The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast

The Simmons and Fletcher Local Missions Podcast

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: 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 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: It has been serving the Houston community since 1979.


June 24, 2024 28 mins

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 genuin...

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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 missi...

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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...

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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 wel...

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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 cr...

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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 pod...

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April 29, 2024 13 mins

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

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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 ...

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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....

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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,...

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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 soci...

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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 fiv...

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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 f...

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March 5, 2024 25 mins

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 Alli...

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February 26, 2024 24 mins

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 mai...

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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 Ho...

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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...

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January 17, 2024 16 mins

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.


The Bread of Life was started 31 ...

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January 2, 2024 11 mins

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.

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December 12, 2023 18 mins

 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 pe...

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