GCCSA Annual Report 2012-2013

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Community action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.

cares about the entire community, serving all of

Harris County. We are dedicated to helping people help

themselves and each other.

Our Purpose & History Message from our CEO GCCSA Founders GCCSA Board of Directors Our Policy Council GCCSA Leadership Team GCCSA Financial Statement Our Services Impact on Our Community Message from our Head Start/ Early Head Start Director Head Start/Early Head Start Purpose HS/EHS Locations Head Start/Early Head Start Funding Impact on Early Childhood Education Preparing Children for the Future School Readiness HS/EHS Parent Engagement Healthy Head Starts = Healthy Living Healthy Head Starts = Healthy Eating GCCSA Community Partners

Published by Ja’Milla C.K. Lomas, MIB

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exists to strengthen the educational, social and economic well-being of individuals and families as they transition to independence and self-sufficiency.

As the brainchild of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act authorized the establishment of Community Action Agencies to combat conditions related to poverty. In 1964, the Houston Action for Youth Organization began operation and the following year the Houston-Harris County Economic Opportunity Organization was formed. In 1969, these two organizations were merged to become Harris County Community Action Association, predecessor of today’s Gulf Coast Community Services Association. GCCSA has administered hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding and has served over half a million low-income families during its 50 year history. GCCSA has established itself as one of the most experienced community service providers in the Gulf Coast Region.


For more than four decades, Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA) has been on the front lines of the battlefield to reduce poverty and build economic independence in Harris County. But GCCSA knows we can’t accomplish our mission without your support. The mission to end poverty has been a national objective since the Lyndon Baines Johnson administration—our nation’s growth depends on it. Consequently, we must work hard; we must work together and we must work unceasingly to build a better tomorrow. Although Community Action Agency’s (CAA) were created to foster this comprehensive approach to the problem, it will take the entire village to solve it. In jest, I often say, “It takes a village to be the CEO of the largest CAA in the state of Texas,” but there is a great deal of truth that resonates in that statement. As long as poverty persists in Houston’s communities, we have a problem. Considering the vicissitudes that could possibly cause turbulence in our lives: unemployment, illiteracy, mental illness, homelessness, sub-prime mortgages, and limited access to early child care that are constant obstacles causing us to capsize, it is imperative that community leaders proactively steer a course that is promising. We must be response-able, and we must rally around the un-served and underserved in the community. Without your active involvement, our task of ending poverty and building economic independence would be even more daunting and challenging. Excellence at GCCSA is the standard, not the goal. In the wake of enormous cuts to critical programs that build and strengthen the community, the GCCSA team has risen to the occasion. … for if not GCCSA, then will advocate for the poor? Who will be responsible for mobilizing resources to assist low-income people? Who will serve as the by helping people help themselves? Who will coordinate services and fill gaps left between other service providers? !!! In this Annual Report, you will see how effectively and efficiently the team of GCCSA employees, along with numerous stakeholders, conducted quality programs, served historically unmet needs, managed the financial resources and achieved results in order to erect a more stable future for Texas. Our work and dedication are grounded in helping people and changing lives. Thank you for your continued support of our purpose and the promise to eradicate poverty and build economic independence! Yours truly,

Dr. Jonita “J” Reynolds Chief Executive Officer


Abner Anderson, Jr. Norman Anderson W.V. Ballew, Jr. Claud Barrett Spencer Bayles, M.S. Hamilton Brown Harry Burk George Bush Joe Kelly Butler Rabbi Moshe Cahana Pedro C. Caram, M.D. Julius P. Carter Rt. Rev. Msgr. John J. Cassata Robert A. Childers Manuel Crespo John H. Crooker, Jr. Maurice Dannenbaum Mrs. Barbara Dillingham Chris Dixie Robert Dundas Clifford M. Dunn, Jr. Robert Y. Eckels Aaron Farfel Harry W. Ferguson Felix Fraga Jules R. Frankel T.F. Glass, Jr.

Marion A. Graham Rev. Hartsell H. Gray, Jr. Charles W. Hamilton Sid Hilliard William P. Hobby, Jr. Donald A. Horn Leon Jaworski Arthur E. Jones Wendel Ley Daniel Martin John McClelland Pat McDowell, Jr. Rev. A. Aaron McCardell Rev. James V. Navarro George T. Nelson Francis N. O’Bryan, Jr. Mrs. Marcella Perry Mrs. W.E. Perry Truman Reed J. Robert Reynaud Mrs. Olon (Verna) Rogers H.R. Safford, Jr. Marlin Sandlin Col. Henry A. Sherman Lonnie E. Smith, D.D.S. Mrs. Robert D. Straus William Steven

Ed A. Stumpf, III Howard Tellepsen Bernard Weingarten Rev. Horace Westwood Gail Whitcomb Francis Williams Mrs. Queen Ethel Young

“Agencies like GCCSA are needed to help families during times of crisis, catastrophes and emergencies.”


Kevin Owens, Chair

Billy Briscoe, J.D., Vice Chair

Tracy Whitehead, Treasurer

Lee Skinner, Secretary

Private Sector Representative Shell Oil Company

Public Sector Representative City of Houston Mayor

Under-Served Sector Representative C

Under-Served Sector Representative A

Marcos Alvarez

Irma Anderson-Living

Jay Griffin

Pam Guthrie

Under-Served Sector Representative B

Under-Served Sector Representative D

Private Sector Representative, H-E-B

Public Sector Representative City of Pasadena Mayor

Cedric Johnson

Robert Gallegos

Carolyn Scantlebury

Public Sector Representative State Representative Carol Alvarado

Private Sector Representative NAACP

William-Paul Thomas

Public Sector Representative Commissioner El Franco Lee

Dr. Vanese Delahoussaye

Sivam Mahasivam, CPA

Charles Wilson, J.D.

Lowell Wright

Board Advisor Early Childhood Education

Internal Auditor Board Advisor Fiscal & Audit-Related Matters

Legal Counsel to the Board Board Advisor

Board Advisor Fiscal & Audit-Related Matters

Public Sector Representative Mayor Pro-Tem City of Houston


The Policy Council is involved with planning for GCCSA’s Head Start and Early Head Start future. Made up of elected representatives, one from each of our Head Start and Early Head Start centers, as well as six Community Organizations, the council meets monthly to make decisions for GCCSA’s program and children. The Policy Council is responsible for planning, reviewing and approving all Head Start program areas and assists the agency in promoting Parental Engagement to centers and communities, all while volunteering their time.




Ana Ramon Martinez Parent Representative

Ivett Madrid Parent Representative

Belinda Cox-Darden Parent Representative




Jessica Caroz Parent Representative

Sonia Rubio (Perez) Parent Representative

Teresita de Jesus Alba Parent Representative




Cyndi Gostenhofer Community Representative

Carmela Lewis Parent Representative

Felicia Jackson Community Representative




Dianne Gordon Community Representative

Antonio Sanchez Parent Representative

Amada De La Torre Community Representative

TSU CHARTER LAB Naomi Nubin Parent Representative


Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer Director of Operations Executive Assistant to the CEO & Board Liaison

Head Start/Early Head Start Director Director of Client Services Compliance & Accountability Director Marketing & Community Relations Specialist


GCCSA’s organizational impact on the community is supported via an annual operational budget that exceeds $28 million. The financial statement for the October 1, 2012—September 30, 2013 reporting period is reflected below.

Federal & State Grant Revenue Donations & Contributions Vending Machine Sales Other Grant Revenue Interest Income Program Income In-Kind Revenue TOTAL REVENUE

Salaries and Wages Fringe Benefits Travel Parent Services Food Expenses Children's Services Supplies & Equipment Equipment Leases Contract Services Administrative Expenses Utilities Training & Technical Assistance Direct Services In-Kind Expenses TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$ 23,766,276.35 2,784.00 10,837.50 222,023.33 123.12 29,480.23 4,637,659.57 $ 28,669,184.10 Program Direct Expenses $ 9,409,791.12 2,726,978.13 30,943.87 130,415.67 1,032,011.28 175,308.93 828,307.34 249,305.37 40,934.53 1,801,630.08 136,042.39 430,012.07 3,438,023.49 4,633,894.07

Program Indirect Expenses $ 2,458,649.11 590,507.22 1,740.61 35,902.03 32,444.91 112,418.86 290,580.07 7,157.31 71,108.23 3,765.50

Total Expenses $ 11,868,440.23 3,317,485.35 32,684.48 130,415.67 1,032,011.28 175,308.93 864,209.37 281,750.28 153,353.39 2,092,210.15 143,199.70 501,120.30 3,438,023.49 4,637,659.57




2011-2012 Audit Results:


“In our Opinion, the financial statements...present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of [GCCSA] as of September 30, 2012 and 2011, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.” -McConnell & Jones, LLP Certified Public Accountants

Gulf Coast Community Services Association is the largest Community Action Agency in Texas and the only one in Houston. Our purpose is to affect change, raise awareness and build a coalition of consciousness in order to strengthen the city of Houston’s economic and social foundation. GCCSA offers quality educational and social services that will assist and empower the under-served and unserved members of our diverse communities by meeting basic human needs such as nutrition, shelter, clothing, health services, and education. GCCSA’s diverse programs are designed to eliminate the inhibitive conditions of the under-served populations of Harris County by assisting: • Families in earning a living wage •

Individuals in the advancement of their education

Communities in gaining economic security

Our Services to the Houston-Metropolitan community include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

After-School Program Back-to-School Program Bus Tokens Case Management Community Learning Center Employment Skills Program Food Pantry BANDINI AWARD for excellence in going Above and Beyond Head Start/ Early Head Start Housing Counseling Individual Development Account Prescription Voucher Program Rental/ Mortgage Assistance Senior Services Transportation Program


67,475 individuals and families served in Harris County 450 Transitioned Out of Poverty (TOPS) 14 jobs created or saved from reduction or elimination in the community 323 clients obtained skills/ competencies required for employment 39 clients completed ABE/ GED and received certificate or diploma 240 clients completed post-secondary education program and obtained certificate or diploma 382 clients obtained tools, uniforms, tuition, other items in support of education and training 696 Received other assistance which removed barriers to employment 622 of unemployed participants obtained a job 450 of participants achieved “living wage� employment and/or benefits 91% (of 1,141 enrolled participants) completed classes or projects to increase financial skills 93 participants were able to complete and maintain a budget for over 90 days 31 clients opened an Individual Development Account (I.D.A. = savings) and increased savings 6 I.D.A. clients capitalized a small business with their savings 9 I.D.A. clients pursued a post-secondary education with the savings 22 I.D.A. clients purchased a home with the savings 112 participants received assistance with enrollment in prescription assistance program 161 participants received assistance to prevent loss of home 5 low-income participants acquired businesses in their community as a result of CAA assistance 22 low-income participants purchased their own home as a result of CAA assistance 28 low-income participants in policy-setting community organizations, boards, or councils 61 low-income participants engaged in non-governing community activities or groups 84 community members mobilized by Community Action that participated in community revitalization 600 volunteer hours donated by low-income individuals to Community Action 2,442 volunteer hours donated to GCCSA


Through partnerships with HEB, Whole Foods Market, Vincent Young Foundation, Felicia Young Ministries, Annunciation Orthodox School, Fiesta, Kroger, Sienna Dental, and the Houston Food Bank: 7,623 people served through Emergency Food Assistance & Good Neighbor Program

148,019 lbs of food were donated and distributed $99,000 worth of food donated by Whole Foods Market ***

BANDINI AWARD for excellence in going Above and Beyond

2,470 served with rental and mortgage assistance 1,287 received emergency fuel and utility payments funded by LIHEAP or other sources 652 received assistance with items (food, toys, etc.) for the holidays 273 received emergency transportation 108 served with emergency clothing 78 served with assistance with school supplies for children

1,948 (104%) infants and children obtained immunizations, medical and dental care 1,948 (104%) infants and children saw improved health and physical development due to adequate nutrition 1,864 (99.5%) children participated in pre-school activities to develop school readiness skills

1,864 (99.5%) children who participated in pre-school activities were developmentally ready to enter Kindergarten or 1st grade

90% of targeted parents and other adults learned and exhibited improved parenting skills 80% of parents and other adults learned and exhibited improved family functioning skills 24 families enrolled children in before or after-school programs 107 families obtained access to reliable transportation and driver licenses 1,668 families obtained food assistance


Here at GCCSA, we believe that our Head Start/ Early Head Start parents are the first and most important educators of their children. Parent involvement is a core value at Head Start and Early Head Start. We invite our parents to be integrally involved in the education of their children by volunteering in the classroom, attending parent meetings, serving on an advisory committee, and making decisions about the Head Start/ Early Head Start program in the parent committees. Parents can also be elected to serve on our Policy Council—an opportunity to participate in shared decision-making about the Head Start/ Early Head Start program. Our Center Administrators have a host of ways our parents can be involved! Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive, child development programs that serve children from birth to five, pregnant women and their families. Each program is a child-focused program that has the overall goal of increasing the readiness of young children. We believe in partnering with parents and guardians to ensure that all of the needs of their children, our children, as well as all members of the families, are met. We remain excited throughout the school year educating our community, as we provide comprehensive, high quality services to the children and their families. Here at Gulf Coast Community Services Association, excellence is our only option . . .

Our children and our families deserve nothing less! We appreciate the opportunity to serve our families!

Tiamoiya Lee Head Start/ Early Head Start Director


The is a comprehensive, early childhood development program for children ages 3 to 5 from economically-challenged families. The GCCSA Head Start Program has been serving eligible children and families in the Houston—Harris County area since 1964. GCCSA’s

is a comprehensive program serving

eligible pregnant women, infants and toddlers, ages 6 weeks to 30 months. Our Early Head Start Center operates a home-based program option, providing Early Head Start services of education, family involvement, health, family literacy, fatherhood initiatives, mental health services, and nutrition to children with disabilities in the families’ homes. GCCSA currently serves close to 2,000 children and families in the Southeast Sector of Harris County, including the cities of Houston, Pasadena and South Houston. We operate a total of 21 Head Start/ Early Head Start centers functioning as either stand-alone centers or within collaborative site, center-based facilities.


GCCSA Head Start/ Early Head Start provides onsite enrichment experiences that give children various avenues to learn. Activities include storytelling, puppet shows, art activities, and community partner visits (i.e. local police and firepersons). We believe that every day is a new day filled with wonderful experiences for our children. GCCSA operates a total of 21 center-based facilities and services two program options—Full Day and Double Sessions, which vary by site. Full Day Services are available for parents who are employed or attending job training or school on a full-time basis and have no caregiver in the home. Double Session Services are available for those parents who are not employed, not attending job training and not attending school and a caregiver is present in the home.

BASTIAN Elementary



5051 Bellfort Houston, TX 77033

7647 Bellfort Houston, TX 77061

1919 Runnels, #B1 Houston, TX 77003



FOSTER Elementary

2020 Solo Street Houston, TX 77020

222 South 66th Houston, TX 77011

3919 Ward Street Houston, TX 77021

FRANKLIN Elementary


GREGG Elementary

7101 Canal Street Houston, TX 77011

6724 Telephone Houston, TX 77061

6701 Roxbury Houston, TX 77087



J.R. HARRIS Elementary

3214 Austin Houston, TX 77004

3400 Evergreen Houston, TX 77087

801 Broadway Houston, TX 77012




5402 Lawndale Houston, TX 77023

1100 Scott Street Houston, TX 77047

902 South Wafer Pasadena, TX 77506

PATTERSON Elementary



5302 Allendale Houston, TX 77017

6969 South Loop East Houston, TX 77087

3716 Reveille Houston, TX 77087




611 B South Richey Pasadena, TX 77506

2304 Houston Blvd South Houston, TX 77587

3100 Cleburne Houston, TX 77004


Head Start & Early Head Start’s impact on the community is supported via a combination of public and private funds that exceed $20 million. The financial statement for the June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013 reporting period is reflected below.

Grant Revenue Children and Adult Program (CACFP) In-Kind Revenue

$16,291,247.48 513,057.52 4,377,620.20



Budget Salaries and Wages Fringe Benefits Travel Parent Services Food Expenses Children's Services Children and Adult Program (CACFP) Supplies & Equipment Equipment Leases Contract Services Administrative Expenses Utilities Training & Technical Assistance In-Kind Expenses TOTAL EXPENDITURES


$ 10,216,313.00 3,008,764.00

$ 9,865,655.03 2,752,887.26

42,000.00 85,000.00 145,300.00 196,252.00 278,162.00 564,503.00 211,302.00

33,975.15 122,367.49 173,394.05 183,010.54 513,057.52 680,409.79 194,745.21

107,871.00 1,484,902.00 195,000.00 268,936.00 4,329,839.00

99,966.86 1,607,011.25 151,596.27 426,228.58 4,377,620.20

$ 21,134,144.00

$ 21,181,925.20

Monitoring Review Gulf Coast Community Services Association’s Head Start & Early Head Start Programs underwent the last triennial review in 2013. The program was determined to be in full compliance with all Head Start Performance Standards, laws, regulations, and policy requirements.


1,864 Head Start 1,570 Full-Day, 5 days/week 294 Part-Day, 5 days/week

84 Early Head Start 72 Center-Based, 4 days/week 12 Home-Based 13 Pregnant Women (Early Head Start—Home Based) 100% Head Start 100% Early Head Start 100% Head Start 100% Early Head Start

2,056 Head Start 103 Early Head Start


GCCSA Head Start/ Early Head Start understands that each child comes into our program with his/ her unique personality, various abilities and distinctive cultural background. We believe all children can reach their utmost potential when provided with a stimulating environment fostered by adults who are nurturing and accepting. The Child Development Department is responsible for ensuring that the are met in every classroom for every teacher and every child.

GCCSA continues to excel at providing high quality academic preparations for our children, ensuring that every child’s head start leads them to success in Kindergarten and beyond. With an average progression rate of 44% in 10 key child development and early learning checkpoints, evaluations assessed at the beginning and end of the school year show that our teachers provide our children with enriching activities that prepare them for the future.

Physical Health & Development Social & Emotional Development Approaches to Learning Logic & Reasoning Language Development Literacy Knowledge & Skills Mathematics Knowledge & Skills Science Knowledge & Skills Creative Arts Expression Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

Fall 2012 60.21 66.53 53.49 44.42 39.94 36.34 36.17 37.32 45.94 44.19

Mid-Point Spring 2013 79.08 88.66 82.57 89.3 72.59 83.91 66.91 80.82 59.09 73.92 58.74 74 57.28 74.52 58.98 75.76 70.53 83.78 62.5 74.85


The is an essential guide in maintaining the high quality of education for our enrolled children. The below information summarizes the progress of children based on Head Start’s Five Essential Domains of Child Development and Early Learning.

Cognition & Social & Emotional Approaches Toward Language & General Physical Well-Being & Development Learning Literacy Knowledge Motor Development Spring 2013 86.07 88.29 76.76 81.21 87.84 Mid-Year 80.75 83.09 66.99 73.33 82.39 Fall 2012


An average growth rate of 35% in the five key areas assessed at the beginning, mid-point and end of the school year proves that our children are making phenomenal strides and are entering kindergarten ready to take on the world.






GCCSA recognizes that parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Becoming actively involved in their children’s education is the best way to ensure student success in school and in life. Head Start/ Early Head Start’s Family Empowerment Program provides many experiences at each center aimed at parents, them with stronger parenting skills, and them in becoming full partners in their children’s quest for a better education. Parent Involvement includes:

Children’s Services & Health Services Advisory Committee Reading a book to the classroom or Classroom Volunteer Family Night, Open House, Family Fun Day, Holiday Celebrations

Policy Council Leadership Family Literacy (Strengthening Partnerships and Resources in the Community) Staff/ Parent Conferences & Partnership Activity Conferences Fatherhood Program


Children’s overall health and development is needed for a healthy, safe and happy child; one who is ready to experience new things. Every day we strive to meet our children’s needs for healthcare, including dental care, for it is central to learning readiness.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all GCCSA Head Start and Early Head Start children are meeting their developmental milestones. We assist families in identifying community resources where they can access health services and learn the importance of setting a strong physical and educational foundation for their children. 90% of Children Received Medical Exams 76% of Children received Dental Exams 87% of Infants & Toddlers received Medical Exams 78% of Infants & Toddlers received Dental Exams


GCCSA Head Start/ Early Head Start is focused on meeting our children’s nutritional needs and establishing good eating habits. The Head Start & Early Head Start program provides each child with a free nutritional breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture’s Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Head Start & Early Head Start emphasizes the role that CACFP plays in promoting lifelong healthy eating and physical habits in children. The primary goal of the CACFP is to serve nutritious meals to children attending the Head Start & Early Head Start program. Secondary goals are: 1) establish positive eating habits at the earliest stages of development; 2) reduce future health care and education costs due to lack of proper early development; and 3) train and support Head Start/ Early Head Start staff. Head Start & Early Head Start children are benefited by being fed nutritious USDA regulated meals that ensure their proper development. These children gain from early nutrition education that helps them establish positive eating habits that will enrich the quality of their diet throughout their lives. The program makes healthy eating a are assured that their children nutrition, the child is less likely to develop at a normal physical and recipe for an all-around happier

20 Eligible Sites 123,946 Breakfasts 135,102 Lunches

fun learning experience as well. Parents receive high quality meals. With proper experience illness and fatigue and will intellectual pace. Good nutrition is the child!

1,836 Eligible Children 6,625 AM Snacks 194,559 PM Snacks

$766,227.21 Total Reimbursement The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or where all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, by fax (202) 6907442, or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; of (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


On behalf of the thousands who walk through our doors yearly, we say thank you to our Community Partners. We, the stakeholders (children, employees, board, policy council, funding sources, legislators, clients, parents, and volunteers), are indebted to our Community Partners who have generously contributed to our mission to strengthen the educational, social and economic well-being of our children, youth, seniors, adults, and the whole of Harris County. Without the support of local businesses, banking partners, individuals, independent school districts, faith communities, community organizations, financiers, and institutions of higher learning alike, Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. could not make a difference in the lives of so many Harris County residents. With their aid, GCCSA has been able to make an indelible mark on the lives of millions over the past forty seven (47) years. Contributions from Community Partners come in many forms—inkind donations, special pricing, large financial donations, and volunteerism—and are each of extraordinary value to us and our community. Together, we are building a better community, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Your support is invaluable!


Adult Education ‖ Early Head Start ‖ Head Start ‖ Housing Counseling ‖ Employment Services ‖ Senior Services ‖ Food Pantry

GCCSA Educate. Equip. Empower.

A Community Action Agency

GULF COAST COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION 9320 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054 | (713) 393-4700 | www.GCCSA.org © 2013 Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Established 1965.