People lining up to receive free fresh fruits, vegetables and milk during Northwest Assistance Ministries Mobile Food Pantry

(Houston, May 16, 2017). Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) hosted its first-ever Mobile Food Pantry.

The food distribution was held at NAM’s Joanne Watford Nutrition Center on April 29, 2017. The Mobile Food Pantry handed out more than 9,000 pounds of food purchased from the Houston Food Bank to 245 low-income families from the greater Houston area. The free distribution of fresh fruits, vegetables and milk was conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We are so excited this event was so successful,” explained Kerima Pizzaro, Supervisor at the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center. “Having 245 people really shows the need we have in our community for fresh produce and milk and we are glad we were able to provide that for them. We want to promote better nutrition and motivate people to eat better and make healthier choices for themselves and for their families.”

Along with distributing free food, representatives from NAM’s Children Clinic, Family Violence Center and NAM Resale Store were on site to provide information about NAM’s programs and services.

Special thanks to Dr. Abrol from the American Lung Association for being a part of the event and providing information and education to clients.

The next Mobile Food Pantry will be held at NAM on Saturday, August 5, 2017. More than 200 people are expected to attend on a first come first serve basis. No registration is required to receive food at the event. NAM’s Back to School supply distribution will also take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the same day. Parents registered to pick up Back to School supplies are encouraged to stop by the Mobile Food Pantry, should they need assistance with fresh produce and milk.

The Joanne Watford Center provided groceries for well-balanced fresh, frozen and non-perishable meals to 18,765 people during NAM’s 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Nutrition Center enables qualifying clients to shop for and select food items based on the family’s nutritional needs. As part of the Senior Food Program, 125 low income seniors received supplemental groceries monthly. More than 1,000 families were provided holiday meals last year.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information, please visit or call (281) 885-4555.

Katy, Texas – May 16, 2017

Over the past several years, the economy of the Katy area has continued to evolve.  To keep pace with changing business trends, the Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors identified four target industries as part of the organization’s new strategic plan, Katy Area 2020.  Target industries include headquarters, energy services, research and development facilities, and data centers.

The four aforementioned areas will be strategically targeted for growth and development through recruitment efforts by Katy Area EDC.  Target industries reflect the changing business climate of the Katy area while still maintaining a strong focus on the energy industry for which the Katy area has become known as part of the world-renowned Energy Corridor.

“Moving forward, the four target industries we have highlighted hold potential for growth in our area,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.  “The diversification of business continues and I believe the target industries approved by our board reflect that.”

Headquarters operations remain a key component of Katy Area EDC recruitment with the well-paying and diverse set of employment opportunities provided by such operations.  Currently, the Katy area is home to headquarters of industry leading companies such as Academy Sports and Outdoors, BP, ConocoPhillips and Igloo.  Another new company, which will be moving into its 100,000+ sq. ft. regional headquarters in the Katy area is Pepperl+Fuchs. Pepperl+Fuchs manufactures and distributes industrial sensors and will open at West Ten Business Park in the City of Katy this year.  Katy Area EDC will continue to focus on growth in this area through targeted outreach programs.

Energy services companies make up a strong number of top companies in the Katy area.  Presently, over 70,000 people are employed in energy-related jobs within the Katy area 30-minute drive time.  As companies in this industry continue to streamline services and become more efficient, the Katy area is strongly positioned with its location in the Energy Corridor. Research and development (R&D) will also be a focus of the organization, building on the many R&D related companies within the area.  Both industry areas pose outstanding opportunities for growth and Katy Area EDC will promote the current business infrastructure and employment base in place for such companies to thrive.

Data Centers continue to grow in the area.  Recently, the Katy area has seen companies such as SkyBox, Teleflex, InfoTM and StratITsphere open operations.  It is anticipated this industry sector will continue to see strong growth as demand for cutting edge technology solutions continues to increase.

Efforts to target the four identified industries are already well underway.  In March, Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour attended the Aberdeen-Houston Gateway in Aberdeen, Scotland.  The program allowed Katy Area EDC to network with many energy services companies.  Katy Area EDC Vice President Rick Ellis attended Data Center World in Los Angeles last month as well.  Ellis spoke with prospects and shared more about what the Katy area has to offer for data centers.

“We anticipate growth in the four target industries and look forward to continuing to recruit and expand high-quality companies and jobs within the Katy area,” said LaCour.

(Houston, May 17, 2017). Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) received the highly-coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

The rating comes after NAM’s continued robust financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency to the community, according to America’s largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish NAM’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” said Carole Little, NAM President & CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

“NAM’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds NAM to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support NAM.”

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information about NAM, please visit or call (281) 885-4555.

Gerald has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels at Northwest Assistance Ministries for more than seven years

 (Houston, May 16, 2017). Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) announced today they have an immediate need for volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels.

The announcement comes after the rapid expansion of the three sites served by NAM, Life Path Church (Bear Creek area) and Windwood Presbyterian Church. For the past 20 years, Meals on Wheels at NAM has served thousands of homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities by delivering hot and nutritious meals every day.

“It never ceases to amaze me how rapidly we have expanded our program,” explained Grace Jackson, Senior Services Director at NAM. “We are currently serving more than 700 people across 24 different zip codes and our need for volunteer drivers is greater than ever before. We continue to see a need in our community and we rely on volunteers to deliver these meals to hundreds of people that otherwise would go hungry. Volunteers are truly the lifeline these individuals have and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Jackson said.

To get you started with volunteering for our Meals on Wheels program, please contact NAM’s Community Relations Coordinator, Courtney Frost-Tadlock at (281) 885-4604 or NAM asks all that all potential volunteers attend volunteer orientation, so they can better understand their volunteer role within the organization.  Volunteer orientations are held the first Wednesday and third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at:

Northwest Assistance Ministries

15555 Kuykendahl Road, Second floor

Houston, TX 77090

Requirements to volunteer for Meals on Wheels:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a car
  • Have a valid driver’s license

The Community Relations Coordinator will provide an introduction and materials for the volunteers to complete during the volunteer orientation. Prospective volunteers will also enjoy a video that highlights the scope of NAM’s many programs and services. After the video, they will take a tour of NAM’s four-story building, so they can learn first-hand from current volunteers, program directors or NAM staff about current volunteer opportunities from each department.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot, well-balanced meals to the doors of seniors and other neighbors who are homebound because of disability or illness. By supporting their nutritional needs, this program helps participants maintain or improve their health, remain independent and stay in their homes for as long as possible. During fiscal year 2015-2016, Meals on Wheels provided 134,011 nutritious meals to 1,034 homebound seniors and disabled adults, serving on average 600 each weekday and 91 individuals on Saturdays.  Additionally, 93 low-income senior clients received monthly grocery deliveries to supplement their food budgets and 35 seniors received supplemental nutritional supplements as prescribed by their physicians.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information about Meals on Wheels please visit or call (281) 885-4555.

Volunteers Donna Moore, Carolyn Milby, Barb Cooper, Nancy Weaver and Judy Barker, showing the beautiful flowers and prizes received at the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon


(Houston, May 17, 2017). Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) celebrated the much-anticipated 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

More than 200 guests enjoyed laughter and camaraderie on April 20, 2017 thanks to the generosity of Bobby Shirley, owner of Shirley Acres. Every year for the last six years, NAM has honored its volunteers with a delicious luncheon served by NAM staff at Bobby’s beautiful venue, Shirley Acres located at 217 Woerner Road, Houston, Texas. The event is in gratitude for the thousands of volunteer hours donated by more than 2,000 community volunteers that help support NAM’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

“I am so grateful to all the volunteers that come to NAM every day,” explained Carole Little, NAM’s President and CEO. “This luncheon is an opportunity to honor the unsung heroes of NAM and we know that without them we couldn’t possibly do what we do. Behind every success story, every client helped, every dream fulfilled, there’s a volunteer that made that possible and I am so grateful to every single volunteer for all they do to help our neighbors in need.”

The Kentucky Derby-themed luncheon, “Our Hearts Race for You!” delighted guests with this year’s entertainer, Robby Bennett. Bennett is a well-known Houston magician who brought exciting new tricks and comedy to this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Many thanks to all the sponsors that made this event a success for NAM:  Chick-Fil-A, Half Price Books, H-E-B, National Charity League- Cypress Creek, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Party Props Inc., Raising Cane’s , Robby Bennett, Shirley Acres and Staples. The next Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will come back in the spring of 2018.

More than 2,000 volunteers serve NAM on a regular basis. They are young and old, Boys & Girl Scouts, executives, young moms and great-grandfathers. They bring experiences and expertise as varied as the world around us, and put those skills to work in hundreds of roles at NAM. The federal government assigns a dollar value to volunteer hours, and NAM’s volunteers contribute more than $1 million worth of service annually.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

To learn more about volunteering at NAM, community members should contact Courtney Frost-Tadlock, Community Relations Coordinator at (281) 885-4604 or For more information, please visit or call (281) 885-4555.

Guests during A Toast to NAM at Citation Oil & Gas

(Houston, May 17, 2017). Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) celebrated another successful Jeans & Jewels event with its revamped Beers & Cheers, A Toast to NAM event.

More than 100 guests gathered during a perfect Texas-summer day at Citation Oil & Gas on Thursday, May 11, 2016. Guests enjoyed sips, bites and a Thai-Mexican Fusion food truck by Pho-jita. The Mix Masters Band delighted attendees with a fun, musical atmosphere. Beers & Cheers, A Toast to NAM, raised more than $8,000 that will go into funding NAM’s programs and services.

“This party started as another way to connect with our supporters and to generate excitement leading up to Jeans & Jewels, A Texas Size-Party held in October each year,” explained Carole Little, NAM’s President and CEO. “I can’t stress enough how proud I am to see this network of supporters coming together for a shared belief and for their continued support of NAM’s mission. NAM’s greatest assets are our supportive donors and an exceptional volunteer base and I am truly thankful for a generous and giving community.”

Many thanks to this year’s Beers & Cheers sponsors: Brenda and Paul Anderson, Denise and Buddy Bolt, Courtney and David Cook, Susan and David Diehl, Darlis and Tom Fuller, Dana and Bill Hines, Pam and, Bob Hughes, Jayne and Matt Iverson, JeanneMarie and Ron Lesseraux, Reneé and Danny Rea, Cheryl and Bill Sessions, Lauren and Brian Temple, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and 11 Below Brewing Company.

A special thank you goes to this year’s Beers & Cheers Team Leads, Courtney Cook and Lauren Temple and Citation Oil & Gas for kindly hosting yet another NAM event at their beautiful facilities and for their continued support of NAM’s mission.

There are two more Jeans & Jewels events that you don’t want to miss:

Luncheon & Fashion Show

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At Shirley Acres

Team Leads: Susan Cofran and Gina Wolford

Honoree: Barbara Watson

A Texas-Size Party

Saturday, October 21, 2017

At The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

Honorary Chairs: Margie and Rick Crump

Honorees: Jeannie and Nolan Lehmann

Corporate Honoree: Citation Oil & Gas

For more information about Jeans & Jewels or to purchase tickets, please contact Samantha Gonzalez, Fundraising Manager at (281) 885-4609 or

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

Rosenberg, TX (May 18, 2017) – Fort Bend 4-H invites you to join us for two awesome summer camps, new this year! We’ll start off with Clover Kids Camp, an experience packed with hands-on fun for kiddos entering K-2nd grade. Youth will get an intro to 4-H yoga, robotics, animals and cooking on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4310 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471). The camp is FREE, just RSVP at

Next up will be our Music Camp, made possible through a partnership with Sound Foundation Academy. Learn music fundamentals and discover the world of 4-H performance arts on Monday, July 24 through Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Entering 1st-5th graders will explore instruments, read music and develop rhythm through games, crafts, songs, dancing, and more! Register for $85 at

Every year the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension family supports Fort Bend County families with multiple themed camps for youth of various ages. Fort Bend 4-H is proud to offer summer camps for local youth to have fun, learn and make friends in a safe space. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 281-342-3034.



4-H is a national youth development organization with local roots, present in every state of the U.S. and in every county of Texas. In 4-H, young kids develop leadership, communication, citizenship and responsibility, growing life skills through hands-on learning in clubs in their community.

May17, 2017 – Five Katy ISD teams will be headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Tournament on May 24-27.  Students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School are preparing to compete against teams from across the United States as well as groups representing many other countries throughout the world.

On April 11, nineteen Katy ISD Destination Imagination teams traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete against more than 370 teams where they showcased their creativity and problem solving skills.  The hard work of these students has paid off.

Destination Imagination is a world-wide creative problem solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Teams use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality.

For more information about Destination Imagination visit and to learn about the Destination Imagination program in Katy ISD, contact Nancy Hess at

May 12, 2017 kicked-off a new journey for 36 individuals who graduated the Leadership Fort Bend program organized by the Central Fort Bend Chamber. For the 2017 Leadership Fort Bend Alumni class and informed leaders, this is just the beginning to serve in their communities – sharing knowledge, offering talent, volunteering – to help them thrive and grow.

The graduation ceremony and program closing retreat held at the Tremont House in Galveston was led by Leadership Fort Bend Chairs Wes Wittig, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, and Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; and the Chamber’s CEO & President Regina Morales. Aguilar says, “Leadership is critical to the success of a community. Fort Bend County is in a cycle of positive growth because of the outstanding efforts of its diverse contingent of leaders”. Wittig continued, “Many of those leaders are graduates of Leadership Fort Bend, as will be many of those who lead Fort Bend County into the future”.

Before the graduates received their certificates, they enjoyed a full day of collaborative, team-building exercises and developed long-term goals for their alumni group to tackle in the coming years to help drive more community awareness and involvement.

The goal development exercises were facilitated by Rob Thompson of TruCore Business Development, who is also a Leadership Alumni of the 2016 class. The Amazing Race Galveston team-building game was headed up by 2016 Alumni and Facilitators Trey Reichert, Johnson Development; Alicen Swift, OakBend Medical Center; Lisa Moore, Child Advocates of Fort Bend; Seth Sacra, Needville Insurance; and Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance.

Central Fort Bend Chamber is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Leadership program, which begins in August.

Leadership Certificate Photo Front row (left to right): Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Melvin Moore, Waste Corporation of Texas, LP; Brian Valdez, Expert Collision; Brad Thompson, IBM, Corp.; Michelle Messina, Tamara Osina DDS; Suzanne Fotorny, Republic Services; Tracy Stripling, WCJC; Steve Sams, Johnson Development; Heather Hernandez, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship; Nina Rivera, NewFirst National Bank; Norma Petrosewicz, Norma Montalvo Petrosewicz, P.C.; Sean Mulligan, Nabco Entrances, Inc; NRG – WA Parish Representative; Rose Herbst, Old Republic Title; Phillip Hamman, Stephenson & Hamman, PLLC Second row (left to right): Jason Short, Texas Gun Club, LLC; Keith Swallers, Yellowstone Landscape; Barbara Sands, Sterling McCall Lexus; Brittany Cope, Tate Moerer & King, LLP; Adrianne Manrique, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Cindy Reaves, AccessHealth; Tracy Osina, Mitchell & Duff, LLC; Linda Hamman, Phil Hamman, CPA; Ali McDonald, McDonald & Wessendorff Insurance; Jared Biermann, Jones|Carter; Kat Robinson, Heritage Texas Properties; Third row (left to right): Noell Myska, Stancil Property Tax, LLC; Lea Ann Gibson, Wortham Insurance; Jimmy Cantu, Pier 36; Alice Atkins, WCJC; Irene Compean, NRG – WA Parish; Shelley Krauss, Needville IDS/Needville Education Foundation; Whitney Ables, Allen Boon Humphries Robinson, LLP; Whitney Aelmore, Si Environmental, LLC; Tariq Zafar, Alimohammad & Zafar PLLC; Bruce Campbell, Fort Bend County DA’s Office Back row (left to right): Wes Wittig, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office; Freddy Lopez, Expert Collision; Liz Toomey, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels; Kevin Barker, Texana Center; Bryan Engelbrecht, Engelbrecht Manufacturing; Tori Arreola, Johnson Development; Steve Hedge, NRG – WA Parish; Colleen Mayer, Literacy Council of Fort Bend; Brian Tave, Post Oak Bank; Tony DiLalla, Tree Frog Printing; David Hernandez, Chapel Roofing

“The program is designed to create an understanding of the community functions; to increase awareness of issues facing Fort Bend County and the State of Texas; and to foster healthy dialogue and exchange among the participants and county leaders,” says Morales. Morales continues, “This will provide the community with a pool of talent for future elected officials and candidates for boards, employment, volunteers and project facilitation, while building lasting relationships”.

For more information about Leadership Fort Bend or to download an application for the 2017-2018 program, visit

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

Houston, TX – May 17, 2017. – EY has announced that Juliet Breeze, MD of Next Level Urgent Care, LLC is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Gulf Coast Area.

The world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Dr. Breeze, who was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges – including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community, is a primary care physician and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She is today the CEO of one of the largest and fastest growing woman-owned Urgent Care organizations in Houston.  It is also one of the few physician-owned urgent care organizations in Houston.

“I am extremely honored to be chosen as one of this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists,” said Breeze.

“Building a trusted, cost-effective alternative for after-hours medical care in Houston has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. It began as a personal endeavor to fill a gap in healthcare and has grown into an ongoing commitment to convenient care shared by an expansive network of exceptional healthcare providers,” added Breeze.

Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 15, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition.

Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

EY, the global organization referring to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, has expanded its program to now recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and the Houston Business Journal.