At CUSE we maintain relationships with a growing number of mission service sites. Here are some of the ones we have served. You can visit their web sites for more information.
The Beacon is a service of Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministries and is a primary mission of Christ Church Cathedral. On a typical day at the Beacon nearly 800 people receive a meal cooked on-site and served by volunteers. Volunteers also wash and fold the clothes of over a hundred people each day. Most clients are able to receive a shower if they request it. For more information, go to their website.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership cares for the portion of Buffalo Bayou that runs through downtown Houston. Their conservation efforts ensure that the bayou is a welcoming habitat for native plants and wildlife while providing Houstonians a strip of wilderness running through the city. CUSE groups clean up trash and remove invasive plants. You can learn more at www.buffalobayou.org.
Emergency Aid Coalition has been one of our service sites since the beginning of CUSE. At EAC, volunteers can sort clothing, stock the food pantry, prepare food baskets, and make sandwiches for distribution to clients at lunch. For more information, go to www.eachouston.org.
Houston Food Bank receives, stores, and distributes massive amounts of food for the hungry throughout the Houston Metropolitan Area. Our volunteers help this project by stocking shelves and organizing inventory. Visit http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/.
Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church offers food, referral services, counseling, Bible study, and worship to the street people of Houston. CUSE volunteers may help serve a Sunday morning breakfast, or make sandwiches for lunch, or share in a Bible study. To learn more, visit www.lordofthestreets.org.
Medical Bridges turns donated, used and surplus medical equipment into clinics for Third World countries. CUSE volunteers sort surgical instruments and other supplies to prepare them for shipping. You can learn more about this unusual and exciting service at www.medicalbridges.org.
New Hope Housing does an inspiring job of making it possible for people to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. Our volunteers build relationships with the residents of New Hope by offering pizza and bingo parties. You can visit them at www.newhopehousing.com.
Open Door Mission is a safe place for people to live and recover from life on the streets while they prepare to return to independent living. CUSE volunteers do whatever is needed at the mission, from kitchen service to repairs to simple conversation with residents. It would be worth your time to visit www.opendoorhouston.org.
Olivewood Cemetery is the oldest incorporated African American cemetery in Houston. For many years the cemetery was covered in a layer of overgrown vegetation and almost forgotten. Now, a dedicated group of volunteers is working to clear the years of overgrowth and tell the cemetery’s historic story. Keeping the cemetery clean discourages vandalism, enriches the surrounding community, and shows respect for those who are buried at Olivewood. CUSE volunteers clear overgrown vegetation and maintain the already cleared portions of the cemetery. You can learn more about Olivewood at www.descendantsofolivewood.org.
We assist Farmer Joe with urban farms in our very own city. Imagine growing your own fresh produce for your family, including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and a cornucopia of other vegetables throughout the year. The Urban Gardening Program provides gardening opportunities for interested community groups to transform select gardening spots in parks into community gardens, with the assistance of The Urban Gardener. You can learn more on the City of Houston website.
Generation One began with the prayers of its founder and a few faithful supporters and has become a demonstration of the power of urban mission. In Houston’s Third Ward, Generation One is committed to the eradication of poverty in its neighborhood, education of its children, and restoration of decent housing. CUSE groups paint, clear lots, or conduct VBS classes. You can learn more at www.generationone.net.