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Want to find a Houston-area place to volunteer that is right for you? Listen along as your host Paul H. Cannon interviews local Houston-area mission leaders and participants about their mission and how you can be a part of something bigger right here in Houston, Texas. When Paul H. Cannon was in his late 20s, He was the missions coordinator for a bible study class of 165 people at Second Baptist Westway Campus in Houston. One of the challenges he ran across was finding local mission projects for the class to participate in. "If only there was a website where you could go and learn about a large group of opportunities at once," Paul thought. It was from this idea that Meet Houston Missions was born. As a partner and the marketing manager for Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers, Paul now had the means to create what he was missing. It started out as a simple series of Zoom videos and has not evolved into a weekly podcast. If you are in the Greater Houston Area and a Mission looking for volunteers, I want to talk to you! If you are someone in the GHA who needs volunteer hours for a school group, or church group project, or you just want to be a part of something bigger, this show is for you. Follow our podcast and visit: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/meet-houston-missions/ to learn about the opportunities that are literally surrounding you! Meet Houston Missions guests do not have to be affiliated with any group or religion. If your organization is boot-on-the-ground helping people in our area, email Paul at pcannon@simmonsandfletcher.com for guest opportunities. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers is a personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas. Learn more about the firm at: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com. It has been serving the Houston community since 1979.

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Want to find a Houston-area place to volunteer that is right for you? Listen along as your host Paul H. Cannon interviews local Houston-area mission leaders and participants about their mission and how you can be a part of something bigger right here in Houston, Texas. When Paul H. Cannon was in his late 20s, He was the missions coordinator for a bible study class of 165 people at Second Baptist Westway Campus in Houston. One of the challenges he ran across was finding local mission projects for the class to participate in. "If only there was a website where you could go and learn about a large group of opportunities at once," Paul thought. It was from this idea that Meet Houston Missions was born. As a partner and the marketing manager for Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers, Paul now had the means to create what he was missing. It started out as a simple series of Zoom videos and has not evolved into a weekly podcast. If you are in the Greater Houston Area and a Mission looking for volunteers, I want to talk to you! If you are someone in the GHA who needs volunteer hours for a school group, or church group project, or you just want to be a part of something bigger, this show is for you. Follow our podcast and visit: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/meet-houston-missions/ to learn about the opportunities that are literally surrounding you! Meet Houston Missions guests do not have to be affiliated with any group or religion. If your organization is boot-on-the-ground helping people in our area, email Paul at pcannon@simmonsandfletcher.com for guest opportunities. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers is a personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas. Learn more about the firm at: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com. It has been serving the Houston community since 1979.

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Meet Houston Missions: Families Helping Families

6/24/2024
On this episode of Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, Paul Cannon, talks with Quincy Collins, founder of Families Helping Families. In 2013, Quincy and some friends helped out one family within his church that was struggling at Thanksgiving. From this a vision was born with the goal of feeding as many families in need in the Greater Houston area. What started out as a few friends and a genuine compassion for their fellow man has grown exponentially today into a full-blown non-profit organization that provides a weeks-worth of food to thousands of people in need each year in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. The goal for 2024 is to feed 3,000 families. What Families Helping Families Provides Families Helping Families Sort box provides families in need with 10 pounds of chicken, ground beef, hotdogs, and the makings for a turkey dinner. It amounts to one week of groceries for a family in need. Families are sourced through local school systems, city health services, and law enforcement who identify the families in need. Each family is given a set time slot on the Saturday before Thanksgiving week in which to pick up their food at a set location. Any food not collected is given to alternate families and donated to Fort Bend Women’s Shelter. How They Do It Today – Volunteer Power Families Helping Families has partnered with HEB and a team of volunteer professionals from various fields ranging from shipping to logistics. They arrange refrigeration trucks to deliver the food to three distribution locations on the morning of Friday before distribution Saturday. The team, including Quincy, is 100% volunteer. In addition to this team, they rely on 300 plus volunteers each year consisting of individuals, corporate teams, and organizational teams to gather on Friday to unload, sort, and pack the food so it can be delivered to one of three distribution points in Alief, Stafford, and Richmond. On Saturday, those volunteers return to help coordinate the cars arriving for appointments and hand out the food. They fill 300 cars every 30 minutes. How You Can Be a Part of Families Helping Families Volunteer Families Helping Families welcomes volunteers. It is a two-day commitment to get involved. If you have a group or organization, they will make sure your team is stationed together to work as a group. To volunteer, visit: https://www.fhfhouston.com/ and click on their volunteer sign up link. From there you can follow the organization in Eventbrite and will be notified when it is time to sign up. Donate If you would like to donate as an individual or to participate as a corporate sponsor, visit the website. There are several levels of sponsorships and various types of recognition for oyur donation. Not only are the donations tax deductible, but 87% of all of the funds received go directly to purchasing groceries and the other 13% goes to renting the equipment and putting on the event itself. For additional information, email them at contact@fhfhouston.com. Families Helping Families is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Injury & Accident Lawyers. Host Paul H. Cannon is a partner in the firm.

Duration:00:28:35

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Meet Houston Missions: Operation: Achieve Independence

6/10/2024
On Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, your host, Paul Cannon, talks with Nicole Davis, the executive director of Operation: Achieve Independence. Operation: Achieve Independence was started in 2017 when its founder, Tina James, felt a calling from God to create a non-profit organization intended to help young adults preparing to leave or who have already left the foster care system. The mission is based out of Spring, Texas, and serves the greater Houston area by providing programs and assistance services to those needing guidance while leaving or after leaving the foster care system. Operation: Achieve Independence strives to provide assistance to people leaving foster care while allowing them to achieve the independence they desire. Operation: Achieve Independence provides transitional living support, education and career preparation programs, life skills classes, and mentorship programs to individuals leaving foster care who need a little extra help adjusting to society. Operation: Achieve Independence is open to any individual leaving foster care or who has previously been a part of the foster care system. Operation: Achieve Independence Programs One of the organization’s main programs is its education and career preparation program. In this program, Operation: Achieve Independence has volunteers go into high schools and work with youth aging out of foster care. Additionally, education and career preparation program representatives will visit local school districts and provide school faculty with a four-hour trauma-informed training course. Operation: Achieve Independence’s second main program is its mentorship program. In their mentorship program, volunteer mentors are matched with a mentee leaving foster care. Additional Services Operation: Achieve Independence also provides additional services such as transitional living support and life skills courses designed to assist youth transitioning out of foster care who may not have all the tools necessary to be successful on their own. Volunteer Opportunities . As a volunteer, you might be part of the education and career preparation program where you will help youth leaving foster care learn about the benefits available to them, talk about their goals, and help set a plan for how to reach those goals. Volunteers may also serve as a mentor for an individual leaving foster care. Additionally, people can volunteer to provide transitional living assistance or teach life skills courses to youths leaving the foster care system. Other Ways to Help If you wish to help financially, you can donate from their website or participate in their hygiene drive or back-to-school drive. Additionally, you can enter a team in their annual skeet shoot or attend their annual Gala. Contact and Info The website address is https://www.oaicares.org or you can call (281) 825-7295 or email nicole@oaicares.org. Operation: Achieve Independence is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. All donations made are tax deductible as per the IRS guidelines. Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Injury & Accident Lawyers. Paul H. Cannon is a partner in the firm.

Duration:00:23:26

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Meet Houston Missions: Cookies for a Cause

6/3/2024
This is a rerelease of the original video produced when Susan Leining a/k/a Cookies for a Cause came to the offices of Simmons and Fletcher to teach her cookie decorating classes as a way to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and awareness. Cookies for a Cause by Susan is a mission to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s and bring awareness to the community about this illness. Through baking cookies for events and teaching courses on cookie making and decorating, Cookies for a Cause by Susan makes activism and education both fun and delicious! Susan travels to businesses and offices who invite her and teaches cookie decorating secrets allowing your staff to learn to do the decorating themselves. While teaching the class, she lectures about Alzheimer’s and how it has impacted her family. Courses start at 30 per person. Additionally, Susan takes orders to create cookies for events and celebrations. Proceeds from her classes and her cookies go primarily to the Alzheimer’s Association and she does some events for cancer research charities as well. Contact Information https://www.facebook.com/CookiesforaCausebySusan/ email: cookiesforacausebysusan@gmail.com Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers.

Duration:00:03:06

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Meet Houston Missions: Braes Interfaith Missions

5/27/2024
This episode of Meet Houston Missions features Ryan Kreipe, the Manager of Braes Interfaith Resale Store & IT Director for Braes Interfaith Ministries. Braes Interfaith Ministries serves the needs of the southwest side of Houston providing food and clothing for less fortunate people as well as clothing for people transitioning from prison back to the workforce. They operate a food pantry at Willow Meadows Baptist Church as well as a Resale Shop on Post Oak which serves two purposes: clothing people in need and providing income to support the mission. Braes Interfaith Ministries was started by the Southwest Ministry Alliance over 35 years ago and is supported by 14 area churches and synagogues. It is in the Braeswood neighborhood of Houston. Donations Needed Braes Interfaith Ministries regularly needs donations of clothing, household goods, and monetary donations to support efforts to help people recover from disaster, fire, or loss. Monetary donations are always needed to support the mission as well. They also accept donations at the Resale shop of household goods and clothes that can be sold. For every $1.00 of profit, Braes Interfaith Ministries generates, they are able to purchase $27.00 worth of food from the Houston Food Bank which the ministry then distributes through the food pantry. Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers are always needed to sort, stock, unload, and/or deliver food and clothing between the food pantry, Houston Food Bank, and the resale shop. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Braes Interfaith Ministries website at https://braesinterfaithministries.org/ or visit the resale shop website at https://www.braesresale.com. You may also call Ryan at the shop at 713-723-3841 to coordinate a time to volunteer. Locations The Food Pantry is located at Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W Bellfort in Houston, Texas. Braes Interfaith Resale Shop is located at 10814 S Post Oak in Houston. Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Podcast are brought to you by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Host Paul H. Cannon is the Managing Partner.

Duration:00:12:31

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Meet Houston Missions: West Houston Assistance Ministries

5/13/2024
This episode of The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast features Mark Brown, CEO of West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM). WHAM is a place of hope and respite for those in need. By providing responsive support through short-term assistance with food, rent, utilities, disaster relief, seasonal programs (eg. Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals), as well as access to education/employment resources, WHAM moves families from crisis to stability, and toward self-sufficiency, and away from crisis and homelessness. More Information About WHAM In the fiscal year 2020, WHAM provided services to 115,857 individuals, compared to 42,000 served in 2019, demonstrating how disastrous the pandemic has been to the livelihoods of local families. Since March 2020, when WHAM jumped into action in response to COVID-19, WHAM helped over 200,000 individuals, with over $1.7M to prevent evictions and disconnections. From its inception, WHAM has partnered with churches that contribute financially and refer their parishioners to WHAM for help. WHAM also collaborates with community partners like the Houston Food Bank, grocers, and restaurants that provide WHAM with food for the food pantry, as well as organizations and corporations that provide funds, drives, and volunteers. Locations Supported WHAM primarily helps zip codes 77036, 77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082, 77083, and 77099 with financial assistance for rent, mortgage, and utilities; however, they can help those in other Harris County, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County zip codes on a limited basis, depending on the types of grants available. WHAM Office Locations WHAM administration offices, Resale Store (Second Blessing Resale Store), Client Services, and Food Pantry are located at 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77042. WHAM also has a Satellite Food Pantry at Church at the Cross, located at 3835 South Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77082. Financial assistance, and employment and job literacy assistance are also provided virtually and over the phone. WHAM Benefits WHAM’s Annual Faith, Hope, and Love Benefit Luncheon is held in November. WHAM also holds two drive-thru Shred Days. The Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason program benefits WHAM by allowing people to participate and fundraise for WHAM. Runners can sign up and choose West Houston Assistance Ministries as their charity and fundraise--WHAM will pay for their registration. Finally, there is the Spring Dash, a 5K/1K held anytime between April and June. Donor and Volunteer Information Monetary donations can be made online at https://www.whamministries.org or by mailing a check to our address. However, WHAM also constantly needs donations of food and supplies for our food pantry to keep up with the great need we see every day at our doors; WHAM also needs donations of furniture, clothing, household goods, books, etc. for their resale store. WHAM has a constant need for volunteers, especially in the food pantry, and during the 3x/week drive-thru food distributions (where WHAM feeds between 160 and 250 families at each). WHAM also needs volunteers in their Employment and Adult Literacy program, as well as interviewers to help vet clients who request financial assistance. Finally, WHAM always needs volunteers to work in the resale store and warehouse. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Ella Clark e.clark@whamministries.org, or visit https://whamministries.org/volunteer

Duration:00:07:58

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Meet Houston Missions: Clothed by Faith

5/6/2024
In this episode, we revisit Melinda Stephenson, the Executive Director of Clothed by Faith. Our original visit with her took place on November 19, 2021, when we were only doing Zoom episodes. We rereleased the episode in April of 2024 as a podcast and have since learned that Clothed by Faith has grown exponentially in the past 3 years as a mission that provides 1 week's worth of clothing to people in need. In this podcast, host Paul Cannon and Melinda discuss the growth of Clothed by Faith from 3 school closets to 20 and more in the works. Additionally, the mission is reaching all the counties surrounding Harris County, including Fort Bend, Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, and Montgomery Counties. In 2023, Clothed by Faith helped clothe over 24,000 people. Clothed by Faith serves schools of all grades as well as their families. In addition, they provide clothing to numerous other missions and agencies including mental health agencies, non-profit missions, human trafficking shelters, homeless organizations, prison release programs, juvenile probation services, domestic violence shelters, and victim's assistance programs. To make donations, find out more about the needs, and sign up to give, volunteer, or receive assistance, please visit the website: https://www.clothedbyfaith.org/. They are a 501c Charity so all donations are tax-deductible. Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. See more missions and/or learn how to get your Houston mission featured by visiting: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/meet-houston-missions/

Duration:00:21:33

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Meet Houston Missions: Katy Responds

4/29/2024
Ron Peters, the Executive Director of Katy Responds talks with us about the various disasters they have provided recovery assistance for in this Episode of Meet Houston Missions. Katy Responds is a nonprofit organization that restores homes destroyed or damaged by disaster by seeking funding, and then coordinating the work with local volunteers and staff. They serve homeowners primarily in the greater Katy ISD area. Katy Responds brought widespread flooding to the Katy, Texas area. Homeowners living in places that were not considered “in the flood plain” found themselves completely underwater as excessive amounts of water breached flood control dams and bayous. The extensive flooding from the storm left thousands of people with severely damaged homes that were not covered for hurricane, wind, and/or flood damage. As a result, a number of people were left without the means to repair the damage. Katy Responds was formed shortly after Hurricane Harvey to help to identify and obtain funding through grants and private donors that can be used to repair Katy Area homes after disaster strikes. When a family in need is referred to Katy Responds after a disaster, the organization seeks and obtains the funding and then seeks to engage volunteers from area churches and private volunteers to do the labor required to bring the home back to a livable condition. Volunteer Opportunities Katy Responds needs volunteers as well as financial support in order to succeed in its mission to help its neighbors in the Katy Area. If you would like to be a part of Katy Responds or to donate, please visit KatyResponds.org. Individuals, church groups, organizations, and groups from private businesses are encouraged to sign up on the website to participate individually or as a part of a larger group. Contact Information: Katy Responds KatyResponds.org 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. Katy, TX. 77450 281-305-8545 Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Podcast are brought to you by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Host Paul H. Cannon is the Managing Partner.

Duration:00:13:13

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Meet Houston Missions: Big Brothers Big Sisters

4/22/2024
In this episode of Meet Houston Missions, we meet Mark Martin, the Vice President of Community Engagement for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star--an organization that aims to build relationships between mentors adults, and children in grades K through 12 that will empower the little brothers and sisters to reach their full potential in life. They do this by screening and training big brothers and sisters, matching them with little brothers and sisters with similar interests and/or goals, and placing them in one of three mentor programs that best suits their needs. History Big Brothers Big Sisters was founded in 1904 by a court clerk who saw kids in the criminal system and decided there had to be a way to give them a positive influence to show them a better way. The organization grew beyond kids in the legal system to kids all over the United States with a need for mentoring in their lives. In 1977, A merger with Big Sisters led to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America that continues today and has local divisions across the United States. Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star – Greater Houston Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star – Greater Houston came to Houston in the 1950s and has helped thousands of mentors and youth pair up. The mentors provide a safe outlet for conversation, guidance, and friendship that for many last a lifetime. Opportunities to Get Involved There are several fundraising events and volunteering opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved. You can learn the full details of these events by visiting the website and selecting “Events” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Each of these events has sponsorship opportunities, fundraising opportunities, and the opportunity to participate either individually or as a sponsor team. These include: Each of the above events allows people to form teams and raise money through donations and sponsorships of at least $1,000.00. Those teams then meet and compete for a great time and a great cause. The Annual Gala If you prefer to get dressed to the nines and celebrate as a way of raising support and awareness, An Evening for Potential is the event for you. This annual Gala and afterparty is a great opportunity to get dressed up for a fancy dinner and a great cause. Event Space Rental As a unique way of raising funds, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star-Greater Houston also offers the use of its event space. Boasting a comfortable 250-person seating space or 300 standing, this space is perfect for weddings, lectures, ceremonies, reunions, anniversaries, and other events. A full kitchen for catering and a balcony overlooking downtown Houston make this space perfect for any nice occasion. Contact: To learn more call 713-860-8226 or visit: https://bbbstx.org/greater-houston/. Mark Martin Vice President of Community Engagement Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star - Greater Houston 1003 Washington Ave. Houston, TX. 77002 Email: Mmartin @bbbstx.org The Simmons and Fletcher Local Podcast is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.

Duration:00:13:10

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Meet Houston Missions: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

4/15/2024
In this episode, Paul Talks to Amanda L. Payne, the Developmental Director for Walk MS. Walk MS is one of the two main fundraising organizations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The second one is the Texas MS150. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., has been privileged to be a part of Walk MS Houston and the Texas MS 150 in several capacities from entering teams, sponsoring teams, and sponsoring tents and booths at the events. The National MS Society The National MS Society was born from a sister’s love in 1946 after Sylvia Lawry, whose brother Bernard suffered from MS, identified a desperate need for an organized effort to “encourage and finance research into the cause, treatment, and cure of multiple sclerosis.” Today, the National MS Society has funded more breakthroughs in the treatment and understanding of MS than has been accomplished in any other neurological disease. The website also provides a connection for people living with MS to the resources and tools needed to live their best lives. You can research doctors who treat MS as well as publications that provide valuable information on identifying, treating, and coping with MS. Walk MS Houston and Walk MS The Woodlands The Walk MS events are localized fundraiser walks to raise money for research and to raise awareness of MS. Volunteers to help with the walk are always welcome. Teams are needed to sign up to participate in the walk. Corporate sponsors are also needed to sponsor everything from individual tents and stations up to the entire event. Sponsorship levels range from $2,000-$25,000. There is a Walk MS Houston and a Walk MS The Woodlands that take place around the greater Houston area which occurs in March. Texas MS 150 The Texas MS 150 is a bike ride that is an annual event that starts in Austin and goes to a campsite in La Grange for the biggest Bike Ride Party event in the United States. The Ride continues the next day to the finish line in College Station. (Riders may also choose to ride directly to La Grange from their homes.) Volunteers to assist at the water and food tents and other stations are needed as well as corporate sponsors. Contact Information The National Multiple Sclerosis Society can be contacted at the following: 1050 N. Post Oak Rd. Ste. 240 Houston, TX 77055 1-800-344-4867 www.nationalMSsociety.org

Duration:00:12:43

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Meet Houston Missions: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

4/8/2024
In this episode of Meet Houston Missions, we meet with Shauna Huffington, the Campaign Development Director for the Texas Gulf Coast Region of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia Society was founded in 1949 by the parent of Robbie Roesler de Villiers, a young man who was taken by Leukemia in 1944 at the age of 16. It was later renamed the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or LLS. Today, LLS is dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers. The organization funds millions of dollars in research and provides patient services ranging from filing insurance claims to finding doctors. Helping Patients and Their Families For those who have been diagnosed with blood cancer, LLS provides a hotline staffed with masters-level oncology nurses and translators speaking multiple languages. By calling 800-955-4572, patients and their families can access a wealth of patient resources including, doctor referrals, educational resources, mentors, and assistance with appeals. Research Since 1949, LLS has provided over 1.3 billion dollars to researchers studying blood cancers. Currently, there are 11 researchers funded in Houston hospitals including Baylor & UT for a total of 12 million in grants. The LLS also spearheads the Children’s Initiative which is a 100 million dollar worldwide initiative to develop cures for childhood cancer. Since the organization’s inception, the survival rate of childhood cancer for children under the age of 15 has gone from a 3% survival rate to a 90% survival rate. Fundraisers: LLS hosts two major fundraisers. One is in the spring and the other in the fall. These fundraisers rely on teams of individuals as well as private and corporate sponsors. The spring event is The Big Climb. Participants climb up 50 flights of stairs in Downtown Houston to raise money and awareness. You can learn more or sign up here: https://pages.lls.org/bigclimb/txg/bigclimbhou22 The fall event in Houston is their big event which has drawn 5000 plus people at past events. This is their Light the Night event where people gather and walk at night with color-coded balloons that signify supporters, survivors, and victims of blood cancers. At the end, there is a fireworks show. Learn about Light The Night here: https://www.lightthenight.org/events/houston. Galas In addition to the above fundraisers, their Galas include Man/Woman of the Year and Students of the Year. These involve a secret fundraising competition that goes on during the year and winners are then revealed at their Gala. Volunteers and Donors Volunteers are needed for each of the events described above. Additionally, mentors—people who have survived blood cancer—are always needed to speak to people currently walking the walk. You can contact Information Services at 800-955-4572 to get more information on volunteering. Anyone wishing to donate outside of participating in the above events can also call the Information Services number to learn more or visit LLS.org. The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is brought to you by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Founding partner Keith M. Fletcher passed away in 2019 due to Lymphoma. This disease affects the lives of many.

Duration:00:07:02

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Meet Houston Missions: Heroes For Children

3/25/2024
In Episode 1 of Meet Houston Missions, we hear from Julie Malin, the South Texas Director for Heroes for Children. Heroes for Children is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. Since 2004, Heroes for Children has provided $6.5 million to over 6,600 Texas families in need through our financial and social assistance programs. There is no other organization that provides direct and immediate assistance to families with such ease when it comes to restoring normalcy and bringing comfort through each family’s journey. Heroes for Children History In October 2004, Larissa Linton (Taylor’s mom) and Jenny Lawson (Allie’s mom) met, soon after the death of Jenny’s daughter Allie. The need for a more comprehensive organization became evident to Co-Founders Larissa and Jenny after they recounted not only the devastating effects of childhood cancer during their daughters’ treatments but also the blessings they each received from their community. Unfortunately, they each saw many other families struggling without the aid and care of others. Families were losing their homes, having their electricity shut off, and struggling to make everyday payments. It was through the desire of these two moms to serve other families battling childhood cancer that Heroes for Children was formed. Events & Fundraisers: Heroes for Children hosts several different fundraisers per year all around the state of Texas as well as a support event for families of children experiencing childhood cancer. Events include a Heroes & Handbag event, Ladies’ Tennis Tournament, Christmas Event, and the Texas Hold’em Tournament. In the Heroes and Handbags Event, luxury handbags are donated by makers and businesses and then auctioned off to raise money. Wine and snacks are served to make it a fun event for all. In the Tennis Tournaments, teams enter and compete to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. The Texas Holdem Tournament is an evening of card-playing fun with a casino night, auction, dinner, and drinks. Events are held at different times in different cities including Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. Visit Events to learn more about the events, dates, and times in your city. Contact: Julie Malin heroesforchildren.org Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. Host Paul H. Cannon is a partner in the firm.

Duration:00:05:26

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Meet Houston Missions: Family Hope Fulshear

3/18/2024
On Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, your host, Paul Cannon, talks with Bob Patton, the executive director of Fulshear Outreach and Development Corporation D/B/A Family Hope Fulshear. Family Hope Fulshear started in 2014 when a group of pastors and community leaders came together to address the need for family services in the Fulshear-Simonton areas. Family Hope Fulshear provides five main types of services, food, furniture, education, assistance, and events, to people who are seeking aid during difficult times. Family Hope Fulshear Projects One of their biggest services is the food pantry and food fairs they host at multiple churches. Their food pantry is located off Fry Road and 1463 and helps feed about 200 families a month. The food pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Moreover, Family Hope Fulshear has three locations: Parkway Fellowship, Saint Faustina Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus Hall, where they run food fairs once a month that help feed over 1,000 families. Additionally, Family Hope Fulshear runs special events throughout the year to supply various necessities to their community. One event they host is a Back-to-School event where they collect pairs of shoes for children who either do not have any shoes or are wearing old, beat-up shoes to wear for school. Last year, Family Hope Fulshear collected 1,266 pairs of shoes to give to children in need. Another event Family Hope Fulshear runs is the Hope Fair, which brings in businesses and presenters who are looking to hire immigrants seeking jobs. This year, Family Hope Fulshear is holding an event called the Bean-a-Thon--an event where volunteers package bags of rice and beans to give to families in need. Additional Services Family Hope Fulshear also provides services such as education and disaster (storm or serious car accident) relief aid to those in need. The organization holds classes for cooking, parenting, finances, and other courses for people seeking to learn life necessities. Additionally, the organization helps sign up immigrants for English courses at the Houston Community College so they can become contributing members in the United States. Volunteer Opportunities Family Hope Fulshear typically needs about 100 or more volunteers a month. With only five part-time staff members, Family Hope Fulshear relies heavily on volunteers from the community to package beans and rice, run the front desk at the main office, collect groceries, and run events. Some events, such as the food fairs, need around 100 volunteers each in order to ensure everything gets done in time to hand out the groceries to people. Since the organization is always hosting new events, it is a great place to look into if you are a high school or college student who needs volunteer hours for a club. Many of the volunteers at Family Hope Fulshear are kids looking to meet volunteer hour requirements for NHS, NCL, FCA, and Boy Scouts. If you are interested in volunteering, you can reach out on the Family Hope Fulshear website or call their office phone. Financial Needs In order to help as many people and families as possible, Family Hope Fulshear needs donations and support. Last year, they spent about $50,000 a month ($600,000 total) on groceries for people in need. While that may seem like a lot, that budget means that the 1,000 families they help each month only receive about $50 worth of groceries to use. Contact and Info (832)-332-5163 https://www.familyhopefulshear.org INFO@FAMILYHOPEFULSHEAR.ORG.

Duration:00:19:31

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Meet Houston Missions: Redeemed Ministries

3/11/2024
On this episode of Meet Houston Missions and the Simmons and Fletcher, Local Missions Podcast, Bobbie Mark, the Executive Director of Redeemed Ministries discusses how they have helped over 150 women escape from the bonds of human trafficking. Since 2010, Redeemed Ministries has operated one of the longest-running safe houses for victims of human trafficking in the United States. They work with rescues directly to provide shelter for women ages 18 and older seeking to escape the life of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. History In 2005, Bobbie Mark and her husband began doing outreach to women in the commercial sex industry. In 2010 they saw the need for safe houses and opened the Sparrow House, an 8-bedroom home in Harris County, with the goals of giving survivors a safe place to receive education, empowerment, and healing as well as be introduced to Jesus Christ. The Program Redeemed Ministries has enjoyed success like few other rescues in that their recidivism rate is only 25% whereas the national rate is around 80%. They do this by employing a program that not only educates and empowers survivors, but also rewards survivors for staying longer. The first year is largely an education and rehabilitation phase where they help them see themselves as a valued life. After a year, they are given the opportunity to work outside the rescue while still living there rent-free. When they make it to 18 months, the rescue will match up to $1500.00 to help them purchase a car. Graduates who stay the full 2 years have an extremely high rate of escaping the life forever. Volunteer Needs Redeemed Ministries has 12 regular team members. Everything they do requires volunteer help. Teachers and mentors are needed to help the survivors develop life and employment skills. Volunteers to help upkeep the house and the clothing boutique where survivors can obtain clothes. Additionally, the property is located in Northwest Harris County where they have an 8-bedroom home sitting on some fenced-in property. Volunteers to maintain the property and build a garden are needed. In addition to these opportunities, if you would like to volunteer to help with the fundraiser events, opportunities are posted on their website here: https://www.redeemedtx.org/new-page-2. Donations & Fundraising Opportunities In March, they hold their annual Golf Fundraiser Golf for Good at The Woodlands Country Club. You can join a team, sponsor, or volunteer to help set up. Also in March, Redeemed Ministries hosts Just Ride for a Just Cause which is a cycling event in West Houston to raise funds. Redeemed Ministries also hosts an annual GALA to raise money and awareness of the human trafficking problem. Direct monetary and in-kind donations are also accepted. They can always use toiletries, laundry supplies, and basic needs items. Contact: Volunteer Opportunities: laura@redeemedtx.org Redeemed Ministries 4008 Louetta Rd., Ste. 289 Spring, TX 77388 (832) 447-4130 https://www.redeemedtx.org/ Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. See more missions and/or learn how to get your Houston mission featured by visiting: https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/meet-houston-missions/

Duration:00:27:48

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Meet Houston Missions: Rescue America

3/5/2024
On Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, your host Paul Cannon talks with Allison Meier Madrigal, the founder and CEO of Rescue America. Rescue America started as Rescue Houston in 2014 and in 2019 experienced such an outpouring of nationwide need for their services that they rebranded as Rescue America. They are now based out of Denver, Colorado, but their humble beginnings as a vision of Allison to help human trafficking victims escape the lifestyle started right here in Houston and its roots remain with an abundance of opportunity for people to get involved and truly make a difference in the lives of human trafficking victims who are being exploited across the entire United States. Rescue America is responsible for the 24/7 nationwide human trafficking hotline 833-599-FREE as well as numerous outreach hubs that proactively reach out to pluck human trafficking victims from their captors. Rescue America Programs & Services When a victim calls the Rescue America hotline, this sets into motion a process aimed at rescuing that victim when they are ready to escape. The victim is comforted and educated about how they are being victimized yet there is still hope. When the victim is truly ready to escape the lifestyle, Rescue America makes the arrangements to send an Uber and remove them from their present situation. The victim is provided with a hotel, food, and necessities until a more permanent human trafficking shelter can be coordinated for them to be taken to so they can start the journey toward exiting the lifestyle and healing. In order to encourage the victims to call the hotline, Rescue America scans the internet for ads promoting the sale (prostitution) of the victims and compiles the numbers. They are then delivered to Outreach Hubs run by volunteers across the nation who call and follow up on the leads to give the victims a message of hope and an opportunity to escape. Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers for both the hotline and the outreach hubs are needed as well as funding. Many of the hotline workers are full-time staff. The Hub is entirely volunteer-based and fielded over 2000 calls last year resulting in 225 people being rescued from slavery in America. If you are interested in volunteering, you can learn more on the website. Volunteers can either join existing hubs or create a new one. The typical hub gathers one day a month for 2 hours to make the phone calls and to pray for the victims. You can choose to simply be a prayer team member if you prefer. Men and women alike are needed for the hubs. In fact, there is a better response to men than women calling. Financial Needs Rescue Houston is greatly in need of private funding and support. You can also visit the website to donate towards the cost of Ubers, food, hotel rooms, and other necessities that are required in order to serve the victims as well as for the cost of full-time call takers on the hotline. Contact & Info The website address is https://rescueamerica.ngo/. On the site, you can find out more information on how to sign up to volunteer or how to create a hub. For security reasons, background checks are required on all volunteers. You can also email them at info@rescueamerica.ngo or by calling 888-977-8001. Rescue America is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. All donations made are tax deductible as per the IRS guidelines. Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Injury & Accident Lawyers. Your host, Paul H. Cannon is a partner in the firm.

Duration:00:25:51

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Meet Houston Missions: The Landing

2/26/2024
Today's guest on Meet Houston Missions & The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is Lea Byrd, the Mobilization Manager, for The Landing. The Landing is an organization dedicated to “walking alongside of victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.” They are located on Bissonnett Street in Houston, Texas in an area where human trafficking is a known problem. Drop in Center The Landing has three main programs to help fight the human trafficking epidemic in Houston. The primary program is their daily open Drop-in Center located on Bissonnet where people trapped in the life can drop in for a meal, clothing, and necessities. In addition to providing for basic needs, The Landing provides a safe space for people trying to escape the life or empower themselves to overcome it. The Landing serves as a resource to help human trafficking victims and sex trade workers get an education, proper identification, find housing, prepare for careers, and ultimately change their lives. The Landing offers a multi-week program to help them prepare themselves for work which includes a graduation, mock job interview, and work attire. They also provide case managers to help them overcome challenges and succeed. Youth Advocacy As part of their program, the Landing provides advocacy for at-risk youth and youth rescued from the human trafficking lifestyle. This includes sending advocates to the police station or hospital to provide the victims with their options on how to change their lives. Outreach Another service that The Landing offers is Outreach. With their location in an area of Houston where sex trafficking is very active, The Landing trains volunteers to send out into the community to raise awareness that they are there to help. In fact, Lea Byrd began her journey with The Landing as a volunteer doing outreach three years ago and is now the Mobilization Manager—in charge of far more than just the volunteer teams. Volunteer Opportunities The Landing has about 20 employees and relies heavily on volunteers for their daily Drop-in Center and their Outreach program. If you want to get involved as an outreach person or something more low-key like hanging out or serving meals at the Drop-in Center, they can use your help. To volunteer, visit the website at: https://thelanding.org/ or call them at 713-766-1111. They offer regular training for outreach. They also invite groups of 5 to come to provide and serve meals during the day for group opportunities. Giving Opportunities There are many ways that you can give to The Landing including their Amazon wish list, donating at their Share the Love collection sites, donating to their events like Back to School, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Christmas wish lists. All of these opportunities can be discovered on their website or by signing up for their prayer text and newsletter on the website. Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Podcast are brought to you by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Host Paul H. Cannon is the Managing Partner.

Duration:00:24:41

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Meet Houston Missions: Kailee Mills Foundation

2/22/2024
In this episode of Meet Houston Missions & The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, meet Briana McCulloch, Executive Director of the Kailee Mills Foundation. The Kailee Mills Foundation was formed in 2017 to spread awareness of the importance of always wearing your seatbelt while riding in a vehicle at any speed to any place since you never know when a car accident might occur. The Kailee Mills Foundation is based in Houston, Texas but they have evolved into a national campaign acting as the spokespersons for the national Clicket or Ticket campaign. Background Kailee Mills, at the age of 16 was riding as a rear passenger in a vehicle on her way to a neighborhood Halloween Party. She was only about 400 yards from her home when she decided to take off her seatbelt and slide over to take a quick Selfe with her friend. She had every intention of putting the seatbelt right back on as she always wore it. But fate would play out differently on this tragic day when the driver veered off the road going at a slow speed around a sharp curve. The car rolled. Kailee was tossed out of the vehicle. All other occupants were belted and walked away with only minor physical injuries. Kailee Mills was killed in the tragic accident. Kailee’s family and friends realized that the best way to keep Kailee’s memory alive was to spread the word about the importance of always wearing your seatbelt. The mission was born. Advocacy The Kailee Mills Foundation leaders regularly appear at schools to talk to kids about the importance of wearing a seatbelt at all times. They have created an educational program that can be taught in the schools as well as online that they use to teach with. Additionally, they provide family assistance to families who have lost a loved one in an accident due to seatbelt non-use. The Kailee Mills Foundation further provides student scholarships to students active in promoting seatbelt use and awareness. Opportunities to Get Involved The Kailee Mills Foundation raises funds for its awareness campaigns and educational programs through a number of events that allow companies to create sponsorships and individuals to come together as teams and compete in fun events for a great cause. To sign up to volunteer, compete as a team, or be a sponsor, visit https://www.kaileemillsfoundation.org/. Events The Kailee Mills Foundation hosts three separate events including a Purse Bingo event, a golf tournament, and a Repelling event. The Galentine’s Purse Bingo is held near Valentine and gives people a chance to win designer purses while playing bingo for a cause. The Annual Drive to Save Lives Golf Tournament is held in Kingwood in May. Lastly, the new event they are introducing this year is the Kailee Mills Over the Edge Rappelling event where you can rappel down the side of an office building in Downtown Houston! (Or you can just choose to sponsor it and watch others.) Contact: The best way to reach out to the Kailee Mills Foundation is to contact them through the website or via email at info@kaileemillsfoundation.org. Their mailing address is: 25003 Pitkin Road, Suite C100 Spring, TX 77386 Meet Houston Missions and The Simmons and Fletcher Local Podcast are brought to you by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Host Paul H. Cannon is the Managing Partner.

Duration:00:21:35

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Meet Houston Missions: Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (T.E.A.M.s)

1/31/2024
In this episode of Meet Houston Missions & The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, hear from Barry Hart, the Executive Director of Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries a/k/a T.E.A.M. Mr. Hart tells us how T.E.A.M. partners with local businesses to serve low income, individuals and families that live in the Tomball area or are members at T.E.A.M. sponsor churches. Missions Projects T.E.A.M. operates a food pantry and also coordinates food delivery for elderly and disabled qualifying persons in need. They fill over 3300 grocery orders each year. In addition, they operate a resale shop at the Main Street location in Tomball which helps to fund the food pantry. They also offer a jobs ministry to help people find jobs and rebuild their lives. Volunteer & Giving Opportunities T.E.A.M is a large mission operation requiring workers a the food pantry and resale shop as well as volunteer drivers, packers, and stockers. In addition to your time, financial contributions and resale item donations can be made. Additionally, you can participate in giving by their shopping rewards program: https://teamtomball.com/shopping-rewards/. Location & Contact: T.E.A.M. is located at 300 West Main Street, in Tomball, TX 77375. Volunteer information can be found on the website at https://teamtomball.com/volunteer/ You can also get more information on volunteering by emailing team@teamtomball.com. The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. Host Paul H. Cannon is a partner at the firm. visit https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com to learn more.

Duration:00:24:36

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Meet Houston Missions: Bread of Life

1/17/2024
In this episode of the Meet Houston Missions Podcast, we talk to Dr. Monique Williams the Chief Advancement Office of Bread of Life, Inc. Bread of Life, Inc. has been operating as a mission to help feed and rehabilitate Houston’s homeless for over three decades. They operate in conjunction with a sister mission Tominos, that provides housing in 5 different residences for homeless persons. Background The Bread of Life was started 31 years ago when St John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Houston began feeding and providing assistance to the homeless of Houston. They quickly recognized that the need was greater than could be handled as a side role and the Bread of Life 501c was formed. Bread of Life Now What started as a mission to feed has grown into a comprehensive organization dedicated to not just feeding the homeless, but helping them gain the skills and education they need to escape the cycle of homelessness. Bread of Life today provides education, training toward certificates, food, community outreach, and education via a radio broadcast on 102.5. Educational Opportunities In addition to providing basic education such as life skills and work towards a GED, Bread of Life has several skilled certifications they provide training for. These include a Phlebotomist Certification and a CISCO computer certification thanks to strategic partnerships. Volunteer Needs and Donations Bread of Life has many volunteer opportunities that range from working in the warehouse to prepare food boxes of which hundreds are delivered to the community, drivers to deliver the food, people involved in all levels of education, and other opportunities which can be found on their website: www.breadoflifeinc.com. Financial contributions may also be made via the website. Donations of canned goods are also accepted at their warehouse located at 2019 Crawford, Houston Texas. However, with all they have going on, I would recommend you contact them first via the website and schedule a good drop-off time. Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. Host Paul H. Cannon is a partner at the firm.

Duration:00:16:49

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Meet Houston Missions: Mesa Outreach

1/2/2024
Hear from Lisa Modglin, the Administrative Manager of Mesa Outreach as Host Paul H. Cannon interviews her about the various programs Mesa Outreach provides to less fortunate families in Bear Creek and the surrounding zip codes. They are located on the campus of Bear Creek United Methodist Church and like many missions, were born from the church but grew to the point of becoming a separate mission. Missions & Volunteer Opportunities Mesa Outreach is a mission that simply cannot operate without its volunteers. They come from local churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals who have the heart to serve. Last year they had over 820 volunteers in their various missions. They can provide individual or group volunteering opportunities and documentation for service organization requirements. Food Bank Partnership Mesa Outreach partners with the Houston Food Bank to supply non-perishables, frozen meats, and produce to folks with emergency needs through their local food pantry. They serve approximately 600 families a month. Help is always welcome here. They also assist in Food Bank programs such as Share the Table. Childrens Scholastic Programs Books to Kids is a program operated by Mesa Outreach that encourages young children to read by providing them with books of their own. Stuff the Bus is an annual drive by Mesa to provide school supplies to the underprivileged kids in the area. Additionally, Mesa provides 4-year college scholarships to some lucky kids in need each year. Location & Contact To contact Mesa Outreach, please send an email to info@mesa-outreach.org or visit the website: mesa-outreach.org for more information. Mailing address: MESA-OUTREACH, INC. P.O. Box 841075 Houston, TX 77284-1075 Physical address: Bear Creek United Methodist Church 16000 Rippling Water Drive Houston, TX 77084 Meet Houston Missions and the Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast are produced by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., a group of Christian personal injury attorneys located in Houston, Texas who serve accident victims recovering from the negligent actions of others.

Duration:00:11:13

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Meet Houston Missions: Magnificat Houses

12/12/2023
On this episode of Meet Houston Missions & The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast, meet Victor Hay, the Director of Magnificat Houses. Magnificat Houses began in 1968 with one woman dedicating one hose to provide shelter, food, and support for women on the streets of Houston with mental health issues who had nowhere to go. Today, there are 15 houses that house 5-10 adult men and women with mental health care needs per house who would otherwise be homeless. Magnificat Houses provides food, shelter, mental health care access, vocational training, and so much more to people who have nowhere else to go. Volunteer Opportunities House Sponsors Magnificat Houses have 15 homes that all require maintenance and upkeep from basic yard care to remodeling and construction work. Individuals or companies wishing to adopt a home are invited to reach out. Most of the homes are purchased in need of repair and fixed up to make them habitable so anyone with home construction and remodeling skills is highly encouraged to volunteer. Feeding the Homeless Magnificat Houses operates the Loaves of Fishes Soup Kitchen where they provide 300-400 meals Tuesday through Sunday to Houston’s homeless. The Soup Kitchen is located at the 2009 Congress and runs on the love of volunteers who give their time to serve. St. Joseph Clubhouse The St. Joseph Clubhouse is located at 3307 Austin St. It is the only mental health-accredited clubhouse in the entire Houston area. They provide daily activities, support and services to people in need of long-term mental care. Teachers of life skills and vocational skills are always needed. Guests can actually gain help working towards earning their GED here. The Anawim Thrift Store At 2102 Common Street, Magnificat Houses operates a thrift store. Volunteer opportunities and donations are always available. Contact If you are interested in volunteering or assisting, please visit the website: https://mhihouston.org/. For Soup Kitchen volunteering, you can also reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Shun Johnson at 713-529-4231 to discuss how to get yourself or your organization involved. Magnificat Houses, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, in adherence with the Federal Internal Revenue Code and chartered by the State of Texas in 1968. Our EIN is 23-7003471. Meet Houston Missions is presented by Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers. Host Paul H. Cannon is a partner at the firm.

Duration:00:18:55