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RESOURCE NAVIGATION

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IDENTIFICATION ASSISTANCE

LIFE EMPOWERMENT

MSM’s OPID assists clients in gathering supporting documentation, completing forms and funding an official state-issued ID along with related documentation. 

We empower community members to secure housing, achieve stability, and move towards sustainability. Through our workshops and collaborative partnerships, we are able to attain these goals. 

The Community Garden is a natural sanctuary in our urban setting that glorifies God’s creation while providing a beautiful space for community building and healing! Volunteers and Life Empowerment Workshop participants work together in our garden year round to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.

MSM strives to connect participants with the most relevant community resources available that can support their steps toward stability and growth.

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OPERATION ID

Having a photo ID paves the way to obtain a job, secure housing, enroll in school, vote, as well as other life stabilizing goals. MSM’s OPID assists clients in gathering supporting documentation, completing forms and funding an official state-issued ID along with related documentation. 

Receiving a birth certificate enables clients to get an essential ID

Operation ID is closed due to covid. Anticipated reopening will be late august by appointment only. please talk to your referring agency  for a referral and instructions on scheduling an appointment. 

Our dedicated volunteers have provided ID assistance to the Houston community for over three decades. We can assist you in gathering the documentation, completing the forms and providing funding for your official state-issued ID so that you can focus on getting a job, securing housing, enrolling your kids in school or other life stabilizing goals.

If you do not have the required paperwork to apply, we will help you track down the secondary and supporting documents you need.  We encourage you to work first with your sending agency to gather as many of these documents as possible to speed up the process.

Supporting documents could include, but are not limited to: 
Birth certificate
Social security records
School records
Medical records
Voter's registration card

To receive assistance with attaining an ID, you must have a referral letter from a referring partner. 

For more information, please leave us a voicemail at (281) 833-3508 and your call will be returned on our next working day.


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life empowerment

We empower community members to secure housing, achieve stability, and move towards sustainability. Through our workshops and collaborative partnerships, we are able to attain these goals. 

Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World (GA) is a facilitated award-winning program to help individuals build their own personal plan to escape poverty and create personal and community sustainability. GA curriculum includes:

*The realities of conditions in your community and how they impact you
*Some of the “hidden rules” for getting ahead
*Skills that give you confidence to do what it takes to get ahead
*How to build resources and make connections at home and at work
*Ways to deal with change and create stability in your life

This 5-month program works with people who desire to make a change in their lives, are housed with at least some stable income, and are in a mentorship, case management or other relational program with a support organization. Childcare and financial assistance are provided to support the process of change.

Getting Ahead

FAMILY HOPE

Family Hope, a curriculum developed by MSM’ staff, is an extension of the GA program providing graduates with children under 18 years of age, an additional six months of support to continue work on soft skills, develop resources, and reinforce commitment and plans to change.

*The Family Hope curriculum includes: 
*48 classroom hours including 6 small group coaching sessions
*Practice soft skills
SMART goal development

aLUMNI cOMMUNITY

The MSM Alumni Program offers continued workshops and experiences for GA and Family Hope alum to develop meaningful, supportive connections with peers and volunteers. Offerings, based on the goals and interests of alumni, include financial education, soft skill development, wellness and social interactions.

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resource navigation


 MSM strives to connect participants with the most relevant community resources available that can support their steps toward stability and growth. We empower participants to connect to organizations and programs to meet their needs. The knowledge, connections and experience of our dedicated staff and volunteers help our participants navigate the myriad of resources in our city and identify those that can best meet their needs and support their goals. Often, within the Getting Ahead and Family Hope workshops, peer support and peer exchange is the most timely resource for referral information.

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community garden

The Community Garden is a natural sanctuary in our urban setting that glorifies God’s creation while providing a beautiful space for community building and healing! Volunteers and Life Empowerment Workshop participants work together in our garden year round to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers which are harvested and made available to MSM program participants at an after workshop farmer’s market as well as packaged into “Healing Harvest’ care boxes that are provided on a weekly basis, free of cost, to Texas Medical Center patients and their caregivers


Life Empowerment Workshop participants are provided with a free farmer’s market after each workshop session during the community garden and harvesting season. In addition to the fresh produce, recipes are shared to incorporate ideas for healthy eating. 

 

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Farmer's Market

healing harvest box

Eating healthy can be time consuming and a financial burden for the caregiver and the patient.  Our Healthy Healing Boxes provided free of charge are a gesture of love to those in the midst of a health crisis.  Main Street Ministries partners with Church Apartment Ministry, a coalition of 10 Houston churches that serves TMC patients and families by providing affordable furnished apartments near the TMC for those receiving long term medical treatment. 

Whats in the harvest box?

Each box will contain a mix of the garden’s seasonally available produce, herbs and flowers.

HOW DO I REQUEST A HEALING HARVEST BOX?

Church run apartment ministries that host apartments near the medical center for families coming to Houston for extended medical treatment may request a Healing Harvest Box. Boxes are made on Mondays and will be available for pick up at Main Street Ministries from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information or to request a Healing Harvest Box, contact Jenny Sommer, MSM Garden Manager, at jsommer@msmhouston.org

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