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Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main phone number: 713-222-2593

For emergency after-hours pastoral care, call 713-826-5332

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1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002-3183

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Alternative Giving Market

Alternative Giving Market 2020

2020 AGM Brochure  Give Online

Welcome to the Alternative Giving Market.  For years AGM has provided an opportunity to remember friends, family, and co-workers by making gifts in their honor to non-profit, charitable agencies such as these.


Organizations:

The Abundant Harvest

The Abundant Harvest creates and supports experiences around the table that feed the body, nourish the soul, and transform the community. We do this by taking food that grocery stores can no longer sell and distributing it to families in need through our food pantry. We also give away chef-prepared gourmet meals to our food pantry clients and other local families. We use proceeds from selling Meals To Go and renting our commercial kitchen to fund our operations but we also rely on your donations and volunteer hours! Here's how you can help.

  • $25: Feed seven veterans and their families for one week through our food pantry.

  • $50: Provide a Comfort Food Care Package (a chef prepared hot meal) for a family of four to six.

  • $100: Provide a member of the homeless community with one week of food, hot showers, and pastoral care.

  • $250: Provide meals for 25 young people who have aged out of the foster care system.

  • $1,500: Feed 100 first responders a chef catered meal from our food truck.

 

At Risk Youth

COVID 19 IS THE NEW HARSH REALITY FOR THE CATHEDRAL’S AT RISK YOUTH MINISTRY. 

For 20 years At Risk Youth has provided immediate financial assistance to benefit working-poor families, with children enrolled in public schools, who have experienced an unexpected crisis. They are a team of five who work from home with no overhead, helping families who may have had their stability threatened by on-the-job injury, life-threatening medical diagnosis, family violence, automobile accident resulting in the death of family members, wage theft, loss of possessions due to a fire caused by faulty wiring, neighborhood crime, and now ongoing job loss due to COVID-19. Your donation eliminates this threat. A testament to the value of your gift is the quote below taken from a recent thank you note:

“I’m the provider of my family. I’m a really hard-working man. I work all day only having one day off per week. I can only say that it is hard but I manage to handle it. I do it for my family because I want the best for them. I was recently impacted by corona virus or as you can say COVID-19. Me and my family went through a lot. I want to say THANK YOU so much for helping us pay our rent this month. I wasn’t able to work because I had the virus. But we are so grateful for people like you who provided the funds so that we can continue to be in our home.”

ANY AMOUNT you can contribute will provide support for a family just like this one. Your money goes directly to help children and families seeking immediate help in times of great stress.

The Beacon

The Beacon's mission is to provide essential and next-step services to restore hope and help end homelessness in Houston. These services include hot meals, access to showers, laundry service, mailbox privileges, pastoral care, pro bono legal services, counselling, and mentoring, along with case management, housing assessment, and navigation. All of these services have continued with varied modifications amid the coronavirus pandemic. We are grateful for those that continue to support our efforts. Examples of what gift amounts can help provide:

  • $1: A hot meal for a client

  • $35: Mailbox privileges for one client for a year

  • $50: Scrubs and toiletries for one client

  • $200: An apartment starter kit

  • $500: A day's worth of meals for 500 clients

Brigid’s Place 

Brigid's Place welcomes women who want to experience real transformation and genuine community. Personal growth requires vulnerability, humility, openness to others, and most of all, a sense of humor! Its mission is to provide engaging, eye-opening, soul nourishing moments with the self, others, and the Divine that will break open hearts and take people to a new level of life.

  • $25: Martha Frances memorial fund in support of Brigid’s Place community events and celebrations

  • $50: In support of Anam Cara friendship circles

  • $100: Betty Adam scholarship fund in support of Brigid's Place programs

  • $300: Toward production expenses for Easter in Memory of Her

  • $500: Toward the musical performance for Easter in Memory of Her

Cathedral Missions 

Cathedral Missions organizes all mission trips for individuals at Christ Church Cathedral. Rising 6th grade students through adults can participate. Past mission trips have helped in places such as Baton Rouge, Rockport, Costa Rica, and Houston. Examples of what gift amounts can help provide:

  • $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

  • $1900: Full scholarship for a high school mission participant

Combined Arms

Combined Arms makes a strategically coordinated effort to connect veterans to resources faster. Through an integrated technology and service portal platform that ranks and qualifies 56 best-in-class veteran service organizations, coupled with a data-driven approach that gives those organizations actionable feedback from veterans, Combined Arms is blazing a trail to a more united, holistic support experience for veterans.

  • $1: Help cover the cost of their café, where a majority of networking & connections occur with veteran

  • $25: One year of service portal access for a veteran

  • $100: One year of service portal access for a veteran-serving organization

  • $500: One month’s access to conference rooms for member organizations

  • $1000: One month’s rent for veteran-serving organizations

CUSE  

CUSE, Cathedral Urban Service Experience, provides opportunities to serve persons who are being denied justice, peace, and dignity by their community. Their location at Christ Church Cathedral in the center of downtown Houston provides the perfect home base for groups of youth and adults wishing to experience the unique challenges and blessings of inner-city service. They have been serving in Houston for over 10 years.

  • $1: Sponsor a bus pass

  • $5: Sponsor a set of gloves or safety goggles (Used in urban farming and work sites)

  • $20: Sponsor a service project (Materials for a project)

  • $100: Sponsor a community outreach event (Dinner with our serving sites)

  • $5000: Sponsor an Intern

 

Emergency Aid Coalition 

The Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) is an interfaith organization that collaborates to provide temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing, and other basic needs, with an emphasis on serving the working poor.

  • $1: Apples for three children

  • $10: Clothing for one homeless client

  • $50: Groceries for a family of four

  • $100: Work boots for one working client

  • $300: Jeans, socks, underwear, and hygiene products for 30 clients

 

1,000 Days of Love  Episcopal Relief & Development

The first 1,000 days for children are critical in setting a foundation that affects their ability to grow, learn and thrive over their entire lives. Episcopal Relief & Development works with communities to ensure that children have access to food, clean water, and quality health care. One Thousand Days of Love is a $3 million grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding ERD’s global programs improving the lives of children up to age six.

  • $1: Gift to help nurture and nourish the earliest learners

  • $35: Medicine and nutrition for a mother and her newborn

  • $70: Educate a child affected by AIDS

  • $95: Purchase a bicycle

  • $300: Mosquito nets for 25 families

  • $1,000: ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE package to empower communities to help children up to age six thrive and achieve their full potential.

 

Have Shears Will Travel

Have Shears Will Travel serves hundreds of homeless, displaced families, hospice, veterans, and special needs adults throughout greater Houston each month with free haircuts. Most of its service is provided in a 32' RV converted into a mobile hair salon. Hospice and hospital patients are served in the comfort of their residences. Examples of what gift amounts can help provide:

  • $5: One brush or comb

  • $50: 24 towels

  • $500: Three tanks of fuel for the RV

  • $5,000: 500 haircuts

 

Kids Hope

Kids Hope is an outreach and community service program of Christ Church Cathedral. An all-volunteer cohort provides one-on-one mentoring, reading and homework assistance to individual at-risk public-school students who are referred to Kids Hope by teachers and parents. Kids Hope volunteers work closely with partner schools to provide additional support like school supplies, uniform donations, and program volunteers. See more information.

  • $1: Super Hero Aluminum Pencil Storage Box for an elementary school student

  • $10: Individual whiteboard, markers and an eraser for a student to use during their virtual school sessions.

  • $50: One set of books for a reading mentor and three students to read together virtually.

  • $500: New laptop/tablet and software for two students lacking online access

  • $1000: Musical instruments for a dozen students to use for at-home practice.

Living Hope Wheelchair Association

Living Hope Wheelchair Association provides survival services for people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, many of whom lack benefits, insurance, or stable income. The association provides medical supplies, equipment, and transportation support for members, and open spaces for them to be part of the community. It also helps people with disabilities in times of disaster, during COVID-19 pandemic Living Hope is supporting more than 200 households with emergency financial assistance, referral for services and spiritual and emotional accompaniment against isolation. Gift amounts can help provide:

  • $1.25: One catheter

  • $25: One package of adult diapers

  • $100: One pair of tires for a wheelchair

  • $300: Six months of transportation support for one member

  • $1,200: One year of cell phone and internet access for one person

Lord of the Streets

Lord of the Streets, a mission church of the Diocese of Texas, is a community that “Welcomes, Restores, and Rebuilds” lives through relationship-focused ministries for the homeless. Lord of the Streets works to restore relationships with God, self, family, the church, and society through acts of service, and to rebuild dignity, health, and productivity of the homeless and recently-housed. Examples of what gift amounts can help provide:

  • $10: A 5-pack of underwear or a 6-pack of socks

  • $25: Two pairs of jeans

  • $50: 25 Directories of Homeless Services

  • $100: 10 discipleship or life-skill course workbooks

  • $200: 50 hygiene kits

 

Seafarers’ Ministry  

Seafarer’s Ministry at the Port of Houston celebrates its 50th Anniversary of providing an ecumenical ministry for international seafarers who find themselves a long way from home. Examples of what gift amounts can help provide:

  • $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

  • $80: Provide one mobile WIFI (internet connection) to a ship for one year

  • $125: Provide a supply chaplain (to cover absences) for one day