2015 End of Year Giving

December 8, 2015

Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) would like to thank you and our community for your generosity and help in “Transforming lives.” With your continued support, KCM has been able to fulfill its mission by providing essential services through our core programs, which include Food Pantry, Social Services, and the Crisis Center. From feeding the hungry, assiting those in need, to providing advocacy and support to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, together we are transforming lives here in our own community.

The following is a testimony from a former KCM client, whose life has been transformed, and dreams of  giving back to others who have also experienced hardship: 

To Katy Christian Ministries:

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Elizabeth Booth – (Photo and Letter used with Permission)

It’s not possible to fully express the gratitude and love I have in my heart for every volunteer and staff member at Katy Christian Ministries. Your ministry not only changed my life, it quite literally saved it! I walked through your doors on a warm day in spring of 2015, hanging on by the thinnest of hairs. I was a wreck, my life was in shambles and worse yet,   I was contemplating suicide. Seriously! I didn’t know what else to do. I was a failing the people I loved, myself and it was hopeless.

I was so afraid of the future, I didn’t want to face it. But Karina wasn’t frightened. Karina was the first Crisis Center staff member I met and she didn’t blink an eye. She sat me down and we got right to it and I could tell, she wasn’t letting me walk out those doors. Not without doing everything in her power to reach me. And she did. Soon I found myself surrounded by the most compassionate and remarkable group of women I have ever met. You wonderful beings didn’t judge me, you didn’t dismiss me. You embraced me, reassured me and made me feel safe. You fed mesaw to it I had essentials, which I didn’t ( thank you! ) prayed with me and for me. But the most important thing you gave me that day was hope.

Hope may sound cliché’? I don’t know, I don’t care. HOPE is huge, I didn’t have any and you ladies at KCM gave it all back to me in a matter of seconds. So, with the help of Lizet and our counseling sessions, I was able to navigate the trauma of the past, put it in proper perspective, and go forward. Lizet gave me tools so I could successfully cut the chains of sabotage, helped me develop strategies to keep the past in the past. Finally I was anchored on solid ground for the first time in over 40 years.

And while the future is still uncertain, I am not afraid. I face it with optimism, a lot of love and a renewed spirit. Through the power of God, nothing is impossible! So, all I can say is Praise God for KCM! (Honestly, I don’t know how to thank you enough.) God Bless you. God Bless Katy Christian Ministry! Thank you all so very much. You saved a life.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Booth
Survivor of sexual abuse 

It’s your generosity that makes stories like this one, and many others, possible. During this Christmas season we ask you to consider giving a charitable donation to KCM so that we may continue the work of “Transforming lives through God’s grace and the generosity of the community.”

Please consider mailing your check mentioning “Year-End Giving” or you may give online at www.KTCM.org. To make sure your giving counts in 2015 all donations must be made by Dec. 31st 2015. Your donation helps many families, with $.82 of every dollar going back into the programs.

Blessings to you and your family and Merry Christmas,

Deysi Crespo, Executive Director

Give the Gift of Changed Lives this year by clicking on the link below and donating to Katy Christian Ministries




Click to make your tax deductible charitable donation today.You may use your PayPal account or any major credit card.Thank you for supporting KCM and your community!

Support KCM & Give the Gift of Changed Lives

Dear Friends of KCM,

Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) would like to thank you and our community for your generosity and help in “making a difference in the lives of others.” With your continued support, KCM has been able to live out its mission by providing much needed services through our core programs, which include Food Pantry, Social Services, and the Crisis Center. From feeding the hungry, to helping those in need, to providing advocacy to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt, together we are making a difference.

The following is a letter of appreciation from a former KCM client, whose life has been changed:

DeliaTo Katy Christian Ministries

I write this letter to thank everyone that works there, for thire time to help families like me.  Im a mother of 4 childrens and my husband.   I just want to let know how bless we have been with all the support and prayer that Katy Ministries have give’t us.  The support with food, school supplies and other help.   But most of all my spiritual life, when I thought everything was over with my life, I was losing my husband, my kids where out of control and me been sick. Miss Arleen and other good people there help me so much to over come all my problems and help me see life in a positive way. I did make a lot of changes in my life.   I start learning English, lost weight and be the best mom and wife.   Thanks to God and people that pray for my family, now I can say I’m merried and my kids are happy.   Now is a new beginning for me and my family. I know theres good and bad times, but if you keep fighting you will win. I thank God because He is always there to help me and to all the people thant work in Christian Ministries. God bless them and their families.

Thank you! Delia

It’s your generosity that makes stories like this, and many others, possible. During this season of giving we ask you to consider making a charitable donation to KCM so we may continue the work of “making a difference in the lives of others through God’s grace and the goodwill of the community.”

Fast Facts in 2013:

  • Crisis Intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, and advocacy:
    • 1,398 victims of domestic abuse, of which 54% are children.
    •  209 victims of sexual abuse, of which 46% are children.
  •  Social Services provided financial assistance to 551 families.
    • Services provided include: rent/mortgage and/or utilities assistance (water, gas, & electricity), financial assistance for urgent need for gasoline and prescriptions.
  • Food Pantry has distributed 10,863 bags of groceries.
    • Clients also benefited from personal care items, milk, juice, meat, rice, beans, and fresh vegetables.

Please use the enclosed envelope to give generously or you may give online at www.KTCM.org

Blessings to you and a happy holiday season,

Bridget Anderson – CEO

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Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Send your tax deductible gifts to:
Katy Christian Ministries
PO Box 986
Katy, Texas 77492

OR… Donate Online





Don’t forget!

To make sure your giving counts in 2013 all donations must be made by Dec. 31st 2013

Thank you for your continued support. May God bless you and your family during this season of thanksgiving, hope and joy!

Below are a few thoughts of how you can make the most of this season of giving.

  1. Donate your slightly used treasures at our Donation Center.
  2. Donate to our Food Pantry and help feed others.
  3. Volunteer your time to help others in our community.

Volunteers Change Lives – from Troubled Teen to Father, Husband & Proud Soldier

army-soldierThe following was received from the KCM Facebook page and used with permission from the author.

“I know this is going to sound odd but I have a strange request. I’m looking for someone who used to volunteer at the old Katy location many years ago named Joy. I do not have a last name for Joy. Now I could see how this is an odd request but I would like her to know how she changed my life.

See right now I’m a 27 year old soldier of the United States Army. I’m married with two children now and stationed in Germany. But back when I met Joy I was a lost young man. I was in and out of jail and rehab. There was nothing anyone could do or say to stop me from doing the terrible things I was doing for I was a stubborn minded child.

Joy met me my first day of community service at the KCM Resale Store and showed me that it didn’t matter what I did but only what I was going to to with my life from there. She showed me that people don’t just look at the troubles one is going through but the solution is just up ahead and that God guides you there if you allow him to.

I owe Joy my new life. My children have a father, my wife a husband. Not a junkie. I serve this country with all that I have on an everyday basis and I believe that Joy deserves to hear how she changed my life.

If you cant help I understand but I had to try. I have to keep trying.

God bless you KCM and all that you do for the community.” – Josh

Help in Challenging Times

iStock_000006334031XSmall“Dear KCM Counselors and Staff,

My gratitude far exceeds my words. Thank You for the generous support of my family’s need for electricity. Your professional assistance and non-judgmental attitude truly put me at ease and helped me have faith that I would make it through this challenging time.

God bless you richly!”

Social Services Client

Thank You KCM

To the Katy Christian Ministries Staff and All,

I would like to take this time out to say thank you very much for all that has been done now and as well a in the past.

It is really good to know that you all are there when we are in need.

Thanks especially to Ms Marjorie for being my Social Worker along with the rest of the Social Services staff.

You are doing a great job distributing goods and services.

Thanks also to the community who provides this service.

Thanks again – Very, Very Much!

God bless all of you.

Margie

Marina’s Story – From Victim to Victory

Marina a victim, now a survivor of family violence and incest by her father.

marina-survivor“I was a very happy child, very outgoing and had good grades! What people did not know is that I was being repeatedly raped by my own father.  It would happen every time he felt like it, when my mom was not at home. This had been happening since I was 5 or 6 years old until I ran away from home at the age of 15. My father would threaten me by telling me that if I ever told anyone, he was going to hurt my mother.

I believed him until one time when I was 12 years old, I saw a very violent episode of my father about to stab my mom in front of me and my younger brother. I heard screaming, I yelled, and I saw blood. Me and my younger brother ran towards him and took the knife away.

Soon after, we left home and became homeless. Without my dad around anymore, I finally told my mom what he had done to me. She did not believe me and moved back in with my father instead. I felt betrayal, anger and isolated. He continued raping me. I left home again. Someone finally believed me and offered help by taking me to the police. A report was made and they said they would help me. When my dad found out that the police wanted to talk to him, he disappeared. He never got caught because he was running away from the police.

But, the police never gave up on me. At 20 years old, a detective came knocking on my door regarding my case. They didn’t give up on me! I gathered some information of how to find him and he got caught. He was arrested in another state, brought back to Texas and the trial began. He was sentenced to 15 years.

At 23 years old, already a mother of 3 children and happily married, my mother gave me a heartfelt and deep apology; this time, she listened. The truth is that I forgave my mother a long time ago.

The support group at KCM and counseling has helped me a lot, not only teaching me how to deal with my emotions from the past, but also how to communicate effectively with my husband and children. Thank you.”

Social Services – Success Story

“Never in my life had I had to struggle, hurt… go without.

This past year everyone told me this was all in God’s plan and He would make something good out of the tragedy. I was listening… but not really believing.

God has blessed us with so many people in our path to help me get back up and moving forward for my children.

Thank you for your help and generosity! I am so thankful for every single one of you!”

Nancy – Social Services Client

Has KCM made a difference in your life? If so, we’d love to hear about it.
Please email your story to stories@ktcm.org