About Us

A light beyond the streets

Since 1968, Magnificat Houses has proved to be an alternative to the streets by sheltering, clothing, feeding and providing mental health support and spiritual guidance to men and women – of all mental abilities, social backgrounds, religions and cultures – as they rebuild their lives in community.

We privately operate 16 residential homes, a Clubhouse for the mentally ill and a large downtown soup kitchen — not as an agency, but as a ministry motivated by the belief that all are created with dignity and worth.

Magnificat Houses, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, in adherence with the Federal Internal Revenue Code and chartered by the State of Texas in 1968. Our EIN is 23-7003471.
Form 990
IRS Charitable Organization Letter

Our service sites include:

  • Fifteen neighborhood residences for men and women, most centrally located in Midtown Houston
  • Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on Congress near Minute Maid Park
  • Clubhouse for members with serious and persistent mental illnesses, Midtown
  • Skills-building training at Moran Center, Mustard Seed Resale Shop, Anawim Thrift Store, our business offices and in the residences
  • Myriam’s Hostel, an emergency shelter for homeless women, downtown
  • A six-acre rehabilitation farm

How we are unique

We are a community in the fullest sense of the word. All who come here are wanted and needed as valued members of our extended family. And just like a family, our residents and members contribute to running their houses, volunteer in the larger community and work, dine and play together.

Here, individual skills, talents and work preferences are discovered and respected. We truly care about the wellbeing of each resident and member, and assure they are taking steps forward. Thus empowered, everyone works toward their own maximum potential for self-reliance. No one is just a number. After completing our program, some residents stay on employed as staff in important positions.

Although based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, we remain nonsectarian. Attending religious services is voluntary. Counseling is available through our chaplain, trained staff and volunteers.

Who We Are

“Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”

Isaiah 58:10

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Matthew 25:35-36