Food & Clothing
Mission Centers seeks to model the example of Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
People living in the following zip codes may be eligible to receive food:
Gano Mission Center: 77008, 77009, 77022, 77026, 77028 (Call 713-227-1146)
Joy Mission Center: 77003, 77011, 77012, 77023, 77029, 77087 (Call 713-921-0197)
In an average month, Mission Centers serves over 2,500 people through the food pantry ministries at Gano Mission Center and Joy Mission Center.
We receive donations of most dry goods, but are in constant need of canned meat, vegetables, fruit, dried beans, rice, soup, flour, sugar, and cooking oil. We also can take donations of perishable frozen and refrigerated foods.
We also welcome donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and shoes at the Joy Mission Center.
Items can be dropped off at both of our locations, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 11:30 am and 1 pm – 3 pm. Please call (713) 227-0304 before coming.
Volunteers are a most vital part of this ministry! Volunteer to help with our food & clothing ministry
Kids Clubs are designed for children ages 4–10 and are held weekly after school at both the Gano and Joy Mission Centers during the school year. During June and July we expand our program to three days a week at both centers. Kids Club provides a fun and safe environment for children to play games, do crafts, listen to and discuss a Bible story, and experience praise and worship through action-based songs. Volunteers can lead or assist with activities, as well as share the hope of Christ by being present and involved in children’s lives.
Youth Club meets each week at Gano Mission Center and Joy Mission Center and is for students ages 10–17. Our youth love to play soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. Computers, video games, board games, and crafts are also available. A Christ-centered Bible study is taught by our staff. Our youth take various outings throughout the year as a reward for attendance, good behavior, and participation in program activities. This includes day trip and summer camp.
Small group discipleship is a key part of our ministry with youth at both centers. This is led by volunteers and staff on an ongoing basis. Through this program youth who choose to participate learn how to have a deeper relationship with God, pray for their friends, and have opportunity to give back by serving in other ministry programs.
Acteens and Sewing Club are also held at the centers. These clubs are a place for girls to explore creativity through crafts, cooking, and other activities. These programs offer a great place for mentoring relationships to flourish. Mission training is a key component to these programs.
Adult programs at Mission Centers of Houston consist of senior adult ministry, senior adult home-bound food delivery, homeless food and hygiene bags, food and clothing distribution, Bible Study, and marriage and parenting classes.
Each week, over 100 senior adults meet at Gano Mission Center and Joy Mission Center for food, fellowship, and worship. Senior adults also take several day trips throughout the year. An annual overnight trip to Palacios, Texas, is the highlight for many seniors. In addition to on-site ministry, Mission Centers sponsors a weekly homebound ministry to over 30 senior adults. Volunteers deliver food and offer pastoral counsel and prayer for the seniors.
Ladies Bible Study is held twice a week at the Gano Mission Center. We also offer marriage and parenting classes for women at various times.
Mission Centers of Houston offers a missionary training program for young men and women who are seeking to serve God through missions.
Learn more about our Missionary Intern Program
Every year on the first Saturday in December our Gano and Joy Mission Centers are transformed into Christmas Stores where parents of kids and youth involved in our programs come to shop for gifts for the children in their family. They enjoy a stress-free time of shopping while enjoying Christmas goodies, hearing about the good news of Christmas, and having fellowship with our staff and many volunteers. There is no charge for anything and the gifts chosen by the parents are each gift-wrapped with care by our volunteers.
Donations of toys and funds are collected throughout the year for the Christmas Store. If you would like to make a donation or serve in one of our Christmas Stores, or would like more information please contact Cheryl Chadwick at Cheryl@missioncenters.org.