This year, BakerRipley’s Heart of Gold proved to be more than the average luncheon.
BakerRipley’s Small Business announced “Lánzate Houston” winners.
“I walked door-to-door as a postal employee and delivered recovery information to residents. The whole neighborhood flooded, so everyone needed help. Eventually, BakerRipley information came from a client on my mail route.” – Clayton Jackson, BakerRipley Disaster Recovery neighbor
“That is the message that I have for young people – do what is right and take what you have and make it the best.” – Bobbie Wooten Moorehead
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.
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.
“I knew the keys to my success were Dorothy and Robin with BakerRipley. They made me feel comfortable, I prayed for them and I trusted they would help me get my home put back together – and they did!” – Betty Cole, BakerRipley Disaster Recovery Neighbor
“The Houston Turkey Trot is the reason I started running.”
“Natasha and her 11 neighbors that I’m working with hold a special place in my heart. These are hard-working families trying to make it. Harvey came in and ravaged this place of dreams. They are trying to bounce back and BakerRipley is helping.” – Mara Busey, BakerRipley Disaster Case Manager
For Sidia and Mario Guzman, coffee is much more than a simple beverage. It is part of their identity and a way of life
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.
Meet some of the entrepreneurs that have participated in our Entrepreneur Connection Program
We talked with Estella Gonzalez, Assistant Director of Economic Opportunity, about what makes our Entrepreneurship Connection program unique.
“We just ripped carpet out of a house last week. It had been soaked from Harvey flood waters from over a year ago and you could see and smell the mold in the home the moment we walked through the door.” – Sommer Harrison, BakerRipley Home Restoration Program Director
Learn how we’re helping families recover over the past year in this comprehensive progress report.
“BakerRipley has really impacted my journey as a business owner and truly I’m just getting started.” – Patricia Slind
Check out our August 2018 Disaster Recovery Update and learn about our impact in disaster recovery work one year after Hurricane Harvey hit the region.
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.
“It’s unbelievable that BakerRipley transformed NRG Center overnight into a shelter so many called home for a day or weeks. There was no task too small for volunteers to do and most just wanted to help.” – Tejal Patel, NRG Center Shelter Volunteer.
It Really Does Take an Army: Residents Recovering From Hurricane Harvey Benefit from Agency Collaboration
Walmart quietly made a generous donation of 360 palettes to BakerRipley to help the area recover from Hurricane Harvey. The Salvation Army partnered to help store and distribute the items. Over six months the items were given out at our six Restoration Centers located in hard-hit communities.
“What BakerRipley has done is give me a running start and I’m so blessed to have the assistance,” BakerRIpley neighbor Linda Jerrols said. “I couldn’t have crossed the finish line without my disaster case managers help.”
Houston Texans Defensive End JJ Watt announced today the JJ Watt Foundation is donating $2 million to BakerRipley for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.