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November & December SOSS Calendar
With the church construction this year at our organization and distribution site (Kingwood UMC) for holiday baskets, we will make minor adjustments to our usual logistics, collection locations, times and volunteer policies. As in the past, no separate or online registration is necessary to volunteer to help with the holiday basket and gift organization and distribution. We appreciate the support and generosity of our community with our special events. We estimate 450 area disadvantaged families will receive food and gifts for nearly 1,000 children this year through the generosity of time, talent and gifts of our community this holiday season.

Thanksgiving food bag organization will be during the week on Friday morning with distribution on Saturday morning. Volunteer parking will be at the SOSS parking lot (except for handicapped needs; contact Lynn Harper for that location).

Thanksgiving food organization - Friday November 21 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  KUMC Gym - open to church and community volunteers.
 Thanksgiving food distribution - Saturday November 22 - 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon KUMC Gym - open to church and community volunteers. 
YOUTH VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES:    9th - 12th grade youth volunteers may volunteer without a parent. Any child or youth under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent.  It is NOT recommended for children under the age of 10 to volunteer, even with a parent, due to the crowds and traffic.
 
The majority of the organization of Christmas gifts will be done during the week prior to distribution by special SOSS groups and community volunteers. 
Christmas food bag organization - Wednesday, December 10 - 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. KUMC Gym - open to church and community volunteers
Society of St. Stephen
Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 community outreach assistance ministry serving persons living in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora school districts. Each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 am families are given help with food, clothing and limited financial assistance.

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Society of St. Stephen is a community outreach agency serving people living in the Humble, New Caney and Splendora school district boundaries.
  • We are 100% volunteer.
  • We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or until we serve the first 36 clients. We are usually closed for school holidays.  We are open in the summer.
  • At no cost to our clients, we provide an average of 400 individuals each week with food and clothing, and an average of 25 families a week with limited financial assistance (primarily assistance with utilities or medication).
  • Clients may visit SOSS once every 30 days for food, once every 60 days for clothing, and once every 12 months for financial assistance. A typical grocery allotment includes canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, rice, beans or pasta, bread, half gallon of milk, and cheese. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and personal products are given when available. We also supply diapers (as needed), laundry soap, toilet paper, and bath soap to all families.
  • We have three special projects a year. Our Back to School Drive supplies over 1,000 children each year with school supplies, a $20 shoe voucher for one pair of new shoes, and new backpacks every year. For Thanksgiving and Christmas we provide over 500 food baskets for a family holiday dinner and gifts for over 1,200 children, ages 1-16.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

  • We receive donations and monetary gifts from individuals, philanthropic groups, churches, schools, businesses, corporation volunteer grants, and our major fundraiser - the SOSS women’s tennis tournament - held in the spring.
  • Our 150+ regular volunteers give an average of 15 hours per month of their valuable time to SOSS.
  • Based on data from December 2011 through November 2012, our disbursements for utilities and medical assistance have averaged $1,233.00 a week. Our food costs have averaged $616.00 a week which we supplement with large discounts form the Houston Food Bank and local food drives and/ or donations. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • DONATE! We always need gently used clothing, linens, and small household items. Please use your Kroger share card and Randall’s Good Neighbor cards.  
  • VOLUNTEER! We have a wide variety of places to help, working with clients or working behind the scenes, on a regular basis or on seasonal projects, and flexible scheduling from a couple of hours a month to more.
  • GIVE! Financial contributions can be mailed directly to us, or designated to SOSS and dropped in the collection plate at Kingwood United Methodist Church. Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 agency.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us!

Lynn Harper, Director SOSS
1799 Woodland Hills Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77339
281-358-7722

Email Lynn Harper.

 

 

 

SOSS Charity Tennis Tournament
S.O.S.S. (closed until Jan.7th)
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Monday, December 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S. (closed until Jan. 7th)
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S. (closed until Jan. 7th)
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Friday, December 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.