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Oct 8 2020

Better Health Outcomes Through Counseling

Mental health is just as important as medical care for underserved communities, and CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is seeing a greater demand for mental health services among its patients. “Mental health has not been a major focus previously in low-income communities,” said Richard Torres, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare President. “COVID-19 has made it more of…

Sep 10 2020

Reflections of a Backline Worker

By Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. Medical Director, CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic We hear in the news daily about the courage, endurance and dedication of front line health care workers who are battling daily to save patients’ lives during this pandemic. Indeed they are the heroes of the COVID war. What is it like to be…
Ryan

Sep 8 2020

Patients’ Well-Being Is The Priority

For Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Ryan, working at CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic “is a privilege.” Born in Maryland and raised in Atlanta, Ryan moved to Houston in 2003.  Prior to seeking her Masters, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia and then worked in various nursing capacities for…

Aug 6 2020

Sisters Start The First School Of Nursing In Houston

In 1905, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word established Houston’s first nursing school, the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. The Sisters provided all of the instruction to a small group of initial students. Years later when the time came to move the program to a Bachelor of Science degree, the Sisters collaborated with…

Jul 29 2020

Putting Her Best Face Forward

Recently, a 12-year-old girl came into CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic with skin lesions on her face. While not large or disfiguring, she wanted to know if Dr. Popp and her team could help her get rid of them before she went back to school. She was concerned the kids to make fun of her or…

Jul 10 2020

Student-Driven HANDs Project Raises Funds For CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic

Maegan Ford loves community service.  A recent graduate who received her high school diploma from Spring Early College Academy concurrently with an Associates Degree in Science from Lone Star College, Ford has contributed over 125 hours to Houston-based programs. Through a recent young women’s leadership conference, Ford learned about a Take Action Challenge to benefit…

Jul 1 2020

Sometimes Shoes And Socks Are Therapy Required

by Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D., CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Recently, a man in his sixties showed up at the clinic for treatment of the sore on his foot. He was a diabetic, who had been untreated for many years. Almost homeless, a friend gives him shelter, and they share food (what there is of it). He…

Jun 30 2020

About CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare (formerly St. Joseph’s Foundation) provides healthcare and social services to underserved communities of all faiths, ages and cultures. To continue learning our story and the work we are doing in our communities, “Like Us” on our Facebook page. If you enjoyed the Throwback Thursday post, check in every Thursday for a…

Jun 24 2020

Our Learners Are A Joy

Karl Virtue understands the importance of language. A native of Boston, Virtue moved to Houston over 40 years ago taking a job as a writer in public relations. Now retired, he has volunteered as an ESL instructor at CHRISTUS Learning Center for over 10 years. CHRISTUS Learning Center gives participating students a new lease on…

Jun 15 2020

The Mission of Our Daily Bread Means A Lot To Me

For Johnathan Vallery, God brought him to CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread. Originally from Louisiana, Vallery has been living in Galveston since he was two. Five years ago he was introduced to CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread. Vallery was working for a security company and substituted for the regular security officer at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread. After…

Jun 1 2020

Providing Support for IMMTRAC Project

In mid-March, schools across the city shut down to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. CHRISTUS School Clinics Medical Assistants are temporarily providing support to other missions, including CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic and CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic. CHRISTUS School Clinics’ Ursula Villarreal, Nohemi Flores and Denisse Hardy have undertaken a critical project for…

May 27 2020

Time To Get Back On Track

Now more than ever, people are realizing prevention is key to stopping deadly diseases. Since all our eyes are on the topic of this pandemic, let us not forget of the “arsenal” of vaccines safely stored at your nearest provider. Keeping our children on track with life-saving vaccines is now more important than ever! CHRISTUS ST.…

Apr 29 2020

Just A Phone Call Away

While our Health Living Mobile Clinics may not be in the community due to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean patient care isn’t coming first. Bilingual Registered Nurse Natalie Bonilla (pictured) is still caring for those Mobile Clinic patients with critical lab results – high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure – via phone. “My calls are to…

Apr 22 2020

Keeping Patients Healthy For The Long Term

by Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. A patient came to CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic for his health check for diabetes and high cholesterol. He had been living and working in Dallas as a construction worker, but was laid off permanently when the pandemic hit. He came back to Houston without an income or place to stay.…

Apr 15 2020

CHRISTUS Learning Center Students Stay On Task During COVID-19

Since January 2018, Robert Harris has been pursuing his GED through CHRISTUS Learning Center. One of the seven mission programs of CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, CHRISTUS Learning Center offers Adult ESL classes, Adult Basic Education classes, and GED classes year-round. Students in the Adult Basic Education and GED classes are able to move at their…

Apr 13 2020

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Welcomes Dr. Maliha Beg

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is proud to welcome one of our newest physicians, Dr. Maliha Beg. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Dr. Beg attended medical school at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She says she was drawn to CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic because “the foundation’s mission resonated with me.” She stated she also…

Mar 31 2020

Long-Time Galveston Resident Provides Nourishment To Homeless During COVID-19

In 2000, Armando Trevino was diagnosed with diabetes and found himself struggling with the news. His wife reminded him how good his life was and encouraged him to give back to those who were less fortunate. Trevino found CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, a homeless outreach on the Island, and has been volunteering there for almost…

Mar 17 2020

Bringing Smiles To Children’s Faces With CHRISTUS Operation San José

  For over 38 years, CHRISTUS Operation San José has performed craniofacial and cleft palate surgeries on children in Latin America. Conditions like these are not unusual in that region due to the lack of access to healthcare, leading to fewer medical visits and medical tests for expectant mothers. Nineteen medical personnel just returned from…
Marci

Mar 16 2020

A New Path

For over 30 years, CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread has provided health and social services to Galveston’s homeless. Five days a week, clients can depend on two hot meals, medical assistance, access to psychological services, clothing and hygiene products. For former client Marci Johnson, the services at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread have set her on a…

Mar 13 2020

16th Annual Spring Luncheon Canceled

Dear Friend of the Foundation, After much discussion with our planning committee and with consultation with CHRISTUS Health, our Executive Committee determined that it was appropriate to cancel the 2020 Spring Luncheon in light of the evolving concerns related to COVID-19. This annual event serves as our major fundraiser of the year. The cancellation directly affects…

Feb 25 2020

The Tools To Succeed

Located in Houston’s East End, CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic provides vital healthcare services to low-income, underserved patients – those patients who have nowhere else to turn. Edward Bunch is one. While on disability with no insurance, Bunch was diagnosed with congestive heart failure after having 10 heart attacks. Following his last attack, the hospital instructed…

Feb 20 2020

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics Partners with The Rose To Bring Well-Woman Exams to Remote Areas

This week, CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics launched a new partnership with The Rose mobile unit. Together the two groups will provide full-service well-woman exams which will include a pap smear and preventive health screenings from CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic, and a mammogram from The Rose – all in one appointment. This collaboration will…

Feb 18 2020

That’s Where I Belong

Annually, CHRISTUS School Clinics provide healthcare and counseling services to 16 Houston-area schools. For the last four years, Nohemi Flores has served as the medical assistant for two of those schools – St. Christopher Catholic School and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Her days consist of everything from stomach aches to managing students with on-going…

Feb 12 2020

CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics Provides Children’s Immunizations in East End

On Saturday, February 8, the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics provided immunizations for students from J.P. Henderson Elementary School and other area schools at the new St. Mary’s Clinic location. The Mobile Clinics was recently made aware that 77 students at the school were delinquent in their vaccines this semester, keeping them from returning to…

Jan 29 2020

Partners in Health

This month, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare and San José Clinic celebrate 10 years of partnering in better health. Since 2010, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare has housed San José Clinic in the W.T. & Louise J. Moran Health Center. In 2008, the downtown building that the clinic had previously resided in for more than 50 years…

Jan 7 2020

St. Mary’s Clinic Rings In The New Year With Gratitude

Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. Medical Director, St. Mary’s Clinic What do six homemade tamales, one homegrown banana and a Dollar Store ring have in common? These are symbols of gratitude for our service at St. Mary’s Clinic. I am always amazed that people who have so little look for ways to show their gratitude for…

Dec 20 2019

A (Not So) Secret Santa Gifts A Learning Center Student

Christmas came early for CHRISTUS Learning Center student Robert Harris. On Thursday, December 19, Harris was gifted with a new bicycle by Learning Center Educator Karl Virtue. Virtue had noticed that Harris was riding to class on a child-sized bicycle and decided to step in and upgrade Harris’ ride with an adult-sized bicycle. Harris is…

Dec 17 2019

Routine Care at CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Offers Early Intervention

For those that are uninsured or underinsured, routine medical care, such as an annual physical, is a luxury that often never happens. At CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic, these individuals are able to take control of their health with minimal to no expense for medical care. Every Wednesday, St. Mary’s Clinic provides routine health testing for…

Dec 12 2019

I Was A Stranger, and You Welcomed Me

“Susie” appeared on the doorstep of Our Daily Bread, our homeless outreach in Galveston, with her 3 month old child, telling the staff that she had nowhere to turn. Someone on the street had given her the name and address of Our Daily Bread and told her to go there “because they will help you.”…

Dec 2 2019

Putting A Holiday Meal On The Table

Annually, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare’s administrative, program and CPG clinical staff and CHRISTUS Health TLRA donate time and funds to create Thanksgiving Baskets for clients at St. Mary’s Clinic, Point of Light Clinic, and the Learning Center. These baskets feature a turkey and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal. It is a great way…

Nov 18 2019

My Journey with Diabetes

Dulce Garcia, Nutritionist CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic It feels as if I am inextricably linked to the profession of dietetics. I believe everyone has a purpose, and ironically, it just happens that my name is Dulce (Spanish for sweet). I have diabetes, and I chose to be a dietitian. I was diagnosed with type 1…
Point of Life Krist Samaritan

Nov 11 2019

CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic & Krist Samaritan: Partners In Physical & Mental Health

CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic and Krist Samaritan are partnering together to not only heal the body, but also heal the mind. In 2019, Krist Samaritan began offering their counseling services to Point of Light patients. The need has grown so much that counselors are now available 2 days a week. According to Krist Samaritan…
CHRISTUS Check Presentation

Nov 11 2019

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Receives $3 Million Gift From CHRISTUS Health for St. Mary’s Clinic Construction

On Friday, November 8, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare received a $3 million gift from CHRISTUS Health to aid in finishing construction of the new CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic building. This generous gift will allow CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare the ability to build a larger facility than originally planned and address issues related to Hurricane Harvey,…
CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread Security Officer Daniel Griffin

Jul 12 2019

Serving Hope and Safety at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread

For 27-year-old Daniel Griffin, Non Commission Security Officer with Central investigation & Security Solutions, the challenge of assessing and providing a safe place for both clients and staff, is never dull. A Day in Daniel’s Shoes Griffin helps clients look at things objectively all while securing their daylong stay at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread for…
Special Guest Speaker Chris Gardner and Leah Bennett, CFA, and President of Westwood Wealth Management Houston at the Annual Spring Luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club

Jun 21 2019

Westwood Wealth Management Joins the Fight to Care for Galveston’s Homeless

Westwood Wealth Management, an investment management organization, does more than just give back. The organization invests where it counts, championing CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread’s values. Westwood Wealth Management is helping to make the homeless services facility’s intentions a reality. For 34 years, CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread has worked to help the underserved population on Galveston…
Father Ian Balinomo, FLP, at the front pew of the at the Chapel in the W.T. & Louise J. Moran Center

Jun 21 2019

CHRISTUS Learning Center Provides English and Cultural Sensitivity Education

From early on, Father Ian Balinomo, FLP, understood the importance of communication. He understood how communication connects people and organizations with each other. “Communication is so important,” said Fr. Ian. “Knowing this, I decided that as soon as I could, I would seek to study the English language to become the best communicator I can…
Dr. Rose Ann Popp & Staff and patient; Christus St. Mary's Clinic, 2120 S. Wayside Drive, Suite B, Houston, TX

Jun 20 2019

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic Attention to Detail Puts You in a Different Frame of Mind

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is not your typical run-of-the-mill clinic. The clinic staff see an average of 65 people per day walk through their doors. Hours upon hours of preparation goes into getting the facility and medical professionals ready for your appointment. Getting Ready for You Medical emergencies are not fun. Understanding that, Director of…
Doctor checks on infant patient

Jun 14 2019

Medical Mission to Mexico Puts Focus on Restoring Hope

On February 23, 2019, 22 volunteer medical specialists embarked on a medical mission, with Operation San Jose, travelling to Monterrey, Mexico to help children and their families find hope in their smiles. The volunteers saw more than 100 children under the age of 18. The children all suffered from various degrees of cleft palate and…
Hispanic Mom and Kids sitting on the grass at a park

May 30 2019

Hogg Foundation Awards Grants to Address Well-being

We are excited to share that CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is one of 10 Texas organizations recently awarded a grant of $800,000 from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The grant will support collaborative and inclusive approaches to improving the well-being of communities in the Houston Metropolitan Area. The initiative focuses on increasing resilience and…
Juan Perez posing in the hallway adjacent to the CHRISTUS Learning Center

May 9 2019

CHRISTUS Learning Center: Helping Juan’s Dream Come True

There is a dream that Juan Perez visualizes every day. His dream is to complete his high school diploma and start a promising career in mathematics or computer science. His dream is now closer than ever thanks to the CHRISTUS Learning Center and its staff. Perez is currently a student at the CHRISTUS Learning Center…

May 2 2019

CHRISTUS Learning Center Helps a Mother of Two

Learning is dependent on several things. Repetition, connecting existing knowledge and experience to new ideas and the application of lessons to appropriate situations are all part of the equation. Without the sum of all these parts, the world can be a difficult place to navigate. Introducing Elive For Elive Campos, the world was a strange…
Photo of Sr.Ricca Dimalibot, examining a patient Christus Point of Light Clinic in Dickinson, Texas

May 1 2019

Being the Good You Want to See in the World

Identifying yourself as poverty-stricken will not prevent you from seeking medical attention at CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic. In fact, those with limited financial resources and in most cases no insurance coverage can rely on the medical professionals who work tireless hours until the last patient is seen. Treatment at CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic…
St. Pius V Catholic School student being checked out with the help of a telemedecine device

Apr 30 2019

TeleMedicine Bridges Child Health Care

If you thought telemedicine was merely a matter of convenience, think again. Telemedicine is an emergent method of accessing healthcare for people who have a lack of resources or extenuating circumstances leading to health issues. Telehealth became a part of the medical treatment at the CHRISTUS School Clinics in 2014. Ashley Montalvo Estrada has been…
CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics

Apr 15 2019

Grateful to be of Service to the Community

Lives are being saved every day by the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics team. While clients lined around the medical unit before being called in to see the medical team, others walked away with life changing diagnoses, medicine and treatment. The CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Unit is in the business of changing lives. After a…
Sister Rosanne Popp, MD., with Patient at Christus Health Care St. Mary's Clinic, Houston, Texas

Apr 12 2019

Helping Clients with Prescriptions

Prescription Assistance Program Affords Clients Better Health and Hope   CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic, one of two stand alone clinics under the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare banner, is changing the outlook of the underserved in and around the East End community to one of hope, through reduced-cost services provided to clients. The majority of the…
(L-R) Steve and Vicki Smith (Event honorees), Richard R. Torres (President, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare), Chris Gardner (Special Guest Speaker), Stephanie and Gavin Smith (Event Co-Chairs), Ashley and Michael Hanna (Event Co-Chairs).

Mar 29 2019

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Hosts 15th Annual Spring Luncheon

Event raises $252,585 to support Foundation’s mission to bring healthcare services to under-served communities. HOUSTON (March 29, 2019) — CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare hosted its 15th annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, March 26.  The yearly event honors community leaders and raises funds for CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare’s healthcare programs. This year’s luncheon raised funds for…
UTMB Occupational therapy students; Kelsey Burrous, Taylor Harder, Sarah Savedra, Courtney Martin, and Lakin Carpenter help the homeless at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread with occupational therapy

Mar 14 2019

UTMB Students Help CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread Clients Achieve Better Quality of Life

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) students, on their psycho social rotations are incorporating their fieldwork into the CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread program. The students use their occupational therapy knowledge and practicum to help the homeless population acclimate to the community, using occupational therapy. Defining Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy is not what you think it…
Charity Guild of Catholic Women, Houston, awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to support children's services charity organizations, Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Charity Guild Shop.

Feb 8 2019

CHRISTUS School Based Clinics Awarded $15,000 by Charity Guild of Catholic Women

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…
Mia Hernandez rests her head on her mother's shoulder, holding on to the stuffed monkey that helped her during a terrible health scare

Nov 7 2018

CHRISTUS School Clinic Provides Safe Harbor for St. Pius V 6th Grader

These are the two words that make, 6th grader, Mia Hernandez feel safe; Mommy and Denisse. Now 11 years old, Mia recounted an ordeal that led her to add CHRISTUS School Clinic Medical Assistant, Ms. Denisse Hardy at St. Pius V, to the likes of her mother, aligning her name with a sense of safety.…
richard Jesse Reece sitting on the steps of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church opposite Our Daily Bread

Nov 6 2018

Everyday People: Richard Jesse Reece in His Own Words

In The Beginning I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1971 at 16-years-old, my parents and I a Judge gave me a choice, either a Boys Home or the service and I picked the Marine Corps. I am a proud member of the 103rd Battalion. My military occupational specialty (MOS) was Motor Transport and I…
Ashley Estrada Montalvo getting direction from Our Daily Bread Client Richard Jesse Reece

Nov 2 2018

Finding Her Voice, Supporting the Homeless

When Ashley Montalvo Estrada became a part of CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, she found a sense of satisfaction that she never felt before. Why? To put it simply, it gave her a new point of view. Clearly, Ashley found her calling. She found her voice. The Alice, Texas native came to CHRISTUS through an impressive…
Weight loss, diet and exercise

Oct 31 2018

Worth the Weight…Loss

The Struggle of Weight Loss Weight loss is more than just a $70 billion industry in the U.S. For someone diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, weight loss is very important. It is all part of a recommended regimen of necessary changes. These changes are a part of a plan to control…
Dulce post-op day 5 in clinic

Oct 31 2018

Dulce’s Light: The Mission of Helping a Seven Year Old Face the World with a Smile

Close your eyes and imagine going blind right after birth, because of medical negligence. Couple that with a mid-facial cleft, and missing fingers and you have the beginning of a life trials, for a sweet seven-year-old. Thanks to CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare and Operation San Jose mission Dulce’s story doesn’t stop there. Dulce’s parents were…
Adorable Affection Baby

Oct 31 2018

USFHP Named Presenting Sponsor for the Nun Run

Presented with an opportunity to support CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, US Family Health Plan (USFHP) has agreed to fund the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinics ministry and the annual Nun Run as a presenting sponsor for the next two years.   USFHP provides health plans for eligible beneficiaries under the department of Defense’s TRICARE Prime program. USFHP’s dedication to these outreach programs of the CHRISTUS Foundation for…
Chick Fil-A Cow takes to the side car with motorcyclist on their way to San Leon

Oct 17 2018

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 October 13th, 2018. The charitable ride started at the Villa…
Steve Gonzalez on dealership parking lot that he helps service

Oct 16 2018

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

Oct 3 2018

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

Sep 26 2018

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.
SICK

Sep 26 2018

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.
Cissy 3

Sep 19 2018

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.
Blessed

Sep 10 2018

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…
Baby smiling

Sep 10 2018

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…
addiction

Sep 10 2018

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…
kids

Sep 10 2018

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…

Sep 10 2018

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

Sep 10 2018

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. Sister Dimalibot M.D. is the…
Programs

Sep 6 2018

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

Jul 18 2018

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…

Jul 17 2018

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

Jun 7 2018

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

Jun 5 2018

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.
14th Annual Nun Run Save the Date for WH5

Jun 1 2018

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.

Mar 23 2018

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,…
Leadership

Mar 23 2018

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…

Feb 22 2018

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…

Nov 10 2017

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…
rosanne

Nov 9 2017

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…

Nov 1 2017

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!

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…

Oct 26 2017

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…

Oct 19 2017

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…
Sr. Rosanne Popp M.D. walks to the waiting room at CHRISTUS St. Marys Clinic to receive another patient

Oct 2 2017

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…

Sep 22 2017

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…

Sep 1 2017

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…

Aug 25 2017

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…

Aug 11 2017

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,…

Aug 2 2017

A Small Collection of Big Stories III

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

May 2 2017

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…

Apr 18 2017

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…

Mar 9 2017

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…

Dec 22 2016

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…

Dec 13 2016

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…

Dec 12 2016

A Small Collection of Big Stories II

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

Dec 12 2016

Fall 2016

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

Jun 15 2016

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…

May 11 2016

Spring 2016

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

Apr 7 2016

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…

Apr 7 2016

A Small Collection of Big Stories

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

Mar 9 2016

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…

Jan 27 2016

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…

Oct 8 2015

Fall 2015

Make way for a NEW CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic.

Apr 8 2015

Spring 2015

New Immunization Clinic Strengthens CHRISTUS Healthy Neighborhood Initiative.

Dec 22 2014

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.

Dec 22 2014

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.

Dec 22 2014

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,…

Dec 15 2014

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…

Dec 2 2014

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.

Nov 21 2014

Fall 2014

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

Nov 12 2014

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.

Nov 6 2014

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…

Oct 30 2014

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.
Sr. Rosanne Popp M.D. walks to the waiting room at CHRISTUS St. Marys Clinic to receive another patient

Sep 16 2014

Houston Chronicle Highlights St.Mary's as Care Resource

Some with Health Insurance Still Prefer Charity Care

Oct 17 2013

Fall 2013

Keeping children healthy for the school year ahead

Apr 30 2013

Spring 2013

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

In mid-March, schools across the city shut down to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. CHRISTUS School Clinics Medical Assistants are temporarily providing support to other missions, including CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic and CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic. CHRISTUS School Clinics’ Ursula Villarreal, Nohemi Flores and Denisse Hardy have undertaken a critical project for…

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Now more than ever, people are realizing prevention is key to stopping deadly diseases. Since all our eyes are on the topic of this pandemic, let us not forget of the “arsenal” of vaccines safely stored at your nearest provider. Keeping our children on track with life-saving vaccines is now more important than ever! CHRISTUS ST.…

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While our Health Living Mobile Clinics may not be in the community due to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean patient care isn’t coming first. Bilingual Registered Nurse Natalie Bonilla (pictured) is still caring for those Mobile Clinic patients with critical lab results – high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure – via phone. “My calls are to…

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by Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. A patient came to CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic for his health check for diabetes and high cholesterol. He had been living and working in Dallas as a construction worker, but was laid off permanently when the pandemic hit. He came back to Houston without an income or place to stay.…

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Since January 2018, Robert Harris has been pursuing his GED through CHRISTUS Learning Center. One of the seven mission programs of CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, CHRISTUS Learning Center offers Adult ESL classes, Adult Basic Education classes, and GED classes year-round. Students in the Adult Basic Education and GED classes are able to move at their…

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