HOUSTON NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP
In 2005, Neighborhood Church began a partnership with the staff and families of Houston Elementary School in north Visalia.
WHY HOUSTON SCHOOL?
In 2005, Houston School was in bad shape. Based on state test scores, Houston was ranked 23rd out of 24 schools in Visalia. The school was put into “program improvement” status.
Neighborhood Church wanted to make a positive impact on our city. We asked Visalia Unified how we could help. They recommended a partnership with Houston School.
In the last decade we have seen amazing changes take place in this neighborhood.
Houston Neighborhood Park is open from 5am-9pm during non-school hours. It’s located at the corner of Houston Ave and Turner St.
To celebrate 10 years of partnership, we challenged our church to take our Houston Neighborhood Partnership to a whole new level. In 2016, we wanted to see 2,016 people do something in the Houston neighborhood to make a positive impact. People got creative and did all kinds of different projects:
- Some supported the local economy and became “regulars” at local restaurants…
- Others donated clothing and put on a yard sale to raise money for the school…
- Others were mentors and ate lunch with kids every week…
- A group started a Pen Pal program…
- High school students started a dance class
- A few men started a free karate class…
All together, our grand total of acts of love for our Houston neighbors in 2016 was 2,735!
Thanks to the dedication of parents, kids, school staff, the Visalia Police Department, local non-profits, after school programs and countless volunteers from Neighborhood Church, the school and the Houston neighborhood look much different!
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Get involved in these Houston Neighborhood Partnership initiaves: