Elizabeth Vallette is the director of USO Houston and a former captain with the U.S. Army. We talk about the place of women warriors, especially since the Marine Corps is advertising the graduation of new female recruits. We also discuss the unfair difficulties soldiers face reintegrating society after deployment and the small creature comforts that matter to servicemen while they travel and when they’re abroad. This is where we can help by donating goods or cash. All donations to the USO Houston go to help their operations here in town. It is a worthy donation to think about as we head into the giving season.
Go to their website for more info and to get involved: www.uso.org/houston
Steve Lufburrow is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Houston and Will Lufburrow is their manager of development and special projects. It’s been another busy year for one of Houston’s best non-profits with new stores opening and therefore, more people getting employment and training. Because their overhead is less than 5%, when you donate a dollar to Goodwill, about 96% of that gift goes directly to help people. It’s this financial “tour de force” that makes this org as successful as it is. It is a pillar of Houston’s community and we ought to be proud of it.
Find locations to drop off gently worn items or to make a donation online, go here: www.Goodwillhouston.org
Hank Rush is the President and CEO of The Star of Hope Mission an organization that has been helping homeless Houstonians for over 100 years. They’re gearing up for the holidays and we talk about how important that is but also how the need for diapers, for instance, doesn’t end with the holiday season. But while the need is year-round, the holiday season bring great opportunities for people to do great things like the Hard Rock Cafe’s tradition of closing the restaurant and serving Thanksgiving meals to some of our homeless neighbors who also get a free ride from Yellow Cabs, another Houston company that is giving back.
You too can help by going to their website: www.SOHmission.org