Local Infant Formula for Emergencies, Inc., L.I.F.E. Houston is a local, non-profit agency whose mission is to provide emergency nourishment for hungry babies and provide education about proper infant nutrition to families in need through its Food for Hungry Babies program. This program has served over 100,000 families in the greater Houston area and provided more than 2.8 million emergency infant feedings. L.I.F.E. Houston is the only agency solely dedicated to providing access to emergency formula to infants, birth to one year.
Since 1983, Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has helped families have the means to meet their basic needs. Services include emergency financial assistance for families facing homelessness and programs that enable long-term financial self-sufficiency, assure children an improved school experience and facilitate client access to other support networks. Last year, MAM helped over 19,000 individuals.
Small Steps Nurturing Center provides an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families. Small Steps offers a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to 180 children ages two through six living in poverty. Through operating two preschools in the First and Fifth Wards of Houston, Small Steps invests in the lives of their students by meeting their needs, intervening early, and setting them on a path filled with greater opportunities.
SpringSpirit was founded in 2010 to provide underserved children opportunities for success in life through enrichment and training that supports them in mind, body and soul. Now, over 800 children and their families come to SpringSpirit each week for mentoring, tutoring/homework help, Christian education, team sport training and practice, and personalized planning and preparation for life after High School.
Undies for Everyone distributes new underwear to Houston area disadvantaged elementary and middle school students, promoting dignity, self-esteem and confdence to stay in school. In addition to directly serving students, 450 school nurses also receive an emergency supply of underwear to assist disadvantaged children who experience an accident and have no “spare pair”. Over 400,000 pair of underwear have been distributed since UFE began in 2012 and in 2016 served 90,000 children.
The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Houston was established in 1972 as an interdisciplinary academic program encompassing the liberal arts, education, and social sciences focusing on the Mexican American and broader Latino experience in the U.S. Its mission is to advance knowledge, promote critical thinking and foster the value of service to the community. This involves designing a broad spectrum of public and scholarly programs. Located within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CMAS has evolved into an academic unit with several major components: teaching, research and publications, recruitment and retention, leadership training, academic advising, and community service.