Magnificat Houses, Inc.

A Light Beyond The Streets

aka Magnificat Houses Inc   |   Houston, TX   |  http://mhihouston.org/

Mission

A welcoming community where those needing housing, food and mental health programs can grow in stability, productivity and independence.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director

Mr. Victor Hay

Main address

P.O. Box 8486

Houston, TX 77288 USA

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EIN

23-7003471

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care) (P72)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Loaves & Fishes

MHI’s soup kitchen serves Houston's neediest warm meals six days a week, no questions asked, now averaging 350-400 meals weekly. Open since 1976, it often serves as a steppingstone to other services provide by MHI or another provider.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Psychosocial Day Program, peer-run, based on a work-ordered day, free and open to anyone, eighteen years of age and older, with a mental health diagnosis, free of charge.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Homeless people

We provide:

Residential homeless shelter for 1 to 90 nights
MHI offers emergency 14-night housing for adult men and women within our 15 residential homes. After this 14-day period, guests may begin a rehabilitative 90-day stay. All guests receive clean, safe beds, meals, and dignified clothing while they live in supportive community.

Permanent supportive homes: shared, single room occupancy (SRO) or apartment
Guests share household chores and responsibilities, respect one another’s traditions, and celebrate holidays and birthdays together.
Each house is monitored by a house leader and an assistant, who are carefully chosen and trained to provide individual support.

Homes for those living with mental health challenges
Providing all meals and services to adults enrolled in our Clubhouse programs.

Homes for ex-offenders
Homes for ex-offenders offer a guided reintegration path with varied 30 to 90-day programs for men or women in regular residency. Some SRO housing is available.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with psychosocial disabilities
Ex-offenders

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Loaves & Fishes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Adhere to the teachings of Christ by applying Christian Principals in our efforts:
To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To Shelter the Homeless
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead.

By providing healing environments:
• Housing — including emergency, transitional and longer-term housing for Houston’s homeless adults.
• Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen — 350-400 hot meals served, 6 days a week, free of charge, and no questions asked, to anyone who needs a meal
• Mental health Clubhouse — voluntary free day program for adults with mental health diagnoses, empowering members through a work-ordered day, engendering self-worth and self-reliance.

MHI has property and facilities, and volunteers.

1 soup kitchen
1 resale shop (for vocational training and revenue)
15 residential structures across Houston, primarily located in the mid-town area (77004), available as needed to diverse populations.
The houses are maintained by resident managers, and meals are prepared by a resident cook, thereby using infrastructure and human resources and
community.
The facilities and properties are maintained by an in-house maintenance crew that answers to a Director of Operations. For larger jobs, the maintenance manager will interface with the board of directors and contractors.
MHI cultivates an extensive external volunteer base, catalyzing community impact: in 2021 alone, over 2000 volunteers contributed their time and talents at Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen.

Many have passed through our doors to a brighter future since we began in 1968. MHI has provided homes for tens of thousands, and food for millions of those who have passed through Loaves & Fishes and our housing programs. Many have left our program and never looked back.

Unfortunately it is not a perfect world where we can show 100% success. Many of our residents will need a third or fourth chance in our program before they are able to become self reliant.

St Joseph Clubhouse is the first accredited mental health clubhouse in the state of Texas. Since we helped open that door, we have created a sister clubhouse, and have helped gain accreditation for others across the state. That said, we are unique. Many clubhouses will see 2-3% of their population come from prison... St Joseph's rate will climb over 15% regularly. Some others will have homeless members occasionally, while we have 40% of our regular members come from the streets on a weekly basis... at that rate, they have trouble focusing on self improvement and the principle of the work ordered day, but instead are thinking of their safety that evening, and wondering how to get their next meal. International Clubhouse guru Ralph Milby noted that we have the best turnout of the most impoverished, on the lowest budget of comparable programs. We could not have expressed the situation better.

Magnificat does not aim to solve societal problems of homelessness and poverty, or even mental health. We aim to minister to the needs of the other, as taught by the Christian faith and demanded by the basic dignity of our human condition. Through this, we may actually solve the problem... not by the top down, but from the bottom up.

Financials

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Magnificat Houses, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Suzanne Young

retired industry accounting professional

Term: 2022 - 2024

Kimberly Dennison

CPA, non-profit financials

Abigail Gunderson

financial advisor

Bart McAndrews

auto industry CFO

Michael Ackal, III

corporate attorney

JoAnna Bruce

MBA, former American Airlines Management

Wendy Clark

MSN, RN, VBAC, nursing education-administration

Jermaine Davis

human resources professional, energy industry

Scott Hickey

PhD, clinical psychology, MHMRA directorships

Clay Jeansonne

Director of Investor Relations

Grant Kennedy

former Director, St. Joseph Clubhouse

Dr. Tony Kerrigan

retired psychologist, Department of Veterans Affairs

Bobby Knight

oil & gas engineer-project manager

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes