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WHAM-Where help is set in motion and lives are transformed.
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832-301-0753
 
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713-977-9942
 
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Volunteer Services
832-413-5983
 
HOURS OF OPERATION 
 
SECOND BLESSING STORE
New Hours 
Monday-Friday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
CLIENT SERVICES
Monday-Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SECOND BLESSING
WEEKLY SALES
 
Monday
Linens, Art, Appliances
50% OFF
Tuesday
Toys, Jewelry
50% OFF
Furniture/Rugs
25%OFF
Wednesday
Clothing, Shoes, Purses,
Housewares, Electronics
50% OFF
Thursday
Senior Day
40% OFF (Excludes Furniture)
Veterans
10% OFF
Friday
Linens, Jewelry, Appliances
50% OFF
Saturday
Clothing, Shoes, Purses (No Designer),Housewares, Furniture
50% OFF
*Jewelry is 50% OFF on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
 
SECOND BLESSING DONATIONS
ARE ACCEPTED:
 
Tuesday - Friday
10 am - 5 pm
Saturday
9 am - 4 pm
 
FOR FREE PICK UP OF
FURNITURE AND LARGE ITEMS
 
Call 832-301-0753 or
WHAM HOLIDAYS
 
Good Friday
Second Blessing
Closed Friday, April 19
Open Saturday, April 20
Care Ministry
Closed Friday, April 19
 
Memorial Day
Second Blessing
Closed Monday, May 27, 2019
Care Ministry
Closed Monday, May 27, 2019
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT 
LORETTA HAREN
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For years, Loretta Haren came to Second Blessing to shop and visit with longtime ministry supporters and volunteers, Ruth and Van Penrod, who encouraged her to volunteer with them in the linens and fabric department. Five years after taking their suggestion, Loretta oversees the department that has expanded from a small dressing room to a spacious warehouse area filled with sheets, bedspreads, quilts, blankets, pillows, fabric, table linens, curtains, hats, belts, and more! Among her favorite donations are vintage quilts (pictured butterfly quilt, circa 1930's) that often come with hand-written notes with the year made and quilter's name. When she's not sorting, pricing, stocking, and placing linens on the sales floor, Loretta shares her creative talents by serving on committees and decorating for WHAM's special events and fundraisers. Thank you, Loretta, for your service to WHAM!
WE NEED YOU!
 
WHAM depends on volunteers. No experience necessary, and training is provided for these opportunities:
 
Second Blessing-
Cashier
Clothing Organizer
Sorter
Pricer
Dispatcher
 
Care Ministry-
Receptionist
Interviewer     
Assistant at monthly haircuts and showers for homeless 
Assistant at monthly voucher clothing distribution
 
Food Pantry-
Stocker
Shopping assistant
Assistant at monthly Food Fair
Assistant for Food For Change
at Alief and WHAM locations
 
Employment Services-Coaches/mentors needed to assist clients seeking employment with job readiness preparation, workforce development training, resume writing, interviewing, and computer skills
 
Contact Ella Clark, 
Volunteer Coordinator, at e.clark@whamministries.org
or 832-413-5983 for information. 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TRAINING
"WHEN TO SAY WHEN 2.0" COMING IN MAY
 
Dr. Liz L. West will present a training session, "When to Say When 2.0," on recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness and emotional disturbances. Identical sessions will be held on May 7 and May 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 at WHAM. Sessions are free and open to the public, but registration and ticket are required. Please click on a the date you would like to attend for details and tickets. 
  MAY 7      or      MAY 14  
 
IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR SPRING DASH!
Join us April 13
for WHAM'S first 1K & 5K RUN/WALK
7:45 am - 10501 Meadowglen Lane
 
HAVEN'T REGISTERED?
Here's a deal to get you going!
TEN PERCENT
 
READY TO DASH?
Register now to Run, Walk, or Sleep In!
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We'll have fun and music,
refreshments, face painting, and snow cones!
Your support helps us provide food, financial assistance, job resources, and education to the homeless, families, and individuals in need.
  
NOT GOING TO RUN/WALK BUT WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
We can use your help in several areas; you choose!
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​​​DO YOU WANT TO BE A SPONSOR?
​​    Show that your company cares and is committed to making a
  difference in the community! Contact Mercedes to sign up. 
 
JOIN TEAM WHAM!
  Add extra fun and motivation to your 5K or 1K and experience
  how making a difference for others makes a difference for you!
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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
THE REV. MARK BROWN
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CARE MINISTRY AT WORK
MARCH STATISTICS

 
WHAM's Care Ministry was busy in March, seeing 2516 people from 897 households (198 new households and 116 homeless) for a total of 1011 visits. The Food Pantry provided 180 daypacks to the homeless, 100 emergency out of zip code food orders for 326 people, and 616 regular food orders for 1941 individuals. 
CARRYING GROCERIES IN STYLE
NEW PANTRY CARTS FOR THE HOMELESS

 
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Homeless individuals receiving food from  WHAM's pantry can now easily take their  groceries with them in a new cart, thanks to a generous grant from Whole Cities. Often, clients must limit the food they receive because they are not able to carry a large amount in multiple bags, but these carts can hold an entire food order and be easily rolled. Best of all, they are reusable and can be brought to the pantry on each visit. Many thanks to Whole Cities for making a difference for our clients!
WHAM REACHES OUT TO THE COMMUNITY
FINDING HELP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 
angelaIn March, WHAM staff members, Mercedes Santos-Garay and Cindy Orman, were invited to City Parc II Apartments for a presentation informing residents of WHAM's programs and services. Residents enjoyed pizza while learning about the various programs and resources available to individuals in need. As a result of attending the event at her apartment complex, Angela came to WHAM and received help with her electric bill. She had not previously sought financial assistance, but in spite of budgeting her modest income, she wasn't able to cover unplanned expenses that occurred during the month. WHAM was able to pay Angela's $100 utility balance and also provide employment services to help her attain her goal of gaining stable employment in the near future.
EASTER BASKETS ARE HERE!
KIDS MAKING EASTER SPECIAL
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Each year, the Children's Religious Education classes at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church generously provide Easter baskets to WHAM client families. The classes collect items and assemble them in boxes or baskets (some are placed in laundry baskets for the families to use after Easter) and personalize them with hand drawn cards, ribbons, and Easter decorations. The baskets include food, household essentials, toys, books, and children's clothing items. This year's distribution is under way, and by Easter, 21 families with a total of 58 children will have received a beautiful Easter basket made with love by the children of St. Cyril. Thank you for blessing these families at Easter.
 
AWARD WINNING PANTRY MANAGER
WHAM'S VERITA DUNCAN

 
Article ImageThe new year brought well-deserved recognition for Food Pantry Manager, Verita Duncan, when she was honored with the 2018 Westchase District Community Impact Award in January. The award is given to those who exemplify the best attributes of the Westchase District community. We congratulate Verita's positive community impact through her leadership at WHAM.

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