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12 Facts about The Mission of Yahweh

The Mission is continually growing. Here are 12 of the most up-to-date facts about The Mission of Yahweh and its Residents.

  1. The Mission of Yahweh is one of only a few shelters for homeless women and their children in Houston. This non-denominational Christian-based shelter was founded in 1961 by Helen Gay.  The Mission became a charitable 501(c)(3) corporation in 1972 when several churches formed a Board of Directors.
  2. The Mission has grown to a 12-building campus in Northwest Houston. There are currently two emergency dormitories and one transitional dorm for both single women and women with children.
  3. In 2015, The Mission grew to 37,334 stays (bed and 3 hot meals), and provided 46,735 meals.
  4. In 2015, 43% of The Mission’s residents were children under the age of 13.
  5. The Mission operates with only 17 full-time employees, 3 part-time employees, and many volunteers.
  6. The Mission serves a growing need in our community. In 2015, The Mission was forced to turn away 6,812 women and children due to lack of beds.
  7. At the end of 2015, 53% of the women residents were working or enrolled in school.
  8. The average stay for The Mission’s residents receiving emergency shelter was 74 days last year.  The average stay for The Mission’s residents receiving transitional shelter last year was 12 months.
  9. The average resident family has three children per mother.  The Mission provides licensed child care on-site for our moms who are working or going to school.
  10. The vast majority of The Mission’s operating funds and In-kind donations come from businesses, churches, and individuals. In 2015, only 17% came from foundations. The Mission takes no government funds. Audited financial statements are available upon request.
  11. Through collaboration with other non-profits and volunteers, weekly/monthly classes and services are provided for a large variety of subjects, including computer training, money management, parenting, self-esteem, etc.
  12. In 2015, it cost $32 per day to feed, clothe, and shelter one homeless woman or child at The Mission of Yahweh.

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