There is an estimated homeless population in Harris County that amounts to 12,000 - 14,000 people *

  • Average age for men: 45

  • Average age for women:  38

  • Black:  65%

  • White:  23%

  • Latino:  9.9%

  • Asian:  0.9%

  • Native American:  0.4%

(University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work 2004 September - January)

Approximately 23% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness.  (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2003)

The median state minimum wage worker would have to work 89 hours each week to afford a two bedroom apartment at 30% of his or her income which is the federal definition of affordable housing (National Low Income Housing Coalition 2001)

Texas is the fourth in the nation in reported HIV/AIDS cases.  Harris County reports the largest number of AIDS and HIV cases in the state.  (Houston Chronicle 10/21/2004)



We have no sponsor and no guaranteed income. We receive some grant funding from corporations and foundations, otherwise our support comes from friends who share our philosophy and goals. We rely on benefactors for donations and volunteer service.

Volunteer Your Time as a short-term or long-term volunteer at one of the many programs we run here at Magnificat Houses!

Group Volunteer Opportunities

  • Holiday Events: Christmas carols for each of the nine residences, visits to Halloween haunted houses, dances, ethnic meals, special events…

  • Picnic Planners: Our residents appreciate picnic lunches and BBQs in Magnificat Houses’ Brennan Park.

  • Drive/Fundraisers Organizers: We always have a need for linens, towels, shoes, and clothing. Organizing a drive from your church or school can be a great help.

    Also, sponsoring a car wash or other fundraisers to assist with Magnificat Houses’ financial needs.

  • Outings: Trips to the zoo, museums, parks, etc. are good chances for the residents of Magnificat houses to meet community groups.

  • Soup Kitchen Volunteers: We enjoy having individual as well as groups volunteer at Loaves & Fishes, however we request the following:

1)  No children under the age of 15 are allowed in the kitchen area. 

2)  Covered shoes and caps are required for service in the kitchen area.

3)  We cannot accommodate groups over fifteen people

4)  We would like to request that a donation be made to assist us in our ministry.  Food and money are always accepted. 

  • Garden/Yard work Volunteers: Our community garden always needs some extra attention, weeders, planters, harvesters…come one, come all!  Garden experts especially welcome!


Wish List

If you are unable to volunteer your time, but would like to make a donation, below are some things that are organization is in need of.

Remember your contributions are tax deductible.

  • printing fund

  • clothing fund

  • utilities fund

  • transportation fund

  • horticulture fund

  • building fund

  • maintenance fund


Magnificat Houses, Inc. is a faith-based nonprofit charitable organization chartered by the State of Texas in 1968.  We are a 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt organization in adherence with the Internal Revenue Code.