Alternative Giving Market 2013
The Alternate Giving Market is an opportunity to support organizations that serve those who, in one way or another, are in deep need. Giving generously to improve lives surely expresses the true meaning of Christmas. A donation can be a meaningful part of your year-end giving in several ways: it might replace traditional commercial gifts to family or friends; it could complete your year-end giving program; or a donation could fulfill a wish on your own list.
Mission statements for the 17 participating organizations appear inside, and the photos suggest their impact on our community. On Sunday, November 17, you will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from these organizations in Reynolds Hall to get answers to your questions and learn more about their efforts.
This Shopping List shows how your donation can make a concrete difference in people’s lives. All of the donations go directly to the organizations you designate. We will accept donations online, by mail, and in person on November 17 in Reynolds Hall. Gift cards describing your chosen organization will also be available in Reynolds Hall to give to the person being honored by your gift.
This year’s Shopping List includes a special $1 donation suggestion for each organization designed to offer children an opportunity to give. Learning to give at an early age can set a pattern for an entire lifetime. We invite you to bring the young people in your life with you to experience the blessing of giving.
Please join us and make this special event a part of your preparation for Christmas.
— The Mission Outreach Council of Christ Church Cathedral
At-Risk Youth provides immediate, one-time financial assistance to Houston’s working poor families who are experiencing extreme, unexpected emergencies that threaten their capacity to keep the family intact and children in school.
$1 — Expenses related to maintaining good hygiene and dental health
$10 — Funds to help replace clothing and household items destroyed in a fire
$30 — Supplies for children placed in new schools because of family violence
$100 — Medical and physical therapy expenses to help a parent return to work
$500 — Rental and utility assistance for families who face eviction
Through its four core programs, The Beacon provides hot meals, showers, laundry service, case management, medical and psychiatric care, pro-bono legal services and pastoral care to Houston’s homeless population.
$1.25 — A hot meal for a homeless client
$10 — A hot meal, shower, laundry and case management for two homeless clients
$50 — Antibiotics for 12 homeless clients
$200 — An apartment starter kit for a Brigid’s Hope client
$750 — One day of hot meals for 600 homeless clients
Bering Omega Community Services nurtures the well-being and meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of persons affected by HIV/AIDS through compassionate health care and social services.
$1 — Some medicine for a sick resident
$25 — Cost of a basic prescription
$50 — One day’s visit to the Day Treatment Center
$100 — Oral health care during a single visit to the Dental Clinic
$200 — One full day of residential hospice care at Omega House
Brigid’s Place provides education, dialogue and celebrations to foster women’s spiritual and personal transformation.
$1 — Ten Brigid’s Place bookmarks
$10 — Underwriting of administrative expenses
$25 — Scholarships for Brigid’s Place special events
$50 — Brigid’s Place program sponsorship
$300 — Underwriting for interfaith events and feast days
Casa de Esperanza, the House of Hope for Children, provides a safe home and comprehensive services including residential, medical and psychological care for at-risk children from birth to six years of age, plus support services for their families.
$1 — A new pair of socks for a child without
$25 — Diapers for one child for one week
$150 — A crib for one infant
$200 — A safe car seat for one child
$1000 — Casa de Esperanza’s food bill for one week
The Cathedral Justice Project at The Beacon provides pro-bono legal assistance and advocacy to Houston’s homeless community. Volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students all donate their time to help the staff provide a voice for Houston’s homeless.
$1 — Help provide legal aid to a homeless client
$10 — Client transportation to and from meetings with counsel
$50 — Assistance for two clients to obtain necessary documents
$200 — Filing fees, recording fees and other court costs for four clients
$1200 — Total case cost for one client
Cathedral Missions organizes all mission trips from Christ Church Cathedral to places such as Honduras, Washington, D.C., and even our own great city of Houston.
$1 — Public transportation for a mission participant
$25 — Food for a day
$50 — Lodging for a day
$100 — One-fifth of the cost for air travel
$1375 — A full scholarship for a high-school mission participant
Christmas at the Cathedral
Christmas at the Cathedral provides a special meal with entertainment and gifts for the community of homeless and less fortunate in Houston.
$1 — A pair of socks for one guest
$20 — A meal and gifts for an adult or child
$100 — A meal and gifts for a family of four
$200 — A meal and gifts for ten people
$2000 — A meal and gifts for 100 people
COMPASS “directs” homeless clients toward employment and independence. Case managers provide vocational guidance, haircuts, work boots, bus fare, the cost of ID, voice mail, glasses, toiletries, and valuable information and referrals to other resources.
$1 — A pair of reading glasses for a client
$25 — Haircuts for eight clients with job interviews
$50 — Metro bus cards for a client with a new job
$150 — Texas ID cards for 15 clients
$300 — Steel-toed work boots for seven clients
Crossroads at Park Place provides services to promote the health, hygiene and dignity of homeless persons in southeast Houston.
$1 — Reading glasses, pens and paper, snacks or bottled water for one client
$10 — Breakfast and lunch, shower, hairdressing and laundry for one client
$75 — Tennis shoes, socks and a backpack for a homeless client
$130 — 50 round-trip bus rides to job interviews or medical appointments
$625 — 500 meals for homeless clients
The Emergency Aid Coalition promotes the self-sufficiency of clients by assisting them with basic needs through a food pantry, clothing center, and sack lunch program. EAC also provides a backpack, school supplies and uniforms to children in Houston.
$1 — Apples for three children
$10 — Clothing for one homeless client
$50 — Groceries for one shut-in
$100 — School supplies, a backpack and uniforms for one child
$300 — Jeans, socks, underwear and hygiene products for 30 people
Kids Hope USA is a national organization that partners churches with at-risk kids in public schools. Cathedral mentors work one-on-one with children at the Rusk School.
$1 — A pencil for a kindergarten student
$35 — School supplies or a uniform for one child
$50 — One library-grade hardback book
$125 — A library subscription to Highlights or National Geographic World
$2000 — An average teacher’s contribution of school supplies per year
Lord of the Streets ministers to the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of individuals in transition, many of whom are homeless. In addition to weekday Bible study and direct services, over 220 people attend Sunday Eucharist and breakfast.
$1 — One bus ride
$35 — Texas IDs for five people
$50 — A grocery gift card for a family in crisis
$200 — Sack lunches for 100 individuals
$400 — Hygiene kits for 100 men and women
Magnificat House offers hope and refuge to the destitute by providing homes where people of different mental abilities, social backgrounds, religions and cultures can live together in community.
$1 — A paintbrush, paint pot or clay for the art studio
$10 — Coffee for one week for 40 people
$35 — A chair for the dining room
$100 — A three-month supply of hand sanitizer
$250 — Two refurbished computers to use in job searches
NetsforLife empowers communities to eliminate malaria by providing life-saving prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
$1 — A share in a net to protect a mother, father and baby
$24 — Two nets to protect a family of six
$48 — Four nets to protect an extended family of 12
$120 — Ten nets, enough to protect a community of 30
$1200 — Enough nets to protect a settlement of 300
The Seafarers’ Ministry at the Port of Houston carries out an ecumenical, multicultural and interfaith ministry for seafarers from around our world whose ships transport cargo to and from the Port of Houston.
$1 — One pocket New Testament Bible for a seafarer
$15 — Communion supplies for shipboard worship services
$50 — Supplies to make two Christmas gift boxes for seafarers
$100 — Transportation expenses for the Episcopal port chaplain to visit ships
$200 — Underwriting for the Episcopal port chaplain’s salary
Sheltering Arms Senior Services supports the dignity and independence of older adults. Services include home care, a dementia-specific adult day center, telephone reassurance, care management and caregiver support, and volunteer services.
$1 — Personal care items not covered by food stamps
$25 — Food for an older adult facing a crisis
$35 — Fill a prescription for an older adult
$75 — Eight hours of specialized care in the Day Center
$350 — A minor home repair for an older adult