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Through Outreach we seek to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need. We encourage all parishioners to find meaningful ways to serve our community, especially the west- and central-Houston neighborhoods in which we live and work. Outreach relies on volunteers like you to share their time and talents in service to others. Not Sure Where to Start? We understand that volunteering can be a bit confusing or intimidating when you are new. We want you to have fun as we work together to help others! Please contact us and we’ll help you find a great way to get started. Contact Leiselle Sadler for more information.
Here are some ways to join in:

Outreach Programs at St. Francis

Our Outreach programs serve youth, families, the hungry, and the homeless. Some are based in our parish and others are partner ministries that we actively support. Please check our Donate page for ways to support Outreach ministries. 

The Kitty Elliott Coat Drive 

Several years ago, teachers in SBISD noticed that many children were not wearing coats during a year of cold winter weather. As a result, MAM was asked to help collect coats and distribute them to children in need. St. Francis Church and SFES answered the call, and in honor of Kitty Elliott, who organized the original coat drive, it has been officially named ‘The Kitty Elliott Coat Drive.’ Collection areas will be set up in St. Francis Church on October 15th and 22nd and in the Day School on October 16th-20th. Any coats you wish to deliver outside of those dates may be left in the church office

Woodview Elementary School

This nearby SBISD school serves mostly low-income families. Reading Buddies read books in English to students in 1st through 5th grade. Days and hours, grade level and children’s gender are flexible.

  • Reading Buddies (September - May): Adult volunteers are needed to read books with students at Woodview Elementary, 9749 Cedardale Dr. (behind HEB)
  • When: Flexible half-hour sessions during the school day
  • Who: Adult volunteers only
  • SBISD registration and training is required
  • Contact: Carol Mayorga

Volunteers for Teacher/Staff Assistance for very simple, assorted duties such as copying, laminating, cutting out pictures, etc. are needed. Days and hours are flexible. Assistance is particularly needed at the beginning of each semester to help teachers get ready for the first day of school. Youth from ages 12 may participate with an adult.

  • Adult volunteers are needed to assist teachers and staff with assorted duties
  • When: Flexible times during the school day
  • Who: Adult volunteers only
  • SBISD registration is required
  • Contact: Louise Richman or Karen Bloomfield 

Angel Tree at St. Francis

Every Christmas an Angel Tree decorates the Narthex. Parishioners are invited to participate by providing gifts that include bicycles, clothing, shoes, books, toys, or gift cards to low-income families with children who have received financial aid during the year from the Linda Sadler Memorial Fund or other Outreach Ministries of St. Francis.

Sorting Gifts:

  • When: Tuesday, December 11, 9:00 am until finished
  • Who: Adult volunteers
  • Where: Wheatcroft Parish Hall

Angel Tree Party:

  • When: Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am to set-up tables, decorations and make food, from 10am to 12:30pm to feed and distribute gifts
  • Who: Volunteers ages 12 and up are needed
  • Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman St
  • Registration is required for helping at the Angel Tree Party
  • Contact: Lynn Lloyd to take part in this fun outreach project
  • Note: Volunteers are needed to serve approximately 200 people

Boys & Girls Country 

The Boys & Girls Country Annual Awards banquet is hosted each June at St. Francis. A catered meal is provided to the children, their families, and the Boys & Girls Country staff. Volunteers are needed to serve in the kitchen and assist with table service.

  • When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019; 5:30–9:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center (FAC)
  • Who: Adults and families with school-age children
  • Volunteers are also needed for set-up
  • Registration is required
  • Contact: Lynn Lloyd 

Dress for Success (DFS) 

Each year in March is Send One Suit (S.O.S.) month at Dress For Success. DFS Houston sends out an S.O.S. for professional attire, such as clean, seasonably appropriate and in style, professional suits, separates, handbags, scarves, new pantyhose, gently worn closed-toe shoes and business portfolios. Donations should be placed on hangers and brought to the Narthex each Sunday throughout the month.

In 2018, DFS will provide over 15,500 units of service to 3,500 women. Volunteers are needed to help as personal shoppers, assist with inventory and control or in the career center.

Clothing donations:

  • When: Sundays in March
  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Narthex of St. Francis Episcopal Church
  • Contact: Karen Bloomfield 

Fair Haven Food Pantry 

Members of this parish donate generously to the food pantry at Fair Haven United Methodist Church (1330 Gessner, north of I-10). The food pantry distributes hundreds of bags of groceries each week to food-insecure families in the Spring Branch/Memorial area. Non-perishable food is requested every Sunday, to be placed in the basket in the Narthex.

The Fair Haven Food Pantry is staffed entirely by around 60 volunteers and offers a variety of volunteering opportunities. Volunteers are needed to interview clients, enter client data in computers, sack groceries, pick up bakery goods at grocery stores, receive and coordinate food drives and prepare financial data.

  • When: Weekdays from 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Fair Haven United Methodist Church, 1330 Gessner, north of I-10
  • Contact: Fair Haven Food Pantry at 713.467.4363 for more information on how you can help with this vital program
  • Note: Only non-perishable food items can be accepted
  • Visit the Fair Haven Food Pantry website

Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church (LOTS) 

St. Francis serves a hot Sunday morning breakfast to the homeless from time to time each year for LOTS in midtown Houston. Volunteers set up the tables, serve breakfast and break down the room for the next service. Breakfast is provided to volunteers.

  • When: Sunday, March 31 and Sunday, September 8 at 7 am
  • Who: Volunteers ages 14 and up
  • Where: Breakfast is served at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman St
  • Registration is required. Contact Leiselle Sadler to sign up.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute donated clothing, shoes, etc. which are provided to the homeless or low-income families. Volunteers are also needed to help sort the mail into provided mail slots. To find out about additional volunteer opportunities, contact Leiselle Sadler for more information.

  • When: Monday–Thursday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Who: Adults only
  • Where: 3401 Fannin St
  • Registration is required

Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM)

MAM is ranked #2 in Houston by Charity Navigator for the number of funds spent on programs and services. MAM’s services include rent and utilities, medical, transportation, clothing, case management, mental health counseling, employment services, free tax preparation, financial education and coaching, immigration legal services, citizenship, GED and English classes.

Volunteer opportunities include working in the Resale store, employment services and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Also, needed are receptionist, client interviewer, phone volunteer and data entry.

  • When: Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Who: Adult volunteers (interview and orientation required)
  • Group and Student opportunities. Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Where: Memorial Assistance Ministries, 1625 Blalock Rd., 713.468.4516
  • Contact: MAM at 713.574.7540 or volunteers@maministries.org

Outreach Sunday

Join your parish family for a fun time of service together as we make sandwiches, snack packs, cards, and more to share with the homeless. Watch the church calendar and bulletin for dates each spring and fall when we turn the Parish Hall into a huge assembly line to help others. Donations of single serve packages of chips, pretzels, goldfish, cheese or peanut butter crackers, granola bars and fruit cups are greatly appreciated. Families and Kids of all ages are welcome! We have jobs for big and little hands alike. 

  • When: Sunday August 26, 2018 at 10 am
  • Who: The entire parish is invited to volunteer
  • Where: The Wheatcroft Parish Hall
  • No registration is required
  • Contact: Melissa Hall

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This friendly Wednesday morning group creates loving shawls for the sick and recovering. No knitting experience required.

  • When: Every other Saturday at 2 pm
  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Stella Blackwell's home
  • Contact: Jerry Ballard 

The Beacon 

The Beacon provides services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless through the core programs of The Beacon Day Center, Beacon Law, Brigid’s Hope and the Cathedral Clinic. Volunteers are needed to help with the kitchen and meal services, laundry and shower services, client intake and greeting.

The Day Center is the central access point for “The Way Home” housing initiative, providing access to housing assessments. Each day around 300 homeless people are provided a hot lunch, access to showers and laundry services. Pastoral care, Bible study, writing workshops, art classes and yoga are also available.

Beacon Law provides high quality and effective legal services for homeless and low-income individuals to remedy the conditions that burden and marginalizes them. Help is available for ID restoration, resolving traffic warrants, birth certificates, social security, veterans and disability benefits.

Brigid’s Hope is a 12 month intensive residential program for homeless, non-violent females recently released from prison. They are offered mentorship, group counseling and independent living through self-sufficiency, life skills and career training. This reduces the number of women who return to the criminal justice system.

Cathedral Clinic at The Beacon is a collaborative partnership with Healthcare for the Homeless Houston. Primary medical care, psychiatric treatment and mental health counseling are made available to address the health care needs of men, women and children living on the streets.

Kitchen and Laundry Volunteer Shifts:

  • When: Thursday–Monday, 7:15–10:30 am, 10:45 am–2:00 pm

Intake Volunteer Shifts:

  • When: Thursday–Monday, 6:45–8:45 am, 6:45–10:30 am, 10:45 am–2:00 pm
  • Who: Ages 16 or older, ages 13–15 may volunteer with an adult
  • Where: 1212 Prairie St. (Complimentary parking in the Cathedral Garage)
  • Registration is required
  • Contact: 713.220.9737, www.beaconhomeless.org or Mark Clark

The Gathering

This ministry is a day care program for 15 - 18 Gathering participants suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Volunteers are needed to help with cooking and serving a fresh cooked meal, entertainment, crafts, yoga and one on one attention.

  • When: First Friday of the month
  • Who: Adult volunteers
  • Where: Wheatcroft Parish Hall
  • Registration is required
  • Youth volunteers (ages 8+) may wish to provide entertainment like music or sing-alongs
  • Contact: Jerry Ballard


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