The Charity Guild awards $200,000-plus grants to 27 youth-supporting nonprofits

February 23, 2021

In spite of a five-month closure of their charity consignment shop due to the pandemic, grants to 27 local children’s charities totaling $206,747 were presented by the Charity Guild of Catholic Women in a virtual check presentation ceremony on February 3rd. Charity Guild will be celebrating their centennial in October 2022. (Photo by F. Carter Smith for The Charity  Guild of Catholic Women)

HOUSTON — Despite shuttering its consignment and resale shop for five months and other pandemic-related challenges, The Charity Guild of Catholic Women recently awarded more than $200,000 to 27 nonprofits benefiting Houston’s children.

Helping organizations for almost a century, The Charity Guild started its journey supporting what is now the San José Clinic. The organization’s grants support programs that provide food, safe and acceptable housing, affordable healthcare, clothing, educational support, supportive recreation or enrichment services, or mental health assistance to children.

Galveston’s O’Connell Preparatory School was one of the 27 organizations to benefit this year.

“The grant this year really saved us,” said Patty Abbott, principal of O’Connell Preparatory School. “The pandemic significantly impacted our families due to job loss and reduced incomes. It enabled us to assist those families with tuition assistance during this especially difficult time.”

Other award recipients include: Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Inc., Cherish Our Children No More Victims program, The Periwinkle Foundation, Second Servings, SEARCH Homeless Services’s House of Tiny Treasures and San José Clinic.

Barbara Bronstein is the president and founder of Second Servings, a group that connects soup kitchens with event caterers that have surplus food.

“When the pandemic struck and caused businesses and schools to close suddenly and events to be cancelled, it severely disrupted the food supply chain,” Bronstein said.

“Charity Guild of Catholic Women has enabled us to continue to expand our services and reach over 70,000 hungry children with incredible food that otherwise would have gone to waste.”

At 99 years, the Charity Guild is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the greater Houston area. For more information, visit †