Building to Serve Capital Campaign


In an effort to dramatically improve access to food and other services to low income Houstonians, Catholic Charities plans to establish a new Family Opportunity Center. Anchored by a market-style food pantry, the new facility will house a variety of programs so that families will not have to travel to multiple locations to get food, attend a parenting class, conduct a job search, or receive rental assistance.

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Campaign Leadership


Honorary Co-Chairs
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Trini Mendenhall-Royalty
Mrs. Raye G. White

Campaign Cabinet
David Doherty, Chair


Martin Beirne
Madelyn Farris
Alicia Reggie Freysinger
Ellen Ginty
Chuck Gremillion
Chris Harvey
David E. Harvey, Jr.
Elizabeth Husseini
Paul H. Layne
Dennis Malloy
Stan Marek
Michael Mengis
Ginger Niemann
Gretchen Martinez Penny
Paul Posoli
Building Details
  • Located in one of Houston’s poorest neighborhoods in zip code 77093
  • 5.658 acres
  • Easy access by mass transit
  • Plentiful parking – 200+ spaces
Building Features
  • A state-of-the-art market style food pantry
  • Dedicated space for drive-thru food distributions and weekend food fairs
  • Case managers to help clients work toward self-sufficiency and provide a gateway to other services
  • Help for families to secure housing or avoid eviction by providing financial assistance, employment assistance, and financial education
  • Refugee Resettlement services including cultural orientation, counseling, financial assistance, and job training and placement
  • Affordable, high-quality mental health counseling
  • A new home for our neighbor, Martha’s Kitchen, which provides hot meals to the needy
  • Room to expand, so programs and services can grow and evolve as needs in the community change

Naming opportunities are available, and requests are welcomed.

Funds Needed

An investment of $25 million

  • 2024: Site purchased, begin building design
  • 2025: Finalize design
  • 2026: Construction begins
  • 2027-28: Move in, begin operations

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