Steve Lufburrow is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Houston and Will Lufburrow is their manager of development and special projects. It’s been another busy year for one of Houston’s best non-profits with new stores opening and therefore, more people getting employment and training. Because their overhead is less than 5%, when you donate a dollar to Goodwill, about 96% of that gift goes directly to help people. It’s this financial “tour de force” that makes this org as successful as it is. It is a pillar of Houston’s community and we ought to be proud of it.
Find locations to drop off gently worn items or to make a donation online, go here: www.Goodwillhouston.org
Hank Rush is the President and CEO of The Star of Hope Mission an organization that has been helping homeless Houstonians for over 100 years. They’re gearing up for the holidays and we talk about how important that is but also how the need for diapers, for instance, doesn’t end with the holiday season. But while the need is year-round, the holiday season bring great opportunities for people to do great things like the Hard Rock Cafe’s tradition of closing the restaurant and serving Thanksgiving meals to some of our homeless neighbors who also get a free ride from Yellow Cabs, another Houston company that is giving back.
You too can help by going to their website: www.SOHmission.org
Genevieve Keeney is the president of The National Museum of Funeral History, another lesser known Houston gem. They’ve decked the museum out in Halloween decoration and will also be celebrating El Día de Muertos. And because Genevieve is also a veteran, the museum will be open for free to all veterans throughout the month of November. We discuss breaking glass ceilings as more and more women enter the profession (and are very good at it) and we learn where the terms “Dead Ringer,” "Saved by the bell" and “Graveyard Shift” come from.
Here is their website for all the info you need to visit the museum. www.nmfh.org