Soft Touch Ministry
“God Blesses You, You Bless Others.”
JoAnn Houston-Clopton, is a widow since 2007, a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and is a member of the West University Church of Christ in Houston.
JoAnn decided to convert her home into a mini quilt factory, making quilts for the sick and convalescent. She met Jewel Wright of the Lifeline Chaplaincy Soft Touch Ministry at a Hancock cloth store. They began a dialogue with each other and discovered they were using their God given talents for the same purpose. She was so impressed with what the Soft Touch Ministry was about, she wanted to be a part of this great work.
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She donates her quilts to other foundations that also need some love. JoAnn began to donate her quilts to the Lifeline Chaplaincy Soft Touch Ministry in 2011. Also called the Pillow Ministry, these special handmade items are the outgrowth of founding volunteer Marie Banister. Now patients across the state are blessed by groups of caring ladies who lovingly craft these useful keepsakes.
JoAnn worked 30 years for the public making wedding dresses. She began using her God given talent making quilts for others. Her philosophy: “God Blesses You, You Bless Others.”
JoAnn began making quilts at the early age of 5 years old. She makes about 20 large quilts and 30 mini quilts a year. She does not sell her quilts.
She began her mini factory in her garage, and later her sons built her a small structure in the back of her home. Since then she has expanded her mini factory into her living room. JoAnn says when she is upset and can’t sleep; she goes into the living room, sews and has a talk with her good friend (GOD). Sewing is so soothing. JoAnn also shares her talents with the young, where she teaches 10 year old girls how to make pillowslips at no cost to the family and encourages to the girls to give them to children who are in the hospitals. JoAnn generously furnishes all the materials.
She makes all kinds of designs for her quilts, such as: pinwheels, stars, animals, floral, and western just to name a few. She buys material locally and as far away as Australia. The practice quilts and scraps that are left over from the quilts are sewn together, and these are given to the animal shelter for cats and dogs.
Last year JoAnn gave away 100 pillowcases and 26 quilts. She also donates a large quilt for a door prize at the Lifeline Chaplaincy Gala. We salute this Christian servant who willingly shares beauty with grateful patients.