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Built on Partnerships

Built on Partnerships

Families will often spend an additional year or longer rebuilding their homes and lives.

Built on Strength

Built on Strength

A home built on perseverance. A community built on heart.

At the Harbach-Ripley Center

At the Harbach-Ripley Center, There’s Always Something Afoot

Walk out the back door of the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center, and you’ll find yourself in a garden oasis — that you can eat.

The Power of Photography

The Power of Photography

When Avian Molina gets out of school, he usually goes to the library to study with his friends. For the past few weeks, however, he’s spent his afternoons taking pictures of the community.

Stepping up for Volunteer Week

Stepping up for Volunteer Week

One of our corporate volunteer groups just finished a project at one of our centers this month

In Memory of Al Henry

In Memory of Al Henry

All of us at BakerRipley have lost a friend. Houston has lost a true leader.

Community Engineers Take Ownership in the East End

Community Engineers Take Ownership in the East End

Karina and Liliana are trained as community engineers – community members who are passionate about their neighborhood and knowledgeable in governmental structure. When an issue arises, they know who to contact, how and when to make positive change happen.

Behind the Scenes: Helping Flood Victims

Behind the Scenes: Helping Flood Victims

A staff member shares what it’s like to help flood victims

Kicking Back

“Kicking” Back

Gerardo Perez is a black belt martial arts instructor who is giving back to his community in a unique way.

ASPIRE: Connecting 1

ASPIRE: Connecting 1,000 People to Better Jobs

Jared’s dream of becoming a mechanical engineer seemed unreachable – until he found out about the ASPIRE program.

Young Girl Collects Hundreds of Dolls for Houston Children

Young Girl Collects Hundreds of Dolls for Houston Children

As 11-year-old Anita Baker looks over the nearly 200 dolls surrounding her, she grins ear-to-ear. Not because they’re going home with her – but because she knows each and every doll will soon be cradled in the arms of a girl who needs one.

Tax Time

Tax Time

Our Free Tax Preparation Program kicks off in January and we need your help to make 2016 our best year yet! We are looking for volunteers to prepare tax returns and welcome our neighbors to our Neighborhood Tax Centers. Volunteers like Richard Ornelaz.

BROOKINGS: Beyond Baltimore: Building on what we know to create neighborhood opportunities

BROOKINGS: Beyond Baltimore: Building on what we know to create neighborhood opportunities

BakerRipley is featureD on Brookings as an organization pioneering new ways to adapt antipoverty programs to fit the challenges of suburban poverty.

A New Perspective

A New Perspective

The essence of Gulfton- its people as well as life here at BakerRipley Baker Ripley.

Leadership Revisited: Looking Back at Houston’s Response to Hurricane Katrina Evacuation

Leadership Revisited: Looking Back at Houston’s Response to Hurricane Katrina Evacuation

Looking Back at Houston’s Response to Hurricane Katrina Evacuation

Head Start Celebrates 50 Years in Houston

Head Start Celebrates 50 Years in Houston

50 years of providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life.

Making dreams a reality

Making dreams a reality

Making dreams a reality in Gulfton

The engine behind the work of Neighborhood Tax Centers and United Way THRIVE

The engine behind the work of Neighborhood Tax Centers and United Way THRIVE

For many of the families we serve at BakerRipley, coming into our Tax Centers can be the first step to a stronger financial future.

How a group of youth from Southwest Houston are making their dream a reality

How a group of youth from Southwest Houston are making their dream a reality

Juan Dunn’s original letter to Council Member Mike Laster explaining the importance of having a skate park in his community. Juan Dunn is part of a group of skaters who reached out to the Council member who connected them to BakerRipley for mentorship.

A different way to look at aging

A different way to look at aging

When you think about getting older, are you excited, or are you scared? We’re changing the way people think about aging.

Photo Blog: A New Dawn

Photo Blog: A New Dawn

GED Instructor Elmer Romero describes Baker-Ripley from his perspective in a photo essay.

Every Neighbor Has A Voice

Every Neighbor Has A Voice

Our neighbors are strong people who want to transform their communities. We encourage them to let their voices be heard through the civic engagement process.

Four Myths About Katrina’s Impact On Houston

Four Myths About Katrina’s Impact On Houston

In 2005, Houston had a surge of new neighbors come from New Orleans because of the distruction from Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Stephen Klineberg of The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, dispels some myths about Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Houston.

10 Lessons From Our Leap: Why Going Cause-Based Made Work Worthwhile

10 Lessons From Our Leap: Why Going Cause-Based Made Work Worthwhile

Creative firm, The Black Sheep Agency, talks about why working with only caused-based organizations made work feel worthwhile.