Monday, October 25, 2010

Re-hydrating Houston

At CSM Houston, many of our groups participate in "Operation Hydration," taking bottles of water to the homeless and getting a chance to meet them and dialogue with them where they live. For many participants, the experience of meeting a homeless person and discovering commonality with them breaks down stereotypes and changes the issue of homelessness from one of statistics to one of relationships. It also gives us a chance to love people where they are and bless them with something practical. In a Houston Summer, water is always practical.

A Houston-based foundation is doing this on a massive scale. Several of our ministry partners serve as distribution sites for the I Am Waters Foundation's effort to hydrate the homeless. They have given over 80,000 bottles of water to the homeless this summer. To read more, click here!

-Paul Randall, CSM Houston City Director

Thursday, October 07, 2010

World Homeless Day - 10/10/10!


CSM is humbled everyday by working with some amazing homeless brothers and sisters throughout the US and Canada. Homesslessness is real and we hope to raise more awareness about the situation we're in by participating is World Homeless Day on 10/10/10.
Check out their website:
Follow them on Twitter: @homelessday
Join their group on Facebook:!/group.php?gid=252124162444&v=wall

Monday, October 04, 2010

Encouraging words...

"Thanks for showing me a new side of grace and love for the people who need our help the most."
-CSM Nashville Trip Participant

Friday, October 01, 2010

Recession Continues to Hit Houston Households

While the recession hit Texas later than many parts of the country, its effects are definitely still being felt.  This article shares much of the recent data about the Houston area and Texas as a whole.  For example, 12% of households in Houston report an income below $15,000/year.  For more, check out this article from the Houston Chronicle!

-Paul Randall, CSM Houston City Director