The Hope and Healing Center and Institute (HHCI) was honored with an award from the Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST) for its faithful and creative dedication to transforming lives and restoring hope through free education, training and supportive services to those suffering from mental illness.

“We are excited and honored to receive this recognition for our work in the Houston community,” said Hope and Healing Center & Institute CEO Matt Stanford. “HHCI will continue to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental health issues by providing a place of hope, help and healing.”

HHCI was honored during the HGST annual UpLift! Luncheon. The luncheon recognizes organizations in the city of Houston demonstrating exemplary Christian ministry in specific arenas of service. This year’s focus was Christian counseling.

Every week, the Center offers educational seminars and programs to inform the community on issues related to mental health and wellness. The programs focus on strengthening the physical, mental, spiritual health of families and individuals across the full cycle of life from birth through elder-hood.


HHCI is a comprehensive mental health resource serving the community and beyond by building and restoring lives to health and wholeness. It 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.

While intimately associated, the Center and the Institute serve different roles in pursuit of this mission. The Institute creates new programs and resources, and the Center offers those resources as well as programs developed elsewhere to the community at large.

The services offered by the HHCI are free or low-cost to individuals of all faith.