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NAM Update- August 2010
NAM, Northwest Assistance Ministries

August, 2010

Monthly Update - August 2010

Did you know....

  • For many elderly living on Social Security, the average energy burden can range from 19-25% of their monthly income? (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, 2010).
  • Approximately 26% of evictions are due to electric and gas termination, and 40% due to water cutoffs? (Energy Cents Coalition, 1997) 
  • Texas has more than 2.7 million residents over the age of sixty and, within 25 years, this number is estimated to increase to 7.4 million? (Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services)
  • In Harris County, projections indicate that seniors will make up 16% of the population by 2036? (Aging Agenda for Houston/Harris County, Care for Elders) 
  • During the month of March 2010, the United Way Helpline reported referring more than 40,000 calls from seniors to NAM for help with utility bills? 

Important NAM Notice - Safety First


Starting September 1st, all NAM visitors will sign in at the Reception Desk and receive a visitor's badge. NAM employees, Partner Agencies, regular volunteers and ongoing program participants will be issued a badge to wear every time they come to NAM. Your safety is our top concern!


Community Events Benefiting NAM

Scentsy Candles at NAM Resale!

Independent consultant Susan Delgado will be selling Scentsy Candles at NAM Resale at 3645 FM 1960 on Saturday, August 14 and Saturday, August 28 from 11am-3pm. Scentsy is a wickless candle where the wax is slowly warmed by a light bulb in an electric warmer. They are safe because they do not use a flame, so there is no soot and the wax does not get hot enough to burn you. There are over 60 different warmers and over 80 different fragrant scents to choose from. Susan will donate a percentage ofher commission to NAM. 

Shred Your Old Documents at NAM Resale!

A Community Shred Day will be held in the NAM Resale parking lot at 3645 FM 1960 on Saturday, September 25 from 7am-12 noon. You are invited to have your sensitive information shredded on site! This event is to heighten awareness with seniors and their families about identity theft and the hazards of hoarding and clutter in homes. The document shredding is FREE, but a $10 minimum donation is suggested. 100% of funds donated will go to NAM. Everyone who brings their documents to be shredded will receive a certificate of destruction. This event is sponsored by: Shred Pro, Home Instead, Keller Williams Realty/Shirley Weber, The Conservatory Senior Living, and the Senior Resource Guide. 

Classes at NAM
  • Financial Literacy classes will be given by the Women’s Resource of Houston at NAM. The classes will be held every other Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The next class is August 3. The classes cover basic topics like banking and credit.
  • NAM’s Rotary Learning Center will host a Legal Seminar, though the Houston Bar Association, on the topic of discrimination on August 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • NAM’s Family Violence Center is hosting ongoing, six-week sessions on the impact of family violence. The sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The second week of the current session starts on July 27, but people can start attending in the middle and then re-do the first week when the next session starts. The next full session begins on September 16. Certification is available for those who attend the entire six-week session. 

For more info, contact Becky at 281-885-4578 or


Jeans & Jewels 2010

Saddle Up for NAM…the NAMpede is here! Fourteen horses and foals have been sold thus far! Vintage Park has graciously donated “stable” space and signage for the event. The space is located in Vintage Park between Mia Bella and Cheeburger Cheeburger. Come take a peek as the artists paint their horses! Horses are still available for sponsorship or purchase.


Buy raffle tickets for a chance at a “Grand Vacation”...Raffle tickets are now on sale! This year’s prize is 100,000 Marriott Rewards points that may be redeemed at any Marriott in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii and at select locations in Europe. The Rewards are good for 2-5 nights, depending on the level and location of hotel chosen. Redemption is subject to hotel availability. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100.


Luncheon and Style Showwill be held on September 16 at Shirley Acres. The event will begin at 10 am with a social and silent auction. The program will begin at 11 am and includes special live entertainment, style show, live auction, lunch, and tributes to honoree Kathy Stevens. Fashions will be provided by Cakewalk Style, Cavendar’s, and Scruples. Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 FM will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The co-chairs are Irene Skor and Lauren Temple, and the honoree is Kathy Stevens.

Surprises include fantastic live auction items like two first class Continental Airlines tickets and a Wine Dinner for twenty with Chef Paul Friedman of Peli Peli Restaurant. Luncheon honoree Kathy Stevens and her best friend Terri DeMontrond will join Chef Paul in his kitchen to prepare the special meal. Bids for this incredible dinner party in Peli Peli’s private dining room will start at $100 per person.  If you want to bid but cannot attend the luncheon, designate a friend to bid in your place. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 and tables start at $500. 


Gala…will be held October 16 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event will begin at 6:30 pm with a cocktail hour and silent auction. The gala will feature dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, live longhorn cows, and entertainment by country-western star Mark Chestnutt. The Gala honorees are Sandra and Eddie Harrell, and the co-chairs are Carol Cobb and Linda Fowler. 

Tickets to the gala are $175. Tables start at $1,750. If you are buying a table and wish to be listed on the invitation, please make your purchase by August 6th. For info on all Jeans & Jewels activities, contact Tanecia at 281-885-4608 or

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Mailing Address:
Northwest Assistance Ministries
15555 Kuykendahl Road
Houston, TX 77090

Contact Name: Maria Magee
Telephone Number: (281) 885-4605


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