75% of Houston ISD children are economically disadvantaged. Poverty limits a child’s access to educational resources and enrichment opportunities, and negatively affects academic achievement.
23% OF HARRIS COUNTY CHILDREN HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO FOOD
Children who lack adequate nutrition are more likely to get sick. This impairs their growth and development, and negatively affects their ability to focus and learn.
25% OF HOUSTON 3RD GRADERS DO NOT MEET MINIMUM READING STANDARDS
Students who are unable to read on grade level by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.
52% OF REGION 4 STUDENTS ARE AT-RISK OF DROPPING OUT
High school dropouts earn 34% less than individuals with a bachelor’s degree and are much more likely to be unemployed, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Sources: CHILDREN AT RISK, Early Matters, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
As followers of Jesus, the 4,000 churches in Greater Houston have an obligation and an opportunity to address these challenges.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” — I John 3:17-18
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice…
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them…?”
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Imagine if every school in Greater Houston had a committed, caring church partner. Imagine how different our neighborhoods would be. And imagine how differently our neighbors would view our good God.
Every congregation and congregation member can do something to help!
Smaller churches can work together to partner with one school.
Larger churches can partner with several schools (although we encourage starting with one!)