Every year, funds raised from the Theta Charity Antiques Show supports the Show’s four permanent beneficiaries. Additionally, five deserving local charities have been selected to receive philanthropic support from this year’s Show. If you would like to apply to be a beneficiary for the 2019 Theta Charity Antiques Show, plese click here for instructions and apply by October 1, 2018. Organizations are eligible to receive funding from the Theta Charity Antiques Show every three years.
Freedom Place – Arrow Family Services
Arrow’s Freedom Place is a Christ-centered care and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking. It is the first long-term, comprehensive care facility in Texas for underage victims of domestic child sex trafficking and is one of only five such facilities in the United States. Its mission is to offer a successful path to freedom for American children who have suffered as victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Funds will be directed towards equine assistance therapy, canine therapy and vocational resources to support child sex trafficking victims.
I Am Waters
The I Am Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization in Houston dedicated to providing fresh, clean water to the homeless. Its goal is to enrich the lives of America’s homeless by providing a continuous source of fresh, clean bottled water, delivered with a daily, inspirational message of hope, love and a sense of belonging to the greater community. I Am Waters distributes its bottled water to the homeless through partnerships and strategic alliances with existing homeless organizations, shelters, and churches that already have a distribution network or facilities serving the homeless. Funds from the 2018 Show will support the I Am Jobs and street outreach program.
Martha’s Way – CCSC
Martha’s Way is a vocational training program designed to increase the earning potential of low-income women and men. This innovative curriculum focuses on the field of residential housekeeping – a vocation that is desired by many clients trying to improve their financial situation. Through classroom education, hands-on training and job leads, the organization equips clients to operate their own professional businesses. Funds will directly benefit the residential housekeeping vocational job training program.
Second Servings is Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. The organization picks up unsold and unserved food from regulated food businesses, such as hotels, distributors, and retailers, and delivers it safely to approved charitable meal sites (soup kitchens, shelters, low-income housing and many others.) Second Servings’ wholesome chef-prepared food reaches over 11,000 people every week, including abused women and children, at-risk youth, adults in rehab, the homes, veterans, disabled seniors and more. Funds will be used to purchase a new refrigerated truck to transport surplus unserved food to charities.
Small Steps Nurturing Center
Small Steps Nurturing Center provides a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to children ages two through six living in poverty. Through operating two preschools for economically at-risk children living in the First, Second, and Fifth Wards of Houston, Small Steps invests in the lives of its students by meeting their needs, intervening early, and setting them on a path filled with greater opportunities. Show funds will go towards the preschool’s Scholarship Society.
Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend Collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. Funds will help sustain the ongoing acquisition of early American decorative arts and paintings which serve as cultural and educational resources for visitors of all ages.
Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide a voice for children in foster care. As Harris County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Child Advocates provides lifesaving advocacy that helps abused and neglected children exit foster care to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. Funds will support its Court Services Program which provides lifesaving advocacy services for abused and neglected children who are lost in the system.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
The gift from this year’s Show will go to the Houston Alumnae Chapter Endowed Grant Fund, supporting Thetas who endeavor to expand their educational opportunities in non-academic pursuits. This gift will allow collegian and alumnae Thetas to participate in educational, leadership development, and service-learning programs around the world, gaining skills and hands-on experience they need, but can’t get inside traditional classrooms.
Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Center
As the largest pediatric cancer and hematology center in the United States, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center provides medical treatment for patients with childhood cancer and childhood blood disorders. With a staff of renowned experts in the treatment and research of pediatric and adolescent cancer, the clinic has developed a wide array of programs aimed at curing children with diagnoses ranging from the most common to the very rare. Funds will support research towards developing new therapeutic approaches for childhood cancer through the Developmental Therapeutics Program.