HOUSE OF YAHWEH
The Mission of the House of Yahweh is to serve the economically exploited and the impoverished especially women and children, so they can attain greater fullness of life. To accomplish this end, the House of Yahweh commits to provide food, clothing, shelter, and other supportive services to these people and to direct and guide them along the path into independence. Over the past 32 years, many people have pulled together to accomplish the House of Yahweh's mission to the poor in the South Bay--philanthropic groups, various church leaders, businesses, and many individuals. Their assistance and care have helped House of Yahweh become the success we are today. We honor and thank all our outstanding supporters. As Executive Director Sister Michele Morris says, "The House of Yahweh is ours and as a team we have responded to God's call--the privilege of serving His poor."
The House of Yahweh is located at
4046 Marine Ave,
How the House of Yahweh Serves
The House of Yahweh serves all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, creed, sex, or handicap. We do so through the following programs:
Food Outreach: Grocery Distribution:
This program serves mainly low income families, families on welfare and seniors on fixed incomes. Sometimes low income clients fall through the cracks of the system. Others receive food stamps but run out before month's end. By receiving groceries once a week, families can meet their food needs and use the savings to pay rent and other necessities. In 2013, the House of Yahweh served 390 families every week! Our grocery bags and food boxes are packed with fresh produce, dairy products, meat, fish, bread, and other essentials. Sometimes we are able to provide bakery treats and flowers as well as other “goodies” depending on what deliveries are received that day.
For the year ending 12/31/13, House of Yahweh served 59,040 clients in this program, 24,082 of which were children with 60,364 bags of food and 13,022 boxes of food valued at $1.7 million.
In addition to our Food Outreach Program, our Emergency Food Program provides food to persons who need food immediately. Their scheduled food pick up is from 3:00 to 3:30 pm the same day they phone in. For the year ending 12/31/13, House of Yahweh served 19,756 persons in this program of which 9,167 were children, with 4,271 bags and 4.432 boxes of groceries valued at $489,300.
We have over 25 generous, local suppliers for these Food Outreach programs.
Clothing: House of Yahweh staff and volunteers operate two Thrift Shops including a Garden Shop. We offer low prices and wonderful items (all donated) to all our shoppers. Gently used articles of clothing, kitchen ware, appliances and even furniture are available at our two locations. Store profits go directly into running our programs. On certain days, we provide a Clothing Outreach for clients. Many have used this service to obtain nice clothing for job interviews, etc.
For the year ending 12/31/13, 5,817 people were served totaling $54,592.
Shelter: For over 20 years now, House of Yahweh has been running its transitional Housing Program in an undisclosed location in the South Bay. We began with one trailer and now have eleven totally contained units. We focus on housing single (and often battered) mothers with children, but also accept the elderly, couples, and singles including men. Clients in our program must either be employed, be looking for employment or taking classes towards eventual employment and self sufficiency.
The total shelter nights provided in 2013 totaled 10,216.
Social Services: Depending on finances, House of Yahweh engages the services of a Social Services Coordinator whose job is to help our clients obtain badly needed social services by assisting them with navigating through the "system." This also includes providing tour clients information about social services available to them as well as access to these services.
HOW THE HOUSE OF YAHWEH STARTED
Have you ever wondered how the House of Yahweh got its name
and how it started? These words, "My Home, the House of Yahweh
Forever" are taken from the Good Shepherd Psalm, Ps. 23:6. 25 years
ago, when the House of Yahweh was but a hope and a dream, Sister
Michele and Lyndon Reed (2 of the 5 co-founders) did a lot of praying.
One morning while praying Psalm 23, those very words spoke out to
them. Right then and there the House of Yahweh was named and
dedicated to God. It has always been God's House, a "home", a place
of welcome and refuge for all persons who entered its doors.
Getting started was a slow, and sometimes painful process. At that
time we had no land, no money just the strong desire to reach out to
the poor and needy in the south Bay. Finding the spot that was to
become our home for 21 years was a miracle because there just
wasn’t any available land to be found. But it happened and the rest
is history. We’ve become known as a soup kitchen and serving good
meals became our trademark. Over the years our “soup kitchen”
quickly evolved into a Social Service Center with expanded services
which has included food outreach, emergency food, home deliveries
of food, clothing and furniture outreach, advocacy, referrals, case
management and most importantly—housing.
Getting the money to start the House of Yahweh was a challenge. At
the time Sister Michele was ministering at St. Catherine Laboure
Catholic Church involved in Parish renewal weekends there. Those
weekends worked as a powerful tool to “wake people up” to reach
out and take action to help others. Sister approached the Pastor and
told him she needed monies to start the House of Yahweh. She was
confident that she could make $20,000 in two weekends if he would
let her make an appeal for funds in church. She was so sure the
people would respond to her request that she promised to return the
money if she didn’t raise the $20,000 in the allotted time. What she did
not know was that the pastor, at the same time, was going to be
appealing for funds also to rebuild the rectory that had burned down.
Did Sister raise the $20,000? Not then, but she did collect over $8,000
in cash and pledges. She kept her promise though about returning
the funds. She and a few other people phoned each donor and said,
“We are going on with the project. Would you like your money back or
may we keep it for seed money?” 99% of the people said, “Keep the
money” and get on with the project. We’re with you.” With this
money and a small group of ardent Renewal people, Sister and her
Board of Directors—(the 5 founders)—started the House of Yahweh.
HOUSE OF YAHWEH LOGO
Every tree comes from a tiny seed that gets planted in the ground and has to split open to birth new life. The seed grows invisibly, silently and slowly and for a long time it seems like nothing is happening, but it is. The small shoot appears and it too grows slowly and silently into a gigantic tree. What a mystery! That is why the House of Yahweh chose the "tree of life" for its logo.
We view our logo in two ways--as the "burning bush" and as "the tree of life." Exodus: 3 in the Old Testament describes the wonderment of Moses when he looked and saw a bush blazing, but it was not being burnt. God called to him from the middle of the bus and gave him a mission--to deliver his people from Pharaoh and lead them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. In 1982 we did not see a burning bush but we chose our logo and symbol because we felt called by God to help his people--"to feed the hungry, cloth the naked and shelter the homeless." Mt.25:35
As the "tree of life" we see this tree as reaching out its branches welcoming and receiving all who come there to rest in its branches or to see shelter and shade beneath them. The House of Yahweh has always welcomed and continues to welcome each person who comes for help or just a place to rest for a while regardless of their race, color, creed, code or handicap. Like the seed that produces the tree, the House of Yahweh has grown slowly and silently over the years with little fanfare but with lots of people supporting its works with their time, money and talent.
The House of Yahweh is a non-profit
charitable corporation, providing a variety
of services for the poor and needy in the
South Bay community.
Easter gift baskets
The House of Yahweh rules for acceptance and participation in our program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin,
age, sex or handicap.