2018 Grantee

Genesys Works

2017 Grantee

Tahirih Justice Center

A letter from Tahirih Justice Center

2016 Grantee

Child Advocates of Fort Bend

A letter from Child Advocates of Fort Bend

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2015 Grantee

Community Family Centers


In 1972, a group of concerned citizens founded Community Family Centers (CFC) to provide community-based social and educational services to low-income families in Houston's Greater East End.

CFC, formerly Chicano Family Center, serves low-income families within Houston's impoverished Greater East End. CFC is an agency with a $2.7 million annual operating budget, 48 staff members, and more than 500 volunteers, who serve over 40,000 clients each year.

CFC works towards its mission by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to excel and adults to learn, strengthening community partnerships, and promoting cultural understanding and community empowerment.

CFC became a United Way agency in 1978, and in 1998 purchased its main facility - a 32,000 square foot building in the heart of the East End barrio. In December 2004, CFC began an extensive capacity building campaign to ensure the agency's long-term growth and service to the community.

Phase I of the project, construction of the J.P. McGovern, M.D. Sports and Recreational Facility was completed in 2011. In 2015, the Los Ninos Montessori Program moved to CFC's main campus to a newly renovated 7,000 square feet of space. A soccer field for youth 10 and under will be completed in early 2016.

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2014 Grantee

Own the Dream

Own the Dream

Own the DREAM is a national campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and work permits.

The campaign will join the resources of United We Dream and its partners to offer assistance to a significant number of the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers eligible for this opportunity to stay in America to complete their education and contribute to the economy..

For more information:

Toll-Free Hotline: (855) DREAM-31

2013 Grantee

Fe y Justicia


Fe y Justicia Worker Center - Mission Statement

Fe y Justicia Worker Center is a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their rights in the workplace and organize to improve working conditions on the job.

For more information:


1805 West Alabama
2nd Floor
Houston, TX. 77098

Call: 713-862-8222

2012 Grantee

Casa De Esperanza - Our Mission

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños - the House of Hope for Children- is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential, medical and psychological care according to the needs of each child. Counseling is also available to the parents in appropriate situations.

Our Goal

Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care.

Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement. Parents receive case management and referral services while their children are safely cared for. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements.


With an original gift of $500 and the help of many friends, Kathy Foster opened Casa de Esperanza's first home for children in crisis in October 1982. Related programs have been developed as needed, including medical, psychological and educational services. In 1986, Casa became the second agency nationwide and the first agency in the greater Houston area to recognize and respond to the need for specialized residential care of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Casa de Esperanza serves the greater Houston metropolitan area, including Harris, Fort Bend and surrounding counties. All services are provided without charge. Casa de Esperanza has a Governing Board and is licensed as a child placement agency by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Our Children

When Casa de Esperanza first opened, the intention was to provide a safe place for families in crisis to leave their children until the crisis was resolved, at which time the family, or mother, would take their children home to a safer, more stable environment. Since then Casa has cared for over 3,000 children and their families.

Casa de Esperanza provides safety, hope, and a home to children whose families are affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness and mental illness.Children ages birth to six years are admitted. Referrals come from family shelters, word of mouth, hospitals and Children's Protective Services.

For more information:


P.O. Box 66581
Houston, TX. 77054

713-529-0639 Phone
713-529-9179 Fax

Office Hours:
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

2011 Grantee

MECA - Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts

MECA is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services and community building.


MECA's vision is to be a nationally-recognized multicultural community center known for its:

-High-quality instruction, performance and demonstration of the performing, visual and cultural arts
-Excellent academic and social support services for youth and their families
-Leadership in building partnerships that celebrate cultural diversity
-Special events and celebrations that reflect our diverse communities


MECA is a place where students are:

-Encouraged to explore their artistic inclinations
-Able to express themselves creatively
-Given many opportunities for success
-Free to make mistakes
-Able to gain the self-confidence that comes from achievement
-Taught the importance of discipline to achieve artistically and academically
-Accepted and valued
-Respected and respectful of others
-Safe and comfortable

MECA is an organization that emphasizes:

-Creativity to nurture artistic growth and expression
-Individual respect
-Caring attitudes
-Diversity within community

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2010 Grantee

Academic Achievers Program - Austin High School

History - The Academic Achievers Program at Austin High School was established in 1985 as the Hispanic Family College Project in an effort to increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates in the East End area of Houston. In the summer of 2005, the name was changed to Academic Achievers Program, but the mission and structure of the program remained the same.


The Academic Achievers Program provides the following services:

- Tutoring
- Mentoring
- Academic Workshops
- Special Presentations
- Informational Meetings
- Field Trips
- SAT Preparation Classes
- Summer Sessions

For more information contact:
Fely Aguilar
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