Our mission is to assure that families have the means to meet their basic needs.
Offer programs enabling long-term financial self-sufficiency
Assist families facing financial crisis avoid homelessness
Assure children an improved school experience
Facilitate client access to other support networks
Provide value to our member congregations and the community
Philosophy of Service
Our philosophy of service is one of personalized support, believing that every client is capable, creative, and whole.
During the 1980’s, a sudden local economic downturn resulted in the loss of over 100,000 jobs in the Houston area. At that time, houses of worship were faced with unprecedented requests for food, rent, utility assistance and clothing. Since each congregation could assist in only a small way, the congregations decided to pool their resources and create centralized service centers. In 1983, Memorial Assistance Ministries opened its doors to address these needs.
Each day, these families and individuals arrive at MAM’s doors bearing the weight of a financial crisis so big that they can no longer handle it alone – from imminent eviction, family hunger, the need for urgent medical care, or loss of transportation to their job.
Volunteer and paid caseworkers help MAM clients address their immediate need with a variety of emergency services including rental and utility assistance, food pantry referrals and sack meals, transportation vouchers, access to medical services and much more. Next, caseworkers and volunteers take the time to work with clients to untangle a web of underlying issues that will continue to threaten families’ long-term stability, like a job loss, illness or disability, or lack of language skills for better employment, need for family counseling and so on.