at 713-402-5064.
2017 Grant Recipients: The Arbor School, Crossroads at Park Place, His Grace Foundation, The Mainstream Connection, Newspring, SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship, Vita-Living, Wellsprings Village.
2016 Grant Recipients: Agape Development, Emergency Ministries, Have Shears Will Travel, Healthcare for the Homeless(Angela House), Houston Center for Literacy, Mission of Yahweh and Wesley Community Center.
2015 Grant Recipients: Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos Inc., Emergency Aid Coalition, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Neighbors in Action, Inc., Spaulding for Children, Spring Branch Community Health Center, Trees of Hope and Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers-Southwest.
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 Monday nights, Gethsemane becomes a safe place for kids in the neighborhood simply to be, eat, rest, and play. For more information please visit www.houstonrevision.org
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
St. Luke’s works to empower and equip refugees and immigrants with the tools they need to find work, care for their families and to be loved and known in the Houston community.
Two of the ways we do this are through partnerships with Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON).
- We co-sponsor refugee families new to the United States by helping them feel welcomed, providing opportunities to become familiar with their new home and customs, and by walking alongside them as they work towards self-sufficiency.
- We host JFON clinics monthly at our Gethsemane campus. JFON is a ministry of hospitality which provides high quality low cost legal aid to immigrants and refugees so they may comply with our laws.
Morgan Crocker gives his business plan presentation during a Prison Entrepreneurship Program class at the Cleveland Correctional Center on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Cleveland, Texas. PEP is a privately-run program that trains inmates how to run their own businesses once they are paroled. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )
We believe the redeeming love of Jesus Christ transforms life. We also believe that we are called by Him to walk alongside incarcerated persons and those trying to build a new life after release. St. Luke’s is privileged to partner with several outstanding organizations working in this ministry area:
While St. Luke’s focuses primarily on empowerment ministries, we recognize there are times when people are dealing with crisis situations which require immediate assistance. To meet these needs, St. Luke’s partners with several local relief organizations including Christian Community Service Center. These organizations are excellent and expert in understanding the many needs of persons in crisis and providing them with food, clothing, financial assistance, and employment services so they may become financially stable.
The woodshop builds a myriad of projects for the church and anyone who needs it, but one of their special ongoing projects, building bookshelves for local Houston organization KIDS HOPE, isn’t just about building furniture. It’s about building hope.
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you.”
In the event of an emergency situation, please visit the St. Luke’s homepage for information on safety as well as opportunities to help others. When possible, St. Luke’s will join in community efforts to provide relief to those in need through hands on and financial assistance.
Please consider having in place a plan in case of emergency. Consider making your own emergency kit, develop a family action plan, or register for an assistance program. Visit this page for more information: ready.gov or redcross.org