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For most people, a birth certificate is something taken for granted.  But not for Lavoice Gray, whose birth was never properly registered.  For him, a clerical error has brought about a lifetime of challenges, including gaining and maintaining employment.  
 
Last year, after losing another job for lack of proper documentation, he reached out to MSM's Operation ID for help.   For the next several months, OpID's director Phil Pierce, helped Lavoice navigate the complex process of filing for a delayed birth record.  
 
Finally, last week, all the work paid off.  ...

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MSM has played a vital role in helping hundreds of families rebuild their lives after losing their jobs, their homes or their belongings in Hurricane Harvey.  

"If it had not been for the support we have received from Main Street Ministries, we would have lost hope and given up a long time ago."

Special thanks to our amazing volunteers and donors, including David Weekley Family foundation and contributors ...

A homeless man, a breast cancer patient, a middle school student, a mourning widow, an unemployed Harvard grad, a full time caregiver, a stay-at-home mom, a master gardener. These are just some of the many people who have experienced God's healing and restoration and found purpose and community through the MSM garden.

The MSM garden provides a space where people from different life events, stages, and ages can come together.  Jenny Sommers, the MSM Garden manages reflects, "I often think of the garden as a sacred space where people can engage each in their own unique way. ...

 

I had just read Mark 4 where Jesus tells a girl ‘Talitha cumi’ - meaning ‘my child, arise’ - when my phone rang.  It was one of our Family HOPE participants.

She was calling to ask for a phone number to Family Services of Greater Houston so she could enroll in financial coaching. She also wanted to let me know that she had scheduled her first of sixteen meetings with a counselor from DePelchin Children’s Center who would be going to her home to help her learn new parenting skills.  

Then she told me about her ...

It is hard to imagine going through life with no document to validate your birth.  

Born to a midwife in the 1960s, Ms. Gracie's birth was never registered, and she had managed to go through her entire life without a birth certificate. Last year, she decided it was time to change that, so she came to seek support from MSM's Operation ID.
After many months of gathering paperwork and filling out forms, our team helped her file a delayed birth ...

Last month, I had the opportunity to meet a vibrant young mother who was referred to Operation ID by the Salvation Army Family Residence Shelter. She explained to me that she had a job lined up, but needed a Texas ID and an out-of state birth certificate to complete the employment requirements.  Then she mentioned that her potential employer had made it clear that they could only hold the position open for her for a short period of time.  

When I learned the state she was born in, my heart sunk; I knew that ...

What are your favorite days of the week? Mine are Tuesdays and Thursday – the days I get to volunteer at Main Street Ministries. 

Many years ago Phil Pierce, the director of Operation ID, suggested that I consider volunteering.  I was intrigued by the concept of helping the disenfranchised obtain IDs and Birth Certificates.  If you are homeless, not having an ID means no access to shelters, treatment facilities, housing, employment, or other services to help you get back on your feet.

One Tuesday morning, I showed up at OpID and ...

I didn´t always lived on the streets.  I used to have a home.  My husband was the one who worked and took care of the bills.  We didn’t have nothin´ fancy, just our house and our dog, but we was ok.  About eight years ago he got sick and not much later he passed.  When that happened I didn’t have no family or anybody.  I didn’t know what to do.  I worked from time to time, but I didn’t know how to find a good job.  I lost everything. I lost my things, I lost ...