Second Mile Mission Center helps Fort Bend County residents in poverty and crisis by providing basic needs and opportunities to take next steps in their lives. While people are drawn to Second Mile for immediate needs such as food or health care, many begin to shift their focus to long-term goals of self-sufficiency for themselves and their family.
Our approach is to develop relationships of dignity, honor and respect. Through these relationships, people in need renew hope and develop as leaders.
Second Mile has grown to provide equipping programs such as financial education, job training, and financial assistance. Special services offered during the year include back-to-school supplies and a Christmas toy store.
We are committed to listening to the people we serve, improving and refining our services, and leveraging resources as we collaborate with other organizations. We have tested and proven processes to serve a high volume of families with a personal touch, to manage large amounts of in-kind donations, and to coordinate volunteers.
Second Mile begins as a small ministry providing basic needs and sharing the love of Christ with people in need in Fort Bend County.
Second Mile becomes an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit with its own location in Stafford, Texas.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Second Mile provides food, water, clothing, household items, and other resources to thousands of affected families.
Second Mile begins Fort Bend County’s only free medical and dental clinic, with volunteer doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals donating their time to help adults without health insurance.
A homeless outreach begins, with volunteers who build relationships and provide care for people on the streets.
Second Mile launches its first social enterprise, The Opportunity Shop resale store. We also become a founding member of the Fort Bend Collaborative Information System (FBCCIS). This is a group of seven large nonprofits and agencies in Fort Bend who share data and communicate closely to more deeply serve people in need and avoid duplication of services.
Out of 500 programs in southeast Texas, the Houston Food Bank selected Second Mile Mission Center as its 2013 Bandini Award winner, an honor given to programs that go above and beyond and are an example to others. In 2015, Second Mile was named the Houston Food Bank’s first and only Platinum-level pantry out of pantries in 18 southeast Texas counties. In 2017, we continue at this level with 16 other food pantries. We meet this standard due to providing more than just food and by adapting to client needs. We provide evening and weekend hours of service, and we conduct food programs in mobile and partner locations throughout the county. We offer a combination of social services, including health care. This allows a more holistic, client-centered approach to meeting needs. The Houston Food Bank’s Director of Agency Services Terence Franklin said, “Second Mile Mission is a great partner by not only providing food, but making the extra effort to offer other services, resources and convenient hours to the community in Fort Bend County.”