Open Gate has remained open during this pandemic, but we’ve had to change how we are serving our homeless youth. We are unable to serve sit down meals as we used to, but we continue to serve nutritious meals on Sundays from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM on a carry out/to-go basis. During the height of the lockdown when many of our youth were locked into shelters, we continued to serve about 25 meals each Sunday to the truly homeless. We are now averaging about 45 to-go meals served each of the last three or four Sundays. We are observing social distancing by limiting the number of youth allowed inside at a time, scanning them for fever with a non-contact thermometer prior to entry, and providing fresh socks and underwear in addition to the meal. No one is allowed to remain inside. While the clothing closet is not officially open, we do provide shirts and trousers where desperately needed. We also offer masks, hand sanitizer in small bottles, hygiene packs, and plenty of cold water bottles to help beat the heat.
We are offering these services to the youth with a minimum number of volunteers (4 to 5 max) to maximize social distancing protection for the volunteers and the participants. While we realize that many volunteers are being socially responsible and staying home, if you’d like to volunteer, we’d love to see you on a Sunday. We also occasionally have opportunities to volunteer on a Saturday or during the week when only volunteers would be present.
Our mission is to provide a safe, affirming environment for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and/or other identities. We firmly believe in meeting our participants where they are, without judgment or expectation, and letting them guide us toward their individual needs.
We are an organization that works with youth and young adults (18- 30 years of age) currently experiencing homelessness in the Houston area . Every Sunday afternoon we serve between 25-40 young adults a cooked-from-scratch, family -style dinner. We also provide our participants with hygiene items, backpacks, clothing, and information/referrals to community resources that can assist them in meeting their needs .
Open Gate is not a religious program in any way; it is intentionally secular , and we are a 501(c)(3) organization .
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
We'll work with your schedule.
1440 Harold StPlease use the clients entrance on MulberryHoustonHouston, TX77006
December 10, 2020
We would like for to you volunteer twice a month is possible so you will get to know our clients