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They’re back!!!

© by Bonnie McKenna
Observer Intern



They’re back. The smiling young folks with T-shirts emblazoned with the face of Christ. The Family is once again soliciting funds on the street corners of Kingwood and Atascocita.  They are seeking money to fund their ‘mission.’ 

Callers have spotted the Family at local intersections such as FM 1960 and West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway .

This time the Family is asking for funds to support their mission by assisting the victims of Katrina and Rita. As pointed out in the Aug. 3 issue of the Observer, these folks are not always, what they appear to be. According to their Web site and documented in articles in People magazine and the San Francisco Examiner, in the language of the Family, the mission is the Family. In other words, money donated goes to their personal ‘mission’ to support their lifestyle These people have no regular income from jobs in the community. 

“I am very unhappy with the story,” said Jeff Wells, head of the Family in the Houston area, about the Observer’s article.

In an attempt to discredit the Aug. 3 story, Wells is passing out flyers to motorists telling about his personal family. Wells declined to answer most of the article’s points. The Observer article attempted to tell the citizens of the area that the Family is not all about donating time, service and money to the folks affected by the hurricanes or those less fortunate people of foreign lands.


According to many published reports, the Family is an unorthodox religious ‘cult’ that began in the 1960’s during the time of the hippies. Wells continues to insist that his group is just bringing the message of Christ to the people during their time on the streets. How much money is taken in during their time on the street is unknown although it appears to be more than enough to support their ‘mission.’


Family leader Jeff Wells