In 2012, while tutoring at Boys and Girls Harbor, a home for children in crisis, Deer Park resident Aaron Crouch overheard one of the house parents mention how difficult it was to keep so many growing children in clothes that fit. That Christmas season he and his wife, Jana Crouch, launched a drive to collect used clothes for the kids. The community responded by providing not only clothes, but enough money to buy shoes and socks for every child at the facility. The next year, the Crouches focused solely on providing shoes. The 2013 shoe drive collected twice the amount needed to buy new shoes and socks for every child at the Harbor.
In response to the growing generosity of the community, the Crouches, together with a group of Christians who shared their love for orphans, decided it was time to expand from a Christmas shoe drive to a non-profit organization that could meet many needs of organizations and families who open their doors to children in crisis. Many charities offer financial support for adoptions, and for birth parents to turn their lives around, but other than CPS support to licensed families, there is none for people helping kids who need a safe place to sleep. On Friday, July 25th, 2014 the Texas Secretary of State granted a Certificate of Formation to "Showing Hope by Offering Essential Supplies", or "SHOES Ministry" as a Not for Profit Organization formed specifically to meet these needs.
"We are branching out beyond shoes. If you are taking in kids and you need a bunk bed you can't afford, we want to buy it for you. If the home of a person applying for a foster care license needs improvements to pass the fire inspection, we want to help with that. The name is a homage to where we started, not where we are going", said Mr. Crouch, who is the President and Executive Director of the new organization.
The SHOES Ministry is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Gifts are tax deductible.
Aaron Crouch: Board President & Executive Director
Aaron is the founding member of SHOES. He and his wife, Jana have 4 children, two of whom are adopted from CPS. They have organized the shoes drive for the Boys and Girls Harbor since 2012. Aaron is currently studying for a Masters of Business Administration at University of Houston Downtown.
Jacqualine C. Truitt: Board Member and Treasurer,
Jacque is the founder of PRO-ACT, a full service Christian counseling center in Pasadena, Texas, with satellite offices in Baytown, West Houston, Pearland, and Huffman. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Jacque and her husband David have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. David and Jacque have a long history of ministry to couples and families. Jacque has taught parenting education to foster parents. Jacque and David live in Huffman, Texas.
Curtis McMinn: Board Vice President,
Curtis is a proud father of two and has been married to his wife Erin since June 2007. He's a proud native Houstonian that has invested the past ten years working with nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and paid staff member. He is drawn to the mission of SHOES because of his family's experience taking care of children in crisis. Curtis is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Anna Golden: Board Member & Secretary,
Anna has two grown sons, a lovely daughter-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters. The ministry is very important to Anna, since she is an adopted child and understands the importance of supplying a safe and loving place for a child to call home.
Juli Morman: Board Member,
Juli has been a Pasadena/Deer Park resident her entire life!She is married to her husband Lance and they have three children, Justin a freshman at Texas A&M, Landon a 5th grader and Jaci a 3rd grader.
In 2004 her husband opened a RE/MAX franchise (RE/MAX 1st American Dream) and in 2005 Juli began practicing real estate full time. Juggling a franchise, 3 kids and her personal real estate business was tough.They decided to close the RE/MAX 1st American Dream office and she joined RE/MAX 1st Source in 2010.Juli was then able to focus on what she truly loved and that was helping people find a place to call home.
When she isn’t helping clients with buying and selling homes she enjoys spending time volunteering at her children’s school, her church Central Baptist, and with her husband at their children’s various sporting events.