Community Family Centers Chat

Fall 2016 

 

 

 

 

Strong families today for a stronger community tomorrow

 

Gratitude Galore

 

 

We extend our most sincere appreciation to Fiesta Mart, Inc. for inviting us to be a part of the grand re-opening of the Fiesta Mart on Wayside Dr.  CFC President/CEO Maritza Guerrero was honored to be presented with a generous donation from Fiesta in recognition of the great work that CFC provides to the East End community.

2016 Annual Back to School Give Away

 

We are grateful to the Morales Memorial Foundation for allowing us to be a part of their 2016 Annual Back to School Give Away.

 

 

 

 

Welcome, Sr. Ethel Puni, CCVI

 

 

Literacy is a very important aspect of a person’s life. I decided to transition from my ministry in hospital chaplaincy into literacy work because as a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word here in Houston, TX I believe in empowering people, especially those who may not otherwise have a lot of opportunities available to them. I am also an AmeriCorps member and it is through them that I got connected with Community Family Centers.

 

Before making the shift into literacy, I had already been interested in helping others learn to read and write or to learn English as a Second Language. I volunteered in other organizations as an Adult Basic Education and ESL tutor while I was working in other ministries. It was very gratifying to see how people I was helping improved in their abilities to read, write, and speak English which allowed them to find better educational and/or work opportunities.

 

Immigrants and refugees have a special place in my heart because I can relate to some of their challenges. I am a first generation immigrant whose family highly values education. I am fortunate enough to have learned English as I was growing up and to finish a college education while still in the Philippines. In order to find better work opportunities I continued with my studies before and after I entered the convent.

 

My parents and the Sisters have given me the gift of education. I hope to pass on that gift in one way or another to others who come to the Community Family Centers for the ABE/ESL classes. I am grateful to be a part of an organization that offers Adult Education classes and many other services for the people of this community.

 


Fridays at CFC

Food Fair, Free Flu Vaccines, and Voter Registration

 

 

Thank you to the amazing University of Houston students who have graciously been volunteering to distribute food during our Friday Food Fair - rain or shine they bring their Cougar pride to CFC!

 

Walgreens has been keeping our families healthy by providing free flu vaccines at CFC.  Thank you, Walgreens!

 

 

We were pleased to welcome Neighborhood Centers, Inc and volunteer deputy voter registrar for Harris County Ms. Paula Swain to CFC for National Voter Registration Day.  They spoke with our Adult Education students about the importance of voting and registered several new voters.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

Nelson Mandela

 

 

Education is vital to the success and self-sufficiency of the families we serve.  We begin with our 3-6 year old Montessori students and extend our knowledge to teens and adults including parents and senior citizens.  But it doesn't stop there.  We continue to explore ways in which we can better serve our community through resources offered by our partners and ongoing training for our staff.  We are committed to educating ourselves so that we can empower our community.

 

We recently welcomed Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and volunteer deputy voter registrar for Harris County Ms. Paula Swain to speak with our students and families about the importance of registering to vote and how to complete the process.  We are proud to say that there are several new registered voters thanks to this collaboration. 

 

I strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the candidates and ballot initiatives as well as polling locations and requirements. Your vote is your voice.  It is our right and responsibility as American citizens to vote and every vote matters.  Early voting in Texas is October 24 - November 4.  Election day is November 8. For information on voting in Texas, please visit  www.VoteTexas.gov.

 

Sinceramente,

 

Maritza Guerrero

President/CEO

 

Union Pacific Foundation

We Appreciate You!

 

 

Over the Summer, 173 youth were served by CFC's Camp Fresh held at our John P. McGovern Community Sports and Recreation Center.  Camp Fresh provides activities that promote team-building, peer-bonding, leadership skills, and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Camp Fresh was made possible in part through the generosity of Union Pacific Foundation.


United Way Bright Beginnings

Annual School Backpack Drive

 

 

Students of Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program received generous donations from the United Way with school supplies, clothes, art materials, and fun lunch kits!  Thank you to the United Way and ExxonMobil for helping us to begin the school year ready to learn!


Meet Sean O'Rourke

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Member

 

When I was getting my undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, I knew that I did not just want to go straight into more schooling. I wanted to go somewhere; maybe, just maybe, do something important. Of course, I had absolutely no idea where to go or what to do.

 

I did not know that I would end up in Houston, especially considering I, a Rhode Islander, born and raised, had never been to Texas or really anywhere near Texas before. I certainly did not imagine that I would be teaching computer classes for English-language learners and GED students. However, though I did not know it at the time, I had already begun the journey towards becoming a Houston-based, volunteer, computer teacher when I applied to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an international volunteer agency. And, after a long period of discerning where I could be of the most use, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps placed me at The Community Family Centers as a computer lab instructor.

 

 

In many ways, the past months of working at CFC and getting to know Houston has been a blur of new experiences, but one of the chief things that has been made abundantly clear to me is how my schooling and my education would have meant very little if I were not here at Community Family Centers. This work constantly reminds me that any knowledge I have does not belong to me alone, but rather exists to be shared. And this sharing of knowledge is a beautiful exchange between me and my students as I have already learned so much from them. These students give me the sort of purpose I was looking for back when I was finishing my undergraduate degree and they also teach me many things that I could not learn at college or, to be honest, anywhere else.

 

I am very excited to be here, working at Community Family Centers, and I look forward to seeing the many great things that this organization does for the community as well as seeing the many gifts our community so generously gives us in return.



 

 

 

 

 Community Family Centers

Centros Familiares de la Comunidad

7524 Avenue E, Houston, TX 77012

(713) 923-2316

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www.communityfamilycenters.org