Second Mile offers this 12-week financial education class designed for people with low incomes. The class meets once a week, with dinner and childcare (for select ages) provided. Participants work on goals such as building up their savings, paying off debt, increasing their income and more. Volunteer allies provide ongoing encouragement and communication with participants.
Second Mile partners with local organizations who offer job training onsite at Second Mile. We also work closely with employers looking to fill positions at their company. A few members of our part-time staff receive on-the-job training as a foundation as they go on to the next step in their career.
The Fort Bend Literacy Council provides classes at Second Mile in the spring and fall.
Our award-winning pantry serves around 50 families a day. Individuals select the items of their choice, with the quantity based on their family size. Items include frozen meat, produce, dairy, bread, nonperishable items, and hygiene items as available. Families can visit Second Mile once a month for food as needed. Our pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays to be available for people who work during the week.
We facilitate fresh produce food fairs both at Second Mile and with partners in Fulshear, Stafford and Rosenberg. The Houston Food Bank provides an 18-wheeler with 15,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. With the help of hard-working volunteers, we’re able to sort the produce and serve from 150 to 200 or more families in just a few hours.
Transportation is one of the biggest challenges our neighbors in need face. Especially in rural areas of the county, our neighbors do not have places of assistance nearby or the gas money to drive far. Through Mobile Second Mile, we pack up bags of groceries and visit partner locations in Needville, Kendleton, and Fulshear. Families make appointments to pick up their groceries, without having to drive all the way to Second Mile. Many are shut-ins who are grateful that someone comes to where they are.
Our Pat McWaters Health Clinic began more than 10 years ago. A group of health professionals witnessed the heartbreaking situations faced by uninsured adults in poverty. They wanted to do something about it. They started by serving people at their own private practice in partnership with Second Mile. Before long, volunteers built a health clinic at Second Mile’s facility. The clinic includes three dental operatories and a reception area. This is the only free clinic in Fort Bend County.
In 2015, Second Mile launched its first social enterprise, The Opportunity Shop. This is a resale store providing high quality clothing, shoes, and accessories. When we surveyed our clients about their greatest challenges, the No. 1 was finding a job. We opened the store to provide job opportunities, to provide revenues to serve more people, and to provide great clothing at great prices