January Newsletter 2013



Change Happens! January 2013 Newsletter

“Empowering Families To Help Themselves”


A Word From Rev. Leslie Smith II 


The new year always brings new goals and resolutions.  If your New Year’s resolutions from last year has gone unresolved just know that you are not alone. The new year is just that, NEW!  While you can start something new any day of the year, January 1st is always an opportunity to start a new set of goals and achieve them.  This is the time to sit down and think back on the past year and think about what your goals are moving forward.  Starting now look ahead to the future.  It’s not necessarily about wiping the slate clean; but rather evaluating where you are and where you want to be.  Take your experiences with you and set a goal or resolution to work towards. But don’t just make it a goal for 2013, make it a goal that will become a part of you forever.  Incorporate your goals into your daily life and soon it will become second nature.  Think of your goals and resolutions in terms of lifestyle changes; positive things you want to do for the rest of your life.  Let it be something that will become a part of who you are. Most importantly get excited for the opportunity that the new year brings – to make positive changes and improve your life!!


Upcoming Events

April 5, 2013
“Planting Seeds & Harvesting Hope” Spring Breakfast

Come and learn more about Change Happens! mission and unique programs,  services and future goals.

 Please contact Anita Bates for more information at 713-374-1291 or abates@changehappenstx.org


  June 8, 2013
Multicultural Health Festival

The Houston Health Festival is a “free” family friendly one-day outdoor festival and has goals to unite Houston’s multicultural communities to elevate the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle and help eliminate Houston’s ranking on the national “Fattest Cities in America” list compiled by Men’s Fitness Magazine. Come out and enjoy the fun…There will be Health Screenings, Food Vendors, Product Vendors and Entertainment.

Please contact Anita Bates for more information at 713-374-1291 or abates@changehappenstx.org


November 1, 2013
“Making Change Happen”
9th Annual Fall Luncheon 

Please contact Anita Bates for more information at 713-374-1291 or abates@changehappenstx.org  





The HYPE program has completed the first grant year, exceeding its goal by nearly 100 participants. Not only have youth received services, but the HYPE program has also provided services to many of the parents. The HYPE program is now kicking off its 2nd year and is currently partnering with Fifth Ward Enrichment Program to create community service opportunities targeting the Fifth Ward community.


Currently HYPE 2.0 is in preparation for the BART (Becoming a Responsible Teen) facilitator training, taking placing January 28- 30, 2013.





Change Happens!
Featured Sponsor ~

CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy touches the lives of its customers each and every day by delivering safe, reliable electricity and natural gas, but that’s not all that they do. Through community development, economic development, health and human services, outreach and education CenterPoint Energy works to improve the quality of life in the communities where it does business, especially here in Houston.Whether it’s through a run, walk, drive or various other involvements with local non-profits and other organizations, CenterPoint Energy employees take a leadership role in making positive change happen. Each year its employees, family members and retirees provide tens of thousands of hours in our schools – making them better places to learn, and in our neighborhoods – making them safer places to live. CenterPoint Energy has been a long-time supporter of Change Happens through its sponsorship of programs, educating the youth and parents on power safety, provide youth with annual school supplies, and volunteering at numerous events and community service projects. CenterPoint Energy is a company of people who care about its businesses, its customers and its communities, and understands that they can’t be successful if its communities are not healthy and strong. CenterPoint Energy’s goal is to do what they can to help make each of their locations a better place to live, to work and to conduct business. Thank you CenterPoint Energy for all that you do for the community and our organization!


Please click on the link to watch the CenterPoint Energy School Supply Drive at Change Happens!  http://youtu.be/ZtVWn2x3v1I

Change Happens!
HIV Program


Change Happens! HIV program is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop healthier lifestyles. The intent is to reach low income communities, intravenous drug users, and sex workers. Whats different about our program is that it’s focused on the neighborhood as a unit of intervention because anyone who has had unprotected sex or used intravenous drugs could be at risk of contracting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Instead of focusing strictly on individual risky behaviors we’re trying to encourage the entire community to get tested. A team of outreach workers go throughout the community and encourage residents to get tested via its mobile testing unit. It only takes approximately 20 minutes to receive preliminary results to find out if a patient is HIV positive or not. Going regularly into communities Change Happens! has found that young people in particular have begun to seek out the outreach team for testing and information. The units also offer counseling and condoms . We have young people who come up to the mobile unit asking questions that they don’t feel comfortable asking their parents. One of the health educators stated; “It is extremely rewarding to think that I can help these young people prevent contracting the virus. I am also helping to prevent teen pregnancy”.


January is National Mentoring Month 

The overall goal of the program is to match youth in confinement with a caring adult mentor that will help facilitate their successful reintegration into the community, thereby reducing recidivism, enhancing safety and community capacity.



AKA Christmas Party


Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority came out to Change Happens! to help put smiles on the faces of the youth participants in the Change Happens! After School Program.  These ladies definitely made some wishes come true.  We thank you and appreciate all that you do for our organization!



Change Happens! End Of Year Campaign 


On November 1, 2012 we kicked off our year end campaign to raise money to help cover expenses incurred for our 2013 Summer & After-School Program. We would like to thank everyone who supported us in this endeavor.  If you still would like to make a donation, please feel free to click on the link below.  We definitely appreciate your support and your donation will have a life changing impact.
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to help the youth participants in the Change Happens! After-School and Summer Program.