Humble Area Assistance Ministries has been busily serving those in need for 25 years. This year, as they celebrate their silver anniversary, they are looking forward to meeting even more needs as they adapt to the increasing population in the area.
“The numbers are growing, and we're growing with the needs of the community,” said Millie Garrison, HAAM executive director.
One of the ways they are adapting is by developing a stronger senior program. Garrison explained that they are currently finalizing plans with Meals on Wheels to begin serving area seniors by delivering meals. When that happens, Garrison said the need for drivers will be great.
“We rely very heavily on volunteers, and have some of the most loyal volunteers you could ever find, right here in our midst … some have been here the full 25 years,” said Garrison.
She said that bilingual volunteers are also needed.
Among its many services, HAAM offers classes to its clients including literacy, ESL, financial education, and several classes geared toward employment.
Last year HAAM provided food to 11,349 families, distributed 2,312 nutrition packets, taught more than 1,100 in classes, assisted clients with 278 resumes, not to mention housing assistance, and utility bill and rent aid. And they do all of this with the utmost respect for their clients.
“HAAM has been a big help to the community and myself by providing clothing, food and much more,” said a single mother of three boys who is also attending school. “Without their huge heart and helping hands, my family would have gone hungry or without the basic needs … HAAM has been a huge blessing.”
St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood is among the congregations which consistently help HAAM serve the community. On Feb. 5, St. Martha held a food fair where they distributed food and juice to those in need. Clients simply drove into the parking lot and the items were handed to them by a large group of smiling volunteers. The day was cold and dreary, but the mood was cheerful.
During its past 25 years of service, HAAM has maintained a noted reputation that has not gone unnoticed in the wider community of human services. HAAM is rated at the highest level, four stars, by Charity Navigator.
To learn more about becoming a church partner, business partner or individual volunteer, visit haamministries.org or call 281-446-3663.
Cutline: Volunteers gathered at St. Martha Catholic Church on Northpark Drive Feb. 5 to hand out food through a community Food Fair. St. Martha is among HAAM's more than 30 covenant congregations.