When tragedy strikes, it can be hard for a family and community to recover. But sometimes, tragedy can inspire changes for the better. This was the case for the Long family who lost their recent high school graduate, Molly, in 1998. Following this loss, Molly’s sister Julia began The Love Molly Fund. “I started The Love Molly Fund as a way to honor her,” said Julia Long, owner of The Purple Cat and president of The Love Molly Fund. “It started with me and a couple of friends raising a little money and donating it out every year. It was real small scale.” As time went on priorities shifted and The Love Molly Fund was put on the back burner. After a recent move to Houston, Julia immediately noticed the outstanding number of homeless dogs living on the city streets, and the incredible … [Read more...] about The Purple Cat, The Love Molly Fund team up for dogs
As clouds rolled over a gloomy Thursday afternoon, Rebecca Bass gazed proudly out over her students’ nearly completed art car and couldn’t help but be filled with pride and joy at the strides that have been taken over the last few months—on both the project and in her students’ lives. Her Heights High School students may be fashioning ‘just a car’ for Houston’s annual Art Car Parade April 8 on the surface, but for Bass and her crew the meaning runs much deeper. “I saw what a fantastic group project it is, how they get to meet adults and be in an adult world,” said the retired HISD educator who now serves as the art car specialist and first glimpsed the idea during her HISD tenure. “They get to meet artists from all over the world, they get to feel important, and they get to work … [Read more...] about Heights High art car ready to ride once again
Everything we see in this world today is the fruits of someone’s labor--someone who came before us and made a way. Seeing as today’s elderly generation were a part of the fabric of this city, it only seems right to pay them back in any small manner, and 223 residents of a local senior living community now have a facility best-suited for their needs. On Thursday, March 23, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Heights community as the Houston Heights Tower celebrated completion of a $12 million facelift and renovation two years in the making in the heart of the Heights at 330 W. 19th Street. “Forty years went by, and the building needed work,” said Tom Forrester Lord, president of the Housing Corporation of Greater Houston, of the midrise built in 1975. “We were seeing pipes leak and the … [Read more...] about Senior living – new Heights
Mark Williamson knows too well the issues Super Neighborhood 15 (Greater Heights) has encountered in revitalization efforts. With that in mind, when he was elected president for a second time last year, he vowed to be more aggressive in his efforts to restore the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood to the beacon it once was. In an attempt to re-awaken what has fallen from a vibrant super neighborhood to a dormant organization over the last several years, Super Neighborhood 15 gathered for its annual meeting Monday, March 27. Monday’s get together was the first since 2016, and has become annual instead of quarterly – the result of declining interest that seems to have pervaded the group since before Williamson initially left the presidency a few years ago. “The Memorial and Houston … [Read more...] about Can Super Neighborhoods still work?
After an oil crisis in the early 1980s local Houstonians were broke and reaching out to their churches for guidance. In 1989 this outbreak of financial need caused 10 churches to band together and create the Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance, also known as MANNA. Today MANNA is known for its small thrift shop and big heart. While serving 13 zip codes and an average of 1,000 people a month, MANNA has made its mark in this community. Although most people know about their resale shop, MANNA also provides numerous other services. These include a food pantry on 34th Street; financial and nutrition classes on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Saint James; clothing vouchers; a community food fair every third Saturday of the month; and other seasonal events like … [Read more...] about MANNA continues the mission of local ministries