After a long week, the kids at the Falls of Bellaire Resource Center got together for memories and ice cream. We had about 15 kids spend the afternoon with us. It was a wonderful opportunity to open up, share, and have fun. However, there was a very important reason for the gathering, to learn about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Our two primary Apartment complexes for Apartments Are Communities (AAC) are The Falls of Bellaire (formerly known as the Mint and the Mai) Apartments in Alief and the Linda Vista Apartments in Northwest Houston. It was a busy year for both and some transition as a new management group took over The Falls of Bellaire and a new Resident Coordinator for Linda Vista.
2015 was a great year for Empower Houston Leaders (EHL).
This year we had five classes from Alief to Greater Third Ward to Downtown Houston. The classes graduated over 50 leaders and were as diverse as the City of Houston. EHL's fluidity, and adaptability to the interest, relevancy, and needs of each group were highlighted this year. Rather than a program that is rigid and focused on each step, EHL evolves, adapts, and focuses on the individual group's interest and progress.
Both Apartments are Communities Resource Centers put the Holiday in the Happiest Time of the Year with two very different events. Both centers focused on giving adults a break from excited children with eyes all aglow and give the kids something different to do besides deciding the best strategy to pack extra niceness in before the big day.
Linda Vista Resource Center had a wonder event. The youngest residents were invited to put their feelings on canvas. Some used words and some used pictures. There were hearts for love, flowers for happiness, and a lion for bravery.
TTEF working with The Friends of the Alief Parks Board held a painting party to paint the Alief Community Center. Beautification of the Center helped to brighten the building and created more inviting spaces. Barbara Quattro a former EHL grad and President of the Alief Superneighborhood Council organized the event. Barbara is dedicated to the Alief community and works nonstop for its improvement.
There was a great celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday at the Falls of Bellaire Resource Center. We took the opportunity to hold a resident appreciation appreciation. Resident volunteers walked the apartment complex to make sure everyone knew about the event.
Texans Together joined Alief YMCA for their Thanksgiving Holiday Giving in November. 210 families attended the event to receive access to community resources, and a Thanksgiving Dinner Box with turkey, sides and fixings. There was music, games, and information tables set up for the very lively crowd.
Falls of Bellaire Resource Center got together to start the Thanksgiving holidays early. Crayons at the ready, the littlest residents got down to business. Soon rainbow turkeys were out in full force. They joined the rest of the Resource Center's colorful critter creations on the craft wall.