HURRICANE HARVEY CAUSES ONLY MINOR DAMAGE TO BAHS AND THE BRITTON-FULLER CENTER
While Hurricane Harvey did its best to deliver a knockout to our shelter buildings, we were lucky to survive with only minor damage. During the height of the storm power was lost to the campus, and there was some minor leaking in the men’s shelter building. The women’s shelter building had some high water issues, with rising water seeping in under the back door and into one corner client room. The Britton-Fuller Center suffered no real damage from either wind or rain. Staff, under the direction of Program Manager Marianne Jackson kept all clients secure and up to date on conditions and preparations. She and Case Manager Coni Serrano spent the bulk of the storm at the shelter as many staff members could not travel into the area safely.
The Britton-Fuller Family Center is now posting its first annual report card. Since accepting the first clients in May 2016, the new center has housed 28 families, comprised of 109 individuals and has provided more than 4000 bednights of shelter for those formerly homeless individuals. Since the center opened, not one family who has exited the program has re-entered another shelter according to the Homelessness Management Information System.
Thanks to all who help support our very special facility for intact homeless families. (5/1/17)
Volunteers of the Year Announced
Karen Mudd and Pastor Tyrone Franklin were honored as 2017’s Volunteers of the Year at the June Program Committee meeting. Board Member Sara Serrano and Executive Director Bill Eckert surprised the pair with the announcement and the award of specially designed polo shirts with the BAHS Logo. Pastor Franklin has been leading client worship services for eight years, and currently holds a weekly Sunday Night Live meeting at the Britton-Fuller Center, playing the piano and leading a positive themed worship session; Ms. Mudd has chaired the Program Committee for the past seven years, establishing client-oriented events for our sheltered residents. (6/27/17)
United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County Campaign – Video by the Executive Director
Bill Eckert has developed a short video explaining the benefits of contributions to the local United Way campaign, and how these donations directly impact our agency, and our clients. Our agency is also featured in the campaign video developed for the internal ExxonMobil campaign which begins in the Fall. (6/29/17)
Beaconlaw-ExxonMobil Legal Clinics Held at the Shelter Offices
After months of planning, BAHS hosted a legal team consisting of attorneys and paralegals from Beaconlaw and ExxonMobil offices in Baytown. Eleven clients met with attorneys in September 2015, and nine more in November, to discuss various legal issues that had become barriers to gaining employment or housing. The concept is for the ExxonMobil legal staff to meet with the clients initially, with Leslie Ginzel of Beaconlaw providing any follow up services that are needed. These legal clinics are scheduled to be held every two months for the next year at the Britton-Fuller Family Center.
Impact Update: BeaconLaw alone provided more than $11600 in legal services to BAHS clients during 2015.; the 2016 report is due to us by July 1, 2017. Most issues revolved around employment barrier related issues, child support and disability. (9/9/16)
Mane Event Fundraiser Update
The BAHS Fundraising Committee has announced that the annual Mane Event Fundraiser was the most successful ever, reaching the $100,000 mark for the first time. Chair Roger Elswick and trusty (?) sidekick Jim Wadzinski led the charge to enlist a great number of new corporate sponsors to underwrite the event. An improved venue with larger seating capacity was needed and Sylvan Beach was the perfect choice for the fundraiser.
Community volunteers Nancy Hall CPA, and Texas Pie Lady Helen Smith were lauded by former mayor Pete Alfaro. A silent and live auction raised lots of interest, with the top item being a week in a Park City UT home, donated by Roger and Kim Elswick. Highlight, as usual, was the amazing success story of a Britton-Fuller Center mom and her children who faced adversity and now are self-sufficient thanks to the stakeholders who support Bay Area Homeless Services. (5/1/17)
Fluor Makes 2nd Generous Donation to Support the Employment Services Program.
Fluor Corporation, currently providing construction services on the new Chevron-Phillips facility at Cedar Bayou, donated more than $10,000 to BAHS’ Employment Services Program to assist with childcare, transportation costs and associated case management. This money was collected from their vending machine initiative at the project. Steve Anderson of Fluor stated that “Fluor strives to improve the communities where we live and work”; this donation is proof of their commitment to that principle. See the picture of the donation on our new Photo Gallery Page . (edited: 5/18/17)
BAHS Adds to Staff with Roving Intern
BAHS is pleased to add Bear E. Rover to our marketing staff as an unpaid intern. Recently relocated to the Baytown area, Bear E. will initially concentrate on strengthening his marketing skills by observing operations at the BAHS shelter buildings, and visiting the offices of our corporate donors and sponsors. Here, he is posing for his official ID card after finishing his computer skills test (which he bear-ly passed). If you see our intern at a local business, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You never know where he will turn up, and seeing him could be an enriching experience. Bear E. Rover update — Bear E. Spent two weeks with the staff at Woodforest Bank on Garth Road. He managed to enlist their aid in collecting eight large bags full of donated items for our sheltered clients. He was last seen at the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo greeting visitors to the BAHS booth. (5/18/17)