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Hope For Three continues providing beacon of hope An unfortunate reality today is that not everyone with disabilities or struggles always has access to the assistance they need. But that is exactly where Fort Bend-based Hope For Three enters the fray. Hope For Three is a nonprofit in Fort Bend County focusing exclusively on providing fundraising, assistance and resources to families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And I have to tell you – I can see why they have stuck around and continue to be a trusted resource for Fort Bend County families. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2021. I have worked down here in Fort Bend for the better part of about two-and-a-half years now, interacting with CEO Darla Farmer on countless occasions in attempts to get the organization’s message and goals out to a wider audience so kids and families have the resources they need to get the assistance they deserve. And I cannot

remember many, if any, person I have met or spoken with who is more genuine about their goals than Farmer and Hope For Three. There is a belief I have that I can tell when somebody is trying to sell me something despite hardly believing a word of the pitch themselves – but it is the exact opposite with Farmer and anyone that I have had the pleasure of speaking with since I made my way down to Fort Bend County more than two years ago. I’ve seen an event or two in person, and seen and heard countless stories of how the organization has provided help and created hope for the families of Fort Bend County. So I am sold on their mission, which has been going strong for 10 years and does not appear to be looking back. Inside today’s Business Journal, you’ll read the story of Hope For Three, as well as a few anecdotes from families who have benefitted from their assistance and resources over the years. Give it a read to see all that they have to offer.

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Houston-based real estate firm opens office in Sugar Land By Landan Kuhlmann Residential home buyers and sellers have another option for real estate agents to help them with the process. According to an Oct. 1 Facebook post from the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Nan and Company Properties held a ribbon cutting to ceremonially open their doors to the Fort Bend County community at Three Sugar Creek Center, Suite 145 in Sugar Land. Founded in 2014, Nan and Company is an offshoot of Christie’s International Real Estate, according to its website, and works with Houston-area residential buyers and sellers as well as international clientele. This will be the fourth location for the Houston-based real estate company, with the Sugar Land location joining

Members of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and Nan and Company are shown during the office’s ribbon cutting Oct. 1. (Photo from Facebook) offices at 10327 FM 3005 in Galveston, 2200 Post Oak Blvd. near downtown and 725 Yale St. in the Houston Heights. According to its website, Nan and Company will “master the fundamentals of real estate in a fun and unique way”


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Shake Shack beginning construction next year for Sugar Land location By Landan Kuhlmann The ever-expanding food scene in Fort Bend County is adding yet another notable player beginning next year. According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, New York-based Shake Shack is opening its 21st Houston-area location in Sugar Land Town Center at 2515 Town Center Blvd. N. next September. It will be the restaurant’s first Fort Bend County location, and its seventh location in the Greater Houston Region. According to the TDLR filing, construction on the nearly 5,000-square foot restaurant is set to begin next April, and the $1.4 million project is slated for completion by September of 2022. Shake Shack offers burgers, flat-top hot dogs, chicken bites and a chicken sandwich as well as crinkle cut fries, cheese fries, and bacon cheese fries, according to its website. Patrons will also have their choice of several different shakes, floats, and frozen

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FOCUS The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as Giving Tuesday, when people are encouraged to donate to charitable organizations. If you’d like to take part in this special day, you’ll want to maximize the effectiveness and benefits of your charitable gifts. So, consider these questions: • Is the charity reputable? Does it use its resources wisely? Most charitable organizations are honest and dedicated to helping their specific causes. But sometimes there are a few “bad apples” in the bunch. These groups aren’t necessarily fraudulent (though some are), but they may spend an inordinate amount of their donations on administrative expenses, rather than directing this money to where it’s most needed. Fortunately, you don’t have to guess about the trustworthiness or the efficiency of a particular group, because you can check on it. To make sure that a charity is an actual charity – one that is tax-exempt and listed as a 501(c)(3) organization – you can go to, the website of the Internal Revenue Service, and hit the “Charities & Nonprofits” link. An organization called Charity Navigator (www. tracks charitable groups’ financial health and accountability, including how much is spent on administrative and fundraising costs. Generally speaking, a charitable group that dedicates more than about 30% to 35% of its total costs to administration and fundraising expenses might be considered somewhat inefficient, though you’d want to evaluate each charity


Maximize your charitable giving individually, since extenuating circumstances can occur. Keep in mind, though, that smaller charities may not have the same resources as a national organization to provide the reporting necessary for Charity Navigator. • Will my employer match my contribution? You can make your charitable gift go a lot further if your employer matches it. Typically, companies match donations at a 1:1 ratio, but some will match at 2:1 or even higher. Check with your human resources department about your company’s policy on charitable matches. • Are my charitable gifts tax deductible? A few years ago, Congress significantly raised the standard deduction, which, for the 2021 tax year, is now $12,550 for single taxpayers, $25,100 for joint filers and $18,800 for heads of household. As a result of this increase, many people no longer itemize and thus have less financial incentive to make charitable contributions. If you still do itemize and you’re thinking of making charitable gifts, you

generally have a choice between giving cash and another asset such as stocks. Each type of gift could earn you a tax deduction, but a gift of appreciated stocks could be more beneficial because you may also be avoiding the capital gains tax you might incur if you eventually sold the stocks. You should consult with your tax advisor and the charity (not all accept investments) before making the cashversus-stock decision. Even if you don’t itemize, you could still get a tax benefit from making a charitable contribution. That’s because Congress has extended part of the COVID19-related legislation that allows taxpayers to claim charitable deductions of $300 (for single filers) or $600 (for married couples) if they claim the standard deduction. The charitable donations must be made in cash, not stocks. Giving Tuesday comes just once a year, but your gifts can have lasting benefits. So, be as generous as you can afford – and enjoy the good feelings that follow.

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Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness opens Stafford location By Landan Kuhlmann There is a new option in Stafford for those seeking physical rehabilitation and wellness practices, and it is coming from the founders of a locally-based group of businesses. On Oct. 7, Sugar Land-based Sterling Physical Therapy and Wellness opened its newest location in Stafford at 12603 Southwest Fwy. The company, which also has facilities in Sugar Land, Southwest Houston, Katy and Bellaire, specializes in physical therapy for those grappling with increased pain, decreased mobility and declining function. Founded by Missouri City natives and Willowridge High School graduates (and brothers) Stephen and Sterling Carter in 2009, Sterling Physical Therapy and Wellness also offers neck and back pain management, postoperative rehab, work or auto-related injury

Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness, whose local team is shown above, recently opened a location in Stafford. (Contributed photo) management, chronic pain management, and sports injury management, according to its website. Sterling Carter has been a licensed physician for more than two decades, and

Stephen is a businessman with a master’s degree of business administration in finance and background in oil and gas. The pair is also behind Fort Bend County companies such as Sterling Staffing Solutions, White Orchid Hospice Care, and MyMedCred. For more information on Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness and what it can offer Stafford residents, community members can visit its website at https://www.

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Costco Business Center opens in Grid By Landan Kuhlmann The anchor tenant in Stafford’s Grid development has opened its doors to the Fort Bend County community. Costco Business Center at The Grid opened on Oct. 20 at 12717 Network Dr., according to a Facebook post from the company. An April press release from StreetLevel Investments announcing the location said the new space from Costco Wholesale Corporation is on approximately 13 acres and has approximately 148,000 square feet of retail space at the corner of Highway 59 and Kirkwood Road. “This is a great addition for our residents and will wonderfully complement our growing businesses,” Stafford Mayor Cecil Willis said in April. “This is just another opportunity that is helping The Grid to redefine the future of Stafford.” The Grid is Costco’s first Houston-area location for its Business Center concept, of which there are 21 throughout the country. It will be just the second location in Texas, now

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Ruthie’s Tex-Mex moves to new location in Sugar Land By Landan Kuhlmann A Sugar Land-area Tex-Mex staple opened the doors for business to its new Fort Bend County location early last month. Ruthie’s Tex-Mex opened the doors with a ribbon cutting at its new location at 16687 W. Airport Blvd. in Sugar Land on Oct. 6, according to a Facebook post from the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce. The new location has nearly double the floor space, a 1,600-square foot patio and a larger 26-seat bar among other amenities, according to the restaurant’s website. Among the Tex-Mex offerings at the restaurant are Pico de Gallo with cheese and sour cream, fajitas, tacos and nachos along with desserts such as sopapillas, fried ice cream and Mexican-style custard, according to its website. Ruthie’s newest location is open Sunday

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for the Fort Bend Business Journal Hope For Three is still going strong in serving as a Beacon of Hope for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ten years after its inception. They have no plans to stop anytime soon, and their story is just beginning. Hope For Three provides resources and support exclusively to families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through fundraising and creates awareness through various types of community awareness and programs. H43 hosts numerous smaller events and six large-scale community outreach efforts and fundraising events such as the Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, Teen Huddle Car Wash for Kids, 1K/3K/5K Walk, Run, Stroll, or Roll, and Golf Fore Autism, There is also the “Strike Out” Autism Family Fun Day at Constellation Field. All 18 Fort Bend County mayors, 400 volunteers, and the Sugar Land Skeeters host over 450 family members from the autism community to a day of baseball, awareness, and inclusive opportunities. Mom’s Mingle hosts 100 moms hosted to a night of fun, relaxation, and friendship. Spring Fling is a partnership with defensive lineman Angelo Blackson to hold a family fun affair with sporting activities and football throws and drills with the Chicago Bears football player. These are just a few of the many inclusive events and efforts Hope For Three lends to the autism community. How it started The organization was founded in 2011 after the Montgomery family of Richmond had triplets Londyn, Lakin, and Lauren, all diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The triplets were born healthy and strong, and all three girls thrived as babies. But around two years of age, their parents noticed some changes. Lakin exhibited delayed reactions, lack of eye contact, repetitive behavior, disassociation,


What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? To understand what Hope For Three does, one must understand what ASD is. According to the organization, ASD is “a neurological disorder that results in impaired social interaction and communication skills and restricted and repetitive behavior.” Hope For Three said, “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent report from last March indicated that one out of every 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with ASD, making it the leading and fastestgrowing developmental disability in the country.” In April 2018, the CDC reported that 1 out of 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls are diagnosed with autism; a child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. According to the study, the prevalence of autism has increased nearly 300 percent over the last 12 years.

Pictured is the Montoya family, from left, Natalia, Nelda, Santiago and Allen (standing). (Contributed photo) and her verbal communication rapidly ceased. Shortly after that, Londyn and Lauren showed the same characteristics. These are all characteristics falling under the umbrella of ASD or autism, and by age four, the triplets were diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Today, Londyn, Lakin, and Lauren Montgomery are 15 years old. The expense of raising not one but three children on the autism spectrum is a financial burden the Montgomery family struggles with daily. Hope For Three said, “The lifetime cost to care for one individual with autism can be up to $2.4 million.” “The lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism times three is unimaginable, yet this is where we are,” said the triplet’s mother, Hope Montgomery. Hope For Three (named after the organization’s inspiration, Hope and her three girls) helped the Montgomery triplets and plan to continue doing

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Autism Advocates In Fort Bend’s public school system, Hope For Three reports, “Over 5,000 children enrolled are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The lifetime cost to care for one individual with autism is estimated to extend up to $2.4 million – and right there is where Hope For Three makes a difference. Hope For Three’s Family Assistance and Resource Support (FARS) programs provide aid for autism-related expenses to children who may be uninsured or underserved. Funding is paid directly to an approved service provider, treatment facility, or vendor, never to a parent/ caregiver. “Hope For Three is one of the only nonprofits in Fort Bend to focus exclusively on autism,” said CEO Darla Farmer, and “the only nonprofit in the county to provide ongoing financial assistance year-round. The goal with Hope For Three’s financial component is to bridge the gap between providers and families, so we can connect children to the care and support they need at the earliest stage of life possible,” continued Farmer.

A few examples of the help and hope the organization provides. Providing Help Vanesia Johnson’s son, Christian Clinton, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, now called ASD, at age 14. At ten years old, he learned about Lasik surgery but did not qualify for evaluation until he was an adult. “Christian has only had one unwavering goal since he was 10, and that was to get Lasik surgery. He desperately wanted never to have to wear glasses again,” mother Vanessa said. Christian, now 19, and his mother feared his vision would be deemed too impaired for surgery once he came of age. Even after the clinic informed the family Christian’s case was the second-worst case they had seen, he became eligible for the procedure. “Christian glided out of that exam room as if his feet never hit the ground once the doctors told him they could correct his vision to 20/20,” said Vanessa. “It’s the only goal he has ever had for himself that required no inspiration, motivation, or accountability from anyone.” However, paying for the life-changing surgery was now a new challenge. So, she approached Hope For Three with the need, fearful of how much the ask was. And the organization stepped in without a second thought. “I was wrong about all of my negative thoughts,” Vanessa said. “I’m so glad I did not allow my ignorance and fears to get the best of me. My son’s longstanding hope of 20/20 vision is fully realized because of their services. I am a believer that Hope For Three delivers on its promise to our community.” Creating Hope Robin Hines’ grandson, Jourdin Smith, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. “He was perfect, and then one day, he completely shut down,” said Robin. Jordan and Robin were introduced to Hope For Three when they attended classes at Texana Center in Fort Bend. “Hope For Three was and still is a blessing adding activities and support for kids who, because of being on the spectrum, did not have a typical outside association,” Robin said. “Hope For Three has sponsored family nights, events, parades, and more to help Jourdin and others as they navigate in this world living with autism. It has put him in social situations that have allowed him to have some sense of normalcy in his life.” At 16, the organization said that Jourdin is thriving every day through his challenges living on the spectrum. They said he does very well in school, is an excellent reader, and loves his tablet. “Every family with a child living with autism needs a Hope For Three in their lives,” Robin said. “They are truly a Godsend.”

Santiago Montoya In less than two months, Santi can blow kisses, draw with markers, sing songs, and say “cheers” before he takes a drink. To most, this may be common for a two-year-old, but to a family with a child on the autism spectrum, these are monumental feats and significant accomplishments. Santiago, “Santi,” lives with his mom, Dada, “Bubba (Alessandro),” and “Sissy (Natalia)” live in Richmond. Santi is two years old and loves horses, drawing with markers, and blowing kisses. Attending Fasttrack ABA Center in Richmond, Santi’s progress is remarkable, according to his teacher. “I believe one of the main reasons for Santi’s rapid progress is his parent’s commitment to hands-on parent coaching and implementing strategies at home,” said Samantha Kathy, M.A., BCBA, LBA. The parents, Nelda and Allen, attend parent training one-hour each week at the Center. “They are fully engaged and serve as their son’s advocate, advisor, and teacher. Before Santi received therapy, he could not sit for an extended period; he did not know how to initiate imitation play or play with toys. We are all so proud of his remarkable progress and know Santi will continue to thrive with autism,” Kathy said. The families mentioned above are just a few examples of how Hope For Three has provided help and created hope for children on the autism spectrum and their families since its inception ten years ago. The nonprofit bridges the gap between families and providers, offers resources and referrals, holds family fun events, hosts gatherings for parents/caregivers, and creates awareness through outreach, education, and events.


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Since 2011, Hope For Three Autism Advocates has achieved significant milestones in Fort Bend, including: • Impacting more than 16,600 students, counselors, nurses, and educations through their programs, such as Teen Huddle and It’s Cool To Care. • A collaborative effort with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, Hope For Three has trained more than 2,200 members of law enforcement on the characteristics of autism and engagement strategies. • In partnership with the Sugar Land Skeeters, County Judge George, and all 18 City Mayors, Hope For Three hosts “Strike Out” Autism. This family-fun event brings over 450 family members impacted by autism together during Opening Weekend at Constellation Field. • Hope For Three has provided help and created hope for more than 6,000 family members in the autism community and awarded over $1,250,000 in financial assistance to children who might otherwise go without life-changing interventions or therapies due to inflated cost or accessibility. To learn more about Hope For Three’s programs, events or efforts, visit




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Dutch Bros coffee coming to Missouri City By Landan Kuhlmann Coffee lovers in Fort Bend County will have a highly-touted option opening in the area sometime next year. According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, Oregon-based Dutch Bros Coffee is set to begin construction on a 950 square-foot Missouri City location at 10250 Highway 6 S. in March of next year. Construction on the $350,000 project is currently slated for completion in late September of 2022, per the TDLR. It will be the first location to open in Fort Bend County and fourth location in

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the Greater Houston area, joining open stores at 8617 Spring Cypress Rd., 19366 Interstate 45, and 5258 FM 2920. According to its website, Dutch Bros offers a wide variety of Dutch cocoa, soda, and more along with chai tea, smoothies, lemonades, and typical staples such as the Americano. To pair with their coffee, patrons will also have snack options such as a granola bar as well as orange cranberry, lemon poppyseed, and chocolate chip muffin tops. For more information on Dutch Bros and their offerings, community members can go to their website at dutchbros. com.


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CBD American Shaman opens Richmond store By Landan Kuhlmann An ever-growing trend that made its way to Fort Bend County years ago has another store entering the market. The Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of CBD American Shaman’s Richmond store at 7035 W. Grand Pkwy. S., Suite 45 on Oct. 22. It is the fifth CBD American Shaman location in Fort Bend County, joining existing stores in Sugar Land (403 Hwy. 6 South), Rosenberg (2406 B.F. Terry Blvd.), Houston (9203 Hwy. 6 South) and Katy (24811 Katy Fwy., Suite 400). CBD oil can enhance a person’s ability to maintain balance and manage

CBD American Shaman recently opened a Richmond location, which will offer various CBD-infused products. (Photos from Facebook) occasional stress in their body, the

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SERVICE DIRECTORY A/C AND HEATING TAURUS MECHANICAL,INC Cell (832) 731-5256 Taurus Mechanical, Inc. is a locally-owned business and has been serving customers in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, and Katy in the state of Texas for the last 33 years since 1986. We provide residential services. We provide Quality and Integrity in our service.

ADOPTIONS AND COUNSELING RAINBOW OF LOVE 281 438-6588 Rainbow of Love is a Social Services non-profit that specializes in Adoption, Counseling and Parenting Classes. The agency was founded in Fort Bend County in 2003 and continues to have a Fort Bend office in Missouri City. The Adoption program works with families and expectant parents from all over Texas and most states of the United States. The Counseling, Parenting Classes, Case Management and Charity programs focus on local Fort Bend and Harris County communities.

ADVERTISING Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER newspaper. Fort Bend Business Journal 281-690-4200 The Fort Bend Business Journal is a monthly magazine that focuses on the business community of Fort Bend County. It is home delivered to 10,500 homes in Sugar Land and Missouri City , 500 copies to businesses in Fort Bend, and online for readers at no charge. The Business Journal features news stories about businesses, people, and events of importance to the local business community.

ALTERATIONS & TAILORING LIZ’S TAILOR and ALTERATIONS 281-242-3193 3626 Highway 6 South (In the Luby’s/Big Lots Shopping Center) Sugar Land, TX 77478

Our Alterations Service for Ladies and Gentlemen include: Full resizing of your dress or prom to make a perfect fit; hem pants & jeans, taper in and out; shorten jacket sleeves and zipper changes. We fix your clothes at affordable prices. We offer professional tailoring. We will make your clothes from a catalog or pattern. For one-day or immediate service, please call Liz at 281-242-3193. We offer free estimates or visit us at or email us at

AUTO REPAIR / MAINTENANCE Charlton’s Auto Body Repair and Vehicle Detailing 281-499-1126 Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th Street, Stafford, Texas 77477,, Fax: 281-4991694, Complete collision repair. Frame & Unibody straightened. Expert computer color matching. Custom painting & pin stripping. Honest service. 79 Years Strong and 3 Generations Proud!

CHIROPRACTOR Sugar Land Health Center 281-980-1050 3425 Hwy 6, Suite 101 Sugar Land,, TX 77478

GARAGE DOOR SERVICE Alliance Garage Doors 832-768-1897 Alliance Garage Doors has been locally owned and operated for the past 25 years in the Sugar Land/Missouri City/Richmond/ Rosenberg/Katy area. We install, repair, and sell all makes and models of garage doors and openers and provide free estimates on request. For all your garage door needs, please feel free to give us a call!

INSURANCE AGENCIES Goosehead Insurance 281-643-0996 andrew-haley-insurance “Goosehead Insurance brings years of experience and expertise in serving your Auto, Home, Life & Commercial Insurance needs. As your Risk Management Advisor, Andrew Haley understands the value of safeguarding what matters most to you and will work on your behalf to bring you the best insurance options based on your The Fort Bend Business Journal H November 2021

individual needs. You will be met with unmatched customer service, integrity and expediency.” Tracy Walker Agent ChFC, CLU, CASL, CPCU

15510 Lexington Blvd., Ste. P Sugar Land, Texas 77478-4173 Bus. 281-265-0711 Toll 888-850-8491 Fax 281-466-4260 Cell 281-380-7786 JEWELERS Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 We Buy Gold We are a full-service jewelry store in your neighborhood. We offer diamonds, gold and silver jewelry and watches. Repairs are done on our premises. Custom design is our specialty. We offer front door parking for your convenience. Our hours are M-F from 10:00-6:00 pm and again on Sat from 10:00-4:00 pm. We are located at 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, 77406. Come see our fabulous inventory!

MACHINE TOOLS Schofield Company 281-217-4799 The Schofield Company, has been in business since 1980, in Fort Bend County, specializing in American Made Machine Tools. Primary products are Wellsaw metal cutting bandsaws, made in the Kalamazoo, Michigan since 1926. Also McEnglevan, (Mifco), melting furnaces made in Danville, Illinois, for melting non-ferrous metals such as Brass, Bronze, Aluminum, Gold, and Silver. Used primarily in college art departments to make sculptures from wax art work. Contact Mike Schofield for further details.

NETWORKING Fort Bend Chapter - BNI Fort Bend Business Network International, the oldest networking chapter in the Fort Bend Chapter - BNI network, is a group of like-minded business owners who meet to network every Thursday morning at 7 am on Zoom meeting. Membership is limited to one professional per category. However, the organization does have some open categories and is looking for entrepreneurs who want to connect with a great group of people and grow their business! For CONTINUES


information on how to come visit, please email The Oyster Creek Rotary Club This local club has been a member of Rotary International since 1979 and is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving the Missouri City and Stafford communities. The club’s mission is to promote world peace, eradicate polio and to support various organizations within our servicing area, through our annual fund raiser. Our volunteers come from many walks of life in the business world. We welcome your visit the first Friday of every month, 12 p.m. at the City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta Dr. Missouri City, TX. 77459.

OPTOMETRIST My Eye Dr. 6026 Hwy 6 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-499-2600

PEST CONTROL Integrated Pest Management, Inc. 281-341-1761 1118​E. Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406

PHARMACIES Ed’s Pharmacy 281-499-4555 Ed Sziy, 3740 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 281-499-7088.

PHYSICIANS The Immunization Clinic Be wise, test and, immunize 281-313-7468 office 281-313-7470 fax 3727 Greenbriar Dr. #403 Stafford, TX 77477 CDC certified Yellow fever provider of domestic and travel vaccines, Flu vaccines, TB skin tests, Drug testing and titer testing for adults and children for college, work, travel, immigration, pre-employment and post-accident testing. Open for appts M-F and 2 Saturdays a month.You can come to our site TB skin tests, Drug testing and titer testing for adults and children for college, work, travel, immigration, pre-employment and post-accident testing. Open for appts M-F and 2 Saturdays a month.You can come to our site or we come to you for mobile testing and administration of


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PREGNANCY RESOURCES Pregnancy Resource Medical Center 281-232-2375 The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center is a nonprofit that helps women by offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, peer consultations, classes and parenting resources. We are looking for volunteers, financial partners and church liaisons to help us reach our community. You can share the joy of helping hurt hearts and saving lives. We are located at 4411 Avenue N Rosenberg, TX 77471

REAL ESTATE Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk, Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 & State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment and Tenant Representation, 30 years experience in Fort Bend. Johnson Development Corp. 713-960-9977 More top-selling communities than any other developer in America. Larry Johnson 5005 Riverway Dr., Suite 500 Houston, TX 77056`

RESTAURANTS AKI Steak and Sushi 281-565-1110 510 Highway 6, Suite #180 King’s BBQ 832-532-7816 9920 Hwy 90A Suite # D- 120 Sugar Land, TX 77478 Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill 281-240-3060 12821 Southwest Freeway Stafford, TX 77477

COUNTY’S LARGEST SCRAP DEALER serving Fort Bend and surrounding counties for the past 31 years. As a proud and responsible member of the Fort Bend, Texas business community, we accept aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, vehicle radiators, air conditioning coils, lead and other scrap metal. We seek to protect the environment through our intake and processing of scrap metal product usually destined for landfills. Our friendly staff values you as a customer and provides the VIP treatment to make your experience with us a profitable and efficient one. If you’re not selling me your metal, we both lose money!

VETERINARIAN Sugar Creek Animal Clinic 281-242-9070​ 14015 S.W. Freeway, Bldg. 2 Sugar Land, TX 77478

VIDEO SERVICES Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 A full service video production studio providing all phases of video production including professional writing, videography, editing, DVD duplication, distribution; also video deposition services to the legal community. For video needed for a TV commercial, website posting, employee training, promotional DVDs, special presentations, coverage of live events/ trade shows, or corporate videos, give us a call. If you are interested in something you do not see on our website, let us know and we’re ready to accommodate your needs!

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Nehls tops Kulkarni to succeed Olson in Congress By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

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One of the most hotly-contested and high-profile races in Fort Bend County history is over. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, a Republican, defeated Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni to assume U.S. Rep. Pete Olson’s seat in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, which includes Fort Bend County and parts of Harris County and Brazoria County.

Per the Texas Secretary of State, Nehls prevailed by a margin of 50 percent to 45 percent, or 155,809 votes to 138,694 votes. “I want to personally send heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the many volunteers who made calls, worked the polls, and served on advisory committees,” Nehls said in a Nov. 8 Facebook post. “This is a tremendous team effort and I could not be more appreciative to you. I’m especially proud of our interns for getting involved and learning more about

the political process. Lastly, thank you to all who cast votes. I will work tirelessly to represent

the best interests of all residents in our district.” In a Nov. 6 message to his supporters on Facebook, Kulkarni said he was “not done fighting for our future.” “Our campaign in (Texas’ 22nd Congressional District) has always been about bringing real representation to our communities and ensuring everyone has a voice in our political system,”

Kulkarni said. “Over the past three years, we built the most diverse and inclusive grassroots campaign for Congress Texas has ever seen, with more faiths and ethnic and linguistic communities than anything we have ever seen before. This campaign was about all of us, not any one person running for office, and about the potential we have to restore reason, compassion and

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Fort Bend couple to open winery, bistro By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Candice and Eric Elliott are no ordinary business partners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout the various stages of their new business venture, the two have learned a lot about each other both personally as a married couple and professionally. Together they are franchising a Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location in Richmond, which is set to open Nov. 24. “I think it’s kind of like

Kids residing at Parks Youth Ranch, a nonprofit homeless shelter in Richmond, hold “thank you” signs to honor volunteers and donors who helped them with snacks and activities in July. (Contributed photo)

Parks Youth Ranch offers respite for homeless kids, teens By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Nearly 7,000 children, or 2 percent of all students in Fort Bend County, are affected by or are in some proximity to experiencing homelessness, according to data from the Coalition for the Homeless.

executive director of the Parks Youth Ranch in Richmond, the county’s only nonprofit emergency shelter for children ages 7-17. The organization’s mission, Stavinoha said, is to “serve abused and neglected youth by providing a safe and supportive environment.” The Parks Youth Ranch is

over the past few years to exceed that mark,” Stavinoha said. “So this year if we could make $100,000, I would just be over the moon.” Those who are interested in sponsorships or volunteering can visit The children served by the Parks Youth Ranch, which has a capacity of 28 beds, come from

(3,607 students) had as well. Through interviews with students, the coalition determined 1,091 FBISD students and 88 SMSD students were in doubled-up or unsuitable housing, meaning the number of occupants exceeded the number that was designated for the type of dwelling or it did not contain electricity.

to find another voucher so they can live in Fort Bend County,” Stavinoha said. “It’s a struggle.” In addition, she said the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to track down students who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Social workers and truancy officers are reporting to the last known address of the student if

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