Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) is grateful to have completed phase II of its Capital Campaign and is excited to announce plans to create the Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect at its 3303 Main Street headquarters in Midtown. The Plaza will be dedicated to the interfaith work of three of our city’s most celebrated faith leaders — Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Rabbi Samuel Karff and Reverend William A. Lawson. It will be the capstone of the IM campus and a beautiful civic space in the heart of Midtown.
The Plaza will complete IM’s campus, a project which started in 2012 with the launch of the Many Faiths Building Together capital campaign.
Thank you to our leading Phase II capital campaign donors:
- Brigitte and Bashar Kalai – Plaza of Respect
- Patti and Richard Everett – Forum
- Shell Oil Company – Banner of Respect
- The Clark & Charlene Thompson Foundation – Pillar of Light honoring Archbishop Fiorenza
(left to right) Rev. Lawson, Archbishop Fiorenza, Rabbi Karff
A Powerful Trio
The Reverend, the Archbishop and the Rabbi are a respected trio of friends who have worked with each other, in pursuit of the common good, for over three decades. They have championed a variety of causes, from tearing down shantytowns under bridges to halting the “school to prison pipeline” that treats juvenile misbehavior as crime, from fighting anti-Semitism to condemning the bombing of a local mosque.
Archbishop Fiorenza marched from Selma to Montgomery and oversaw the construction of Houston’s new cathedral. Rev. Lawson invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into his parish when many black clergy scorned him, and was let out of jail by a Houston mayor to calm down some civil rights rioters. Rabbi Karff piloted the nation’s oldest rabbinical organization and helped build Chicago’s landmark Conference on Religion and Race. Together, they do much more.” (Fraser, Jayme. “Trio quietly guides Houston’s conscience and policy.” Houston Chronicle. Sept. 30, 2013.)
In the 1980s, during Houston’s oil bust the three friends came together again to help the growing number of homeless in our city. Along with other religious leaders, they created a vision that became what is today the Coalition for the Homeless.
Phase III- Building for the Future
IM is now entering Phase III of its campaign to complete the campus master plan.
We have a unique opportunity to purchase property next to our current MOW Distribution Center that provides much-needed storage, office, and training space. This would allow us to reconfigure the existing MOW building to maximize meal preparation space, increasing our capacity to add more seniors to the program and to better serve existing clients with supplemental services. The cost of the building is $1.3 million; we have raised $500,000 to date and are seeking additional gifts to help us reach the goal.
Once the new property is acquired and renovated for use, we expect to add 500 seniors in the first full year, with long-term growth year by year. This would be a total of 125,000 more lunches (500 x 250 service days) delivered in the first year alone. The campus reconfiguration, resulting in more volunteer space and storage, would also allow us to increase the number of seniors who receive breakfast in addition to lunch. Currently, about 1,100 of our frailest and most isolated seniors receive breakfast. With the new building, we could serve an additional 500 seniors with breakfasts in the first year alone, resulting in 182,000 more breakfasts served (500 x 7 breakfasts x 52 weeks).
The added storage would also allow us to add more variety to our lunch menu, to better serve seniors with special needs- such as diabetics. It would allow us to store more emergency, non-perishable food to be used in the event of a hurricane, winter weather, etc. It will include larger freezer space, allowing us to store more frozen weekend meals. More frozen meals allow us to move seniors off the wait list sooner, if a hot meal route is not immediately available to them.
One of MOW’s programs, Hospital to Home, delivers meals on a short-term basis to recently discharged hospital patients. The daily meals, accompanied by a wellness check, decrease costly hospital re-admissions. We are proud to partner with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann in this endeavor. The new property will allow us to achieve better efficiency and capacity in this program to better serve these patients, and to carry a better variety of meals to meet their unique medical needs. Hospital to Home not only serves a vulnerable population, but expands the vision of MOW and develops the partnerships of the future.
The new property will house Volunteer Services and include a dedicated Volunteer Welcome Center, allowing us to recruit and train more volunteers. MOW can add additional routes, serving more seniors, if more volunteer drivers join our team. We are currently serving approximately 4,000 seniors and project to increase that number to 4,300 in FY19 (starting July 1, 2018). It will also house Meals on Wheels storage and some staff offices.
Naming opportunities are available throughout the IM campus and can be pledged over 1-3 years:
Interfaith Ministries Campus $3,000,000
Volunteer and Nutrition Center (3215 Fannin)
Volunteer and Nutrition Center $1,000,000
Volunteer Welcome Hub $500,000
Hospital to Home Hub $250,000
At the Brigitte & Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect
Pillar of Light/Reverend Lawson $250,000
Pillar of Light/Rabbi Karff $250,000
Interactive Interfaith Display $250,000
In the Albert & Ethel Herzstein Building (3303 Main)
Development Suite $100,000
Finance Suite $100,000
Refugee Services Suite $100,000
President & CEO Office $50,000
Communications Director Office $25,000
Development Offices (2 available) $25,000
Executive Assistant Office $25,000
Executive Conference Room $25,000
Facility Director’s Office $25,000
Mother’s Room $25,000
Refugee Services Deputy Director Office $25,000
Volunteer Houston Director’s Office $25,000
WT & Louise J Moran Meals on Wheels Distribution Center (3202 San Jacinto)
Meals on Wheels Assembly Hub $250,000
First Floor Storage Room (2 available) $75,000
Client Services Office $25,000
Client Data Office $25,000
Hospital to Home Office $25,000
Volunteer Manager Office $25,000
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Maria Magee, Chief Development Officer
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