The Mission of Yahweh, Inc.

Serving Homeless Women and Children since 1961

Houston, TX   |


The Mission of Yahweh is a faith based shelter that empowers, enriches and restores the lives of homeless women and children and provides outreach services to low-income communities. Our Vision: - Restore Hope. Transform Lives. End Homelessness.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Mission of Yahweh is the only emergency and transitional shelter in the Greater Houston area that offers a unique continuum of care for homeless women and their children for up to two years. On-site full- time case management, counseling, vocational classes, life skills classes, and GED programs for all adult residents are augmented by partnerships with other service providers in the Continuum of Care to maximize outcomes while minimizing internal service provision costs. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary this year and we're very grateful for the support we receive from the community.

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Executive Director

Mr. Richard H. Hill Jr.

Main address

P.O. Box 40787

Houston, TX 77040 USA

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NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Due to the health and financial crisis caused by COVID-19, housing subsidies are now becoming plentiful making safe, affordable housing more widely available. While this may serve as an effective bandage, without identifying and addressing the root causes of each individual’s homelessness, it may not promote long-term stability. According to a survey conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness titled “Faith-Based Organizations: Fundamental Partners In Ending Homelessness”, (Faith-based) providers expressed concern in finding housing for clients particularly housing that is affordable once a subsidy ends. In addition, organizations cited that stagnant wages make it challenging, if not impossible, for households struggling with high housing costs to remain stably housed long term. Providers discussed the cycle of poverty that is exacerbated for households who experience housing instability.”

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?

Emergency Shelter Program

Unlike a typical emergency program the Mission's Emergency Shelter Program is designed for women who arrive due to an emergency situation and commit to a minimum of a 30 day program with the goal to become self-sufficient. This program typically houses 75% of residents for 30-90 days. Within the program, The Mission provides two types of housing; housing for up to 60 homeless single women and housing for homeless women with children for up to 20 mothers and 40 children. The program provides shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, and mental/physical health/needs assessments. Women who are accepted into the program must be dedicated to becoming self-sufficient, be clean of alcohol and drugs for at least 30 days, are required to actively search for work or attend GED classes, a continuing education program or college classes. In addition, each resident is required to provide 6-20 hours (dependent upon work/school schedules) of in-house volunteer work including kitchen help and light cleaning.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

This program typically accommodates 25% of The Mission’s residents, providing housing for up to two years for both single women and women with children. The program provides a room and private bath for up to 30 residents along with case management and a variety of programs to assist women from overcoming the issues that caused their homelessness. The program requires the resident to be dedicated to becoming self-sufficient, remain alcohol and drug free and have full-time employment. As with the 30 to 90 day Program, the resident must participate in the Resident Responsibility Program by maintaining their rooms in a clean and orderly fashion.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Located on The Mission's campus, The Spindletop House of Joy was opened in 2006 to provide educational classes and recreational opportunities for residents. Each child's medical, mental and academic health is assessed and an academic plan is established, tailored to his or her needs. Children are equipped with school supplies, uniforms and school clothes and are enrolled in local schools. Cy-Fair ISD provides daily transportation and professional tutoring two days per week. The Mission provides an additional three days of tutoring by volunteers. The Mission also offers after-school activities, field trips, ArtBridge arts/crafts classes and movie nights. A summer camp program for resident children keeps them engaged and reinforces lessons taught throughout the school year along with field trips to fun and educational venues. The program now offers a licensed childcare facility operating from 8:00 to 5:30 M - F. This is not simply babysitting but an educational program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Homeless people

Through the Community Outreach Program, low-income families that live within a 6-zip code region are served. The Mission Thrift Store offers low-cost clothing and household items. The Food Pantry is open to the community 7 days per week. Children are served through a back to school backpack giveaway and free summer lunch program for neighborhood youth. During the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are given out and "Santa's Helpers" Christmas party toy giveaway ensures that children and adults enjoy their holidays.

Population(s) Served

In 2017 The Mission embarked on the Workforce Integration Now (WIN) Program. This important program was developed to address the problem that upon exit from The Mission, the majority of women are employed at minimum wage which earns $15,080 annually, or $1,257/month. It is critical that these women, many with children to support, enhance their ability to earn a livable wage to ensure that they can sustain their independence.

At inception of the WIN Program, The Mission executed a formal Affiliation Agreement with the Houston Community College System (HCCS) to provide several short-term certificate programs. As the program evolved, we expanded this to include certificate programs from Lonestar Community College and other educational institutions that provide career training that will prepare resident women for higher paying careers. Participants are provided transportation and day care by The Mission of Yahweh, as required. Examples of certificate programs include: Child Development Associate; Desktop Support Specialist; Payroll Specialist; Surgical Tech; Certified Nurse's Aide; and Patient Care Technician, among others. The jobs that result from these certificate programs create employment opportunities that provide sustainable income for women and their families to live secure and independent lives.

Through 2018, 20 women have received scholarships. The average salaries they will receive in their chosen fields will double their current minimum wage jobs.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

Since 2012, The Mission of Yahweh has set aside beds specifically for the growing number of homeless seniors we see that face employment roadblocks due to a variety of factors, often including age discrimination. In 2018, The Mission served an average of fourteen seniors monthly – up from four seniors in 2012. Approximately four beds for seniors are supported through grant funds from the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust. In 2017 we formalized the Senior Plus Program to accept current residents who have been in The Mission’s Emergency shelter, and/or those who have completed the Transitional Housing program and meet the age requirement of sixty years old or older. Clients must continue to work toward establishing, and maintaining goals that resemble a real life setting. The goals set are intended for their move into permanent housing, determined on a case by case basis through their Individual Service Plan. Residents must begin the process of receiving financial benefits (SSI, SSDI, retirement, etc.); save 25% of their gross income; maintain monthly appointments with the Vocational Coordinator to provide financial documentation, work/school schedules, etc.; and make regular appointments with Case Management to review progress in moving toward a two year self-sufficiency plan. In 2019, we are pursuing an Adopt A Senior Buddy Program utilizing questionnaires to match senior residents with a volunteer. These profiles will also assist in fashioning social and recreational activities of interest.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The need for dental care is substantial as many of these women have gone without dental care for long periods of time, resulting in poor dental hygiene and a variety of painful, unattractive, and costly dental issues. In order to serve this need, The Mission launched a Dental Program in collaboration with the UTHealth School of Dentistry. A dental van began visiting The Mission in 2016 on a monthly basis to complete dental assessments, cleanings and minor procedures. Those residents who require more extensive work are referred to the UTHealth School of Dentistry. Oral hygiene is also taught to the women and children, helping to set a baseline for a lifetime of improved dental health. In 2018, 100 residents were assessed and treated; 23 clients either received or are in the process of receiving more extensive dental work such as dentures, periodontal care, partials, crowns, etc. Funding from the Frees Foundation continues throughout 2019.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

- Greater access to quality employment and increased educational opportunities is necessary in order to sustain and increase successful exits. A transportation gap was identified and to fill this gap, The Mission initiated a Transportation Program in 2016. Dedicated drivers with a passenger van drive resident women to attend interviews, vocational training, employment, educational classes, social services, job or career counseling and to seek housing near employment prior to exit. In 2018, our vans drove 17,450 miles to ensure that residents received safe and timely transportation.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

This program was established in mid-2018 to provide spiritual teaching, discipleship and prayer to lay a firm foundation for establishing order, meaning and ethical direction for their lives. A staff Pastor/Chaplain shepherds the program including chapel held 12 times monthly; year-round Alpha Courses and New Believers Classes; a Prayer Group made up of community volunteers, and Christian counseling. We fervently believe that through the Kingdom Expansion Program we will see women’s attitudes, decision-making skills and outlook on daily life become positively changed, leading them toward achieving sustained independence. And the eternal benefit is priceless!

In the six months of its operation last year, 24 residents made professions of faith, 11 residents made re-dedications, 14 residents were baptized.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The After Care Program was initiated in 2017 in an effort to lift up residents who have recently made a successful exit from The Mission. Once a month these newly exited women are celebrated through the “Empower Shower” in partnership with Community of Faith Church. At the shower, women are provided a basket of necessities valued at approximately $375 including household items such as dishes, pots/pans, shower curtains, towels, etc. in order to help to turn their new housing into a home. In addition to the festive atmosphere, refreshments and the necessities basket, the women are made aware of ongoing supports that are being made available to them for two years post exit at The Mission. These supports include, but are not limited to, referrals to a variety of reduced cost or free services such as auto repairs, work clothes, food, back to school supplies, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, Christmas gifts, and other sources of community referrals. Counselors at Community of Faith Church stand ready to counsel the women, always free of charge. This program is intended to motivate the women to work toward their self-sufficiency in the knowledge that they have an on-going support system for two years and to help The Mission maintain contact with the women to track their progress. The women are contacted when new classes or additional supports are made available. In 2018 71 former residents participated resulting in only three cases of recidivism.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work


Better Business Bureau - Standards for Charity Accountability 2011


Star Award 2014

Houston West Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. 2002

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Organizational Goal - Minimize or Eliminate Homelessness.

The Mission of Yahweh employs a Body, Mind, and Spirit approach to help homeless women create root change that results in their ability to maintain their physical, financial, and spiritual health. The Mission identifies and addresses the issues that caused each resident’s homelessness and through its wrap-around services, provides not only basic needs but job training and preparation, transportation, on-site dental care, referrals to medical care, on-site licensed childcare and educational programs for children, referrals to free community services, and a loving environment infused with Christian teaching and values to provide the foundation for success. Further, The Mission allows residents to remain in the program for up to two years to ensure that they have mastered the skills necessary to sustain long-term independence.

When women and children arrive at The Mission, they are entered into one of two programs depending upon their circumstances – the “Emergency 2 Program” or the Transitional Living Program accommodating approximately 80 women and 40 children. Upon arrival, each woman is provided with toiletries, clothing, food, and shelter. On-site case managers assist them in dealing with the pains of their past, and build hope for the future through an individualized self-improvement plan which is monitored weekly. Counseling and classes such as Victim Prevention, Anger Management, Parenting, Choices that Change Us, Healthy Living, and Character First are offered. Educational programs offered include financial management, computer training, life skills, job readiness, job search, and math tutoring in preparation for the residents’ G.E.D. Continuing their education is encouraged by either completing their G.E.D. or enrolling in college. Some of the residents are encouraged to attend an eight day boot camp offered by the WorkFaith Connection to prepare individuals for re-entering the workplace. Spiritual needs are met by offering chapel services 4 days per week, and spiritual discipleship and counseling is available.

Wrap-around specialized programming helps resident women reduce the barriers to independence and assists in increasing their ability to sustain an independent life. An After Care Program helps connect women to social services in the community upon their graduation from The Mission and provides on-going supports as well as household necessities to establish their home. Through this program we will continue a line of communication in order to track long-term outcomes.

Since 1961, The Mission of Yahweh has been fully engaged in the fight against homelessness in the greater Houston area. Over 10,000 women and children have now been served on our twelve building campus.

Board - The Mission of Yahweh is guided by an experienced and committed Board of Directors. In 2020, 94% of board members donated their financial gifts while 100% gave their most precious gift – their time.

Staff - The Mission operates with 18 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff under the direction of Executive Director, Richard H. Hill, Jr. who joined the team in 2011 with more than 40 years of diversified management expertise in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Volunteers - The Mission of Yahweh is very fortunate to enjoy active volunteer participation from area churches, civic organizations and corporate teams. Each year overe 200 volunteers per month help keep our campus in good working order by completing necessary projects and providing support for programs, chapel services and children's activities.

The Mission of Yahweh continues to be excellent stewards of the funds entrusted to us with 83% of revenue directly supporting program expenses.

In 2020, The Mission of Yahweh provided a home and life changing services to 246 homeless women and children –144 women and 102 children. 59% of those exiting successfully secured permanent housing. Bed nights provided were 27,169 stays (bed and 3 hot meals).

• 152 residents exited with 89 successful exits to permanent housing – 59%
• 986 case management services were provided
• 15 women received the Workforce Integration Now (WIN) Program scholarship
• Resident women served 26,965 volunteer hours through the Responsible Resident Program
• 48 residents received the Lord through salvations, rededications, baptisms, and baby dedications

In 2020, through The Mission of Yahweh Children's Program:
• 48 children attended The Mission’s Music Classes
• 27 children received private piano classes monthly
• 58 children participated in The Mission’s Sports Program
• 62 children participated in The Mission’s Arts Program (art therapy, cooking, drama classes)

In 2020, through Community Outreach:
• 585 families received food outreach
• 1,189 volunteers donated 5,152 hours of their time to help our residents and neighbors who are struggling.

2020 Financial Accomplishments:
• Maintained secure cash reserve position exceeding $500,000 throughout 2020
• Year-end cash $1,062,054 exceeded our objective of $500,000 for the fourth straight year
• Year-end revenue was favorable to budget by $22,640

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Mission of Yahweh is a faith-based shelter serving Houston's homeless women and children since 1961.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to COVID 19's impact on our world, we too were still wanting to serve the women and children in need without compromising the safety of those residents currently staying at The Mission. We heard the concerns of the residents and came up with a plan on how to quarantine each new resident until COVID tests could be implemented and then proceeded to move them to the dormitories with the existing residents. To help those in quarantine we received donations to make the accomodations more tolerable, such as a refrigerator and a microwave and a television. This was done because they were not allowed to come out and interact with the group of residents on campus. Additionally, one of our board members helped the staff put together BUSY bags for the children.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe the residents are able to trust the staff more readily and will allow us to assist them in helping to resolve their problems with them and move forward toward gaining a life of independence and stability.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,


The Mission of Yahweh, Inc.

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The Mission of Yahweh, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Sinclair

Board co-chair

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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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2021

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