Mission Statement – Emerson Church Outreach Committee
Outreach Committee Guidelines
Outreach Grants from the Emerson Endowment Fund
In 2018, the Outreach Committee selected the Tahirih Justice Center Houston for their Children’s Border Project and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Tahirih is a national nonprofit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. In the Houston area, approximately 1,655 individuals impacted by violence were served in 2018 alone through Tahirih’s trauma-informed holistic service model.
In 2016, the first grants were made to two worthy organizations, each of which encourages and enables the availability of health care to all Texans.
1. Texas Impact
A two-year Emerson Outreach pledge jump-started a statewide campaign to enlist faith communities throughout Texas to enhance the future of health care in our state. Through Texas Impact, an Austin-based consortium of religious congregations to communicate with legislators, and to provide materials to the leadership of those congregations to explain how their commitment to health care for all Texans matters. The campaign is called ABOVE POLITICS: Health Care for All Texans. For details, see AbovePolitics
2. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
An Outreach grant, with additional support from Emerson congregants, enabled Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to launch Reaching Beyond Our Walls, a Faith Leaders Outreach Program, to continue a comprehensive communications strategy promoting programs focused on women’s health.