May 2012 Newsletter






“Empowering People To Help Themselves”





A Word From Rev. Leslie Smith 

Approximately 30 years ago, I was given a dream from God.  In this dream I could see troubled people lined up going into “crack houses”. However, they were going into the houses to receive help with social issues that were causing them affliction.  They were going in one way, but coming out completely changed!  I knew that it was God’s plan for me to purchase and remodel those crack houses in the Third Ward community and make a change in the lives of others.  When we reach out to people, it is our intent to give as we have been so fortunately blessed.  I am challenging you today to make it your life’s work to also be a blessing to others.  By doing so, we cause Change to Happen in someone’s life.   




2012 Halliburton Hometown Hero Program


Nominations are now open for the 2012 Halliburton Hometown Hero Program! Through the Hometown Hero Program, members of the greater Houston community are invited to nominate a local charity that is going above and beyond to make our community a better place to live and work. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, June 1, and will only be accepted online at Please enter the fields on the website to nominate Change Happens, and then encourage your family and friends to do the same! The three local charities that receive the most nominations will each receive a $5,000 donation from Halliburton. Each of the 10 local charities receiving the most nominations will receive tickets to one home game during the 2012 season, as well as air time on the Houston Texans Radio program on SportsRadio 610 to promote the charity on the week leading up to and on the day of the game.   



Children's Health DayChildren’s Health Day   

 For the past 12 years, Change Happens! has designed and hosted this city-wide free event at Almeda Mall in an effort to provide families with information needed to live a healthy lifestyle, especially at the start of the school year. There will be 80 vendors at the event including health care agencies and community organizations, to educate and provide assistance to families. There will be Free immunizations, Health Screenings, Live Entertainment, and Giveaways. This year the event will be held in two locations. The first event will be held at Greenspoint Mall, Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:00am – 2:00pm and the second event will be held at Almeda Mall Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Volunteers will be needed. Contact Jeness Sherrell at 713-374-1200 for additional information.



Hype Program – 

“Making A Difference”    

A group of 5th graders who completed the HYPE Program (Helping Youth Prevent Engaging In Risky Behavior) decided to take on a community service project themselves by hosting a Senior Brunch in their apartment complex.  The energetic group of youth interacted, socialized, and served brunch to the senior citizens.  They were very proud to share the information they learned in the HYPE class with the senior citizens.  Although they have completed the program, many of our youth have committed to continuing to “Make A Difference” in their communities.


The HYPE Program is an after-school intervention that serves youth in 5th-8th grades at after school program locations using an evidence – based curriculum. The curriculum helps teens identify their goals and helps them to consider how having sex might prevent them from achieving those goals, and enhances teens ability to communicate their desire to remain abstinent.



Table Slam Charity Event




The Mercury Room will be hosting

Table Slam Charity Event
Saturday – June 16, 2012


Dominoes, Bid Whist & Spades Tournament

Location-Mercury Room 1010 Prairie Houston, TX

Doors open at 6:30 pm and tournament starts at 7:30pm
$50 Registration per team
$35 Registration for Individuals (partners will be chosen at tournament)
$10 General Admission (Free for registered players)
Registration fee’s must be paid by June 10

All proceeds will benefit Change Happens! Rescue Youth Program

21 & Up to participate / $500 First Place Cash Prizes
Contact Anita at 713-374-1291                



Administrative Professionals Day   

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their growing and diverse contributions to the workplace.  This year Rev. Leslie Smith celebrated the day with Kae Shakir, Anita Bates and Yuri Pena.


Comcast Care Volunteers

Comcast Cares Day

On April 21, 2012 Change Happens! volunteers worked with Comcast employees, friends and families to “roll up their sleeves for a day of service”.  This project consisted of community clean-up, painting, gardening, and much more.  Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 with 6,100 volunteers at nearly 110 projects. Today it is an annual celebration of our year-round work powering dreams in our communities. 

Lemonade Day


Lemonade Day is a fun and experiential learning program where communities across the nation unite to teach youth how to start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand. The students at Change Happens! created their own business plan that included product ingredients, flavors, prices, and other selling points. The students decided to make an original lemonade, strawberry lemonade, mango lemonade, and Arnold Palmers (tea and lemonade together). We were a huge success, the students had a great time, and  learned so much about operating their own businesses through a lemonade stand.

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Thank you for your generosity! Your support enables us to continue to make “Change Happen” in the lives of others!!!