Bay Area Homeless Services

is always is in need of specialized services to be donated or provided.

please contact

Program Manager Marianne Jackson at 281-837-1654.

For more information

Current Needs

With two separate shelter populations, we have a variety of gifting opportunities for generous Baytonians. The Emergency Shelter has two buildings that houses single men in one dormitory, and single women and children in a separate building. While clients may stay for at least 30 days, this is a more transient population and our shelter census changes daily. Usually, these clients appreciate new blankets, socks, coats, and personal toiletries. As might be expected, the children love age appropriate toys that can be easily transported. To furnish gifts for these clients it is always wise to contact our Program Manager, Marianne Jackson, at 281-837-1654.

Clients housed at the Britton-Fuller Center are all intact homeless families. Their needs are the same, but family size varies from two to six people. Gift cards of small denominations from local stores are always appreciated by these families.

Special Services Needed

Bay Area Homeless Services always is in need of specialized services to be donated or provided. As a result this section will change frequently as needs change, and services are provided.

At this time, our agency is in need of

  • Social Media Mentor to assist with updating older social media platform (Facebook) and initiating 2 new platforms
  • IT volunteer who will transfer old data from 2 laptop computers to storage device, and prepare computers for new users
  • Community volunteers who will act as a potential employer in our Mock Interview sessions. We hold these sessions twice monthly at the shelter.

Always Needed Items

  • New, or gently used twin and full sheet sets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Washing machine detergent
  • Boxes of copier paper
  • New or gently used towels
  • Paper goods
  • Children’s books
  • Disposable diapers
  • Canned goods

Volunteer Opportunities

Bay Area Homeless Services welcomes inquiries from anyone wishing to donate their time in service to our less fortunate community members. Opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities. Many volunteer tasks involve routine administrative or clerical tasks, but many more are geared toward groups of all sizes and skill levels. We welcome volunteers who need to complete community service projects, or those seeking to enhance their resumes.

We always are in need of volunteers to assist with daily administrative duties.  Typical tasks include basic telephone duties, greeting clients and guests, completing donations forms, filing correspondence, and  assisting staff in documenting and maintaining the donated food supplies. Most administrative staff “down-time” is spent in the kitchen storeroom insuring that supplies are up-to-date and ready for use or distribution. *

Bay Area Homeless Services is currently fortunate to receive an abundance of donated materials. Volunteers are needed to sort  and document the receipt of donated  clothing and household items. Donations Assistants also maintain the ready supply of donated personal care products and the agency’s maintenance products and supplies. *

With two buildings built in 1930, another in 2000, and about 300 persons annually using the facilities, we have a true need for volunteers to assist with routine maintenance projects. If you are handy, we need your help! *

Also, we’ve noticed that our lawn grows 24/7/365 and requires mowing and edging on a regular basis. This is an excellent service project for youth groups who can volunteer on a monthly basis. Call the shelter office to pick a month!

Bay Area Homeless Services is very active on social media as a way to inform our community about the great work we accomplish on behalf of our clients.  In order to keep the content fresh, and develop a strong local relationship with our many stakeholders we always need volunteers to attend events on our behalf, take and post pictures and drive supporters to our Twitter feed, web page, and Facebook account.

We also need a special person who is interested in completely revamping our Facebook page. Call the Executive Director: 281-420-6728 to begin that discussion.

We get calls on a regular basis from church groups, social clubs, service organizations, youth and educational groups wanting to develop a project for their  members. We always have a list of “opportunities” available for you. Whether you are handy with a paint brush, want to organize our linen closets or storage sheds, host a holiday event, or attend one of our monthly birthday parties for our clients we want to help you meet your needs. Some recent special events include: makeovers for the women; a monthly  Saturday breakfast for all clients; holiday decoration and gift-wrapping party……..the ideas are endless and our clients truly appreciate everything done for them.

If you have a special professional skill you would like to share with us, please give Marianne a call. We have volunteers providing legal services, mock interviews, financial literacy training, first aid/CPR training and some staff development.

Perhaps one of the best win-win relationships we can provide is to assist with the development of  additional internship/externship opportunities.  Students of all levels often have a need to develop their skills and must work with clients such as we have at Bay Area Homeless Services in order to fulfill their educational  or credentialing requirements.  It all begins with a phone call to our office.

*This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to meet mandated community service requirements under our supervision.

Service Project Coordinators

Ceiling Repair

Many groups seek opportunities to serve the Greater Baytown community, and we aim to please! We can usually accommodate requests to develop service projects for groups from 5 to 20 members with a little planning. As may be suspected, a short lead time may be necessary to develop a project that is appropriate for the group size and variety of skill levels.

(Pictured Left) Here a group from Baytown Community Restorations replaces ceiling tiles in our  Men’s Dormitory during their annual Community Service Week.

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Volunteer

Opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities.