Braes Interfaith Ministries’ service area is comprised of 9 (nine) zip codes in southwest Houston. These zip codes are defined as 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, and 77096. The target population for our services includes all individuals who reside in this area and are experiencing an emergency financial crisis. Some in this population find themselves in near homeless situations that are generally overlooked by assisting agencies and federal/state/city-subsidized programs. One emergency may deplete the family of any saved resources and leave it without funds to pay monthly living expenses such as food, rent, and utility bills. Community members seeking help at Braes Interfaith Ministries are struggling under a wide range of overwhelming circumstances to meet the most basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter.
The community members include, but are not limited to, the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, the chronically under or unemployed, the homeless, the newly unemployed, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – commonly referred to as welfare) recipients, school children, those effected by chronic and or catastrophic illnesses, work-injured persons, and the working poor. Services are provided to families and individuals at no charge. Homeless persons, most without income, are also regular clients of Braes Interfaith Ministries. Homeless clients are offered assistance every two weeks. While less frequently seen, individuals of moderate income have become Braes Interfaith Ministries’ clients due to poor money management, company closing, and family emergency or other crisis. Braes Interfaith Ministries’ assistance programs are designed, in part, to assist those whose income is inadequate or non-existent due to an unexpected expense or situation.
Braes Interfaith Ministries operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Proof of current address and picture ID are required for requesting food assistance. Documents, establishing proof of address, may include the most recent month’s rent receipt or utility bill, eviction notice, or government document (nothing over 60 days). First-time clients may not know these documents are required and may not have them on hand. They should be served on the first visit, but should be told that their address must be verified every time they come.
When a client does not reside within Braes Interfaith Miniseries’ designated service area or has needs outside Braes Interfaith Miniseries’ scope, they are referred to groups or agencies that may assist them. Clients will still be served with food.