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Change Happens! is a nonprofit that transforms the lives of families and children in high-risk communities of the Gulf Coast Region 6. We provide a variety of programs that reflect our mission to help people to empower themselves. Change Happens! relies on support from individuals, foundations, grantors, and corporations interested in improving communities and the lives of families. When it comes to family-focused nonprofits, Change Happens! is a premier provider of services designed to bring positive change to communities.


Change Happens! has grown from one program in 1989, to more than 18 programs today and over 60 employees. Similarly, its service area has expanded beyond Houston's Third Ward to encompass 13 counties in the Gulf Coast region. Since its inception, Change Happens! has offered dynamic programming that aims to provide or restore whatever resources are most scarce in the broken communities it serves.  In many instances, these resources are tangible, yet they are most often the intangible gifts of hope, education, and empowerment. These are the kind of resources that stay with our clients for a lifetime and give them the tools they need to become independent and productive.

Each year, Change Happens! empowers and educates over 100,000 adults and adolescents, while continually positioning itself to increase its impact on local neighborhoods. Today, Change Happens! is headquartered in a new, three-story, 27,000 SF building in Houston’s Third Ward. The building erected on land once occupied by drug houses and condemned properties is more than our headquarters, as its symbolizes the much needed change and rebirth for which Third Ward is overdue. We are here to extend a hand to everyone who has been reaching out for change.


The Core of Who We Are

At Change Happens, diversity, equity, and inclusion are the core of who we are. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees and the people we serve. It is a catalyst for our creativity and connects us closer to our clients and the communities we serve. We begin with defining key terms as we consider how they might be operationalized at Change Happens.

  • Diversity is used to describe individual differences and group/social connections that can be engaged to achieve excellence in our work.

  • Inclusion is used to describe the intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity – in people and in communities with which we connect.

  • Equity is used to describe the approach to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities. It is the recognition that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. We seek to correct the imbalance and ensure that people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to grow, develop and reach their potential.


At Change Happens a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites.

  • We value diversity in culture and thought.

  • We believe diversity enriches the work experience for team members. 

  • We are committed to attracting and supporting staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

  • We believe in our connectedness and in deep collaborations with our clients and communities. 

  • We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. 

  • Change Happens works toward eliminating all oppression, building a culture of inclusion and liberation and honoring the humanity of all individuals, most importantly those who have been traditionally marginalized. 


  • We believe in putting our clients first to create a culture of extraordinary care.

  • We believe in working with each other and our community with trust and respect.

  • We believe in excellence and we don’t settle for anything less.

  • We believe in our connectedness and in deep collaborations which create power and unity.

  • We believe in learning and finding new ways to bring innovative approaches to the work that we do.

  • We believe in personal accountability and accepting ownership.  We stand and occupy a brave space to admit when we are wrong and we have the courage to change.

  • We believe in empowering every person we meet to achieve more and we strive to create opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

  • We value diversity in culture and thought.

  • We believe in the highest standards of integrity in all our actions.

  • We believe in being in a state of elevated awareness, being aware of our effect on the world.

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