Last week we had the joy of awarding $100,000 to YOUTH REACH HOUSTON! We are cannot wait to see what God is going to do with this gift!! We are looking forward to touring the new school! Congratulations to an amazing organization.
CLICK HERE for pictures from the event
What a joy it was to learn more about our four finalists. We are thrilled to learn more about these amazing organizations and the work they are doing in our amazing city.
What a day of celebration! Thank you all who were able to come to Christ the King Presbyterian Church to celebrate our 2017/2018 year! We were excited to hear from Elijah Rising (2017 grant recipient) and give 7more a check for 100,000 bucks, smackers, bills, bones, clams! CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF THE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT!
We are thrilled to announce that we have given more money away!!!
...received $100,000 from One Hundred Shares Houston. We are honored to support this amazing "boots on the ground" ministry. They are a true example of Jesus's sacrificial service and love. The city of Houston is blessed to have 7More giving second chances and bringing hope to those our world often leaves behind.
AND WE WERE NOT FINISHED!!!
received $25,000 to support their new pastoral care branch of the organization. We are humbled that we can be a part of the first year of this endeavor and cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for the fearless Spring Spirit Community!
We had am amazing morning listening to all of the hard work that our four finalists are up to! CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT!
Here is a closer look at our finalists and their grants requests:
Mission: To develop relationships with families in undeserved neighborhoods by building and fostering biblical communities.
Vision: To engage Churches to encourage the community through developing programs, local leadership, and strategic partnerships for the purpose of sharing the Gospel and restoration of the community.
Goals: Share the gospel though word and action. Support local church bodies by way of program support and consultation. Connect families with local congregations where they can gain community and accountability. Provide training that will set families and individuals on paths that will result in financial freedom and family stability. Provide support and assistance to families in need through our various church and non-profit networks through Houston.
Support from OHSH would allow us to institutionalize a successful pilot program, Luminary, thus providing transformational opportunities for our youth participants and for Cornerstone Family Ministries itself. The grant money would go to purchasing higher quality and more equipment to allow the program to grow.
Mission Statement: Gracewood rescues and restores single mothers and their children by
providing home, hope and healing.
Vision Statement: Empowering families through Christian ministry designed to provide housing, mentoring, teaching, financial planning, counseling, and access to community resources. Gracewood’s goal is to ensure long-term, transformational change for single mother families at risk of homelessness. This is accomplished through client-focused programming which customizes care for each family, including housing, counseling, mentoring, educational support, finan-cial planning, and access to community resources. Gracewood defines success for its families as the ability to maintain independent housing and stable employment, while providing a safe home for children in the family.
Gracewood’s proposed capital expansion will allow us to double the number of families served
through the residential program while simultaneously significantly increasing the number of
community and after-care clients we reach. At this time, we have raised $7,444,051 (88%) of
our total $8.45 million goal; a gift of $100,000 from One Hundred Shares Houston would bring
us significantly closer to raising the last remaining amount needed to complete this vitally
needed capital project.
Mission - Established to ensure holistic, Christian upbringing for underserved kids, SpringSpirit’s mission is to provide safe opportunities for
youth to realize life opportunities through sports, education and mentoring programs based on Christian principles.
Vision – SpringSpirit’s vision is to change the lives of children in a challenged community in Spring Branch, Texas, teaching them of God’s love and hope for their lives, and creating opportunities for successes that will arrest and reverse the cycle of poverty and low expectations that plagues many in this dynamic community.
Goals – SpringSpirit holistically ministers to the area’s children and families, strengthening them in body, mind and soul, and equipping them for life opportunities they would not otherwise have.$$Our goal is that each child in our program be paired with a Christian mentor who walks with them through this season of life, and that through that relationship and our programming (which includes faith formation, summer camps, academic tutoring, study hall, visits to workplaces and college campuses, and the life lessons and healthy habits taught from playing on a team), he/she will overcome the odds into which he/she was born, and discover and achieve his/her God given purpose in life.
This grant will provide a Christian pastoral presence to share the Gospel with the SpringSpirit community of almost 2,000 children and their families who do not
otherwise have religious and spiritual guidance and support. This will allow SpringSpirit to use spiritual and life crisis opportunities to introduce people to
the Christian faith and help them see how the Holy Spirit is working in their lives, while simultaneously freeing our other staff resources to dedicate the bulk of
their attention to the rest of our body, mind, soul, mission.
What: To empower churches, organizations and individuals in Houston to engage in the needs of disenfranchised people within their community.
How: Through experiential-based international and local volunteer opportunities.
Why: Because we believe people transformed by Jesus, can transform cities.
Vision: To see people know the love of God their heavenly father and live out their God given identities, as they actively engage in helping break the cycles of poverty and hopelessness in the city of Houston.
Goals: To see the cycle of a fatherless generation in Houston and beyond, broken.
The specific project for this grant money is the Greyhound Ex-offender Outreach. This grant will expand our ministry exponentially, as it will give us the opportunity to hire a project manager and purchase supplies, which allow us to minister to every individual released from prison in Houston.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
On Wednesday, April 5, One Hundred Shares Houston was blessed to give $100,000 to Elijah Rising. It was a beautiful event of fellowship and joy! The grant's purpose is to aid Elijah Rising in completing the last projects at Kendleton Farms, their aftercare facility. After these final steps, the doors of Kendleton Farms will open to those women who are brave enough to escape their life of slavery. This is a major victory for the Glory of God and the city of Houston.
"Kendleton Farms is a journey of innovation which will result in a multifaceted social enterprise community on 84 acres in Kendleton, Texas. The facility will provide for at least 40 women and, eventually their children, who have survived sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. Here survivors will live, heal, work and re-enter society with work history, viable job skills, and start-up savings. Our property outside of Houston, Texas, once housed a small Christian college. It provides buildings ideal for housing survivors of the commercial sex industry in a serene, therapeutic environment. Kendleton Farms also will house for-profit business ventures to provide skill training, jobs, and the dignity of marketable work experience that have long been missing among existing aftercare programs." -ER website
Cat French honored all partners of 100 shares by titling us abolitionists... joining the brave others fighting the evil of sex trafficking. Partners also got the opportunity to be a part of Kendleton Farms by writing messages of hope on rocks. The rocks will surround an olive tree that is to be planted at the exact center point of Kendleton Farms.
Learn more about ELIJAH RISING and KENDLETON FARMS
See more pictures from our 2017 LUNCHEON
What an amazing morning! We are absolutely stunned by the dedication of these 4 organizations. 7More, Elijah Rising, Spring Spirit, and Yellowstone Academy blew us away with their missions and requests! Please learn more about each of these amazing ministries and visit our photo gallery to see more pictures from the event this morning.
We would like to highlight the verses that each of these organizations use as the backbone of their work:
7More: Isaiah 1:23, Matthew 7:11, Matthew 18:22
Your rulers are rebels, partners and thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them. Isaiah 1:23
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18:21-22
Elijah Rising: Isaiah 1:17, Malachi 4
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire," says the Lord Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-feed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act," says the Lord Almighty... Malachi 4:1-3
Spring Spirit: Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Yellowstone Academy: Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
We are so excited to share the new van (WITH A/C!!!) that Hope for Youth purchased with their OHSH grant money!
We are thrilled to see the amazing year Agape Development has had! What a blessing to be a part of it's growth and future!
We are excited to announce our four finalists this year. Be looking for the site visit sign ups coming in January. We hope you will join us as we visit all four of these amazing ministries.
Asking for $100,000 to fund their aftercare site, Kendleton Farms, for women exiting the commercial sex industry. The farm is 15 minutes south of Sugar Land on 85 acres.
Asking for $100,000 to build a canine vocational therapy center which helps victims testify in court and trains the young women vocationally.
Asking for $50,000 to expand HFHM locations and begin Crosswalk Center campaign for prisoners released in Harris County.
Asking for $100,000 for a 15 passenger bus to transport youth and programming costs for outreach events.
We are excited to announce that Agape Development is the beneficiary of the One Hundred Shares Houston grant for 2014-2015! We had a wonderful luncheon on April 6th honoring Agape Development and giving them a check for $100,000.
Here are a few pictures that captured the energy and passion for the work the Lord is doing in Houston through One Hundred Shares Houston. click here for the complete album
As we wrap up the 2014-2015 year, we want to say a big thank you to all of our partners. We couldn't do it without each of you. This year we were blessed with 126 members which allowed us to give Agape Development $100,000 and then each of the other finalists, Cornerstone Family Ministries, His Father's Heart Ministries, and LifeHouse Houston, will split the extra $26,000.
Looking forward, the 2015-2016 One Hundred Shares Houston grant application will be available in early June on our website. Please spread the word to local ministries about our grant. We look forward to seeing where God will lead us to give next year.
Ladies, we hope you will join us for the Fall Coffee where we will hear from our four finalists! All partners should have received the invitation by email. Come hear how to the Lord is working in our city!
We are excited to announce that we have narrowed our first year of grant applications down to the four finalists! All of our applications are worthwhile causes and we feel blessed to have reached so many ministries in our first year.
The 2014-2015 finalists are:
Please join us in praying for these ministries throughout the year. We will hear presentations on these four ministries at our Oct 30th coffee at Christ the King. This spring all of our partners will be invited to attend a site visit for each of these four finalists. During that site visit, you will get to see deeper into the heart and mission of the ministry. We hope you will join us for the coffee, the site visits, and of course in prayer! It is going to be an amazing year.
The 2014-2015 Grant Application is now available. Please visit our Grant Application page to download the application along with the financial snapshot. We look forward to seeing the different ways the Lord is at work in our city.
Please note the applications are due September 1, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for review.
Spread the word! We want to see and hear how the Gospel is being spread throughout Houston.