83R5867 LB-D
  By: Harless H.R. No. 279
         WHEREAS, Members of Northwest Assistance Ministries in
  Houston are gathering together for an interfaith service on
  February 10, 2013, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
  organization; and
         WHEREAS, Established in 1983 by 10 area congregations,
  Northwest Assistance Ministries was born out of the need for social
  services in north Houston; in its first years, the association
  operated with limited resources, but it has since grown to become
  one of the largest charities in the Houston metropolitan area; and
         WHEREAS, Supported by more than 50 congregations, 18 service
  partner organizations, and over 160 business partners, NAM is
  operated by 85 employees and some 2,000 volunteers; in 2012, the
  group served nearly 130,000 residents through a number of worthy
  initiatives, including a food pantry, meals on wheels, a children's
  clinic, a family violence center, an interfaith hospitality network
  shelter, senior transportation, job development and basic
  education, and housing assistance for the homeless; and
         WHEREAS, Over the past three decades, Northwest Assistance
  Ministries has upheld its mission of "neighbors helping neighbors," 
  and its collaborative endeavors have greatly enriched the quality
  of life for many in the greater Houston area; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Northwest Assistance Ministries on 30
  years of outstanding service and extend to all those associated
  with the organization sincere best wishes for continued success
  with their important work; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for NAM as an expression of high regard by the Texas House
  of Representatives.