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WHAM-Where help is set in motion and lives are transformed.
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Second Blessing
832-301-0753
 
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713-977-9942
 
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713-795-2880
 
Employment Services
713-965-7939
 
Volunteer Services
832-413-5983
 
HOURS OF OPERATION 
 
SECOND BLESSING STORE 
Monday-Friday
10am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
CLIENT SERVICES
Monday-Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WE NEED YOU!
 
WHAM depends on volunteers. No experience necessary, and training is provided for these opportunities:
 
Second Blessing-
Cashier
Clothing Organizer
Sorter
Pricer
 
Care Ministry-
Receptionist
Interviewer     
Assistant at monthly haircuts and showers for homeless 
Assistant at monthly clothing distribution
 
Food Pantry-
Stocker
Shopping assistant
Assistant at monthly Food Fair
 
Employent Services-
Mentor/Coach to clients seeking employment, assisting with resumé writing, interview skills
 
Contact Ella Clark, 
Volunteer Coordinator, at e.clark@whamministries.org
or 832-413-5983 for more information. 
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
 
Parker family
Volunteering is a way of life for many people, and for one family who volunteers at WHAM, it is a way of life embraced by the entire family. Benjamin and Shana Parker’s search for a ministry that their whole family could get involved with led them just a few minutes from home to WHAM, and they have been generously giving their time and talent since early summer. Benjamin volunteers in the Employment Services and Resource Center giving valuable career counseling to clients who are seeking employment and wanting to improve their job skills. During the summer, Shana and the Parker’s two daughters and son donated several days a week in the food pantry sorting and stocking food, bagging beans and rice, and assisting clients with making food selections. Now with school back in session, Shana and the kids volunteer one Saturday each month at the pantry’s monthly food fair. WHAM is blessed to have the Parker family as part of our volunteer family, and we commend them for their commitment to giving back to the community.
WHAM HOLIDAYS
 
Veterans Day          November 12
Thanksgiving          November 22-23
Christmas               December 24-26
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
 
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WHAMLisa Iparrea BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT
ELISABET IPARREA

 
Elisabet Iparrea has been named new Board President of West Houston Assistance Ministries, effective October 1, 2018. Elisabet (Lisa), currently with the Texas Business Hall of Fame, a foundation dedicated to recognizing Texas Business leaders for their accomplishments and keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive in Texas, previously served on our board as the church representative for St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church. Lisa has served on the WHAM board as a director since 2016 and was elected Vice President in 2017.
 
“I am completely humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve as Board President alongside such an amazing group of board members that absolutely love WHAM as much as I do. I have been affiliated with WHAM since I was 9 years old serving as a volunteer. To see the impact WHAM has had on the community over the years is truly amazing,” commented Lisa. WHAM CEO Rev. Mark Brown said, “We welcome Lisa to her new role as President and know that she will continue to be a tremendous asset to our board through her wealth of experience and dedication to WHAM.”

Lisa holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. She is married to Adrian Iparrea and has two beautiful girls, Adriana and Adela. Outside of her role as Board President, Lisa is very active in pursuing her passion as a soprano vocalist.
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
THE REV. MARK BROWN

Mark and Christi Brown        
Mark and Christi BrownFall is here, and in this season of gratitude, West Houston Assistance Ministries is thankful for the resources that have allowed us to fulfill our mission to carry out Christ's command to love and provide for those in need. In the year since Hurricane Harvey, we have been very busy! Over 51,000 people, including 16,500 disaster victims, have received financial assistance totaling over $2.5 million from WHAM, and we will continue providing critical basic needs for individuals and families who need our assistance. As we head toward the holiday season, there is still much work to be done, and I ask, "Are you looking for a way to make a difference?" We invite you to be part of the action of our dynamic organization. You can make a difference to those we serve at WHAM through volunteering, donating items to our resale store, or contributing financially.
A NEW DAY: A NEW BEGINNING
BENEFIT LUNCHEON

 
Mark Brown, Mayor Sylvester TurnerPaul Lock, Winell Herron, Lisa IparreaRuth PenrodJanet Clelland
 
There was much to celebrate at our Benefit Luncheon on September 20! We socialized and participated in the Silent Auction and the chance to win many wonderful raffle items before sitting down to a delicious lunch, the presentation of awards, and eloquent speakers. We celebrated how far we have come since Harvey with an inspiring speech by Keynote Mayor Sylvester Turner. We honored Community Builder Award recipient, H-E-B, for their long history of making a difference by helping others and WHAM’s Penrod Volunteer Award winner, Janet Clelland, who has been touching the lives of our clients for 17 years. The audience was moved by the testimonials of three WHAM clients who were not only assisted with disaster relief funds, but most importantly, given hope for recovery from the storm by a caring, compassionate WHAM staff. The luncheon was a wonderful celebration of the cooperative efforts of the community and, as WHAM CEO Rev. Mark Brown pledged in his closing remarks, a commitment to continue the work of meeting the needs of those we serve. All funds raised will go to operating the programs that accomplish our mission: programs that assist individuals and families in need with food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, mortgage, or utilities, and employment and education services aimed at self-sufficiency. 
 
Thank you to event chair, Maria Reyes Bahena, for her leadership and support!
 
We thank our sponsors for your generous contribution to the success of this event, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
 
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OVER 1100 LUNCHES SERVED TO KIDS DURING WHAM'S SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
LUNCHTIME IS FUNTIME!

 
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Summer time, and the living is easy! Those words are true for kids, but for many parents who struggle financially, summer means additional costs of feeding children three meals each day without school-provided free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch. This summer, for the second year, WHAM partnered with the Houston Food Bank to offer free, healthy meals Monday-Friday for kids through 18 years of age. Saint Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church graciously hosted lunch at the church from June 4 through August 17, and 1188 meals were served over 54 days! 
 
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In addition, several Fun Lunch Friday special events were held. On July 27,  Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation sponsored a free book giveaway with children receiving a new backpack and 6 new books that each child got to choose to start their own personal home library. On August 10, the kids enjoyed a bounce house, snow cones, and popcorn with radio personalities from Mega 101 providing music, games, and prizes. Celebrating the end of summer on August 17, a visit from the Curiosity Cruiser, a mobile library that is a program of the Harris County Public Library and Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, treated children to free books and educational activities with their mascots. WHAM provided cake and ice cream and gifts for each child. As summer came to an end, there were many lasting memories of fun times with new friends!
WHAM CARES ABOUT KIDS!
SCHOOL SUPPLIES=SUCCESS

 
WHAM’s Back to School Program was a huge success again this year as we surpassed our fundraising goal to purchase supplies for 500 kids by raising $10,342! Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to send 530 kids back to school well prepared with pre-packaged, grade-specific supplies and backpacks. Providing students with the necessary tools for a successful year of learning not only relieves parents’ already strained budgets, but also instills confidence and pride in kids as they start school with brand new school supplies. These students are ready to learn!
 
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When families are facing hardships, the holidays are a difficult instead of wonderful time of year. The struggle to afford basic needs - food, clothing, and shelter - makes providing holiday extras and gifts for their children financially out of reach.
 
Last year, people like you helped WHAM make the holidays special by providing 324 families with holiday meals and 976 children with toys and gift cards.
 
This year, you too can make a difference by making a donation! Please make this holiday a time to remember for the families that we serve.
 
To make a donation to WHAM's Holiday Meals and Toys Program:
Click on the donate button above or call 832-266-1489.

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