Alternative Giving Market 2012
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 below, and the photos suggest their impact on our community. On Sunday, November 18, 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 18 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.
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. These circumstances threaten their capacity to provide for the most basic necessities, to keep their families intact and to keep their children in school.
$10 — Replacements for clothing and school supplies destroyed in a fire
$100 — Medical and physical therapy expenses to help a parent return to work
$500 — Rental and utility assistance for families who face eviction
The Beacon Day Center provides hot meals, private shower and lavatory facilities, laundry services and case management to people living on the streets of Houston.
$10 — Socks, underwear and toiletries for two homeless people
$45 — Full laundry and shower services for 10 homeless people
$150 — A hot, nutritious meal for 125 homeless people
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. Bering Omega offers four programs: oral health care, day treatment, housing assistance, and residential hospice care.
$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 Hope at The Beacon provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless women who have left the Texas prison or jail system, with the goal of giving women the tools needed to become self-sufficient.
$40 — One month of education and life-skills resources
$125 — One week of housing and utilities for one woman
$200 — One month of licensed mental-health group counseling
Brigid's Place supports the development of women in mind, body and spirit. The purpose is to promote ecumenical relationships which are mutual, inclusive, and provide unity in diversity — relationships whose basis is love and "power with" rather than "power over" or privilege.
$10 — Underwriting of administrative expenses
$25 — Scholarships for Brigid's Place special events
$50 — Brigid's Place program sponsorship
Casa de Esperanza, the House of Hope for Children, provides a safe home and comprehensive services including residential, medical and psychological care for young at-risk children from birth to six years of age, as well as support services for their families.
$20 — Diapers for one child for one week
$60 — Car seat for one child
$100 — Crib for one infant
Cathedral Clinic at The Beacon combines primary health care, psychiatric treatment and mental-health counseling with intensive case management to address the unique needs of men, women and children living on Houston's streets.
$20 — Antibiotics for five patients
$50 — Access to a nurse practitioner for an hour
$75 — Access to a mental-health counselor for an hour
The Cathedral Justice Project at The Beacon provides pro-bono legal assistance and advocacy to Houston's homeless community.
$5 — Client transportation to and from meetings with counsel
$25 — Help clients obtain necessary documents
$50 — Filing fees, recording fees and other court costs
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. The mission trips change the lives of those serving and those being served. With your help we can underwrite the missions of people who cannot afford the trip themselves.
$25 — Food for a day
$50 — Lodging for a day
$100 — One-fifth of the cost for air travel
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.
$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
COMPASS "directs" homeless clients toward employment and independence. Caseworkers provide vocational guidance and job leads, bus fare, help with ID, voice mail, reading glasses, toiletries, and Gold Cards (access to county medical and psychiatric care), as well as valuable information and referrals to other resources.
$25 — Reading glasses for 25 clients
$50 — Metro bus cards for a client with a new job
$150 — Texas ID cards for 20 clients
The Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) promotes the self-sufficiency of clients by assisting them with basic needs. EAC has a food pantry and clothing center and provides sack lunches. EAC also provides a quality backpack, age-appropriate school supplies and school uniforms to children in Houston.
$50 — Groceries for one shut-in
$75 — School supplies, a backpack and uniforms for one child
$150 — Groceries for two families of four
Kids Hope USA is a national organization that partners churches with at-risk kids in public schools. Christ Church Cathedral is partnered with The Rusk School. Most of the students live at a subsistence level. Volunteers from the Cathedral are trained to mentor one child for one hour each week during the school year.
$45 — One book for the school library
$75 — One hour of art education for a class of students
$150 — A field trip for four children and one mentor
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, where an average of 75 to 100 people per day receive services, over 220 people attend Sunday Eucharist and breakfast.
$35 — Texas IDs for five people
$200 — Sack lunches for 100 individuals
$400 — Hygiene kits for 100 men and women
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. NetsforLife mobilizes thousands of community volunteers to distribute nets and teach their neighbors how to prevent and treat malaria.
$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
New Hope Housing's core purpose is to create life-stabilizing affordable apartment homes in a supportive environment for people who live on extremely limited incomes. The vision is to become a permanent institution serving Houston's most vulnerable, at-risk citizens.
$35 — Welcome baskets for new residents
$50 — Stock food pantry for residents
$100 — One hour of life-skills training
Sheltering Arms Senior Services, which began at the Cathedral in 1893, has provided services for almost 120 years to support 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.
$25 — Food for an older adult facing a crisis
$35 — Fill a prescription for a senior's medication
$75 — Eight hours of specialized care in the Day Center