Community Outreach: Following God into the Community
Our youth and other parish groups help pack bags for distribution to neighbors we encounter on the streets of our city. Parishioners are encouraged to pick up bags to keep in your car and hand to a stranger on the corner. The bags provide a small snack, a bottle of water, information on assistance programs and a prayer, packed in a zipper bag that can be used to keep small items dry and clean. Pick up a few bags at any church entrance or in the Parish Hall and offer a Helping Hand to a neighbor in need.
Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry
A team from St. Andrew’s serves monthly at the HIM Food Pantry by breaking down donations, sorting food, and helping Pantry clients make their selections. We volunteer from 9:30 AM to noon every 4th Saturday at the Pantry, located at 3523 Beauchamp, next door to Travis Elementary School. All teens and adults are welcome! Training for first-time volunteers is provided every Saturday. Sign up to serve here, or contact Laurie Hardwick if you are interested in participating in this ministry.
Lord Of The Streets Episcopal Church
St. Andrew’s collects clothing donations for the homeless and recovering men served by Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church (LOTS) in Houston’s midtown neighborhood. In addition, we are privileged to help serve breakfast to the homeless on specific Sunday mornings each quarter. In 2019, we will serve January 6, June 30, and November 3. In addition to these opportunities, there are many ways that you can assist LOTS and its vital mission of outreach and support to the homeless community in Houston. Contact Rashmi Saikia if you are interested in participating in this ministry or visit Lord of the Streets, or watch this video to learn more.
St. Andrew's Hook and Needle Guild
Modeling the compassion of Christ with the works of our hands and the giving of our hearts.
Formerly the Black Hat group, we have expanded to work on a variety of projects to help those in need. We every 4th Saturday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall to learn or improve skills in crochet, knitting and other fabric crafts. We continue to make hats and warmers for the Christmas seafarers’ boxes, and other charity projects include Project Linus and caps for newborn and premature babies. Contact Priscilla Burroughs if you are interested in participating in this ministry.
Houston International Seafarers' Center
St. Andrew’s supports the Houston International Seafarers’ Center by filling boxes with toiletries and other small treats for those who dock at the Houston Ship Channel during the Christmas season. Each year the ministers at the Houston International Seafarers' Center distributes close to 50,000 of these boxes to our brothers and sisters who work the cargo ships that enter into the Port of Houston. Contact Bob DeCesare if you are interested in participating in this ministry.
Meals on Wheels Training for Heights Area Delivery
Would you like to help serve senior citizens in the Heights area by delivering hot meals and a smile? Then join us for volunteer training and start serving! You can serve as often as you like and online sign-up is easy after training. Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston will hold its Meals on Wheels training for the Heights routes on 2nd Tuesdays at 10 AM at St. Andrew's House, 1811 Heights Blvd. If you would like to attend please start by completing the Volunteer Application. Please bring a drivers license, proof of auto insurance, and $9 for a background check to the training. If you have any questions, please contact Ros Moore, volunteer coordinator.
Operation FINALLY HOME
Operation FINALLY HOME is a national, non-profit organization with a unique network of experienced builders, suppliers, and supporters dedicated to building homes for wounded, ill or injured veterans, surviving spouses and their families. Operation FINALLY HOME brings together home builders, the military and communities to build custom, mortgage-free homes for America's military heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America's uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values, providing a strong foundation to help them move forward with their lives. We are proud to support this great organization with monetary donations.
Drop the following in the bins near the first floor elevator:
Food - Non-perishable foods are delivered to Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry. In August, we are collecting low-sugar cereals and in September we will collect toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, bar soap).
Clothing & Eyeglasses - Clean, gently used clothing for men, women, and children and used eyeglasses benefit Lord of the Streets church in Midtown.
Personal Hygiene Items - Travel size toiletries are collected for the Christmas Seafarer boxes and to assist our neighbors on the streets.