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World Homeless Weekend

Every year in October, cities across the globe observe World Homeless Day. Its purpose is to draw attention to the needs of people experiencing homelessness and provide opportunities for communities to get involved in responding to this urgent humanitarian issue.

SEARCH Homeless Services and its Council of Congregations invite faith groups across the Houston area to participate in World Homeless Weekend – a time for you to do one thing with your congregation to raise awareness, provide service opportunities, pray, or advocate for some of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our city.

With many faith communities joining in a simultaneous effort, you can make an enormous collective impact.

Today, SEARCH is playing a leading role in The Way Home, an ambitious community-wide effort to end homelessness in Houston.  While Houston has made great progress and reduced overall homelessness by 54% since 2011, the need remains great. On any given day, approximately 3,900 individuals in our community are homeless. Over the course of a year, 58,000 men, women, and children in our community will experience homelessness.

This year World Homeless Weekend will be held on October 9-11, 2020.

Working in concert, people of faith can shine a light on homelessness.

Your faith community can:

  • Take a special offering to donate to agencies working with people experiencing homelessness
  • Collect goods (see list of needed goods) to donate to homeless services agencies
  • Make “survival kits” (see list of helpful items)  to hand out to people on the street
  • Offer a specific prayer during worship services
  • Feature a speaker on homelessness from  a local agency
  • Print and distribute an updated “Facts & Figures” brochure on homelessness, or distribute the             “SEARCH’s model” card
  • Commit to volunteer at a homeless services agency

SEARCH will provide information, materials, and ideas to help facilitate this process. Let us know your commitment – email Morgan Dickson at to sign up!


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To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and those we serve, SEARCH will be operating remotely and continuing to serve our clients. All events and volunteer activities have been canceled at this time. We can accept COVID-19 related in-kind items listed on the in-kind donation page by appointment only. Monetary donations will also be gratefully accepted.

If you are homeless and in need of assistance, please call our main line at 713-739-7752 or dial 211. 

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