Cupcakes for Champs is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Humble under Single Parents Igniting Relationships in Truth (SPIRIT). Every fourth Wednesday of the month, they partner with Montrose Street Reach, a group with the goal of ministering to the lives of at-risk youth on the street and homeless elders in the midtown Houston area.
Percy Kennedy, Jr. is the founder and president of SPIRIT and the owner of Experimac Humble, where they buy, sell and repair Apple products. Along with other events he holds for single parents and children of single parents, he has a strong affinity for the less fortunate community and has partnered with gourmet cupcake bakeries in the Montrose area. Sprinkles – one of the top donors – has helped “sprinkle” smiles in this less fortunate community.
“The goal is to bring families together every month and turn our faces from meeting our needs to the needs of others. By focusing on their needs, our lives are changing along with them. The impact Cupcakes for Champs has made has not only been seen in the people being served, but the people serving,” said Kennedy.
Mia Bradford, a volunteer of six months with Cupcakes for Champs, said, “I’d rather do than just hear about giving back to my community. I want to give to the kingdom.”
The Montrose Street Reach team seeks to instill Christian values and give practical assistance to their Wednesday night attendees.
Sonia Rodriguez, a volunteer with Cupcakes for Champs, has been attending Wednesday nights with her husband Alex for a year and a half now. “The impact it has made on us has been life changing. I can remember walking by a homeless person with the thought of ‘Why don’t you just get a job and support yourself?,’ not knowing or taking into consideration what walk they’ve had in life. I had always seen and heard about others going out in the community to help those in need, not knowing the impact it made on an individual. Alex and I – being new in faith – never thought we would be the ones going out feeding the less fortunate,” said Rodriguez.
Montrose Street Reach and SPIRIT are always looking for volunteers. They want to bring attention to the community on what an impact could be made on less fortunate Houstonians.
“Cupcakes for Champs has given us an opportunity to go out and serve. The experience has given us a heart to want to do more. We’ve adopted this into our family. It’s a part of our lives to go out and share God’s word in the process of helping others. From serving on Wednesday nights, to making care packages and distributing them to those living under the freeway, we no longer see them as just another homeless person. These people are our brothers and sisters who also make impact on our lives, showing us God loves us all and all things are possible,” Rodriguez said.
For more information on how to volunteer with SPIRIT, visit spiritfamily.org.
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