“This was one of my dreams and I was able to do it because of BakerRipley and its supporters.”
– Irene Rodriguez
Two years ago, Paola Claros and her husband Santos fled the constant violence in their native Honduras, along with their two young sons Alex and Diego. The boys struggled in school until they transferred to BakerRipley’s New Neighbor school.
BakerRipley serves neighbors of all ages – from 6 months to 96 years old. Our littlest neighbors are part of our Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
In Mexico City, Adriana Sanchez worked as an industrial engineer. But in the United States, she struggled to speak English and couldn’t find work in her field.
“BakerRipley gave me the confidence that I needed, the confidence to do what I needed to do to get through this. I need to do better, I need to it for my friends, my family, and I need to do it for myself.” Sharon Campos, Young Leader.
Our Fab Lab Houston team brings Science Summer Learning projects to our summer camp programs across the city. Check out how kids combined art and science for the Butterfly in the Sky project.
“Helping people brings me joy – seeing them learn something new and seeing when it clicks.”
“You’ll have a student who speaks Arabic, one who speaks Spanish and another that speaks Hindi interacting with one another with very little English and that’s truly a beautiful process to see.” – Parisa Behzadi, Lead Teacher at New Neighbor School
Getting ready for school is a community effort and Chevron brought the giving spirit to our Back-To-School Community Health Fairs all across the city earlier in August.
“I don’t know where I would be without the teachers that have helped me along the way” Luiz Cuevas, 2017 GED Graduate of the Year.
Ernestina “Titi” Leal has been teaching arts and crafts around our community centers for more than eight years. By her count, more than four hundred students have attended her classes.
Yesenia Monterroza, a single mom of 2 boys who have been part of Early Head Start and Head Start program shares how this program has no only made a difference in the lives of her children but also in her personal and professional life.
Jeanette Lemelle, a third grade teacher at Ripley House Elementary, writes about her desire to ignite and nurture each student’s talents and strengths, preparing them to become the civic-minded leaders of tomorrow.