Category: Community Engagement
Building self-confidence with every step: How two East Aldine sisters are taking the lead after attending dance classes at a BakerRipley Community Center
For Maria Esperanza Saucedo and her family, a passion for Mexican Folkloric dancing runs deep. The mother, her son and
Meet Sandra Comeaux, our volunteer of the year
Have you ever known someone who just made the world a better place? Maybe their positive energy seems limitless. Or
Voices of DACA, a BakerRipley Conversation
June 15, 2022, marks a historic moment: the 10th anniversary of the announcement of DACA. While this anniversary will forever
Shell & BakerRipley change lives together in Deer Park
Today, we celebrate Shell for making an amazing one million dollar legacy investment in Deer Park through its partnership with
Rachel’s Story: from Tragedy to Transformation
FROM A TRAGIC START “I did come from somewhat of a broken home,” Rachel recalls, momentarily lost in the memory.
BakerRipley and Verizon team up in support of digital inclusion
Together with Verizon, our aim is to build digital resiliency among our neighbors.
From the BakerRipley Food Fairs
The agency is evolving its services and programs to best serve our neighbors during these times.
Census 2020: Working for a complete count
BakerRipley is working to inform our neighbors about the importance of Census 2020.
Neighbor starts non-profit to revitalize East End skate park
“Not everyone has the chance to run a non-profit and have people who support you. I’m making the most of it, as these opportunities don’t open up for us every day.”
Finding Connection in East Aldine
“Every time I step inside the campus I feel a sense of pride that I haven’t found anywhere else.”
Xochitl Avalos: Co-Founder of Café con la Policia
At Heart of Gold 2019, Xochitl described her project that connects community members with police officers.
Gulfton Community Engineer Recognized
After finding community at BakerRipley’s Gulfton Sharpstown campus, Maria Hernandez joined the Community Engineers program and started a group that changed Gulfton’s parks.
“The only way to create change is to be engaged.”
Graci Garces, BakerRipley’s Director of Community Engagement, shares tips on how to stay engaged and how we’ve seen neighbors generate positive change for Houston.
The Truth about JUNETEENTH
“In recent years the sentiment about Juneteenth that I felt growing up seems to be eroding.” – Marlon A. Smith, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Policy and Engagement.
A battle with depression inspired her to help other women
After battling with depression for two years, Lorena found encouragement when she visited Harbach – Ripley to participate in various wellness initiatives. There she began conquering her fears and flourishing as a leader.
“The Station” Skatepark is a concrete reality
“I’m feeling spectacular. I’ve never felt this anxiety, happiness and exctasy at the same time. It’s awesome,” said Cameron Wienman, a High School student and one of the skater visionaries.
Video: Teens wish for peace and unity as they look to the future
“What makes our community strong is that we can come together in these centers and just participate in activities that we don’t usually participate in – it just brings us together as a family.”
Art the Vote
We recently attended Art of the Vote, a nontraditional voter engagement event by BakerRipley and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH).
Skatepark dream becomes a reality for Gulfton youth
“After this day, our dream will finally be met and we will have the skatepark we always wanted in our neighborhood,” Cameron Wieman said during the Gulfton Skatepark groundbreaking.
Leading by example
We see leaders in our communities every day. From the community engineers who organized to control stray animals in their neighborhood, to the teens who worked with private funders, city officials and our organization to build a $1 million skate park.
US Election: How You Can Help Vote for Good
This November we all have an important responsibility–to help our neighbors get out and vote. There is too much at stake to not be a part of the process – too much at stake for our neighbors, our community and our country.