Magnificat offers faith, hope and charity to the neediest by providing housing, food, work, spiritual and emotional support while our residents–of all races and creeds– build their lives in community.
Our 16 structures dot the map of Houston. Most are residential homes in near-town neighborhoods. Others target specific needs, such as the popular Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen (easily accessed by downtown street populations in and around and the adjacent areas).
Our two largest complexes, the St. Joseph House Clubhouse and the Dona Maria Clubhouse, are dedicated to the special needs of our comminity's mentally ill. Assisting with reintegration into society, where possible. Others provide emergency housing for women living on the street, pregnant girls, victims of AIDS, the homeless, the destitute and the mentally ill, struggling in our culture. Our Moran Center provides job training opportunities for our residents.
Residencies may be temporary or long-term, depending on the individual need. Many find satisfying work here and choose to become permanent members of our community.
As an independent charity, our ongoing funding depends on outside sources, with foundations and individual donations filling an important gap. Our permanent staff accept very modest salaries and our work is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, greatly enhanced by several orders of Catholic nuns and priests and, as well, by dedicated volunteers.