Randy Sams Outreach Shelter
Saint James' Church is the founding parish of The Randy Sams Outreach Shelter, Inc., a low-barrier homeless shelter in Texarkana providing free lodging to the homeless, and also providing life skills classes, financial assistance programs and job training classes for men and women in need.
Named in memory of Saint James' parishioner Randy "Toughy" Sams, who passed away in a car accident following his senior prom in 1993, the Randy Sams Outreach Shelter is our primary outreach ministry in the community and is our way of carrying the loving and healing ministry of Christ out into the Texarkana community.
While the Shelter is a separate legal organization from the Church, Parishioners regularly serve on the Board, and the Rector of Saint James' Church is also a standing member of its Board of Directors. Our members are frequently found serving meals and helping with projects at the Shelter.