June 16th, 2011

Houston Helps: Neighborhood Centers

Houston is a generous city. In unearthing and seeking out Houston’s untold story, we figured telling of its charitable nature needed to be part of this ever growing tale. That being said, here’s another opportunity to give back to this city. Love Houston. Help Houston.

Neighborhood centers
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Back in 1907, a teacher by the name of Sybil Campbell enlisted the help of Alice Graham Baker to address an immediate need for an affordable nursery and kindergarten. Along with the Second Ward Women’s Club, Mrs. Baker founded the Houston Settlement Association and served as the organization’s first president. The Association’s simple vision, “educational, industrial, social and friendly aid to all those within reach,” still holds true in the work the Neighborhood Center continues to do over 100 years later.

Neighborhood Centers Inc. is structured into three distinct divisions, each one with its own unique focus—Community Based Initiatives, Choices in Education and Public Sector Solutions.

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COMMUNITY BASED INITIATIVES
Community Based Initiatives supports neighborhood development through their network of neighborhood Centers.

They use an asset-based approach to identify and build upon the unique economic and social strengths of individual neighborhoods and the people who live there. The programs focus on economic development, leadership opportunities, immigration and citizenship and connections to health and education for families.

They also link youth to educational and developmental opportunities via enriching, rewarding after-school and summer activities.

For seniors, they offer a variety of programs and services such as exercise programs and opportunities for recreation and socialization.

The Stay Connected program is a hands-on, one-on-one effort to provide long term disaster relief and help hurricane evacuees rebuild their lives.

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CHOICES IN EDUCATION
Through the Choices in Education division, they’ve created an innovative school system that provides opportunities for young people to flourish, grow and succeed. Their program begins in infancy for at-risk children, with Early Head Start and Early Childhood Education Centers, and continues with Head Start and preschool programs for children prior to kindergarten.

Their successful Charter School has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency for its standardized test results, and their high standards and rigorous curriculum give students the foundation they need for a lifelong love of learning.

Recognizing the important role that teachers play, they provide teacher training for early childhood teachers and administrators.

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PUBLIC SECTOR SOLUTIONS
Public Sector Solutions draws on their expertise and long history of developing efficient and effective nonprofit delivery systems that ensure the flow of resources toward specific service goals. They offer contracted services to governmental agencies and a wide range of administrative services from accounting to human resources to information technology.

Through their Management Organizational Development Services, they share their knowledge and systems with other nonprofits that result in improved services to low-income families.

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Address: 4500 Bissonnet, Suite 200 | Bellaire, TX 77401 (Map) CITY-WIDE LOCATIONS
Phone: 713.667.9400 | Email: nci.info@neighborhood-centers.org
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VOLUNTEERSUPPORT

— The Loop Scoop

Comments

Ariana — Friday, June 17, 2011 11:07 am

Thanks for your support and for sharing in great detail what we do and why we do it. We love Loop Scoop and can’t wait to have you out at another event soon.

Ariana,
Neighborhood Centers Inc., Media Relations Manager

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