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Cathedral Offices
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

Mailing Address
1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002-3183

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There are a wide variety of opportunities including high school and college internships, pro bono legal services, licensed clinical care, and much more to help those in need.

 

Visit the websites of the organizations listed below, click to send an email, or pick up the phone to find out how you can give your time, talents, and treasure to people in our community.

 

The Beacon

The Beacon Day Center

Volunteer Coordinator Ronald Marshall 713-220-9765

Time : 23 hour shifts ThursdayMonday mornings and/or early afternoons

As the central hub for all visitors to the John S. Dunn Outreach Center, Beacon staff and volunteers assist with registration and intake as well as immediate assessment of each client’s needs. A hot lunch, access to showers, and laundry services are available to the approximately 300 homeless men and women who access the building Thursdays through Mondays each week. 

Brigid's Hope

Program Director Regina Walker 713-590-3318 

Time : Four hours per month minimum

This program provides services to women ages 35 and older who are in transition from incarceration to self-sufficiency by providing housing, mentoring, spiritual support, and coordination of other relevant resources.

Volunteer mentors support and encourage healthy choices and relationships, and act as role models in helping women develop their fullest potential.

Beacon Law

Pro Bono Coordinator Erin Russell 713-393-8743

Time : varies

This program provides high quality, courteous, and effective legal services to low-income individuals and communities. Staff attorneys, paralegals, and pro bono attorneys work in collaboration with community partners to identify and address the causes and effects of poverty and inequality. Volunteers with a current Texas state bar license may volunteer in the advice clinic or represent a client pro bono. To get started, complete the introductory form.

 

Cathedral Clinic — operated by Healthcare for the Homeless  Houston

Mary Vaughan 713-286-6170

Time : Weekly 34 hour shifts

This clinic 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. The clinic is staffed by Healthcare for the Homeless — Houston. Volunteer clinic assistants need no prior medical training, and are trained on the job. Volunteer clinicians must have current Texas licenses for their profession (primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, dentists, dental hygienists, oral surgeons, and podiatrists) and professional liability insurance.

 

Cathedral Urban Service Experience

Christy Orman713-590-3313 

Time : Paid summer internships available MayAugust

The Cathedral Urban Service Experience (CUSE) provides opportunities for youth and adults from all over the country to serve people who are being denied justice, peace, and dignity by their community. Housing groups in the Ballard Youth Center, CUSE provides the raw materials mission groups need to experience the wide variety of servant ministries in inner-city Houston. CUSE summer internships provide young adults with a significant opportunity to develop their leadership skills and learn about nonprofit management. Interns at CUSE must be US citizens or have legal status, have completed at least one year of college, be a servant leader who can take initiative when needed, and be compassionate with excellent people skills.

 

COMPASS

Cynthia Brannon 713-229-8319 x1106 

Time : 23 hours/week, varies, summer internships available

For 34 years, COMPASS has offered “walk-up” case management services to the Cathedral’s disadvantaged neighbors, the vast majority of whom are homeless. This includes providing good information, referrals to resources, “direct assistance” in the form of bus fare, referrals to obtain a Texas State ID, required clothing for a new job, and other forms of small help that have a large impact (e.g. a pair of reading glasses for a middle-aged client, a mailing address to receive a new ID, or a hair-cut voucher before a job interview). We also offer Harris Health System “Gold Card” eligibility to homeless clients. Each year, over 1,800 individuals are approved for free comprehensive county medical care through our collaboration with the Harris Health System. Offices are at 1212 Prairie Street, in The Dunn Outreach Center, and it is part of Houston’s bold collaborative initiative to end homelessness (The Way Home). Volunteers may help with administrative work or shop for household items. Summer internships for high school students (unpaid) are also available.

 

New Hope Housing, Inc.

Email here to volunteer 713-222-0290

Time : varies, can accommodate your schedule

New Hope Housing’s core purpose is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, and permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. Founded at Christ Church Cathedral, New Hope Housing’s vision is to be an enduring institution serving Houston’s most vulnerable citizens. The educational, spiritual and recreational components of the Resident Services Program rely heavily on the involvement of community volunteers. There are opportunities to volunteer in educational, recreational, health, spiritual, financial, and social ways.

 

Kids Hope 

Jennifer Sickman

Time : one hour per week during the school year

Kids Hope at Christ Church Cathedral is a community of mentors, prayer partners, and community support volunteers that provide one-on-one mentoring and caring relationships for at-risk students attending a partnering public school. Most of the children in the Kids Hope program come from families hit hard by economic distress. They often lack basic social and emotional support, and live in circumstances can interfere with learning and erode their hopes for the future. Having a Kids Hope mentor at this critical time in their lives when values are formed, self-esteem is developed, and basic academic and problem-solving skills are acquired, can make all the difference. 

 

Lord of the Streets

Canon Missioner for Latino Ministries and Outreach Simon Bautista713-590-3337 

Time : 2 1/2 hours on a Sunday, 45 times per year

One of the many projects of the Mission Outreach Council is to cook breakfast at Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church, served to street community neighbors after service. Cathedral volunteers show up at 6:15 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church at 1015 Holman Street to scramble eggs, cook pounds of bacon and sausage, and stir large pots of grits. We usually wrap up around 8:30 a.m., when a crew from another church arrives to serve the wonderful food to the Lord of the Streets community. Volunteers may join occasionally or on a regular basis. No experience necessary.