The Life Center for the Homeless

4516 Old Yale St.
Houston, TX 77018

8322923295 Go To Website
General Information:
We provide Homeless people with a place to come home to, food to sustain them, clothing to keep them warm, job counseling, a mailing address, Spiritual Guidance, a Computer Literacy Program and even a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program to help them overcome destructive addictions as they learn to cope with life. The Life Center provides: Shelter Food Clothing Spiritual Guidance Drug/ Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling Computer Literacy Training Media Literacy Training Street Ministry Job training Mailing address One of our primary goals is to provide temporary shelter for up to 70 of Houston's Homeless and most destitute, and after the completion of our new Life Center's Hope Village, the plan is to have enough sleep space for 200. While at The Life Center, they will receive the services listed and also be referred to other agencies, ones that can assist them with getting proper identification, also agencies that help with employment, in an effort to give them opportunity to escape the cycle of life on the streets. The Life Center Vision began in 1989 and is a 501c3 non-profit, faith based Christian Organization. Located on Old Yale St., close to the Independence Heights area of Houston and the historical Acres Homes, we are ideally positioned to make a difference. Our present facilities include three living areas and a separate Multi – purpose Facility that can be used for educational classes, meetings and motivational sessions, and Chapel with the ability to support our community and make a visible difference. We have six buildings on our new Campus. We have a total of 10 facilities and room to grow. The Life Center operates as a 24–hour refuge for those who are in need. There is also a 90-day Rehabilitation Program. There is an on-site Director and an outreach team. We have a non-discrimination policy. Shelter and Spiritual Guidance are our first priority. Shelter bed space will be divided up according to two areas of importance. First, priority will be given to clients who have decided to fully participate in the program according to its rules and expectations. These people will be allowed to remain residents for a targeted stay of no more than ninety days. The other area of importance is people who need temporary shelter. These persons will be asked to join the program or find another shelter. The Center will be operated under a set of rules to be established from time to time by the Board of Directors or The Director of The Life Center with the help of an Advisory Board made up of the Director and selected Residents of The Life Center. These rules must be followed for continued participation in the program. It is the intent of this program to provide safe, clean and beneficial shelter to individuals in need. The Center will be monitored on a twenty-four hour basis by the Center Staff, including but not limited to the Director and Assistant Director. Our second major objective is to provide our residents with three meals a day. In addition, we hope to provide meals to homeless nonresidents, if possible. Implementation of a training and development program is the next major objective. As a part of development programs, weekly training sessions will be conducted which will focus in on such things as assisting with securing their proper identification, driver's licenses, social security cards, bank accounts, budgeting, grocery shopping, nutrition, job search skills, resume' writing, interview skills, locations of affordable housing and referrals to other agencies that can assist with other needs. The Life Center's mission is to provide services and Christian support to persons who, by the power of The Holy Spirit, choose to turn their lives around. When the person decides to turn away from their former life, The Life Center begins providing programs, various services and assistance that address the physical needs as well as the Spiritual needs. The cornerstone of our mission is to reach the Homeless by going to the streets three times a week (rain or shine!), with the sole intent of bringing someone back to The Life Center. Thanks to the talents of Pastor Winston James, we always bring someone back! Seeing The Life Center's Dorms filled uplifts our hearts, yet tells us, this is the easy part. The next step is to assist a person in turning their lives around in 90 days or less. That is our goal. We are joyous when we receive an opportunity to help someone who has chosen to work our program. Thus far, 6 out of every 10 people that come through our doors achieve the goal! Although 6 out of every 10 people meet this goal, we still have more work, for instance, for those who didn't complete our program, we pray for the opportunity to work with them at a later date, and in most cases, they do return. We will keep their names in our database, and continue to pray for them. We also keep in touch with those who have graduated.


Helpful Definitions For The Life Center for the Homeless:

Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency.  The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment. 

How To Volunteer at The Life Center for the Homeless:
Be a volunteer. Call The Life Center for the Homeless at 8322923295 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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