The Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) is an expression of St. Martin Episcopal Church’s vision to minister to those broken by life’s circumstances and a direct response to the compassionate Great Commission of Jesus. An independent 501c3 non-profit organization housed on the St. Martin’s campus, the HHCI is a comprehensive mental health resource serving the Houston community and beyond.


HHCI offers educational programs to improve the delivery of mental health care, raise awareness and educate the community on addiction, mental health, and caregiving issues, and reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction.

  • Clinical Placement for Graduate Student Interns
  • Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals
  • Public Education and Awareness Seminars


Our outreach program Gateway to Hope trains faith communities to respond to those in distress and help build a community-based response to the mental health crisis our country faces.

  • Empower – A half-day training workshop educating clergy in techniques for recognition and response to those with mental illness and connecting those in need with professional care.
  • Transform – Ongoing training and guidance helping faith communities build and sustain support groups for individuals with mental illness and their family members.
  • Renew – Certification using our Thrive curriculum preparing an individual to serve as a Peer Mental Health Coach trained to serve their faith community.

Supportive Services

HHCI provides supportive services to individuals, families, and caregivers struggling with addiction and mental health issues, especially those who cannot afford care and cannot find care.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-based services for individuals who struggle to regulate and manage their emotions and behaviors.
  • Mental Health Coaching for individuals living with any mental health disorder or difficulty.
  • Tele-psychiatry for clients who suffer from chronic persistent serious mental illness.
  • Case management to help clients address unique needs and match them to HHCI’s community partners.
  • Mental Health Planning and Referrals for those in need of specialized care.
  • 38 weekly support groups focused on addiction and other mental health and caregiving issues.


Our research fellows are involved in transformative research that bridges the gap between mental health and faith with the goal of increasing access to care. HHCI serves as a delivery system by which resources developed by our fellows are promoted and disseminated to the greater Houston community and beyond.

Current research fellowships include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Bioethics & Aging
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Serious Mental Illness Treatment & Recovery