Emergency Assistance

Our Mercy Ministers want to help by providing practical support and creative problem solving ideas, with gentleness and kindness.

We help individuals and families who have experienced an unexpected emergency resulting in financial hardship. Each visitor meets with a volunteer interviewer to determine the family’s needs and identify what type of assistance will best address them. Having an interview does not guarantee financial assistance. Financial help is decided on a case-by-case basis. Proof of crisis is needed at the time of the interview. Examples of proof of crisis include: death notices, electricity disconnect notices, employer termination notices, police reports, hospital records, court documents, etc.

Because there are many people in need of help, and funds are limited, our ministry will strive to help non-members of the church who live in the following zip codes: 77070, 77069, 77066, 77064, and a small part of 77040. If you are a registered member of Prince of Peace Catholic Community, please let us know! When funds are exhausted, we will pray for people and refer our neighbors to other organizations who may be able to help.

We are happy to refer you to a Catholic church in your area and/or other organizations who also help people.

assistance service details

  • Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Clients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis – appointments are not necessary.

  • Because we have a very small staff and limited funds, we ask that you respect our hours and zip code boundaries (77070, 77069, 77066, 77064, and a small part of 77040).

  • Individuals requesting financial assistance are expected to bring the following documents:

    • Photo ID

    • Proof of residence. This document must contain the name of the individual requesting assistance, such as a lease agreement.

    • Copy of the bill for which you are requesting assistance, e.g.

      • Rent: vacate notice

      • Utility Bill: disconnect notice and current month’s utility bill

    • Documents to help us better understand the emergency crisis.

You are strongly encouraged to call the Mercy Center (281-469-2687) before visiting us. This will help you find out if you are eligible for help and what paperwork to bring. Please note that you will be required to visit the ministry before receiving assistance.