Houston Northwest Church raises $30,000 to pay $3M medical debt of surrounding community

Each dollar given covered $100 worth of medical debt in the northwest Houston area, according to the release. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Each dollar given covered $100 worth of medical debt in the northwest Houston area, according to the release. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Each dollar given covered $100 worth of medical debt in the northwest Houston area, according to the release. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston Northwest Church canceled the medical debt of more than 1,360 individuals in northwest Houston ZIP codes by raising $30,000 through its The Big Give Christmas Eve offering in December, according to an April 29 release from the church. Letters were sent to families in late April, Director of Connections and Communications Karen Stamps said, letting them know that their outstanding medical debt had been paid in full with no strings attached.

The $30,000 raised in December paid $3 million of medical debt through RIP Medical Debt, according to the release. Each dollar given covered $100 worth of medical debt in the northwest Houston area, according to the release.


Notice of the canceled medical debt was sent to families during a time when many are struggling with financial stress due to the coronavirus, according to the release.

"People often must choose between paying medical bills and basics like food, utilities or housing. With many out of work due to COVID-19, the stress of debt can be overwhelming," Stamps said in the release. "Thanks to the generosity of those attending HNW's Christmas Eve services, many families have had their medical debt burden lifted."

During the coronavirus pandemic, Houston Northwest Church holds online services Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.