A Compassionate Response to the Impact of COVID-19

Updated: April 16th 10:05 AM

There are a number of ways in which we as the Body of Christ can respond in a safe and responsible way in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are options listed below that appropriate for individuals and families. If you are in a high-risk group or regularly encounter individuals in a high-risk, please choose your volunteer options with that consideration in mind. Remember there are ways to serve, e.g., praying for our city, calling and checking on parishioners, particularly seniors, without leaving your home and potentially exposing yourself to someone who may be ill.

To discern the needs in our surrounding community we contacted a number of our partners that we believed may face unique challenges in executing their ministries due to the social disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All the partners we’ve heard from have requested prayer for the people they serve, and others in our city in need that has been further exacerbated by the current circumstances. Please consider donating items detailed below, volunteering and/or providing financial support to our partners, particularly those serving the homeless and children who rely on community services for food and other essential support.

The list will be updated as we continue to hear from our community partners. For the latest information please check the partner's Facebook page. Please refer this information to family and friends who may be willing to help. As we obtain additional information as to how St. John the Divine can support our community we'll post it hear and or in the Building Bridges blog (link at bottom of page).

If you want to provide information to or coordinate your response with other parisioners, please email outreach@sjd.org

See the Building Bridges Blog by the Rev. Greg Buffone for stories about SJD giving and GOing. 

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Arrow Child & Family Ministries - https://www.arrow.org/

Provide Crisis Support” button - https://www.arrow.org/crisis_response/   

We have medically fragile children we serve and are needing:

  • Tear away gowns
  • Gloves
  • Clorox or other disinfectant wipes
  • Masks

These are items that many are needing, but we sincerely need them for medical needs.

Lord of the Streets (LOTS) 

Lazarus of the Streets is open again!  Mail services and the HH Clinics are now available at LOTS once again. 

Currently, volunteers are not permitted onsite. However, sack lunches are needed. Food should be pre-packaged or fresh and raw fruits and vegetables only, unless prepared in a licensed kitchen under strictly sanitary conditions.

Suggested items to include in an individual sack “meal”: cheese sticks, bottled water, juice, meat sticks, chips, fresh or dried fruit, fresh vegetables such as carrots, protein or granola bars, etc.  Packaging these items as a single meal in a lunch sack will facilitate drop-off, transport and distribution.  

Donations are also needed as well as your prayers for our clients and staff - safety, patience and continued good health - Donate Now!

ECHOShttp://Echos-Houston.org

Open, please consider taking food/supplies donations to: 9600 S. Gessner, Building E /Houston, Texas 77071 

Donate at: http://echos-houston.org/support-echos/

Preparedness BOX/BAG item list:

Deliver BAG/Box to ECHOS, 9600 S. Gessner, Bldg. E – Houston, TX 77071

  • 1 can green beans 
  • 1 can tomatoes or tomato sauce 
  • 1 Package stuffing mix
  • 1 Package pasta
  • 1 Can beans
  • 1 Can chicken broth or soups
  • 3 Cans of tuna or chicken
  • 1 Package dehydrated mashed potatoes
  • 1 1lb bag of rice
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1 box of cereal 
  • 1 Can fruit or fruit cocktail
  • 1 Package cake mix and frosting
  • 1 1lb bag of dried beans

Other Personal Hygiene Items Needed

  • Diapers sizes 4,5,6
  • Hand sanitizer•Bleach•Feminine Napkins
  • Soap
  • Laundry soap

Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels) - https://www.imgh.org/ 

Operation Impact in effect for March   See https://www.imgh.org/events/operation-impact/ 

In-house:  warehouse work (breakfast bag assembly, pet food bagging to allow us to deliver a larger supply to our seniors this month, and applying informational stickers to the emergency meal boxes for immediate distribution.

In the community: extra hands and wheels to help us get meals out. Below is some detailed info. on how folks can sign up to do that in the coming weeks:

Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels Program needs Meal Delivery Volunteers. Driver needs to be 18+ and kiddos are certainly welcome! We are currently working to cover our needs March 16-20 and your volunteering can be done between 9 AM and 12 noon on any weekday. Volunteers will be asked to report to IM’s MOW Headquarters at 3202 San Jacinto, 77004 on their scheduled day(s) of service at 9:00 AM for training.

If you wish to join us, please contact Lauren at llewis@imgh.org with what day(s) between March 16-20 you can join us between 9 AM and 12 noon.

What you will need:
-              your Driver License (we will take a photocopy of it for your volunteer record)
-              a full tank of gas
-              two medium/large-sized insulated containers (coolers or soft-sided insulated bags like you would find in the freezer section at the grocery store)
-              room in the trunk or backseat of your car
-              a willingness to go where needed and make a big impact!

Once we have you confirmed, I will send you an email and you’ll be set to go! Thank you for helping us make sure that our seniors know that they are not forgotten, but are, in fact, very, very loved!   

CCSC Needs: https://www.ccschouston.org/

Open; please please consider delivering food/supplies to either food pantry located at: 

3230 Mercer St. (77027) or 6856 Bellaire (77074. See specifics below. 

Other support: https://www.ccschouston.org/covid-19/ 

If possible please drop a bag (or more) of groceries at either food pantry (3230 Mercer St. or 6856 Bellaire)

Here is what will help the most:

  1. Pasta
  2. Hearty soups with meat and beans
  3. Canned tuna and chicken
  4. Boxed dry cereal
  5. Canned vegetables – all types
  6. Canned fruit – all types
  7. Cleaning wipes
  8. Toilet Paper
  9. Bar Soap
  10. Baby Wipes/Diapers (sizes 4,5,6)

See the CCSC Facebook page for details regarding food delivery times, etc. 

Agape - https://www.agapedevelopment.org/

Donate at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/agapedevelopment or select Agape Development on Amazon Smile 

Amazing Place - https://www.amazingplacehouston.org/ 

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Amazing place has postponed all on-site Day Program services and in-person Connections Programs until June 1. In the meantime, they have many opportunities for virtual education, training, engagement, and support at: Virtual Education, Training, Engagement & Support

Donate at: https://www.amazingplacehouston.org/donate/ 

Boys & Girls Country - https://www.boysandgirlscountry.org/

Closed to outside visitors; Donate at: https://boysandgirlscountry.networkforgood.com/ 

Covenant House Texas - https://www.covenanthousetx.org/

Closed to outside visitors; Donate at: https://www.covenanthousetx.org/covid-19-update-protecting-our-youth/ 

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos - https://www.casahope.org/

Closed to outside visitors; Donate at: https://www.casahope.org/donate 

  1. Baby Wipes – sensitive/non-scented
  2. Baby food – Stage One
  3. Baby Food – Stage Two
  4. Whole Milk – if staggered deliveries
  5. Fresh Fruit and Veggies – if staggered deliveries
  6. Grocery gifts cards for our client families.

 Deliveries can be taken to the Casa de Esperanza neighborhood, 2811 Corder St., Houston 77054. Please call Lori Hudalla at 832-317-8168 to schedule delivery.

His Father’s Heart Ministries - https://hisfathersheart.org/

Status unknown - Donate at:  https://hisfathersheart.org/

Kid’s Meals - https://kidsmealsinc.org/

Open and serving meals; Donate at: https://www.giveffect.com/checkout/4136

  • Share on Social Media
  • DIY Lunch Packing

See instructions on website: https://kidsmealsinc.org/how-to-diy-lunch-pack-decorating-lunch-bags/

L.I.F.E Houston - https://www.lifehouston.org/

To donate click this link: Donate Now

  • Formula, baby food, and other baby items

Mission of Yahwehhttps://missionofyahweh.org/

Open and in need of donations: 10247 Algiers, Houston, TX 77041, 

List of Needs & Online Donation Options 

    For more information on their current/urgent needs please contact Melissa Mejia, at melissa.mejia@missionofyahweh.orgor call her at (713) 466-4785 ext 109.  

    Nehemiah Center - https://www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org/ - Operational status unknown

    Donate at: https://www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org/donate/ 

    Open Door Mission - https://opendoorhouston.org/

    Opern Door Mission continues to house and support their current clients but will not be accepting new clients until further notice.

    Donate at: https://opendoorhouston.org/donate/urgent-needs/ 

    SEARCH Homeless Services - https://www.searchhomeless.org/

    We are unable to accept in-kind donations during our closure, but monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.

    Donate at: https://www.searchhomeless.org/donate/ 

    The Beacon - https://www.beaconhomeless.org/ - Open for limited services

    Donate at: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/TheBeacon/Donate.html

    The Forge for Families - https://www.forgeforfamilies.org/

    The FORGE has just opened our families COVID 19 Essential Child Care which is operating Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. See a list of additional services being offered by The Forge: Current Activities Offered by The Forge

    Donate at: https://www.forgeforfamilies.org/donate 

    Todays’ Harbor for Children - https://todaysharborforchildren.org/ - Currently closed

    Donate at: https://www.forgeforfamilies.org/donate 

    Yellowstone Academy - https://yellowstoneacademy.org/- School close but continue to provide/deliver food.

    Donate at: https://yellowstoneschools.org/covid-response/#give 


    Communication and Coordination

    If you are interested in responding to one or more the the needs or volunteer opportunities posted here please contact the partner directly; for the latest information reference their web site or Facebook page.. If you want to provide information to or coordinate your response with other parisioners, please email outreach@sjd.org

    See the Building Bridges Blog by the Rev. Greg Buffone for stories about SJD giving and GOing.