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March 2016





Strong families today for a stronger community tomorrow


Young Learners School

A Unique Collaborative Partnership


The first years of a child's life are crucial to a child's development. During these early years it is important that a child receives a high quality education.  Young Learners School creates quality programs that provide preschool students with the skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten.   The Los Ninos Early Childhood Montessori Program is proud to be a Young Learners Partner site.


We extend our appreciation to Young Learners School Coaches Ms. Paula Campbell and Ms. Norma Velasquez for sharing the benefits of this partnership during a Los Ninos Parent Meeting on March 31.  For more information on our partnership with Young Learners School and the Los Ninos Early Childhood Montessori Program, please contact Director, Brittny Mandarino,  at 713-923-2316 or .


Family Matters Tours

Come See How We Are Serving the East End


Please plan to join us for an upcoming Family Matters Tour and give us your opinion on how well we are telling Community Family Centers' story. 


Friday, April 1, 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 15, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.


Contact Lucy Gonzalez at 713-923-2316 x 223 to make a reservation.  Refreshments will be served and we promise to have you on your way in less than an hour.

Gratitude Galore

Special Thanks to Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston and The Regis School of the Sacred Heart



Many thanks to our friends from Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston for taking part in a Family Matters Tour on March 4 and staying afterwards to assist with our Friday Food Fair! We are extremely grateful for your assistance!




On March 11 we were proud to welcome the young men of the The Regis School of the Sacred Heart who distributed food today during Community Family Centers' Food Fair.


Community Family Centers' President/CEO, Maritza Guerrero, had the opportunity to meet each student individually and thanked each one for serving the needs of others and treating every individual they encountered with complete respect and dignity. Scholars and Gentleman they truly are!

Free Victim Assistance Counseling

Innovative Alternatives, Inc.


Free Counseling for Victims of:











How can Victim Assistance Counseling help me?


This Program provides 8 free individual therapy sessions to any crime victim, immediate family member and/or eye witness of any crime--regardless of when the crime occurred and whether or not it was reported to authorities. These services are especially for crime victims and cannot be used by perpetrators of violent crimes.


Services are provided to victims at no charge by our friends at Innovative Alternatives, Inc. through a Victim of Crime Act grant awarded by the Office of the Governor—Criminal Justice Division.


For more info, please call 713-923-2316

For an appointment please call 713-222-2525

"You can not uneducate the person who has learned to read." 

― Cesar Chavez



March 31, 2016 marks the 89th birthday of Cesar Chavez. Mr. Chavez was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader. While his childhood school education was not the best, later in life, education was his passion. He believed that, "The end of all education should surely be service to others," a belief that he practiced until his untimely death.


Our mission at Community Family Centers is to equip families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient members of the community.  We strive to achieve our mission and educate our clients through each of our four core programs because we understand and value the importance of advancement through lifelong learning. 


We begin fostering the importance of education with children as young as three years old through the Los Ninos Early Childhood Montessori Program. Our Youth Services Program offers prevention education and intervention during the academic school year to students ages 5-17 at eighteen HISD schools in Houston’s Greater East End. Our Family Support Services Program educates the community through a wide range of comprehensive support services within the agency’s continuum of care. Our Adult Education Program provides courses of instruction to individuals 18 years of age or older to gain the skills and education necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and a higher standard of living. Courses offered include English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE),  and General Educational Development Diploma (GED). 


I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you and speak with you in greater detail about our programs and services related to education.  Its never to late to expand your knowledge or overcome your circumstances.  Registration for GED and ESL classes is currently underway.  Let Community Family Centers assist you in achieving your goals.  In the words of Cesar Chavez, “¡Si se puede!” 





Maritza Guerrero





This Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday, May 7, 2016, Community Family Centers, our partners and supporters will celebrate the 9th annual Family Power Walk.


This very special event is a salute to the mothers in our community for their efforts to help their families move toward self-sufficiency and economic advancement.



The 2016 Family Power Walk Grand Marshal is Alma Gonzalez, owner of Mamacita’s and El Jardin Mexican Restaurants with her husband Joe.


For more information please contact Lucia Gonzalez or Antonio Zapata at 713.923.2316 or


 Step into a Healthy Future

Texas Health Steps and Texas STAR at CFC


Help you find a doctor, dentist, or case manager

Help you make an appointment for a checkup

Help you get a ride or money for gas


Help you choose a health plan

Help you choose a doctor

Help you change your plan

Help you get a STAR ID card

Help you learn more about Children’s Medicaid Dental Services.


Need help? Visit with Isabel Valdez, Texas Star/Star+PLUS Representative at Community Family Centers on the first Monday of each month from 10:00am-11:30am.  Please call 713-923-2316 for more information.





H&R Block Referral Program

Raise Money for CFC This Tax Season



Raise money for Community Family Centers by having H&R Block prepare your taxes.  Simply take a CFC/H&R Block Referral Form with our special code on it to your participating H&R Block office and feel good knowing that you helped CFC raise money while you received exceptional tax preparation service.