Hope Center Houston
May/June 2020 News
Welcome New Board Members
Jennie Stephens works for the YMCA of Greater Houston as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Operations. She has worked for the YMCA for almost 16 years and has a passion for helping people. Jennie and her husband have two girls, Alyssa and Corine who are students at Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M.
Robert Lunde is the Market President of Capital Bank and has served HCH as our banker for more than a year. Previously serving on the board of Fighter Nation, a non-profit affiliated with Fellowship of the Nations Church, Robert also served on the board of North Shore Rotary Club, for which he was Sargeant at Arms in 2014. A native of the Klein area, he and wife Emily have two young daughters.
Stephanie Howlett is co-owner and manager of PetFlyTrap.com, with past experience in restaurant and retail management. Previously a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher, Stephanie volunteers at a pet shelter and was seeking an avenue to serve the homeless. She discovered that opportunity when HCH opened. She devotes her talents to HCH as co-coordinator of volunteers and kitchen coordinator and volunteer. She and husband Mike have two daughters.
Brother Allen White's background is quite diverse. Over the years he has served numerous congregations as an associate pastor, minister, worship leader, and teacher. In the “real world”, his secular career includes work as a human resources executive, retail manager, entrepreneur, and antiquities dealer. Currently, Allen works full-time serving HCH as both Chaplain and advocate for “the least of these.” He recently became a Franciscan Friar with the order of Saint Francis. Congratulations!
Golf for Hope Tournament

Hope Center Houston's 3rd annual Golf for Hope Tournament is scheduled for September 28, 2020 at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club.
Sign up to play via the registration link below. For silent auction and sponsorship opportunities, contact jodie@hopecenterhouston.org

Thank you for your support!
Homeless count expected to rise due to Coronavirus

Every year, volunteers canvas Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties in an effort to count the homeless. While the process is not exacting due to daily fluctuating numbers and the large area, this Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey coordinated by Coalition for the Homeless on behalf of The Way Home relays important information to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the effectiveness of homeless programs in our areas.

While the count remained stable from 2019 to 2020, because it took place in January 2020, it does not encompass the impact of the pandemic.

Our concern is the potential increase in homelessness due to loss of income during the past few months. Do you know what qualifies a person as homeless? The graphic below details the definition of being homeless. We will need to address the influx of new homeless in the coming months and will need your help in doing so.

A New Website
One of the many things we've accomplished during the pandemic is the creation of a new website. We hope you will enjoy the layout, the graphics and the ease of navigation. When we can get together again, we will add new photos that better represent the mission of HCH. Visit our new site at www.hopecenterhouston.org
“Homelessness is a minor setback, for a major comeback!” 
-Maurice