September 2018
Waiting on the Fall Season and Cooler Weather!
Upcoming Events
Please RSVP

Complimentary Tour for Houston Ground Angels, Spouses and Friends
We will be touring the
Co-Cathedral of the Scared Heart, one of the most toured venues in and around Houston. In fact, on their website, they have a page just for their tours. This magnificent church was built in 1896.
There will be time to get to know other volunteers, and see old friends, and make new ones.
We will meet in the foyer of the church at 9:45, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, and the church's docents will provide a guided tour that will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp. The Cathedral is close to downtown Houston: 1111 St Joseph Pkwy, Houston, TX 77002 .

Please RSVP as soon as possible to, and if you do not receive a reply email within a few hours, please call at 832.752.9645.
Holiday / Christmas Party
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience for our Holiday/Christmas Party happening on Dec. 8. at Cullen Oaks Community Center of the Cullen Oaks Apartments, on the University of Houston's campus.
Service Spotlight
Houston Ground Angels
Management Review
September 2018

Tony Castiglie, Vice President & Treasurer

With September upon us, signs of the Fall Season are all around. Labor Day is early, football begins & the Astros will be again, hopefully, on their way to a World Series Trip. In Houston, we must wait until the end of the month before cooler weather arrives.

Now, back to business. Volunteers ran 256 Missions during August, the best August ever. With half the year gone, 72 Volunteers have run 1,733 Missions. Our target for the year remains about 2,500, a bit of an increase over last year.

Who’s leading the way:

Top 10 Volunteers – 2018

1. Sandra Begalke 250
2. Charles Whitworth 232
3. Dick Stabell 165
4. David LaFargue 108
5. Tony LaRosa 94
6. Charles Gibson 67
7. Bo Hunter 60
8. Laurie Galland 52
9. Derek King 50
10. Maria Aranovich 48

I have been with Houston Ground Angels for 12 years. It never ceases to amaze me that we have some volunteers who run so many missions. Referencing the about chart, grasp at the reality of missions run, particularly Sandra & Charles, who have each run over 200 missions with (4) months until end-of-year. Another milestone reached in August is Houston Ground Angels has now run over 2,500 missions since we began keeping records in 2007. The Archangels are instrumental in making this happen. They are all really special people.

There is a down side to this. We still are unable to satisfy all the requests we receive. Thus far this year, we have 358 Unfulfilled Missions, already more than any other year. It is always a discussion point at all Board of Directors meetings.

Although the members meet as a group only a few times a year, the Officers & Directors are always working on something, looking for ways for improvement & efficiency. We are currently evaluating our Mission Management System, Website, Unfulfilled Missions, Recruitment, Outings with members, etc. We are excited about the upcoming Christmas Gathering because the location & facility are ideal. We will get there!

To every volunteer who steps up, thanks for your contribution. 2018 is another good year.


Please Visit Our Website to see if a Mission fits your schedule

Our patients are depending on us. This time of year, with the holidays coming up,
patients will start trying to
make their appointments so they can be home for the holidays. So please consider taking a Mission as we move into a very busy time of year.
Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur

Happy Jewish
 New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism's holiest days. Meaning "head of the year" or "first of the year," the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two "High Holy Days" in the Jewish religion.

Yom Kippur - September 18
Holiest Day
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
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Houston Ground Angels

Houston Ground Angels are some of the nicest people I have ever met and it is always such a pleasure to see each of you at the different events, and get to know you more.

We hope that you will consider joining us for the upcoming events, such as the Co-Cathedral tour, Holiday/Christmas party, and then in 2019 a tour of Budweiser Brewery and the Federal Building. This is a time when we can get together, share patients stories, and make new friends. It isn't always about the tour or event, it is about our volunteers and getting together.

On a regular basis we receive thank you notes from the patients that send their gratitude and thanks to the volunteers that provide transportation to them. These thank you notes are on our website:

There are many more thank you notes that we are transferring to this new page and we hope to have them all up in the next month, there are so many.

Please know how much each volunteer on every mission is appreciated!
Thank you to all of our volunteers and for all you do for each patient!

Rebecca Maitland
Cell: 832.752.9645