August 2012 Newsletter



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Children’s Health Day

For the past 12 years, Change Happens! has designed and hosted this city-wide free event in an effort to provide families with information needed to live a healthy lifestyle, especially at the start of the school year. There were 80 vendors at the event to educate and provide assistance to families. There were free immunizations, Health Screenings, Live Entertainment, and Giveaways. The first event was at Greenspoint Mall, and the second event will be held at Almeda Mall Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Contact Jeness Sherrell at 713-374-1200 for additional information.





Thank You
Jones, Lang & LaSalle 

A special thank you to Jones, Lang & LaSalle for spending the afternoon with the youth of the Change Happens! Summer Program and for providing them with the opportunity to learn more about Commercial Real Estate.




Houston Young Lawyers Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk



Come out and participate in the Houston Young Lawyers  


2012  5-K  Run/Walk

on Saturday, August 25, 2012. This end of the summer race

will start at 7:30 am


The Heritage Society across from

Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston,

Online registration is highly encouraged at:

There will also be race day registration, but please get there early to register.

We Look forward to seeing you there!!!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Change Happens! 

“Empowering Families To Help Themselves”

Change Happens! August 2012 Newsletter

A Word From Rev. Leslie Smith II

As the Summer season draws to a close, we ought to relish these last days before
the reality of end-of-summer is upon us. Summertime is a great time to relax, recharge and re-organize our resources and lives. Not just our outer lives, but our inner lives as well. Take stock in how things are going, what changes you’d like to make, and set the plan in motion for the Fall.  Resolve to stop worrying about things over which you have no control.  Decide what you need in your life to be happy and let go of the rest.  Don’t clutter your life and mind with unnecessary beliefs, habit
s, things or with negative thoughts or people. Learn how to manage your  time better so you’ll be able to attend your kids’ school events,meet friends for dinner, get to the gym or take up a hobby. Remember that change can be a good thing and when one door closes, another one opens – or maybe it’ll be a window.  Clear the clutter and make space for God’s blessings!! 

Change Happens! 2012 Kids’ University 

A future that includes college is a dream that Kids’ University attempts to instill in children who reside in homeless shelters and other high risk areas. This year, Change  

Happens! along with children ages 6-15 converged on the campus of The University of Houston for a five day event that gave participants a simulated college experience.  The week ended with a graduation ceremony for participants.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors! 

CenterPoint Energy Provides School Supplies to Change Happens! Youth

For kids, part of the back-to-school excitement comes with getting new crayons, folders, backpacks and other school supplies. However, many kids will show up on the first day of school lacking the necessary tools to succeed; pencil and paper. Special thanks to CenterPoint Energy for teaming up again with Change Happens! in providing school supplies to the underprivileged children in our community. Thank you CenterPoint for truly making a difference in the lives of our children! 

Satterfield & Pontikes teaches Change Happens! youth about the Construction Industry

Children should become familiar with different careers to help them discover their passions. It is important to encourage children to stay ambitious with their dreams by helping them explore career options.
One of the most  difficult parts of
growing up is determining what you
want to be. You can help your children
ease into adulthood by demonstrating
the advantages and drawbacks of various careers, The youth in the Change Happens! summer program spent the afternoon at Satterfield & Pontikes learning about the Construction Industry.  The youth learned that the construction industry is a career for both men and women.  One of the youth stated she thought she wanted to be a nurse, but she now wants to attend college and learn how to design buildings in  her neighborhood. 

“Making Change Happen” Fall Luncheon 


The day is fast approaching

And we can hardly wait 

We want you to celebrate with us 

So be sure to save the date! 



                                Honoring ~ The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation


Friday, November 2, 2012    
11:30am – 1:00pm

@ The Junior League of Houston 


For Fall Luncheon Ticket or sponsorship information contact
Anita Bates @ 713-374-1291 or 

To Make A Donation

We appreciate your generosity & support!