Snow in Houston

Houston area residents are enjoying a rare sight —a blanker of snow on the ground this morning. The snow flurries and sleet fell late Thursday night.  Local forecasters say the overnight snow won’t last long and be gone by 9 a.m. today. Above, last night’s snow flurries mixed with sleet in the Bellaire, Texas in southwest Houston and the snow this morning.  Freezing temperatures and icy conditions on the roads were reported this morning in the Houston area. However, no snow day off for Houston and Spring school district students as temperatures warm up and the snow melts.

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HOPE Clinic Benefit Luncheon

Future home of HOPE Clinic

HOPE Clinic celebrated its 15th anniversary today with a luncheon at the Junior League in Houston. Community supporters, donors and medical staff volunteers also came together to honor the faith-based clinic’s history of helping Houston’s low-income families get professional medical treatment for free. The clinic also announced plans for a new permanent home.

The fundraising luncheon recognized its founders, board members and community supporters, Rogene Gee-Calvert, Beverly Gor, Karen Love, Dr. Vivian Ho, Dr. Andrea Caracostis and sponsors. Chau Nguyen was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Honorary Chair Gigi Huang welcomed everyone to the luncheon. Peter Tso sang the National Anthem. Reverend Jim Love said the prayer.

Sandra Gin, Tom Tynan and Suzanne Debien were among those who attended HOPE Clinic’s 15th Annual Luncheon. 

The Asian American Health Coalition opened the first HOPE Clinic in racially diverse Alief in 2002.  The volunteer-staffed medical clinic opened four-hours-a-month as a non-profit clinic that served Asian patients who spoke little or no English. After Hurricane Katrina, the HOPE Cinic was recognized for providing services to 3,000 of the 15,000 Vietnamese evacuees from Louisiana.  Since 2002, the HOPE Clinic has become a full-time Federally Qualified Health Center. Today 150 staff members at 3 locations serve over 70,000 culturally diverse patients a year, whether they are uninsured or unable to pay for professional medical treatment.

—Carol Lim

Source:  HOPE Clinic 2016 Annual Report


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Community Events

Thursday, December 7, 2017 –Hope Clinic 15th Anniversary Luncheon benefitting the Asian American Health Coalition Hope Clinic.  It’s from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027. For more information and tickets, click on link below:

Now through Flu Season –Free flu shots at all Target and CVS pharmacies.  The Target free flu shots include a $5 Target coupon at Target only.

Now through Christmas Holiday Season– Help Harvey/Flood families this holiday season. Donate new mattresses, new furniture, gift cards, packaged cookies, non-perishable food at 2 locations through Dec. 22.  Both Faith Centers are ministries of Houston’s First Baptist Church. For more info, visit

1. Faith Center Spring Branch, 8009 Long Point Road, Houston, Texas 77055. Food and clothing donations accepted Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Phone: 713-554-8828

2. Faith Center Harwin near Chinatown, 5860 Ranchester Dr., Suite 833, Houston, Texas 77036.  Food and clothing donations accepted Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Phone: 713-554-8800

Check with your church or place of worship for dates and times for holiday luncheons and dinners.

Now through April 2018 –The Houston Symphony has 3 family concerts on Dec. 2, 201, March 3, 2018 and April 21, 2018.  (Grinch Christmas, Be Our Guest and Fiesta).  Each is 50 minutes at Jones Hall on Saturday mornings.  Subscriptions to all 4 concerts as low as $61 for the family. Visit or call 713-224-7575

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, Mandarin, French, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or visit

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Houston Mayor Blasts Federal Funding Shortfall for Harvey Recovery

Statement by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:

HOUSTON – “Today’s decision by the federal government to drastically underfund Houston’s flood recovery and flood prevention effort is a formula for future failure.

“Houston, the region’s economic engine, suffered more rain in a short period than any other U.S. city in history, yet is being funded by Washington at a level below areas hit by hurricanes Katrina (New Orleans), Sandy (Eastern Seaboard) and Maria (Puerto Rico).

“Our city, it seems, is being punished for its efficient Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and its decision to work, not whine, for its fair share of public money that residents of the region have paid into the U.S. Treasury.

“One of several bitterly disappointing parts of today’s appropriations announcement is the absence of funds to help stop preventable flooding from the next epic storm, which will surely come.

“Another serious letdown is the decision to send federal grant money through state government before it gets to cities. This approach will cause inexcusable delays, and create bureaucratic barriers, for getting the funds to Houston.

“City government and local non-profits are doing what they can to address the damage and aid the many Houstonians still in need of assistance – seniors, children and everyone in between — with housing, food, and other essentials. The role of the federal government is crucial, however– and a mere trickle of money won’t be enough to help Houston heal from a deluge.

“Houston, we are on our own.”

—Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Thanksgiving Feast on a Budget

Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. This basic Thanksgiving family meal cost $16 with coupons and shopping for bargains at HEB, Target and Randalls grocery stores in Houston.  Target frozen turkeys are 59 cents a pound.

The HEB turkey was 47 cents a pound (limit one per customer) if you buy $20 worth of other groceries.  Our household bought yams, fried onions and cranberry sauce, cake mix and instant mashed potatoes at HEB.

At Randalls, shop for the buy-one-get-one free canned turkey gravy and the Del Monte canned vegetables for 59 cents a can with a Del Monte coupon. Shop the specials at Kroger where if you buy a spiral ham at $2.99 a pound, you get a free turkey, too. Krogers also has large turkeys, 14 pounds and up for 59 cents a pound with a limit of 2 turkeys per customer.

There are families in need or recovering from hurricanes, a loss this year. Spread the Thanksgiving blessings and kindness to others with a donation of money, a frozen turkey and non-perishable food to any local non-profit, church, food bank or business before November 22nd –all trying to make this Thanksgiving a brighter one for everyone.

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Veterans Honored


Photos Courtesy: Dorothy Chow, Chinese Baptist Church

Houston’s Chinese Baptist Church honored the brave heroes of America’s wars this Sunday morning with a wall of veterans photos, profiles and a roll call.  Above, some of the 54 United States Army, Air Force, Marine and Navy veterans recognized today who served in World War 2, the Korean War, Vietnam and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Some 65 deceased military church members also were remembered at the church during this Veterans Day weekend and last Thursday.  Thank you to all who served our country.

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Texas Church Mass Shooting

Photo courtesy: Twitter, NBC News

If you’d like to help the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas after this tragedy last Sunday, click on link below:

Posted and updated November 6-7, 2017 

The small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas just southeast of San Antonio is mourning today after a lone gunman entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning and began shooting at the congregation.  Witnesses say the gunman started firing shots outside the church before going inside. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett said 26 worshippers were killed and 20 were injured during the mass shooting.

At a televised news conference tonight in Sutherland Springs, authorities said some of the wounded are in critical condition as the investigation continues by multiple agencies.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martin said all victims have been identified and notification of relatives continues.  An autopsy of the gunman revealed the gunman was shot three times, twice by an armed neighbor and a self-inflicted gunshot, the TDPS spokesman said.

Earlier today, Martin said the gunman’s intended target at the church was his mother-in-law, who attended First Baptist of Sutherland Springs.  The gunman reportedly had a troubled past, was involved in a family dispute and had sent threatening messages to his mother-in-law before the church tragedy.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett told CBS News This Morning the gunman may have killed himself after he crashed his vehicle during a high speed chase.  A man at the Valero gas station across the street from the church saw what happened and got his rifle.  The unidentified man engaged in gunfire with the gunman, got the help of another person and went on a high-speed chase until the suspect crashed his vehicle, Sheriff Tackett said.

Photo Courtesy: Texas Department of Public Safety, Twitter

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the deceased gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelly of New Braunfels, Texas.  Kelly was dressed in black tactical gear and had an assault rifle when he entered the church at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Kelly also served in the Air Force and was dishonorably discharged after domestic violence investigations.

The number of victims and wounded remains the same tonight. The 14-year-old daughter of the church pastor was among the 26 people killed Sunday morning.  The church pastor and his wife were away during the mass shooting. The victims were 5 to 72 years old.

“While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act. I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss,” Texas Governor Gregg Abbott stated in a news release Sunday.

The governor also ordered all Texas flags to fly at half-mast through November 9th.

“Americans do what we do best. We pull together. We join hands. We lock arms and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong,”  President Donald Trump tweeted today.

“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and law enforcement are on the scene and I am monitoring the situation from Japan,”  President Trump tweeted Sunday.


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