New home opening to serve homeless women and children
Houston (February 11, 2013) – On February 12, The Mission of Yahweh will officially open
The Sister Gay Children’s Home, which will provide housing for an additional 45 homeless women and children. The Mission will be increasing its capacity by over 50% (actually 52.94%) by going from 85 to 130.
The Sister Gay Home was originally built in 2000 by the Larry J. Martin Foundation as a personal home for Sister Gay. Over several years, she legally adopted or was guardian to twenty-six children. Sister Gay passed away in 2008 and her children have moved away. The building has now been brought up to Commercial Building Code and will re-open as the Sister Gay Children’s Home and house up to 45 more women and children It will provide 10 bedrooms for mothers and their children on the first floor while the second floor will provide 9 bedrooms for women without children. This expansion will allow the Mission to help more homeless women and children have a chance for a better life.
A vision from God led Sister Gay to a devoted life of helping the poor, and in 1961 she opened her home to women in crisis. To get her community’s help, Sister Gay drove her truck through the Memorial area seeking donations. Soon, many churches and families lent their support to Sister Gay and her vision.
About The Mission of Yahweh:
In 1971, a group of churches met and organized a Board of Directors and the corporate structure to support her work. In 1972, a corporate charter was granted by The State of Texas to establish The Mission of Yahweh as a non-profit 501(c)3 homeless shelter for women and children.
In 1981, construction began with a single dormitory on Algiers. Today, the Mission Campus consists of 11 buildings. Sister Gay’s vision continues to drive the mission to enrich the lives of homeless women and children.
The Mission provides the women with On-Site Vocational and Educational Employment Counseling, On-Site Child Care and Academic Tutorials for the children, GED Test Preparation and Training, Financial Education, Parenting, Life Skills, and Computer classes, Job Readiness, the House of Hope which clothes the women for their job interviews, Bible Study and a Summer Program for the children.
The Mission’s primary goal is to transform lives so that the residents leave much better than when they arrived, resulting in successful exits and a pathway toward independent living.
The Mission of Yahweh and the legacy Sister Gay has left behind continue to flourish.
For more information contact Richard Hill, Executive Director.
The Mission of Yahweh
Houston, TX 77041
Tel (713) 466-4785
Fax (713) 466-3480