Ministry at Palmer Memorial Offering Housing for TMC Patients Resumes After Pandemic Hiatus

Members of the Palmer Place Ministries blesses new apartment.

Last month, Palmer Place Ministries (PPM), a longtime outreach effort of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, reopened after closing its doors two years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As part of the InSpirit Patient Housing network, PPM offers subsidized, short-term apartment rentals to patients coming to Houston to receive advanced care in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Apartments are fully furnished and maintained by a cadre of faithful volunteers and clergy, providing a key bridge between the needs of the world and the Church.

Prior to the arrival of the first PPM guests, the Rev. Elizabeth Parker, former associate rector of Palmer, led the group through a powerful house blessing. Supporting the move-in and organization of PPM, parishioner Kay Jackson and the Rev. Deacon Jack Karn shared: “When sick people come to Houston for treatment in TMC, it is a blessing from God that the Church can offer a nearby home for some to rest, heal, and continue their walk with Christ. PPM has served over 350+ patients since it began, and we pray it will serve and bless many more.”

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