A fresh cup of coffee or a delicious dish are pleasures all to themselves, but with some local businesses, the good feelings continue after the meal is over. Coffee shop and non-profit A 2nd Cup, located at 1111 East 11th Street, started in 2012 — not only to raise awareness about human trafficking in Houston, but also to help survivors start over. Development and Communications Director Julie Jackson said that until 2015, A 2nd Cup occupied what they lovingly referred to as their “incubator” space in next door’s Vineyard Church. There is a director staff of three – Jackson, Executive Director and founder Erica Raggett, and Operations Director Brooke Evans who all operate under the leadership of a board of directors. “While none of us have personally dealt with the direct effects … [Read more...] about Changing lives one coffee cup, meal at a time
According to recent statistics by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the number of Green homes are growing. The USGBC says that 84 percent of all residential construction has some sustainable features. A 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study found that the residential green construction market in the US is expected to grow from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018. While more than 370,105 residential units have earned LEED certification as of July 2017 around the world, it’s not every homeowner who has time to pursue the certification, even if they are striving to make their home as green as they can. One such homeowner is interior designer Dianne Murata, who along with petroleum geologist husband Robb Bunge, built a new, environmentally friendly home in Garden … [Read more...] about What does it mean to go Green?
The homeless encampments growing under Highway 290 and Interstate 610 may be nowhere close to the size and impact of those in downtown Houston, but they are still raising concern among residents in this area. “It’s not safe for them to be there, [and] not conducive to residents in the area,” said Scott Lewis. “The city and county needs to step up on this.” Mary Lamb made note of a couple living at I-610 and Ella on the west side of the street. “Several requests to 311 have been fruitless,” she said. Readers may remember Mayor Sylvester Turner’s March 2017 initiative ‘The Way Home’ which aimed to place 500 chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing within six months. The city surpassed the goal, housing nearly 550 individuals. At the same time, numerous city … [Read more...] about New camps spur area concerns
If there was a wanted poster of the most maligned protein, gluten would be on it. Whether it be the prevalence of gluten free recipes or the prominent gluten free labels on many grocery store items, gluten is enemy number one. But should it be? Dr. Pippa Evans, a family doctor in Houston who was formerly a staff physician at Duke Medical Center, said that the biggest problems gluten is known to cause are for those with Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disorder in individuals who have variants in one of two specific genes. It wasn’t until after World War II in Europe that doctors discovered the connection between gluten and celiac due to the decrease in the availability of wheat and the declining mortality rates in celiac patients. In the United States, a 1980 article … [Read more...] about What’s the science behind gluten free?
A bargain is hard to resist, and so is the cause for which members of a Houston Harvey Relief Group are hosting a massive clothing sale in the Heights on April 13 and 14. After Hurricane Harvey, Heights resident Viula Torgerson was looking for ways to help those Houstonians most affected. She connected with fellow doers online who have been concentrating their efforts in Northeast Houston where Torgerson says about 70 percent of the housing stock was affected and lower income families have been hardest hit. First were the food drives, including one for fresh fruit and produce. Although clothing wasn’t a major need of residents at first, because people were displaced with nowhere to store things, the relief group started collecting for them. With three drop off areas, and a lot of … [Read more...] about Clothes for a cause in the Heights