On February 4, the Charity Guild of Catholic Women awarded $586,000 to 47 non-profit organizations to help children in need in the Greater Houston Area. The presentation took place at the Charity Guild Shop located at 1203 Lovett Blvd. The Charity Guild was originally founded in 1922 to support what is now the San José Clinic. The Guild continues their support to SJC but the impact has expanded as the resale shop has grown in size and reputation.
The Children’s Charities Grant presentation reflects the significant partnership of volunteers, consignors, customers and community. Presenter Joanne Creasey, of West University, serves as this year’s president. Alice Arbour led this year’s Children’s Charity Committee charged with reviewing more than 70 grant request applications. Since 1996, the Charity Guild of Catholic Women has donated nearly $5.9 million to 148 local non-profit organizations with proceeds from their volunteer run Charity Guild Shop. With almost 600 members from 64 parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Charity Guild of Catholic Women have logged 94,735 hours of volunteer service in the shop since May 2018.
CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare was one of the 47 non-profit organizations awarded funds to help children in need in the Greater Houston Area, by way of CHRISTUS School Based Clinics. CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare President, Richard R. Torres, accepted the check for $15,000 for the CHRISTUS School Based Clinics after presenting the Charity Guild of Catholic Women with a short introduction and statistics on the organization as a whole, ending by thanking them for their continuous support over the years.
CHRISTUS School Based Clinics support children in 16 schools in the Greater Houston area. The clinics provide direct healthcare to students and families, screening and referrals for health conditions and lead in developing health policies and programs and providing health-related services.