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Chick Fil-A Cow takes to the side car with motorcyclist on their way to San Leon

Nun Run Raises $83,000 for Underserved Children

The 14th Annual Nun Run, presented by USFHP, coordinated by The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, helped raise $83,000 for underserved children in the Houston area. The event was held on Saturday 13th October. The charitable ride started at the Villa De…
Steve Gonzalez on dealership parking lot that he helps service

Paying It Forward: The Steve Gonzalez Story

At the age of 23, Steve Gonzalez was a husband and father to three beautiful children, four, two and a one-year old. He was employed as a car washer on the north side of Houston, near Bush Intercontinental Airport. If you knew Steve, you would know the term “hard-working” does not begin to describe him.…
St. Mary's Clinic Medical Personnel at computer

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Clinics Awarded for Excellence

The Texas Vaccines for Children Program, has awarded not one, but two CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Clinics with a rating of “Excellent,” for increasing adolescent vaccine coverage. Both the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics and CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic will add the accolade to other awards they have received over the years. Healthy Living Mobile…
Little Girl

St. Mary’s Clinic Makes a Difference

Eight year old Sandra Lopez’s parents brought her to St. Mary’s Clinic to update her vaccines. Thankfully St. Mary's Clinic made the difference.
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Flu Season is Here, Are you Prepared?

It is about that time of year again: Flu season. It is a time characterized by fever, muscle and body aches, headaches, running noses and more that has led to dire consequences, like death, without the first line of defense; the flu vaccine.
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Breaking Bread with Cesarea Sandoval

CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread’s Kitchen Manager and resident cook, Cesarea Sandoval aka Cissy, is the heart of the building, evoking memories and creating new ones with every meal prepped.
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Especially Blessed

Moments after Stephen Decker’s birth, Dr. Ernest Cronin was called to the maternity ward at St. Joseph Hospital, where he diagnosed Stephen with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Seven surgeries and 17 years later, Stephen’s smile is evidence that he requires no more significant procedures. A model high school senior at Alief Taylor, Stephen…
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A Triumphant Journey

A baby born with a cleft lip/cleft palate in a poor, remote region of the Amazon has slim chances of ever affording corrective surgery, but baby “Angelica’s” mother heard a medical mission team was traveling from Houston to Columbia to perform surgeries to repair facial deformities. She knew this was her only chance to change…
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One Client’s Daily Struggle

Johnny M has been fighting a drug addiction for most of his life. After nearly 15 years of sobriety, he had a moment of relapse. This was the beginning of his downward spiral. His addiction resulted in marital problems and subsequently Johnny was homeless. Miserable and hungry, Johnny M sought CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread for…
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Working Parent Praises School Clinic

Many times we have to wait and take them to an emergency care place on the weekend, just so we don’t get financially penalized for missing work. It’s one of the most difficult decisions to make, because your children come first, and knowing that they are suffering because you can’t afford to take them to…

Aid for an Infection

as reported by Nipa Kamdar, RN, FNP-C A mother of a student called me because she wanted someone to check her leg for an infection. She was running a fever and had spreading redness on her calf. Although she has insurance – her deductible is high and her husband has been unemployed for several months…
Photo of Sr.Ricca Dimalibot, Christus Health Care Point of Light Clinic, Dickinson, Texas

I love, love, love Point of Light Clinic!

excerpt from a patient letter I work, but my employer doesn’t offer healthcare and I just can’t afford health insurance for my family of four. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have access to Point of Light Clinic. I love, love, love Point of Light Clinic. Dr./Sister Dimalibot is the BEST.…
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CHRISTUS Clinics Offers Reduce-Priced Vaccinations

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics offer all vaccinations for children two months to 18 years of age at zero-cost. Vaccinations are just as important for newly graduated high school seniors and new college students and college freshmen.
UTMB Students at Christus Our Daily Bread

UTMB Students Visit CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread

University of Texas Medical Branch Medical (UTMB) students enrolled in the School of Medicine and Masters of Public Health programs visited and toured the CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread facility, located at 2420 Winnie St. Galveston, Texas, as part of a 4-week long class called “Topics of Public Health.” The class was designed to introduce students…

Bodies in Motion Wraps Up Another Successful Program

CHRISTUS School Clinics ‘Bodies in Motion’ completed another successful year of the month-long summer camp for Houston-Galveston area children on June 28th at Christo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory.
CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare President Richard R. Torres

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Announces New President

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard R. Torres to the position of President and Executive Director, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare. Torres will begin on Monday, June 11, 2018. 
Josafina Juarez with her mother and daughter after getting medical advice from CHRISTUS Certified Medical Assistants near the Annam Community Center

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic: Fulfilling the Mission

When you cannot afford most medical assistance it adds a whole new dimension to avoiding the doctor. Affordability compounded with obvious signs that medical assistance is needed patients almost never submit and schedule a visit. In addition a diagnosis can sometimes feel very personal and lead to a patient feeling alone with their diagnosis. But CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic is changing that.
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CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Announces 14th Annual Nun Run

The Nun Run is a 40-mile, Blue Knights police-escorted motorcycle ride. The event that raises funds for 19 CHRISTUS School Clinics in Houston’s underserved communities.

Operation San Jose: Dulce's Story

Seven year-old Dulce has been battling the odds her entire life. At birth, doctors left her under a heating lamp too long, causing her to go blind when her cornea’s dried out. Along with her blindness, she was born with a mid-facial cleft and missing fingers on her hands. Her parents, living in Puebla, Mexico,…
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CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare hosts 14th annual spring luncheon

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare hosted its 14th annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, March 20. The yearly event honors community leaders and raises funds for CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare’s healthcare programs. This year’s luncheon raised funds for the Foundation’s community clinics – CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic in Houston’s East End and CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic…

Valero donates $1,000,000 to help establish new community center

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare in collaboration with the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word-Houston announced a major initiative to improve the health and well-being of underserved and low-income residents in Houston’s East End with an unveiling of the renovation of the St. Austin Community Center. Renovating St. Austin Center will allow…

Our Patients Trust Us

Almost 12 years ago, after surviving, an almost fatal case of the flu, walking pneumonia, and a two-week hospitalization, Mrs. Robinson, found CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics for her health care and vaccination needs.  Since 2005, Mrs. Robinson, regardless of her fears of needles, vowed to receive a flu shot every year to protect herself…
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An Everyday Miracle

A story shared from the daily workings of CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic as they offer access to Christ’s love and healing through compassionate healthcare.   After suffering a severe case of pancreatitis, an over nine month coma and several abdominal surgeries, Laura was left with Type 1 Diabetes and a colostomy. Laura has no source…

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Help Support CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare. Be a part of our Twitter Challenge! Follow @CHRISTUSFdn Help us reach our goal of 1,000 followers by November 30th and an anonymous donor will donate $5 per follower, that totals to a $5,000 donation! Join our online community to stay in the know on exclusive news and updates…

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Celebrates 13th Annual Nun Run

Riding to keep children healthy! Saturday, October 14, marked the 13th Annual Nun Run. More than 250 participants took to the roads for the 40-mile, Blue Knights police escorted motorcycle ride from St. Austin Center in Houston to Topwater Grill in San Leon. A fun-filled day was enjoyed by all. The Nun Run raises funds…

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics receive Excellence Award for ZERO Deficiencies from Houston Health Department's Texas Vaccines for Children Program

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics, one of six ministry programs supported by CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, were the recipients of the Excellence Award for ZERO Deficiencies from the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC) for 2016. Texas Vaccines for Children Program works in collaboration with different agencies in Houston/Harris County, guaranteeing the availability of vaccines…

Much Needed Medications for Mr. M

as reported by Sister Rosanne Popp, MD Mr. M is middle aged and homeless. While taking his medical history, I found out that he is an engineer and until recently had a job that provided health insurance. Without insurance he could no longer afford his medications for his hypertension or his chronic asthma. He was trying…

Hurricane Harvey Relief

We were here then…We are here now…We will be here tomorrow. Hurricane Harvey leaves in its wake tens of thousands of people without everyday necessities. The devastation has been heartbreaking as we see family, friends and fellow southeast Texans power through difficult times.  On September 8, 1900 the Sisters of Charity stood strong while the Galveston…

We Survived the Storm!

We were fortunate that our facilities had little or no damage and are grateful to be able to share the following updates: CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is open and seeing patientsand CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread in Galveston has resumed operations as well. CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic in Dickinson has minimal damage, but is open and seeing patients. CHRISTUS Healthy…

CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY

***ATTENTION*** Due to Hurricane Harvey, please note the following changes to our clinic schedules: CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic and CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic will remain closed through Wednesday. CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread in Galveston is closed through Wednesday. CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic will remain closed through Wednesday. CHRISTUS School Clinics will be closed…

Back-to-School Summer Bash provides close to 1,000 students with free backpacks and immunizations!

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s and CHRISTUS Point of Light clinics held two free, family-oriented Back-To-School Summer Bash and Health Fairs in July and August. These events provided close to 1,000 students with backpacks and school supplies, immunizations, and sports physicals in an attempt to get low-income families in the community ready for the upcoming school year. Various vendors,…

A Small Collection of Big Stories III

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare serves men, women and children of all faiths, ages and cultures
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CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare announces new leadership as Kara T. Hill assumes role as President

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is pleased to announce the appointment of Kara T. Hill to the position of President, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare. With over 20 years leadership in healthcare and social service organizations, Kara comes to CHRISTUS Foundation with a strong background in  organizational excellence and growth, financial administration, strategic planning and development. “We…

Moody Foundation funds Mental HealthCare for CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful to Moody Foundation for supporting Mental HealthCare Services at CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic. With the addition of these services, CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic will bring some of Houston’s most vulnerable residents coordinated care for their mind and body. Thank you Moody Foundation for your help in…

We love our Iris P. Webre Coach!

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare special thanks to The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation for the support of the vital CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics. Due to your generous giving, thousands of men, women, and children will be reached and offered compassionate healthcare.  CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful and truly blessed to join forces with…

TPC Group Supports CHRISTUS School Clinics and Back to School Health Fair

Tis’ the season of giving! TPC Group presented CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare a check from the proceeds raised at the 2016 TPC Group Charity Golf Tournament to support CHRISTUS Back to School Health Fair and School Clinics. Thank you TPC Group for your generosity and support which will provide over 1,000 children with physicals and immunizations for…

Bank of America Supports more than 9,000 at Our Daily Bread in Galveston

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful for Bank of America’s grant to help support Our Daily Bread. With this support, we’ll be able to provide services to assist more than 9,000 homeless men and women at Our Daily Bread, a social services center in Galveston. Thank you Bank of America for the generosity which will directly…

A Small Collection of Big Stories II

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare serves men, women and children of all faiths, ages and cultures

Fall 2016

Because of Your Support, CHRISTUS Clinics are on Houston Can Academy campuses!

Smart Financial Credit Union Supports CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is extremely excited to accept Smart Financial Credit Union’s donation towards supporting Healthy Living Mobile Clinics. Thank you Smart Financial Credit Union for the generosity which will directly benefit thousands of men, women, and children that might otherwise remain excluded from healthcare.   CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful and…

Spring 2016

No where to go but up! CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic has expanded and relocated.

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza blesses New CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic

CHRISTUS Point of Light clinic celebrated their new expansion and relocation with a blessing and dedication ceremony performed by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza. Many sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were also in attendance as Archbishop Fiorenza gave a very special and beautiful blessing of the clinic. Fiorenza thanked CHRISTUS Foundation and the Sisters…

A Small Collection of Big Stories

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare serves men, women and children of all faiths, ages and cultures.

2016 CHRISTUS Spring Luncheon is a Grand Slam!

The annual March event served to honor generous community leaders Pat and Dan Breen, showcase the Foundation’s work in the community and attract new supporters. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Houston Astro Great, Nolan Ryan, also attended the luncheon as interviewee for longtime KPRC news anchor Steve Smith. The Spring Luncheon marked its 12th anniversary, as…

Gilbane Building Company’s Gilbane Cares Golf Tournament Supports CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics

(Featured Image) Gilbane Building Company’s Dan Gilbane, Business Unit Leader for Gilbane Southwest and Lisa Martin, Vice President and Director of Sales Services, present Foundation president, Les Cave and Laura Clay, RN with a generous check to support the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics.   CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful and truly blessed…

Fall 2015

Make way for a NEW CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic.

Spring 2015

New Immunization Clinic Strengthens CHRISTUS Healthy Neighborhood Initiative.

Avoiding Emergency Rooms

Experts report that more than half the problems patients bring to emergency rooms either do not or would not require hospital-based care if an alternative source were readily available.

Many Fronts in Fighting Obesity

More than a third of American adults and nearly one child in five are now obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pay Gap Between Common Procedures

For the study, researchers compared the hourly pay a physician received for providing cognitive care—the bulk of a PCP’s services—against cataract extraction and colonoscopy. They found that Medicare reimbursement for physician time spent on cataract extraction and colonoscopy was 368% and 486%, respectively, of the revenue for a similar time spent on cognitive care. Essentially,…

3rd Grader Celebrates Birthday and Holidays with Gift to Our Daily Bread

Elise Riley, a 9-year-old third grader from Cline Elementary in Friendswood, Texas, embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Last month Elise celebrated her birthday and instead of the usual toys and games, Elise requested gifts of cash to donate to a non-profit at Christmas. Grandmother, Margie Riley, supplied a list of charities. As an organizer…

Houston Chronicle Profiles Sister Rosanne Popp

Each fall, she dons helmet and macho riding gear to lead the Houston-to-Galveston excursion to raise funds for the CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare.

Fall 2014

CHRISTUS School-based Clinics expand capabilities to strengthen students' bodies, minds and spirits.

Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament Supports Healthy Living Mobile Clinics

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is incredibly grateful and truly blessed to join forces with generous companies who represent the best of our community.

Roundtable Lunch with Matthew Minson, M.D.

    Matthew Minson, M.D. discussed his critically acclaimed, award nominated, new book, Prepare to Defend Yourself: How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life. He will talk about the inspiration for the book, which sold out its first print run in four months, and what its success says about the current…

Nun Run 2014 – Celebrating 10 Years!

Conditions were perfect on October 25th for the 10th Annual Nun Run. More than 300 riders took to the roads from Houston to Galveston, escorted by the Blue Knights.

Houston Chronicle Highlights St.Mary's as Care Resource

Some with Health Insurance Still Prefer Charity Care

Fall 2013

Keeping children healthy for the school year ahead

Spring 2013

$150,000 Challenge Gift pledged to expand St. Mary's Clinic

Flu Season is Here, Are you Prepared?

SICK

It is about that time of year again: Flu season. It is a time characterized by fever, muscle and body aches, headaches, running noses and more that has led to dire consequences, like death, without the first line of defense; the flu vaccine.

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UTMB Students Visit CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread

UTMB Students at Christus Our Daily Bread

University of Texas Medical Branch Medical (UTMB) students enrolled in the School of Medicine and Masters of Public Health programs visited and toured the CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread facility, located at 2420 Winnie St. Galveston, Texas, as part of a 4-week long class called “Topics of Public Health.” The class was designed to introduce students…

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Nun Run Raises $83,000 for Underserved Children

Chick Fil-A Cow takes to the side car with motorcyclist on their way to San Leon

The 14th Annual Nun Run, presented by USFHP, coordinated by The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, helped raise $83,000 for underserved children in the Houston area. The event was held on Saturday 13th October. The charitable ride started at the Villa De…

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Paying It Forward: The Steve Gonzalez Story

Steve Gonzalez on dealership parking lot that he helps service

At the age of 23, Steve Gonzalez was a husband and father to three beautiful children, four, two and a one-year old. He was employed as a car washer on the north side of Houston, near Bush Intercontinental Airport. If you knew Steve, you would know the term “hard-working” does not begin to describe him.…

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CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Clinics Awarded for Excellence

St. Mary's Clinic Medical Personnel at computer

The Texas Vaccines for Children Program, has awarded not one, but two CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Clinics with a rating of “Excellent,” for increasing adolescent vaccine coverage. Both the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics and CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic will add the accolade to other awards they have received over the years. Healthy Living Mobile…

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