MISSION
We seek to carry out Christ’s command to love and provide for those in need.
​​OBJECTIVES
To ensure that no one leaves WHAM hungry and to continue to positively impact clients in extreme crisis situations by providing rental assistance to prevent eviction and resulting homelessness.
VISION
WHAM will be a model of Christian service utilizing the talents and resources of the community to minister love and support to those in need. WHAM will provide assistance with basic needs and promote independence.
CLOTHING
​ASSISTANCE
CLIENTS
SERVED
FOOD DONATED
Served 40,114 clients, 35,552 of whom received food from our client choice food pantry
Disbursed 1,041,332 pounds of donated food valued at $1,770,273
Provided 738 individuals with clothing assistance
2017
GED PROGRAM
FINANCIAL AID
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Provided 1,864 individuals with rent and/or utilities thanks to generous donations 
Served 817 clients through our employment services program
Had 49 graduates from our GED program
HISTORY
Founded in April 1982 by seven local places of worship, West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM), formerly known as Westheimer Ecumenical Social Ministry, saw a need to provide for the needy who came through their church doors seeking assistance. WHAM has been, and continues to be, a ray of hope for West Houston children, families, and homeless people in crisis.

Offering assistance in meeting the essentials of daily living, WHAM matches client needs with available services and programs, including financial assistance, job search, food pantry, low cost second hand items and special programs.

Since the inception of WHAM, a dedicated group of volunteers has devoted time, talent and treasures to support the WHAM mission. Individuals, businesses, organizations, churches and schools throughout West Houston make it possible for us provide the vital resources needed to over 40,000 clients each year. WHAM has developed a reputation as a caring, concerned and supportive operation for those in need.

OUR PURPOSE

We provide free assistance for people who are struggling to meet their basic needs in the form of financial assistance for rent and utilities, food, clothing, employment services and classes to include GED and ESL, as well as cooking classes using food given to clients.

Living up to our motto "No one leaves here hungry," we feed approximately 70-90 families each day and provide seniors with special boxes. WHAM is open on Saturday for the working needy.

Our Second Blessing Resale Store provides quality goods at very reasonable prices. In addition, at monthly WHAM Food Fairs, clothing from Second Blessing is provided to Care Ministry clients and their families. We pass on the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to all those in need, regardless of their faith.

OUR IMPACT

At WHAM, our goal is to provide caring, life-changing services that lead to productive, fulfilling and independent lives. People feel our impact when we provide basic needs for those who are struggling, when we help the homeless find shelter, when we give the unemployed the opportunity to learn new skills so they can find meaningful work, and when we provide an organization that brings the community together for the common good.

2017 IMPACT REPORT
OUR KEY MESSAGES

WHAM CARES

Everything we do is done because we care for our community.

WHAM NURTURES POTENTIAL AND FOSTERS SELF-SUFFICIENCY

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to thrive.

WHAM BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER

We connect with people of all ages and religious backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.

WHAM IS A
FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION

We extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to all those in need regardless of their faith.

WHAM IS A COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION

Since 1982, we've been listening and responding to our communities.

I C A R E
Values That Guide Us
INTEGRITY
We will carry out our mission by conducting ourselves honestly, ethically and with integrity to all of the people with whom we do business.
​​​ COMPASSION
"There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you; Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors." ​​​
(Deuteronomy 15:11)
​​​​​ ACCEPTANCE
"In an acceptable time I have heard you and in the day of salvation I have helped you."
(II Corinthians 6:2)
​​​​​RESPECT
"Honor all people; love the brotherhood. "
(1 Peter 2:17)
​​​​ ENCOURAGEMENT ​​
"That their hearts may be encouraged, is knit together in love."
(Colossians 2:2)
SERVICE AREA