The holidays were amazing at Santa Maria! Our caring community supporters really came through with so many types of blessings this season. Beginning with a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner and ending with a visit from Santa, we wanted to share the holiday memories with you.
Almost daily in December, we accepted socially distanced drop offs of toys, self-care items, basic needs and clothing that warmed our hearts and provided incredible gifts for our women and children who reside with us!
A week before Christmas, we collected the toys and precious baby necessities as staff set up a fantastic store wonderland of goodies, organized by age range. First in the training room at Bonita and then in the dining room at Jacquelyn House this store was lovingly curated. This store-like setting allowed our residents to come “shop” for each of their children, selecting gifts and a little something for themselves! Staff assisted with the bountiful mounds of toys, matching children’s personalities and wishes with the donations combined from the generosity of our community.
“This is amazing” and “Thank you Jesus for all the love!” were just a few of the expression heard from our residents as they shopped. They completed the event by writing endearing Christmas cards and notes, including these sentiments in their packages.
Take a few minutes and watch the fun!
Klein United Methodist Church (KUMC) – On both of our campuses, residents were treated to a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving feast, an annual event presented by the caring members of KUMC. This year, the feast needed to work within our COVID protocols, so it became a “take-out” event. The church members still served this annual tradition with love and compassion, as they do annually.
EES Ministries – A donation of gift bags for every resident at Bonita House! Our gratitude to the organizer, Teresa Baker of EES Ministries and the two other women’s ministries involved: Encourage Ministries and Women Breaking Barriers. These gift baskets included self-care items for ladies and toys and activities for their children.
Wings Ministries –
Here are our friends from WINGS Ministries answering the call for a coat drive! Accepting gently used coats for women and children is Marcia Chaney (right) and WINGS ambassadors Michelle Lawrence and Chrissie Chenette.
National Charity League (NCL) Cypress – Thanks for the snowman-themed decorations lovingly placed at Bonita House! Our partners, NCL Cypress Gems club converted our campus to a winter wonderland. Their monthly activities for the residents always have beauty, style and love.
West Houston Katy Rotaract visited Bonita House on Saturday led by Sara Adjokater, outreach chair. They brought baby formula, diapers and diaper wipes in bulk! We are grateful for their practical gifts and are happy to renew our relationship!
Party Caboodle – Our thanks to the glorious princesses at Party Caboodle for their donation of festive caboodles stuffed with beauty and self-care items for our residents! Leader of the caboodle brigade is the wonderful Josie Wiltz, teaching the art of giving to her young members and leading with her heart!
Chapelwood – The Women’s Perspective Group does it again! Since this year they could not come into the Jacquelyn campus to visit with our residents, they instead dropped off 60 goodie bags, Christmas cards and 18 trays of assorted cookies for our staff to deliver to coordinate the card making activity with our residents. They came back to pick up the cards to put them in the mail for delivery.
Select QB Athletics – hosted an event to celebrate their successful year training elite quarterbacks to perform even better. These wonderful guys gathered toys for the residents -well over 80 toys! Pictured here, left to right are: Milton Holmes III and Darrell Colbert, Jr. dropping the toys off outside our lobby! Thanks for connecting with us and MERRY CHRISTMAS to our favorite football organization!
Christ Church United Methodist Church Sugarland – The Women’s Group dropped off some special gifts for our newest babies in the BAMBI (Baby And Mother Bonding Initiative) Program. Each infant received a gift bag with special cuddly items and so did each new mom. Diapers and other essentials were also donated as well as snacks and drinks for a festive resident gathering to celebrate the season. What a blessing these fine women are to BAMBI, supporting the program for nearly 8 years, several times each year.
Without the generous support from our sponsors and donors, Santa Maria’s annual fundraising luncheon would never be successful. We are so thankful for our donors who have continued to support us even with the change in luncheon plans and the challenging economic environment. Every donation helps ensure we can continue to be there for women and families when they ask for help.
Many of our sponsors have given from their hearts for years and we are so grateful. We thought it was time you heard from some of them, so we have asked them to record inspirational messages from their homes.
Although we were not able to be together this year, this is how we are adapting to life under the stay at home challenges. We especially thank our board member, Keith Rudy, who produced this video using available software and a heart for service. Keith, we appreciate you and all that you do!
During the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, keeping everyone safe is our top priority.
As a precaution you may not enter any Santa Maria facility until 14 days have passed without symptoms since your travel to or through Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy, Iran, Germany, Spain, France or close contact (within 6 feet for 30 minutes or more) with a person confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.
If this applies to you, please depart the facility promptly then, contact Santa Mariawith any questions.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Please join us for our fourth annual RISE Luncheon benefiting Santa Maria, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at River Oaks Country Club. We are honored to celebrate the many women and families whose lives have been transformed as a result of the recovery treatment and supportive services they receive through Santa Maria. Our hope is to have the room filled to capacity with the many generous people who support our mission and programs.
Since 1957 Santa Maria has served thousands of women in crisis and has continually responded to the emerging needs of the recovery community. Today, we continue to stand strong by our mission to empower women and their families to lead healthy, successful, productive and self-fulfilling lives—and our RISE Luncheon is instrumental in allowing us to continue achieving this mission.
We are proud to share that last year alone we served over 5,000 women,children and family members. However, there is still a great need and more work to be done.
With your support we can continue to change the lives of women who are living with addiction and provide them and their children with the care, support, stability and healing they need as part of a family in recovery. And with your support we can continue to expand our reach into the larger community, providing children and families the tools and support they need to overcome adversity and reach their full potential.
Will you please embark on this journey with us by purchasing a table to the luncheon?
We have a very special program planned for you. You may reserve your table today by completing and returning the sponsorship form. But you may also donate an reserve your table online, on the link below.
Thank you in advance for your generous support. We look forward to seeing you on April 30, 2019 at 11:30am!
A recovery coach is an individual who is in recovery and works and supports individuals immersed in addiction(s) to empower them in their personal journey towards recovery offering hope, while providing advocacy, guidance, motivation and knowledge.
Requirements to be admitted in this training:
High School Diploma/GED
Two Years of Sobriety
Working/Volunteering in a Recovery Organization
Cost: $200 ($50 for Santa Maria staff and alumni).
Dates: February 8, 9, 10 and February 16 and 17.
Address: Santa Maria -Bonita House 2605 Parker Road, Houston, TX.
“The Houston Run for Recovery highlights the fact that recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is achievable and celebrates the joy of living a full and healthy life free from substance use.” states Nadine Scamp, co-chair of the Houston Run for Recovery and CEO of Santa Maria Hostel.
Participants are not necessarily individuals who have experienced recovery personally. However, anyone who has seen the benefits of recovery in someone they know and love can understand and share the joy of celebrating it.
While the race celebrates recovery, its goal is to also embrace the entire running community.
The event will begin with a non-competitive 1K Kids Fun Run at 8:00am followed by a competitive and non-competitive 5K Run/Walk at 8:30am at Cleveland Park (200 Jackson Hill, Houston, 77007) in front of the The Council on Recovery. Post race festivities and activities for the children will be held at Cleveland Park, Downtown Houston. Registration is available online or on-site at 7:00am on the day of the event. Proceeds will go to recovery-based scholarships benefiting program participants at Santa Maria Hostel, STAR Drug Court and The Council on Recovery.
Are you interested in volunteering for the Run for Recovery? Click here to register as a volunteer.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Sponsorship opportunities are also available, click here to learn more.
“Our goal is to reach out to the community and say that everyone knows someone who has been impacted by addiction. We want to change the place of darkness and shame that those impacted by substance use disorder so often experience to one of hope and healing in recovery. Recovery is a life-long process, and by running and walking together we show our support for all of our neighbors and loved ones who are making that daily effort to maintain long term recovery.” Nadine Scamp, CEO of Santa Maria Hostel.
Santa Maria’s Annual Luncheon will be held at the River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
This year we are thrilled to be honoring Deborah Duncan with the “Visionary Award” and Branislav Jankic with the “RISE Award”. We hope to have the room filled with the many people who support our mission and programs throughout the year and through the years. Please join us!