As reported in People Magazine, the Houston Chronicle and many other news outlets, Paper Houses is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by a Houston Police Sergeant with the help of the Houston Police Officers Patrolman Union in 2002.
We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees. Every penny of each donation helps the poor of the Mexican colonias.
We provided a million free meals to children ages 4 through 13 years at our school cafeterias each school year.
We support the Divine Providence Shelter for the aged and children shelters.
We respond to natural disasters.
We make life-changing and life saving medical care possible.
We provide help to local schools that include plumbing, electricity, building repairs and school books and desks.
Most important, we are searchers. We visit families as we walk the dirt streets of the colonias, delivering food and other items to the poor.
We also provide mission trips to the colonias.
A child of the colonias.
Child on the left is 11 years old and her 3 year old sister is standing next to her. The child not only has a growth hormone deficiency, but she also has an enlarged heart.
Surgery and braces will be provided so this little boy can walk..
This is one of the safer home-made heaters that we've seen. All are dangerous.
Happy Valentine's Day to Bob! (Can it get any better than this?)
Two room house with a common 'hallway' where a campfire was built to provide heat!
Many of the streets remain unpaved.
Many parents have no idea that life can be made better for their child.
Born blind, Ailene is now 11 years old. We made surgery possible to remove a tumor behind her eye. There is another tumor behind her right eye.
Nutritious meals! Children used to arrive at school too hungry to concentrate.
I especially enjoyed my first walks through the colonias. There was no "Paper Houses Across the Border" and things were simpler. I used my own money and never needed to ask for help.
However, once Paper Houses Across the Border was formed I found that we could help many more kids, families and schools. I also discovered that there were so many good people in the world. (35-years of police work had left me jaded).
These families work hard and they just need a little help so that their children can have the medical help they need. Please consider helping.
Remember that this is one non profit that is truly a real non profit. No salaries, no cars, no offices. My office is the streets of the colonias. Administrative expenses are paid by myself and a few friends.