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Statistics for January

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
331 (457 people)
Value of Vouchers:

Statistics for December

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
154 (454 people)
Value of Vouchers:

Statistics for November

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
337 (1,018 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2019 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
221 (457 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2018 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
1,836 (5,114 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2017 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
1,647 (4,398 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2016 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
1,770 (4,456 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2015 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
1232 (3307 people)
Value of Vouchers:

2014 YTD

Individuals Served:
Households Served:
Clothing Vouchers:
616 (1659 people)

March 2019

Welcome to the Braes Interfaith Ministries Newsletter. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors.

Happy Spring from Braes Interfaith Ministries

Braes Interfaith Ministries Celebrates its 35th Anniversary!

This year marks a major milestone in Braes Interfaith Ministries' history. This year, Braes is celebrating its 35th Anniversary...thirty-five years of ministering to our community. And to celebrate where we are now, it is important to remember how we got here:

In 1984, the Southwest Ministerial Alliance met to discuss poverty and homelessness in our community. The result was a food pantry at the Willow Meadows Baptist Church. SWAP (Sharing With Area People) opened its doors on October 1, 1984.

Then in 1986, Louise Chalupa, the President of the Board of Directors applied for and was granted non-profit status (501 (c)) for the pantry. The name was changed to Braes Interfaith Ministries. By this time the clothing closet had been added to the list of services.

For a more complete history of Braes, click here.

Braes Interfaith Ministries is grateful to all our supporting congregations for not only walking through this journey with us but also for holding our hand. Our success is their success and we appreciate their support, commitment, and dedication to serving an underserved population.

And just as important, Braes Interfaith Ministries is particularly thankful to those in our community who have helped sustain our mission throughout the years. We could not be successful without your food drives, toiletries' drives, and clothing drives.

Southwest Ministerial Alliance

As part of Braes Interfaith Ministries' 35th Anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors provided breakfast to the Southwest Ministerial Alliance on February 21.

Those in attendance were Pastors Marvin Havard (Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church), Craig Taylor, (Willow Meadows Baptist Church), Fr. Tom Smithson, (Corpus Christi Catholic Church), Steve Sargent (Southwest Central Church of Christ), Danny Yang (Westbury United Methodist Church), Brandon Webb (Westbury Baptist Church), Lisa Calloway (St. Philips United Methodist Church), Jon Burnham (St. John's Presbyterian Church).

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game.

In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. 100% of the donations go directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice.

Last year, Braes Interfaith Ministries' participating congregations collected $8,524. The participating congregations were Willow Meadows Baptist Church, Southwest Central Church of Christ, Salem Evangelical Lutheran, Westbury Baptist Church, Westbury United Methodist Church, and Bethany United Methodist Church.

So far this year we have received a total of $6,997.77

Braes also received a large amount of food from the Boy Scouts Food Drive.

March Madness Sale!

Braes Resale Shop News

Message from Ryan Kreipe, Resale Shop Manager:

Braes resale is doing some good things. We started to clean out the Southwest Central storage area. We got about half of it cleared out. We will go back there sometime next month and get the rest moved out and clean up the space. We have already started going through the boxes and have found some really cool stuff that will make some money for the shop.

We are also starting to get donations from estate sales. This is huge for us because they bring in some very high-end items that sell for some good money. With all of our networking we are meeting new people that are interested in donating to us rather than the usual Goodwill shops around town. Keep Braes in mind if you or someone you know needs to clear out an estate.

We have continued to have our $1 sale on clothing to keep things moving. We have just gotten so much clothing that we are unable to keep up with the shelving needs to display everything.

We have also opened an account at a metal shop. This will allow us to recycle silver or other metals and receive money for that. We will make a monthly trip. If you or someone you know has old silver or gold or other metals that need to be recycled please send them to us.

More volunteers are needed at the shop, especially on Saturday. If you can help, contact Ryan at 713-723-3841.

Linda Dyson

Linda Dyson, a long-time supporter of Braes Interfaith Ministries and a Board member representing St. John's Presbyterian Church, passed away on Saturday, February 9.

Linda was also a strong advocate for the Braes Resale and Consignment Shop.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on February 23 at St. John's Presbyterian Church. Music from some of the Johnny Dyson Band members was featured.

Clean-up Crews

Bus Barn at Willow Meadows Baptist Church

The LDS Elders, Mike Terry, and Greg Boyd (Willow Meadows' facilities manager) cleaned and organized the bus barn on Saturday, March 2. Willow Meadows has graciously given Braes' Food Pantry a section of the bus barn for food storage.

This will greatly help Braes' clients.

Southwest Central Church of Christ Storage Area

On March 19, Barry Rittman and a group of LDS elders and sisters helped clean out and organize the resale storage area at Southwest Central Church of Christ. This helps clear the way for short-term storage of items.

Thanks to all involved in both clean-ups.

In-Service - April 23

Volunteers, staff, board members, and clergy are invited to the Annual In-Service on April 23 at the Braes Interfaith Ministries' location (4300 West Bellfort) from 10 am-12 noon. A safety seminar is being planned.

Light refreshments will be provided

Support Braes While You Shop

Support Braes Interfaith Ministries

While you are doing your holiday shopping, don't forget that Braes Interfaith is a participant in the AmazonSmile program.

If you haven't already registered Braes as your selected charity, this is all you need to do.

  • Log onto
  • Select Braes Interfaith Ministries as the charity you wish to support
You only need to do this once.

Just continue to shop in your usual manner. In the future, just log onto when you wish to shop on Amazon.

Support Braes Interfaith Ministries by starting your shopping today at

Also don't forget to support Braes while you shop at Kroger or Randall's. If you aren't already set up at these stores,

Click here for Kroger Community Rewards


Click here for Randalls Good Neighbor Program

Braes Interfaith Ministries

Eloy Montez, Executive Director
Sissy Contreras, Administrative Assistant
Janet Ellis, Office Manager

The Mission Statement:

Braes Interfaith Ministries, a collaboration of Judeo-Christian congregations, provides physical, spiritual, and emotional assistance to persons in need within selected zip codes in Southwest Houston.

*Zip codes served are 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, and 77096

The Vision Statement:

During a person's period of need, Braes Interfaith Ministries will endeavor to provide basic necessities, such as food, financial assistance, clothing, and household items to improve his or her quality of life. Services will be handled in a courteous and respectful manner.

Braes Pantry

4300 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas, 77035
(on the grounds of the Willow Meadows Baptist Church)
Fax: 713-723-5065
The pantry is open 10 am - 2 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Braes Resale and Consignment Shop

10814-B South Post Oak Rd., Houston, Texas, 77035
(just south of Foodarama)
Fax: 713-723-3972
Hours are 10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday

Ryan Kriepe, Manager
The shop houses Eloise's Closet, the Braes clothing ministry.