Nehemiah Center, Inc.

aka Nehemiah Center, Inc.   |   Houston, TX   |  www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org

Mission

The Nehemiah Center is a multi-faceted ministry model that provides assistance to low income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness and spiritual enrichment. Our motto is Neighbors helping neighbors create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired and equipped to realize their God-given potential. Our goal is to build childrens lives, minds, hearts and spirits by working with the entire family. The Center serves and follows the children as toddlers through their college years by engaging and retaining family participation year after year, creating the opportunity to build trust and a sense of community through relationships.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Tonia Labbe

Main address

5015 Fannin St.

Houston, TX 77004 USA

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Formerly known as

The Nehemiah Neighborhood Center

EIN

76-0437157

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Nehemiah Center is a multi-faceted ministry model that provides assistance to low income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness and spiritual enrichment. This Christian-based non-profit organization works with children attending public schools in Houston's inner city. The Nehemiah model is a holistic approach to building children's lives, minds, hearts and spirits by working with the entire family. The Center serves and follows the children as toddlers through their college years by engaging and retaining family participation year after year, creating the opportunity to build trust and a sense of community through relationships. We provide services to assist children in overcoming barriers to their academic success.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pre Kindergarten Program

Education for at-risk children, ages 3-5 years in inner-city Houston

Population(s) Served

Afterchool enrichment program for children K-5th grade for at-risk children from inner-city Houston

Population(s) Served

It is an exciting time of growth for the Nehemiah Center! We not only continue to provide much needed services to our families; but we are able to elevate and expand our community impact by pioneering projects such as the Discovery Middle School. The rationale for this initiative is compelling: early adolescents are at a critical juncture in development. Habits of mind and body begin to solidify and lay a foundation for subsequent high school performance. Great promise exists in the middle years, but so does excessive peril when systemic conditions of poverty threaten student achievement. As such, Nehemiah leadership and community have rallied to address this trend as well as the achievement gap with a transformative initiative for middle school students and their families.

Population(s) Served

Afterschool program for children in grades 6th-12th to promote higher education

Population(s) Served

A program designed to help families create healthy home environments. Services include life skills training, counseling, parenting workshops, child development , youth development, referrals to community services, and crisis assistance.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 2000

Collaborative for Children 2003

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2003

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2011

Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative 2011

Greater Houston Partnership 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Although the Nehemiah Center begins with educating the child, we are very good at taking a holistic approach to supporting families of low socio-economic status. Unlike other educational organizations, we understand that the parent must be engaged in the process if the child is to succeed. Our mandatory parent education classes coupled with required volunteer hours make the parent accountable to be invested in the child's education. Clients pay minimal program fees for their child. If they are unable to pay, then they may volunteer at the Center to replace the fee until they are able to get back on their feet. We know that educating the parents and offering therapeutic support is key. We build rapport, find resources, and put an individualized plan together for each and every family.

We begin at the point of academic enrichment for the child but the goal is to stabilize and develop the family. We give parents the opportunity to be part of the solution for the child's academic success. Parents find dignity in being a member of a community. Our families learn to create their own solutions within the context of emotional support. Academics and relationships are improved, and a college education becomes part of the plan.

VOLUNTEERS
Last year, 883 volunteers worked a total of 8,457 hours supporting the Center in many ways. Some devote time developing personal relationships each week by tutoring and mentoring the same students. Others volunteer for special events such as our fall festival, holiday dinners and fundraising activities. The Center relies heavily on our volunteers to support our programs and services.

COLLABORATIONS
We collaborate with other nonprofit organizations in Houston to provide our clients with counseling, speech therapy, low-cost dental and medical treatments and other specialized services. For our families in financial crisis, we rely heavily on our longstanding partnerships with the Houston Food Bank, the Emergency Aid Coalition, Krist Samaritan Center, Main Street Ministries, the Star of Hope, Christian Community Services and many other non-profits. Below is an example of some of the organizations and how we collaborate:

Nehemiah programs have expanded to include the Mommy & Me Program is for two year old children and their mothers. Targeting “word poverty," the tremendous gap in language development seen in impoverished families, this program educates parents on the importance of verbal interaction to ensure academic success for young students.

The Prekindergarten Program, accredited by the University of Texas Health Science Center's Children's Learning Institute as being Texas School Ready! provides an academically and emotionally enriching environment for children ages 3 – 5, with instruction for basic school readiness.

The Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) is an after school program that has been in operation for 20 years, serving children from the neighboring schools through homework instruction, reading and math remediation, academic and cultural enrichment, and through social services including care in mental health and free medical and dental assistance.

College Prep Program (CPP) is designed to prepare middle and high school students for higher education, and assists parents in navigating the educational system. Students receive academic tutoring, exposure to college life through campus visits, and entrance exams preparation through SAT and ACT prep classes. Career assessment tools may be used to provide both students and parents with vital information to make well-informed decisions. We also offer college scholarships through the Fred Alcorn Scholarship Fund.

Discovery Middle School educates, feeds and ministers to Houston's growing number of at-risk children. DMS exists to level the playing field for students from low-income families by allowing them to reap the benefits of an extremely small learning environment that is specifically geared toward their needs, challenges and learning styles.

Our goal of reaching the entire family through our programming is continually realized as entire families make use of the Center's myriad of resources and we believe that the realization of this goal is making a difference in the lives of our children and throughout our community.

Family Services:
•Parent Involvement Program: Adult Education, English as a Second Language, Computer Literacy, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial Workshops, Micro-Finance for Women in Business, Community Awareness, College Prep Program for Parents-educating them about the process, Magnet Programs, Volunteerism-within the Center and within the community at large, Learning Challenges, Advocating for your Child, Selecting appropriate extracurricular activities for your Child.
•Effective Parenting Program: series of workshops that all new parents are required to participate in and includes 25 hours of parenting techniques presented in both English and Spanish. The ten sessions are conducted throughout the fall semester. The curriculum incorporates alternative disciplines, role playing, guest speakers, activities and informal discussions on parenting techniques.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nehemiah Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Black

Jim Birchfield

First Presbyterian Church

Jennifer Black

JGBLAW, P.C.

Frank Burge

Brian Carmichael

Shell Oil Company

Rebecca Crane

N/A

Debbie Hanna

Ross Love

John Reed

Carlton Wilde, Jr.

James Williams

Wells Fargo

Kent Woodard

N/A

Joni Calkins

Roula Smith

Craig Hicks

Matthew Boucher

Matthew Moellers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/14/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.