Happy birthday to A Simple Thread!
In July, A Simple Thread turned TEN Years Old!
To celebrate with the people we serve, we took a Kona Ice truck out to distribute snow cones to homeless Houstonians, on the hottest day of the year.
Our next distribution is on
August 12 at 6:00 PM.
Read about us here in an Associated Press article!Philanthropy and drinking a good mix at Texas bar
A SIMPLE THREAD is a non-profit organization, a 501(c)(3), created to help homeless individuals in Houston in a unique way.
Homelessness is a problem in Houston. No one disputes that. Individuals who are homeless, though, are not the most widely targeted group for help in the city. You won’t usually see them pictured on fundraising posters. When Houstonians stop to think about the 10,000 individuals who are homeless in Houston at any given time, they mostly blame the homeless for their plight.
Yes, there are programs for people who are homeless. There are shelters that provide beds, food, showers, bathrooms, and shelter. For a variety of reasons, though, many who are homeless do not seek assistance at a shelter. There are soup kitchens that help the homeless who are hungry. They are a great help, but it can be difficult for homeless individuals to get to the soup kitchens. There are organizations that offer job training, and this is a blessing for some of the homeless as they work to put their lives back together. But the fact remains that more than half of Houston’s homeless have a serious psychiatric disability, more than a quarter of Houston’s homeless are veterans, and almost 20% of Houston’s homeless are under the age of 18, even though the average age is 42, according to a report by the Houston Coalition for the Homeless.
A Simple Thread does not attempt to end homelessness in Houston. We do not find jobs or houses for people who are homeless. Most of all, we do not care why or how they became homeless. We are not offering a thick rope as a lifeline. We are offering a Simple Thread.
We put together small kits — simple threads — to make life easier for people who are homeless in Houston. You can find out more about our kits by going to the “Simple Thread Kits” page.
We distribute these kits directly to individuals who are homeless. They do not have to fill out a form, give out information, ask for a hand-out, or even say a word. We just give them the kits as a small way to help — literally from our hands to theirs. A simple connection. A simple thread.
A Simple Thread does not attempt to solve a massive crisis. Our aim is just to make life a little easier, a little better, for our neighbors.
We are creating a tapestry — A SIMPLE THREAD at a time.
Some teens from Neighborhood Centers, Inc. made this video about their Simple Thread experience.