There is an estimated
homeless population in Harris County that amounts to 12,000 -
14,000 people *
(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,
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
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
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.
Time as a short-term or long-term volunteer at one of the many programs
we run here at Magnificat Houses!
Holiday Events: Christmas carols for each of the nine
residences, visits to Halloween haunted houses, dances, ethnic meals,
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
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
2) Covered shoes and caps are required for service in the
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.
work Volunteers: Our community garden always needs some extra
attention, weeders, planters, harvesters…come one, come all! Garden
experts especially welcome!