Photo of the actual Mercy Tree where we met our very first client.
I first began feeding and ministering to the homeless of downtown Houston in 2009 through Gateway Community Church's partnership with 1000 Hills Ministries (Church in the Park/Church Under the Bridge). At that time, God planted a seed in me that, through prayer, serving and the mentorship of others, continued to grow into a deep compassion for the homeless. It was also during that time that God first placed His vision in my heart for feeding the homeless right here in the Clear Lake area.
Most people are unaware that Clear Lake has any homelessness at all. It is surprising to realize that, despite the upper middle-class lifestyle and education that the majority of our residents have earned and enjoy, there are those who are less fortunate in our community. I grew up in Clear Lake and never encountered homelessness until God opened my eyes and my heart to their presence, especially in and around the subdivision in which I currently live.
After a couple of years of trying to put off God’s vision by making excuses or waiting to see if someone else would have the courage to bring His vision to life, I finally came to the realization that He has offered and entrusted this vision to me and the people He has placed in my life. After prayer and counsel from my mentors and church family, I joyfully accepted God’s call and committed to “build this ark” (or soup kitchen, in this case).
In July 2013, I took a leap of faith and created a nonprofit charitable organization called, “The Mercy Tree.” The mission of The Mercy Tree is to feed homeless people in the Clear Lake area. Currently, these meals are prepared offsite by volunteers and delivered and served to homeless clients at various churches in the Clear Lake area. The vision of The Mercy Tree is to serve meals indoors, where our clients can enjoy a break from Houston’s extreme weather, completely free of charge and free from any uncomfortable glances from business owners or patrons who feel uneasy about their presence. We also have volunteers who serve by picking up donated food, clothing and toiletries around the Clear Lake Area. These items are sorted and distributed as needed.
The Mercy Tree is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. As such, we are completely dependent on volunteers and donations (monetary and in kind) to remain operational. We believe that The Mercy Tree is God’s vision and, as such, He will continue to provide everything needed in order for us to carry out His Will.
The Mercy Tree
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