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Falls of Bellaire Re-Opening Kick-off

The Falls of Bellaire Resource Center held an afternoon celebration to kick off the newly redesigned center.  Activities have already been in high gear with a Teen Work Program,  Youth Empower Houston Leaders (EHL), a Lunch Program, and Field Trips for the younger residents.  It was a huge success.  We had a great turn out with residents participating in the games, raffles, face painting, and food.  

The re-opening was definitely a community event with other organizations teaming up with the Apartments are Communities Resource Center to bring the plans to life.  We had the Queens and Kings Mentor Program, Out of the Flames of Ferguson, Lions International, Amerigroup Community Care, Boy Scouts, and Prodigal Son House.  The resident welcomed their support and were deeply appreciative.

 

Falls of Bellaire Resource Center Busy First Week

Apartments are Communities Falls of Bellaire Apartment Resource Center in Alief had their grand re-opening on June 20th, but before the opening celebration there were already activities.  After putting together the Resource Center in the redesigned space with new flooring and paint, residents immediately were busy putting together events and signing up for programs.  The space will feature morning activities for adults like job presentations, resume building, and gatherings for activities like Bingo and meetings.  In the afternoon, the younger residents will gather at the center for lunch, afterschool activities like arts and crafts, computer lab and field trips, to name just a few.

Silver Lining in Tragic Data


 
The San Jacinto River Waste Pits, an EPA Superfund site that is contaminated with dioxins, is located on Interstate 10 east of Houston.  Photo by Michael Stravato
 

Friday, June 19, 2015 Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released the cancer database investigation report that the San Jacinto River Coalition has patiently waited for. Along with the data was an unprecedented announcement for TX DSHS. In over 400 similar database investigations, this is the first time that the State of Texas is actually going to conduct further investigation into the health of specific communities. This is not only a victory for the Coalition and residents of East Harris County, but a major victory for public health.

Falls of Bellaire Resource Center Coming Together

After the new management took over at the Mai Apartments at the first of the year, the Resource Center was put on hold.   The space needed to have work done on it and with the with the management working on the property, the Center had to wait for it's turn. Eventually, it's turn came.  The center got its much need facelift with fresh paint and new floors.  Then the residents came together to unload the storage unit and get everything into the center.  

Great Meeting for Alief!

Last week Texans Together hosted a meeting for AIM (Assessment, Intervention, and Mobilization) For Alief.  The AIM project survey was conducted by the City of Houston with Texans Together participated in the data collection.  Last week leaders from the community were brought together at the Alief Community Center to make plans on the Intervention Phase.  The group will use the data to complete plans and reach out to the community to address the concerns identified in the survey!.

 

Looking for Leaders to AIM for Alief

The surveys for the AIM (Assessment, Intervention, and Mobilization) project conducted by the City of Houston are complete.  Texans Together participated in the data gathering and we're excited to be involved in the next state, Intervention!

Great Kick-off for EHL Social Justice

Saturday, we had an outstanding turnout for our first Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) Social Justice Class.  Echoing the theme of the historic and beautiful SHAPE Center, on Live Oak, the participants gathered to discuss ways to unite and strengthen their communities.  

 

2015 Texas Traditions Luncheon

Last week, The Texas Traditions Luncheon was held at the Crystal Ballroom at the historic Rice Hotel. The event honored Fred Lewis. It was a fantastic event with some of our Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) graduates, guests, politicians, organizers, and other community leaders present. We had a great turn out and it was so wonderful to see the support given to Fred.

 

 

Sankofa Showcase Great Success!

Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as "reach back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) (via Wikipedia) and one of our EHL (Empower Houston Leaders) graduate planned to do exactly that! Robbie Vanarsdale held a fund raiser to help send students to Tanzania to seek and take home parts of their heritage.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at San Marcos Apartments

Empower Houston Leaders  joined with the San Marcos Apartments on Bellfort for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration.  There was so much enthusiasm, and we enjoyed introducing ourselves to the community with music, food, and entertainment.  It was a great first step in our new relationship with the San Marcos Apartments.  Next step?  Opening a new resource center as the newest Apartments Are Communities member

 

 

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