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Fulshear Living January 2021


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Artist Nina Struthers enjoys illustrating local history.


Local nonprofit Attack Poverty looks forward to increasing its support of under-resourced communities in 2021.





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Cross Creek Ranch shows its support for local charities

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CHAIRMAN, EDITOR & PUBLISHER Clyde King cking@hartmannews.com ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin mgriffin@fbherald.com December 2020

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SALES Tommy Kuykendall honored for his commitment to the community

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In The Spotlight

Sarah Beth Baca, the volunteer coordinator at the Friends of North Richmond Community Center, is an artist who has used her talents for Attack Poverty. To date, she’s designed the mural at Friends of North Richmond, the recent annual report, and other communication pieces. Read more about Sarah Beth’s artworks on page 17.

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Attack Poverty CEO Brandon Baca alongside the Hope City The Baca family, from left, Asher, Eden, Brandon, Ruby, and church partners assisting in loading water that was being Sarah Beth. The family attends Bridge Church. transported to Louisiana in support of the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

Husband and wife Brandon and Sarah Beth Baca serving together at a Friends of North Richmond event. Both of them are Richmond natives, Houston Baptist University alumni and enjoy their work with Attack Poverty.

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EDUCATION | The most sought-out service in the education component is the You Can Academy. This academy provides a safe space for children to benefit from constructive educational activities supervised by a responsible, trained team of staff and volunteers focusing on homework help, character development, spiritual growth, enriching activities, a healthy snack, and mentoring relationships. SPIRITUAL | Through partnerships, Attack Poverty collaborates to provide a safe space for the community to gather, build relationships, serve, and learn more about Attack Poverty’s mission and programs. This effort has led to all Attack Poverty locations hosting monthly prayer walks. The nonprofit will participate in more prayer walks in 2021 and desires to “bring more churches into the fold as we see them as real catalysts for transformation in communities.” REVITALIZATION | Services offered in this program include home repairs, community revitalization projects, and training. Additionally, the Disaster Recovery team is committed to assisting residents affected by disasters and empowering them to lead their recovery. BASIC NEEDS | This component provides access to basic needs when a need cannot be addressed by the party alone, including response to needs following natural disasters. Community, support, counseling, and benevolence are featured in this component. The most sought-out service within this component is the food distribution where the goal is to provide families with short-term resources.

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In & Around Fulshear Cross Creek Ranch demonstrates support for local charities


omebuyers who moved into a new home in Cross Creek Ranch were also giving back to the community if they purchased during the Give Back — Move Forward promotion held last month. For every home purchased during the promotional period, Cross Creek Ranch donated $500 to one of five charities — Abigail’s Place, Family Hope, Fort Bend PAWS, Rainbow Room, and Texana Center. The buyer selected which charity receives the donation. “Being a good community partner has always been a focus, but now, it’s more important than ever to support these local charities because demand is high, but donations for many of them are slipping,” said Rob Bamford, General Manager of Cross Creek Ranch. “Each of these charities are Fort Bend local, so the donations we give will directly impact people in need right here.” Richmond-based Abigail’s Place serves single mothers facing episodic homelessness, providing emergency shelter, and helping clients toward self-sufficiency. The charity’s transitional housing includes on-site shelter units, rental assistance, short-term hotel stays, and security deposits. Family Hope specifically helps those in northern Fort Bend County with food and assistance with medical, rent, and utility

costs. Earlier this year, Cross Creek Ranch partnered with the charity to both collect non-perishable food items and distribute prepared meals, with people driving up to 30 minutes for the free take-out meals. Family Hope has reported a 700 percent increase in clientele since March. Fort Bend PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) raises funds and awareness for Fort Bend County Animal Services to help them maintain a high save rate as well as provide heartworm treatment and preventative and low-cost spay and neuter events. The Rainbow Room is a resource room stocked with new school supplies, clothes, toiletries, snacks, diapers, and other items that could meet the needs of families in crisis. Caseworkers can access the room 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the basic needs of children between the ages of newborn to 18. The Rainbow Room also holds a Back to School drive and a holiday drive to fulfill children’s wish lists. Texana Center provides behavioral healthcare and developmental disabilities services to a six-county region that includes Fort Bend County. It recently opened a Fulshear campus that includes the third location of the Children’s Center for Autism and a new program, the Center for Advancement. This new program will provide training for teens and young adults in a community college-like setting, offering an array of classes where they can learn social and employment skills, explore their strengths and prepare to lead productive lives. In addition to the monetary donations, Cross Creek Ranch accepted donated items for the five charities. For more information visit www.crosscreektexas.com/giveback.

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Last month Cross Creek Ranch launched its Give Back — Move Forward program benefitting five local charities. Earlier in 2020, the community partnered with one of the charities, Family Hope, to distribute food to those in need.

2021 Boots & Badge Gala Postponed


irst Responders from all around Fort Bend County risk their lives every day for citizens they’ve never met. Firefighters run into burning buildings, police officers chase armed robbers, and emergency medical technicians offer lifesaving breaths.

These first responders leave their families at home to do an often thankless job few would do. Every year Behind the Badge Charities awards college scholarships to the children of first responders working in Fort Bend County and emergency financial assistance to Fort Bend County’s first responders. The COVID19 pandemic brought difficult times for much of the nation and Fort Bend County’s first responders who are on the front lines. After countless discussions and internal deliberations, the Behind the Badge Charities board of directors has decided to postpone the 2021 Boots & Badges Gala “in the interest of public health for the hundreds of first responders and charitable citizens who attend each year.” Behind the Badge Charities will continue awarding scholarships and providing emergency financial assistance. “We look forward to welcoming you to our next fundraising event which will be announced on our website,” organizers said. Annually, Behind the Badge Charities provides up to 30 college scholarships valued at $2,000 each to deserving young men and women. Scholarship applications will become available soon and must be submitted by March 31, 2021. Eligible applicants can apply at www.behindthebadgecharities. org/scholarships Fort Bend County first responders needing emergency financial assistance can apply at www.behindthebadgecharities.org/first-

responder-assistance ABOUT BEHIND THE BADGE CHARITIES Founded on January 5, 2011, Behind the Badge Charities is a local organization whose Board of Directors volunteer to serve more than 2,500 First Responders in Fort Bend County,Texas.The mission of Behind the Badge Charities is to provide support and assistance to all first responders working in Fort Bend County through emergency assistance grants and college scholarships for their children. Behind the Badge Charities has provided over $500,000 in assistance and scholarships since 2011.

Fort Bend native develops ‘'MeowTalk’ app by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com


hat’s your cat trying to tell you when it meows five times in a row? A 1997 graduate of Terry High School may have the

answer. Javier Sanchez has helped develop an App called“MeowTalk,”which he says can decipher those loving — or bothersome — meows. Javier is a technical program manager at Akvelon, a business and tech solutions firm based in Bellevue, Wash., where he worked on the “Alexa” project. Javier, who earned a mathematics degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in technology, said his team of app

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“I always knew the app had great potential but the collar is truly exciting.The collar will allow many people to communicate with their pets, and that’s important, especially in a time of social distancing and stay-home orders,” he explained. “Being able to understand their cat will totally change how people spend their time at home.” With 90 million cat lovers in the U.S. alone, Javier expects the app and Photo courtesy of Javier Sanchez | Terry High School graduate Javier Photo by Scott Reese Willey | Jesus Sanchez shows a news collar to be an easy sell. Sanchez helped develop an app that allows cat owners to understand story about his son’s cat translation app called Naturally, there will be “MeowTalk." what their feline friends are saying. some programming for pet owners, he explained. designers is presently working on a collar that will allow people They will have to program the collar to understand what their to better understand their feline friends. cat is saying or asking for. “The app is exciting but even more important is the collar,” he “No two cats have the same vocabulary,” he said. “Some cats said.“Once the collar comes on the market we expect it to really don’t speak and others have a dozen words in their vocabulary.” take off. Just imagine your cat walking into the room and talking He said the collar will be programmed to help pet owners to you with a human voice.” decipher their cats’ comments to say words like “I’m hungry” or “I He said the cat translation app will be greatly appreciated by want to go out” or “I want to come in,”“I’m in pain” or “afraid.” those stuck in their homes by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“The app will generally tell people what their cat intents are, what mood they’re in, or their state of mind,” he said. He said the collar will eventually learn what an individual cat is attempting to express. “The collar will learn. It will update daily. And pet owners can help it learn.” Javier said he tried a prototype collar on his cat, which has about 7-8 word vocabulary. He said he got the idea after coming across research on feline vocabulary online and hearing news reports on PBS radio. He pitched the idea to his bosses at Akvelon, who agreed to allow him to lead an in-house team of app designers. While other app designers were working on customer-specific designs, Javier and his team contacted a Greek researcher living in Italy who had studied feline vocabulary. Javier and his team took the raw data and cassette tapes of cats meowing and spent an intensive 3-4 months designing the “MeowTalk” app. The work was hard-going. “We had to throw a lot of Hail Mary passes to get the app up and running,” he said. Dog lovers shouldn’t expect to see a similar app or collar anytime soon, Javier said. “The science isn’t there right now for a dog app,” he said.“Dogs simply don’t have the vocabulary range. They can bark but their barks sound the same no matter what they’re trying to communicate.” Javier’s parents are Jesus and Mary G. Sanchez of Rosenberg.



Mulch Is So Good For Our Gardens! by CHRIS TAYLOR | Fort Bend County Master Gardener


any of us get focused more on the part of our plants that are above ground than the roots. However, the parts of our plants above the soil will not thrive if the roots below are not well-treated. Mulching your garden beds and around your trees is the single most time-saving practice for gardeners. There are two types of mulch, organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include materials like leaves, shredded bark, pine needles, etc. Inorganic mulches include rocks and other non-plant materials. In this article, we will cover organic mulch. BENEFITS OF MULCHING Mulching your flowerbeds and around trees provides many benefits: • Organic mulch improves the soil as it decays and therefore provides nutrients for nearby plants. Soil organisms work the decomposing organic matter into the soil. • Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, which is particularly helpful in the hot summer months. • Mulch helps keep rain and irrigation water from washing away soil particles, especially on a slope. • Mulches also prevent raindrops from splashing on the soil surface and reducing the spread of diseases.


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• Mulch helps moderate the temperature of the subsoil both in the above) is to retain moisture in the mulch. But continuous moisture summer and winter. against the trunk of a tree can weaken the tree bark. • Mulch helps to inhibit the growth of weeds in flowerbeds. In turn, the weakened bark can then provide a pathway for insects • Mulch in your flowerbeds provides a more pleasing appearance and organisms to enter the trunk of the tree. So keep the mulch at least five inches away from the trunk. to your home. The mulch should look more like a donut.Also, the layer of mulch WHEN TO MULCH As mentioned above, there are disadvantages to leaving bare soil should be no higher than three inches.Tree roots are fairly shallow around your plants. and can start to grow above ground into the mulch if it’s too thick. For more information about mulching, check out these articles on There is never a bad time to apply mulch. Many gardeners prefer to apply mulch in the early spring. Another round of mulch in the fall the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service website: Landscape Mulch helps provide warmth to the plant roots when the cold weather and Earthkind and Mulching Around a Tree. Happy gardening! winds arrive. Be sure to make periodic applications of mulch and your plants will Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who have a much better chance to grow and thrive! assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the HOW TO MULCH community using research-based horticultural information. Apply a four-inch layer of organic mulch to your garden beds. Do not pile the mulch up against the stems of the plants. (Mulching around trees is different and is addressed below.) LAVA IS FOR VOLCANOES - NOT MULCH! We have all seen the conical towers surrounding trees in our neighborhoods.They are better known as “mulch volcanoes.” The volcanoes are formed by piling mulch against the trunk of the tree, sometimes more than a foot high and three feet in diameter. But mulching trees like this puts trees at risk. Photos courtesy of Take Care of Texas & Texas A&M Forest Service | At left, is an example of proper tree One of the benefits of mulch (as mentioned mulching. Note the visible ‘Flare’ at the base of the trunk. At right is an example of a mulch volcano.


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Arts & Entertainment Sarah Beth Baca releases a unique collection of half portraits

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ocal artist Sarah Beth Baca has released a collection of her works in “Full Image | Women of The Bible.”This full-color, hardcover book went on sale months ago,and anyone who ordered the coffee-tablesized book in late October will receive their books later this month. “Full Image” is Baca’s series of 30-plus paintings she completed over five years. Acrylic versions of two portraits were featured in

a gallery in Rosenberg, “but the complete series has never been shown,” Baca said. Baca’s paintings “Deborah” and “Eve” were on display in 2017 along with artwork by 10 other artists at the BR Vino. “Full Image,” Baca said, is her way to share the impact by many women in the Bible who “have been often overlooked or unseen.” A graduate of Houston Baptist University with a BA in Art and Marketing, Baca is also a volunteer coordinator at the Friends of North Richmond Community Center, a position that has influenced the themes in her works. Influenced by her studies in racial reconciliation, community development, gender equality, and theology, Baca often expresses themes of diversity, equality, renewal, unity, and empowerment in her paintings. Her works have appeared in several publications including Christians for Bible Equality’s Mutuality Magazine, Fuller Seminary’s leadership journal,A Seat at the Table,Voyage Houston, and The Fort Bend Herald. Baca said she wrote “Full Image | Women of The Bible” in a straightforward manner, with light commentary and a description of the details within each piece. “As a girl growing up in the church, I didn’t hear a lot about the women in scripture,” Baca said. “As I studied and learned their stories, I painted a half portrait of each woman, including symbols and elements of their history and culture.” The book is available for sale at www.sarahbethart.com.

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Annual Spelling Bee raises nearly $20K


Terry Jude Miller ‘writes to survive’


ovember 12 of last year was a successful evening for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s 11th Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union. The event was cochaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody and held in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at Quail Valley City Center. The event raised close to $20,000 to support the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Mayor Zimmerman, this year’s emcee, welcomed in-person guests and an audience of over 600 guests who watched the BEE virtually. Lee Ivey, Jr., tutor served as the judge. Kathe Eggert, a GED tutor served as the Bee Pronouncer. Bee a Word Sponsors included A-B-Cs of Literacy Letter Sponsors, Spectator Bees, and Auction Buyers. Supporters included Anonymous Friend of Literacy, Rob & Emily Calbert, CenterPoint Energy, Costello, Inc., Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Houston Federal Credit Union, HR in Alignment, Angela Parker, Roberta K. Randall Charitable Trust, Tallas Insurance, and RVOS Farm Mutual Insurance. Three teams competed to win a spot in the coveted Honey Hall of Fame and a bee trophy– all in honor of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Richmond Buzz, “the Best Spellers in Fort Bend County Law Enforcement” sponsored by Roberta K, Randall Charitable Trust were the winners of the 2020 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee This is the third win for Richmond Buzz. Johnny Bravo Entertainment took the 2020 Spelling Bee event virtual while hosting the Richmond Buzz team who spelled in person and two teams from CenterPoint Energy who spelled virtually. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County thanked the cochairs, the committee, and “the many wonderful volunteers who helped make the 2020 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee a success.” Our mission is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. The Literacy Council’s programs are available to any adult, age 18 and older, who has the desire to improve their station in life. For more information, please visit ftbendliteracy.org or contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181.

ooking back over what can easily be called a trying year, Fort Bend poet Terry Jude Miller found a silver lining in the harsh experience — in 2020, Miller won more than a dozen poetry awards. Saying he “writes to survive,” Miller encourages people to read and write poetry “during this stressful time of a world pandemic.” Miller began writing poetry in 2009 to deal with his mother’s terminal illness. TERRY MILLER 2020 AWARDS • Alabama State Poetry Society: Long Poem Award • Poets Roundtable of Arkansas:Two Rivers’ Poets Award, L.C. and Pat Bridges Award, Frank Moran Memorial Award (second place) • National Federation of State Poetry Societies: San Antonio Poets Association Award, Poetry Society of Indiana Award (second place) • Poetry Society of Michigan: Nature Award • Poetry Society of Texas: Mary Elizabeth Martin Memorial Award, Inez Grimes Award, Pauline Durrett Robertson Memorial Award, JESS Memorial Award, Speculative Poetry Prize, Jo Ellen and Dorothy Marie Memorial Award (second place), Benjamin David Bailey Memorial Award (second place) • His poem, “Mardi Gras – Texas Style” was published in the 2020 Texas Poetry Calendar To learn more about Terry Jude Miller visit terryjudemiller.com.

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he Adult Services Department at Fort Bend County Libraries will have three virtual game-day activities for adults in January. These virtual events will be online; they will not be in person. “New Year’s Digital Escape Room” on Monday, Jan. 4 (all day) Time-traveling adventurers will be whisked through different historical eras and must use their knowledge of history and their research skills to solve puzzles and answer questions. Only by completing the quest will they return to the present time. This online activity can be accessed through FBCL’s website on the day of the event; registration is not required. “Virtual Board-Game Day: Codenames” on Tuesday, Jan. 5 (3 p.m.) Codenames is a two-team word game in which team members must correctly guess all of their team’s code words based on hints provided by the team’s spymaster. This event will be livestreamed via Zoom/WebEx; registration is required. “Among Us” Online Game Hour on Saturday, Jan. 30 (11 a.m.) Adults who enjoy the challenge, excitement, and competition of playing the popular online social-deduction game “Among Us” are invited to join in this virtual event. Crewmates on a spaceship must complete tasks and try to identify the alien Imposters before it’s too late. This event will be livestreamed via Zoom/ WebEx; registration is required. These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for two of the programs; a link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the programs. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Deadline nears for “Bridging Differences” photo contest


ort Bend County Libraries (FBCL), in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Diversity Initiative, is seeking entries for its “Bridging Differences” Photography Contest. Amateur photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County that demonstrate anti-racism and coming together as a community. To be eligible for competition, contestants must submit a digital copy of their photograph by Jan. 11. Entries should be submitted through an online form on the FBCL website. Prizes will be awarded for 1st-place ($200 gift card), 2nd-place ($150 gift card), and 3rd-place ($100 gift card). Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 1. Photos will be displayed in a virtual gallery on FBCL’s website throughout the month of February. Winning photographs will be determined by a panel of judges, who will make their determinations based on the following

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criteria: relationship to contest theme, composition, focus, lighting, emotional impact, and creativity.Photographs will be anonymous until after the judging is complete. All entries must be original, unpublished, and the work of the person submitting it. Only one photo may be entered per person. The photo can be in color or black-and-white and should be submitted as a high-resolution (1 MB or higher) .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, . png, .eps, .tif, or .pdf. Digital manipulations of the photos should be limited to: cropping, re-sizing, red-eye reduction, and reasonable adjustments to color and contrast. FBCL reserves the right to print or display any entry to this contest for an indefinite period of time. Entries will be exhibited online for the general public to see, so they should be appropriate for all ages to view. The photographer is responsible for obtaining verbal or written release for public use of the photo from all identifiable individuals in the photograph submitted; the photographer accepts all liability from the use of a photo where this release has not been obtained. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Professional photographers, who earn a living by selling their photographs, are not eligible to participate. There is no fee for entering the contest. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734) or email Christina.Tam@fortbend.lib.tx.us.

Online activities provide support for new writers


ort Bend County Libraries will host online programs in January that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists. The Missouri City Branch Library will host an online Short Stories Writer’s Challenge during the month of January. A story prompt and activity guidelines will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on Monday, January 4. Writers are encouraged to create a story from the prompt, and submit it to mcpublic@fortbend.lib.tx.us before the deadline on Jan. 31. One of the stories will be selected to be featured on the Missouri City Branch Library Facebook page in early February. The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet virtually on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 3 pm. The topic for January is “Revision.” From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work. This activity will be livestreamed via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the live-streamed Zoom/WebEx event only; a link to the Zoom/WebEx session will be emailed to participants who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend. lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomed board- Meeting of Internal Medicine from the Guatemalan Society of certified gastroenterologist Franz Schneider, M.D., who Internal Medicine, and a listing for Houston Top Docs in H Texas began seeing patients two Magazine. “Being a good gastroenterologist, in my months ago. opinion, consists of being a physician S ch n e i d e r i s j o i n i n g H o u s t o n and listener first, and then deciding with Methodist Gastroenterology Associates, the patient’s input what is needed to located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 335 on the Houston Methodist arrive at the right diagnosis and therapy. I strive to provide personable and Sugar Land campus. compassionate care to all my patients,” Schneider earned his medical degree said Schneider.“Houston Methodist Sugar at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Land has a strong reputation for Guatemala. He completed his internal leadership and quality care in Fort Bend, medicine residency at New Britain and I’m thrilled to be joining Houston General Hospital – University of Connecticut and served as a chief Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at Sugar Land.” medical resident for the primary care To schedule an appointment with program at the University of Connecticut. Schneider visit houstonmethodist.org/ Schneider also completed three spg or call Houston Methodist fellowships at Baylor College of Gastroenterology Associates at 281-801M e d i c i n e , i n cl u d i n g h e p a t o l o g y, 9303. gastroenterology, and therapeutic Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland endoscopy. to learn more about Houston Methodist Schneider has received several awards, Sugar Land Hospital. including a Medal of the National Dr. Franz Schneider



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Ali Sawal, D.O. joins Houston Methodist Primary Care Group


ouston Methodist Primar y Care Group welcomed A l i S a w a l , D. O. i n November. Sawal joins Asisat Ope, M.D., at the Brooks Street practice in Sugar Land. S aw a l i s a fa m i ly p hy s i c i a n p r o v i d i n g preventive, chronic, and acute care to all his patients. His clinical expertise includes health screenings, men’s health, complete physicals as Ali Sawal, D.O. well as musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Sawal received his medical degree from The College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, then completed his family medicine residency at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Round Rock,Texas. “I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve their health goals through empathy, partnership, and open communication,” Sawal said. “I enjoy providing care to people of all ages and backgrounds.” Houston Methodist Primary Care Group at Brooks Street is located at 1201 Brooks St., Suite 100, Sugar Land,TX 77478. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali Sawal, or to find a Houston Methodist Primary Care physician in the Fort Bend County area, visit houstonmethodist.org/pcg/southwest or call 281-930-6639.


OakBend Medical Center employee giving campaign surpasses $100K goal


or the past three years, OakBend Medical Center employees have donated to the Seeds of Generosity employee campaign, raising more than $396,000. The 2020 year was the most successful to date, with employee giving exceeded $101,000. This year, 345 employees donated to the campaign, surpassing the $100,000 goal. “Being the ‘new guy’ in town, I can’t convey how impressed I have been with the family mentality at OakBend,” wrote Development Director Schell Hammel in an email to the staff. “You should all be so very proud of yourselves. Regardless of where you chose for your money to go, you made a difference in someone’s life this year, or many lives. “That should not go without notice.” This year’s funds will be split between the purchase of Wo r k s t a t i o n s o n Wheels (WOWs) that allow nurses to go from one room to the next with all of the patient’s pertinent information, and the OakBend Branches program, which will help fund care for the underserved children in the area. Joe Freudenberg, CEO of OakBend Medical Dr. Kyle D. McCrea and Dr. Victoria Vo Center


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