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Yearbook 2012 - 2013 Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Table of Contents About Neighborhood Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Out to Change the World for Good — A Letter From the CEO Leading the Way The Next Neighborhoods The For Good Movement Investing in Human Capital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Economic Opportunity Workforce Initiatives Tax Centers Immigration and Citizenship Education Sheltering Arms Senior Services Making a Difference Through Engagement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Heart of Gold TXU Energy Turkey Trot Get Involved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Volunteer Visionaries Young Neighbors Operating Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19


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We’ve started a movement. For Good. Neighborhood Centers is out to change the world. Our agency was founded in 1907 to serve a hardscrabble town with an influx of immigrants in search of opportunity. Today, Houston is the fourth largest and most diverse city in America — a place with unparalleled human capital, a powerhouse economy and endless promise. And yet, after all these years, the purpose of Neighborhood Centers hasn’t changed one bit. We are a nationally recognized communitydevelopment agency that exists to keep our region a place of opportunity for all those willing to work for a better life. We believe that neighborhoods are bridges to opportunity, that people can transform

Search your heart. Make a commitment. Write it down. Say it out loud. Change the world.

communities and that everyone everywhere has something to contribute. On these principles we have launched the For Good Movement. We’ve invited people to share, to donate, to connect, to be a part of something bigger. Now we are reaching out to you to help your neighbors transform their lives — for good. Are you in? — Angela Blanchard, President and CEO

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Leading the Way Neighborhood Centers’ innovative approach is designed to bring out the best in every community. In the past year, three different research groups have published books studying our work. These books, released by the Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve Bank and Low Income Fund of San Francisco, 31

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all praise Neighborhood Centers’ distinctive approach to building vibrant communities. “Every American city,” the Brookings researchers wrote, “can learn from the way Neighborhood Centers is embracing Houston’s future and weaving it into Houston’s history.”

Together, we can transform communities, bringing resources, education and connection to emerging neighborhoods.

404,010 neighbors wer served in 2012e .


The Next Neighborhoods‌ Houston is America on demographic fast-forward. Nearly 70% of residents come here from somewhere else, and more than 20% are born outside the country. We may not share a past, but we absolutely share a promising future. Neighborhood Centers exists to keep Houston a place of opportunity for all who labor for a better life. We offer innovative holistic solutions. Our asset-based approach pushes us to look beyond discouraging statistics and build upon what works: the dreams, aspirations, natural leadership

and all other positive elements that are working in every neighborhood. Our city is a perpetual boomtown and Neighborhood Centers has kept pace, growing each year for the past twenty years. We will continue to expand our efforts in neighborhoods across the region because we know that strong communities create economically healthy regions. We go where we are invited to go and do what we are invited to do. That’s why Neighborhood Centers now leads the way for neighborhood revitalization across the county.

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How do you change a community? A city? A nation? The world? Neighborhood Centers is setting out to do just that by asking what you are doing For Good. Everyone, everywhere, can help build better, stronger, smarter, healthier and happier communities by doing their part. We are asking the greater Houston region to consider their talents and their resources to make a commitment. For Good.


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These wonderful individuals took the resources around them and transformed them into so much more for the whole community. They act, donate, share, tell, stand and never stop. In 2013, Neighborhood Centers held the inaugural Four. For Good ceremony at Houston’s City Hall. Amy Mena. A Voice. Amy is more than an immigration attorney. She is a voice for the immigrant community. She provides constant support and volunteers at our New Neighbor groups and Citizenship and Immigration Forums. She also co-hosts a radio program on KPFT 90.1 called “Coming to America,” where she answers immigration questions from listeners. Liz Adams. Volunteer. Liz is an advocate, leader and teacher. Not long after moving to Houston, Liz signed up to serve as a volunteer tutor with Literacy Advance. In just nine months, Liz has served 250 hours, led seven trainings and prepared more than 68 volunteer tutors to lead classes. She continues to inspire many to help increase literacy in Houston. 7

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Diane O’Brien. Leader. Diane, an associate director of Trees of Hope, plays a large role in fundraising for Star of Hope. She also co-leads a Girl Scout troop at Port Houston Elementary School and coaches beginning runners in her spare time. Diane works to make a difference in her professional and personal life. For Good. Samir Rahi. Founder. Samir knew the importance of a simple idea at a young age. Sure, he was just a seventh grader, but he didn’t let that stop him. He founded his own nonprofit, LiveSmart Initiatives, a youth-led effort to bring life-skills and new ideas to younger students. In just two years, that program has grown to impact more than 50 student participants working with 600 kids in the Fort Bend Independent School District.

This community art project has been on display at: Houston City Hall The Orange Show’s Art Car Parade Discovery Green University of Houston City Centre Urban Farmer’s Market

Neighborhood Centers is motivating Houstonians to get involved in their own neighborhoods through a traveling art installation — a series of interactive displays that repeatedly read, “____. For Good.” People are invited to make a commitment and write in the blank what they will do For Good. We all have the power to motivate others to join and improve their neighborhoods. By making a public commitment to the For Good Movement and sharing a photo on, you can inspire others to get involved and help make positive transformations.

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Investing in Human Capital Economic Opportunity We believe in the power of community — bringing people together to give each other the strength to move toward selfsufficiency and transform neighborhoods. Largely supported by private philanthropic investment, our community-based programs and services not only engage individuals in their community, they improve their overall quality of life. Through our community centers, we provide a continuum of services including free tax preparation, family health and education, immigration and citizenship services, financial assistance and programs for youth and seniors.

Community Centers: Ripley House Independence Heights Harbach-Ripley Baker-Ripley Cleveland- Ripley La Porte Leonel Castillo


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Nearly 400 stu fluent in Englidsents now h bring

$5.3 mil in earnings to families every their year.

Workforce Initiatives 11 career officedsfiin Houston helpe ll


total jobs since 2008. Our workforce development initiatives offer various job-training programs and create opportunities for our neighbors to connect with potential employers. We’ve seen a tremendous positive impact on individuals and communities as a whole. Residents are not only obtaining betterpaying jobs, they are also driving the local and regional economy.

Manuel’s Story

Tax Centers Volunteers pre pared


tax returns, up from the previo 17% us year.

For many families, our tax centers mean the difference between keeping hardearned income or losing that money forever. Our program exists to give the everyday, hardworking Houstonian a boost toward financial stability through tax refunds and savings from tax preparation fees.

the first things he had to do was learn to speak English. Manuel wasted no time in attending English as a Second Language classes at Neighborhood Centers. “Since enrolling, my English is improving every day. I am studying at a school where learning goes beyond words…My mind is opened to new possibilities for my life,” said Manuel.

The Leonel Castillo Community Center (left) will open in the historic Heights area and serve the community’s residents and families.

After graduating from law school, Manuel arrived to the United States from El Salvador seeking a better life for himself and his wife. He knew one of

After a class trip to a career office, Manuel received information about how he could continue his law career in the United States. Manuel soon began volunteering with our Immigration and Citizenship program where he is training to become a paralegal while helping others just like him.

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Immigration and Citizenship What is really happening in regard to immigration in this country? What should we do to address it? Our Immigration and Citizenship program is available to connect communities to the necessary resources that will clear a path to citizenship and create engagement opportunities to achieve full civic participation integration.

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Of the 226,000 young undocumented immigrants who are living in Texas, approximately 75,000 are from the Houston area. American DREAMers: The Journey from Shadow to Light, a new book by Neighborhood Centers, depicts the stories and challenges of these young adults who were brought to the United States as children. These DREAMers know no homeland other than America and want nothing more than the American Dream. A valuable resource of information, the book and its poignant stories will spark meaningful conversation about comprehensive immigration reform in America. 11 1

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Thailandia’s Story

Thailandia graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in English. With impressive credentials, she was offered a teaching position but had to decline it due to her immigration status. As an undocumented young adult, she continues to advance toward achieving her dream of becoming a teacher and making a difference in children’s lives. “When we lose our fear, we can do more for our community,” she said. And so she did. Thailandia became more active in helping others like her and founded her own tutoring business, Progresar Tutoring.

Education: A New Approach Neighborhood Centers provides a highperforming education system comprising three elementary charter schools, one middle school and a New Neighbor school that prepares children and their parents for a world of constant learning in a global community. We help our kids retain their love of learning by taking an alternative approach to education. Because our Promise Community Schools operate their

campuses within our neighborhood centers we integrate academics, health programs and social services all in one place. Now the entire family can prosper. The New Neighbor School at the BakerRipley Community Center offers an enriched program specifically for refugee students where they can accelerate their English language literacy and better acculturate to their new home.

Game Based Learning is coming to the Ripley House Middle School. This cuttingedge technique to learning will create an educational environment that is more interactive, collaborative and empowering. Students will use technology to build their creativity and critical thinking skills - keys to their success in the future.

Our three CommunityPsrcomise brought educa hools tion to

1,918 students.

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are for children prepth ugh kindergarten gro s. Head Start pro ram

Ozhny’s Story The road to college is a long one, but it’s never too early to start working toward that goal. As part of the curriculum, each grade level at Baker-Ripley visits a different local university once a year. Ozhny Agurcia, a fifth grade student at the BakerRipley charter school, visited Baylor University in the third grade. Now

she aspires to attend Baylor and become a pediatrician. “The school opens up a whole different world for these children,” said Fidel Maffuz, the school’s principal. “They see these colleges and universities, many for the first time, and they realize that they can go there, too.”

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seniors and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s.


egivers. seniors and car Sheltering Arms Senior Services, a division of Neighborhood Centers, is committed to the health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers so they may live safe and independent lives in their own homes. Our seniors have access to our Home Care, Day Center, Case Management and Telephone Reassurance programs — all of which contribute to their quality of life.

Ruby’s Story Our programs make a lasting impact on our seniors — like Ruby, whose ability to communicate had slipped away along with her sense of motivation well before her 60th birthday, due to dementia. Her daughter, Ally, was left wondering what to do for her mother, so she turned to Sheltering Arms. Now Ally is finally seeing her mother happy and smiling again.


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“The change I see in my mother is overwhelming — it’s a complete transformation and I can’t thank the staff enough,” she said. Ruby continues to enjoy the many craft projects and time in the kitchen when she visits the Day Center at least three times a week.

Making a Difference Through Engagement

Heart of Gold Celebration

Every year, Neighborhood Centers holds our largest annual event to honor community members who exemplify the compassion and commitment of our Agency’s founder. In 2013, Houston Mayor Annise Parker presented the Alice Graham Baker Crusader Award to not one, but two deserving community leaders. The recipients were Welcome Wilson, Sr. and Welcome Wilson, Jr., leaders in both Houston’s business and philanthropic communities.

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seniors and ch ildren.

TXU Energy Turkey Trot In 2012, nearly 14,000 trotters showed their support on Thanksgiving morning to help raise a record amount of funding for our seniors. The Turkey Trot not only draws awareness to the needs of Houston’s seniors and children, it brings families together for a healthy holiday tradition.

and Mayor Welcome Wilson Sr., Welcome Wilson Jr. Celebration. Annise Parker at the 2013 Heart of Gold

“The dollars raised at the TXU Energy Turkey Trot make a positive and important difference in the lives of our most precious neighbors,” said Jim Burke, Chairman and CEO of TXU Energy. Now celebrating the tenth year of partnership between TXU Energy and Sheltering Arms Senior Services, the Turkey Trot is poised to become the second largest footrace in Houston. Making a Difference Through Engagement


Get Inv

In 2012, volunteers donated more than


hours to bu vibrant communildities.

Our volunteers are the foundation for our continued success. We invite you to help carry out our mission. Share your time, talents and creativity. For Good. Contact to volunteer.


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Join Visionaries and help us continue our mission to bring resources, education and connection to our emerging neighborhoods and build vibrant communities.

24,145 hours of se rvice.

Houston’s New Storytellers

Making a Difference Visionaries share our belief in human potential and our vision of opportunity for all. Through their generous contributions, our Visionaries ensure we have the capacity to respond to the next challenge, the next family, the next neighborhood.

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“By joining together to help others and improve lives, we can all make a difference.” — Joni Baird, Houston Public and Government Affairs, Chevron

Our Young Neighbors professional group connects future leaders to Houston’s neighborhoods. Through their passion to serve the community, our Young Neighbors directly impact Houston in a new way. Young Neighbors allows up-and-coming professionals to have more access and greater connection to Houston and their efforts help our city remain a place of opportunity for all those working for a better life. Get Involved


Operating Results REVENUES


Community Based Initiatives Contributions & Special Events


Community Centers


Public Grants & Contracts


Financial Success Initiatives

United Way of Greater Houston


Family Health & Wellness


Youth Programs


Program Revenues

Subtotal Community Based Initiatives



Immigration & Citizenship


Neighborhood Tax Centers




Choices in Education U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Head Start/Early Head Start


Texas Education Agency


Charter School


Other Public Grants & Contracts


United Way of Greater Houston


Contributions & Special Events


Program Revenues Subtotal Choices In Education

Early Childhood Education USDA Food Program

862,953 1,306,569

290,275 33,525,807


Public Sector Solutions Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board Deep East Texas Workforce Development Board Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board Brazos Valley Workforce Development Board

131,315,202 12,354,188

Child Care Assistance Stay Connected - Disaster Recovery Assistance

151,954,027 89,210


Work Support Assistance



Financial Aid Operations



Veterans Assistance


East Texas Workforce Development Board


Energy Assistance

Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs


Career Centers


Public Grants, Energy Assistance




Other Public Grants & Contracts


HGAC - Career Centers Contributions Subtotal Public Sector Solutions


3,791,001 205,972 215,672,894


Sheltering Arms Senior Services United Way of Greater Houston


Contributions & Special Events


Adult Day Care


Program Revenues


Social Services



Care for Elders


Senior Centers


Public Grants & Contracts

Home Care Services

Health Promotion Volunteer Services Subtotal Sheltering Arms Senior Services


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605,868 83,162 $5,373,661


Our Leaders Board of Directors Officers David A. Chaumette, Chair Mike Ballases Melissa L. Edwards Nancy Wooldridge Mitchell Heather C. Simpson David Tobin, Ph.D. Members Debbie Adams R. Edwin Allday Joanne Baker Mitzi Bartlett Immanuel Capdeville, Sr. Sylvia Capetillo Jonathan Day D. Mark DeWalch Michael Dokupil Gwen Emmett Tommy Inglesby Bill Jayroe Ann Kennedy Margaret Kripke, Ph.D. Stan Marek Eric Marin Robert Miller Terrylin G. Neale Laura T. Pontikes David Powers R. Carleton Riser Shameka Reed Tom Sanders Don Turkleson Frazier Wilson, Ed.D

National Leadership Cabinet Nancy Andrews President and CEO, Low Income Investment Fund Secretary James A. Baker III Partner, Baker Botts LLP Susan G. Baker Community Volunteer Mike Ballases Retired Chair of JP Morgan Chase, Houston Region Richard Baron Co-Founder and CEO, McCormack Baron Salazar

John Hofmeister Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy Dr. Karen Otazo Hofmeister Executive Director, Citizens for Affordable Energy Bruce Katz Vice President and Founding Director, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program Marc Shapiro Retired Vice Chairman, JP Morgan Chase Margery Austin Turner Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, Urban Institute

J. Murry Bowden Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Hanover Company

Senior Executive Team

Henry Cisneros Chairman CityView

Angela Blanchard President and CEO

Jonathan Day Of Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP

Ray Chung Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Larry Faulkner Retired President, Houston Endowment Ira Goldstein, Ph.D. President, The Reinvestment Fund

Emelda Douglas Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Claudia Vasquez Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer

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Neighborhood Centers Yearbook 2012-2013  

As of 2013, Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to more than 404,010 people throughout Houston and the Texa...