Recently 40 employees from the Shell / Jiffy Lube office located in Houston Texas, participated in a full day Team Building Event for Charity. The day began early at a downtown food bank where the volunteers worked together to prepare and serve over 500 meals to homeless members of the community. The team then drove to Conroe a nearby township to build bicycles and stuff / decorate teddy bears for the Conroe House of Prayer.
The Conroe House of Prayer is a place that you have to see to believe. Operating as a multi-purpose facility for the Kingdom of God they do various things throughout the week. Every Friday and Saturday night, Christians from various churches and the homeless in the local community come together for a time of worship and fellowship.
The real heart of the Conroe House of Prayer is seen in it’s dedication to the poor and homeless. Every morning, Monday thru Saturday they host a worship service that is geared toward folks who are living on the streets or wouldn’t feel comfortable in a traditional church setting. Teachers and worship leaders from various churches come together to share the encouraging and ministering to those in desperate need. Afterwards, everyone enjoys a fellowship breakfast that is provided by people from area churches or businesses.
The House of Prayer has 2000 square feet upstairs space that is used for resource redistribution. They operate a clothing closet that provides clothing to the homeless in the area and to ministries that provide clothing in other areas throughout the region. As they worship and fellowship with the homeless, they are able to effectively asses needs and provide the appropriate aid. They have seen over 40 people move out of a condition of homelessness in the past year.
The Shell team built 25 bicycles, stuffed and decorated 50 teddy bears and collected 10 garbage bags full of clothing for this great local charity. Team members admitted they were exhausted by the end of the day. However, each person expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to give back to their community. “To see the faces of the homeless families and to provide them with a ray of hope was an experience we won’t ever forget.”