Angel Reach works with older teens in the foster system to assist in the difficult transition to becoming successful and productive adults. The program’s goal is to prevent the historical consequences that have resulted when immature teenagers are released into the community without the necessary life skills, resources, and family support. These are our most vulnerable youth in terms of dealing with drugs, alcohol, sexual diseases, and criminal behavior. Angel Reach’s goal is to break the generational cycle of abuse, neglect and homelessness so individual lives and communities can be enhanced. Angel Reach is committed to assuring the safety and security of all youth in alternate care. Safety and security needs being met, they can rebuild trust in others; develop spiritually; begin to have a sense of belonging; and rise above their backgrounds to become productive adults.
Casa Para Niños Aleluya is a Christ-centered ministry caring for abandoned, orphaned, and abused children in Guatemala. The ministry involves providing food, clothing, shelter, education, and spiritual discipleship. Casa is one of the largest children’s homes in Guatemala and by far, one of the most successful. Casa was started in 1989 with the sole purpose of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the suffering children of Guatemala. Through the housing, feeding, and education of the children, they are able teach them about the unconditional love that many of them did not receive from their home. They are not up for adoption. It is their belief that these children will become the future leaders of Guatemala and will make significant improvements to their country. Children are placed there for multiple reasons. The courts assign children to Casa if they determine their home is not safe, if they have been abused, if they can’t locate their parents, or if the parents are unable to feed and house them. Sometimes parents request that their children live at Casa until their personal financial situation improves and they are able to provide for them again or so they can get an education.
Kiwanis International envisions a world where no child suffers from hunger, abuse, neglect, need or inadequate medical care. They want to help the children of all towns and villages, “one child at a time.” The Woodlands Kiwanis wants to help the children of The Woodlands and surrounding areas. Our local Kiwanis sponsors the Special Olympics Field and Track Event to promote life skills that help athletes succeed by enhancing self-esteem, promoting independence, and facilitating social competence. The Woodlands Kiwanis hosts the annual Prayer Breakfast on National Prayer Day. They also sponsor a Kids Fishing Tournament every Labor Day weekend for all the kids of The Woodlands.
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. The Team Red White and Blue organization firmly believes that the benefits of physical exercise can greatly improve a Veteran’s ability to cope with stress.
Each of the Team RWB’s chapters (red eagles designate larger groups paired with VA Centers; white flags represent growing programs) host regular activities that provide an opportunity for veterans and the community to come together. Whether it is a weekly running group, hike, ball game, or post-race gathering these events create a positive environment for veterans to meet each other as well as members of their local community.
Words like values and culture are incredibly important when building an organization. At Team RWB they have certainly created a strong culture – one of support, encouragement, and inclusiveness. And they definitely have strong values – they are transparent, responsible, and honest. While just about every organization strives to uphold a certain set of values and to foster a certain culture, our Team RWB is very special.
Unlike other Armed Forces branches, the Texas Army National Guard serves a dual state and federal mission. They answer to both the state of Texas and the federal government. Whether it’s a domestic hurricane response within the communities; or, supporting active duty Army abroad, Texas Army National Guard Soldiers are always where they are needed most. The incredible versatility of the Texas Army National Guard enables them to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—all with equal speed, strength and efficiency. Whether the call is coming from the state governor or directly from the president of the United States, Texas Army National Guard Soldiers are Always Ready and Always There. They follow the leadership of our state adjutant general and governor. This may include community efforts, responding to wildfires or floods. Or, it may include serving overseas and training foreign forces. They will also be prepared to mobilize when directed by the president. This may include overseas service or domestic service, such as serving along the Texas-Mexico border.