Monday night Arts Academy needs YOUR help! We are looking for volunteers to help with Monday evening leading and helping with arts projects for Children. The kids are eager to work on the crafts and always seem to make a little something special for the “big people”. Even if you don’t think art is in your repertoire, come give it a try! You may be pleasantly surprised, and will definitely form some wonderful relationships with our awesome kids!
For the last couple years, we have been renting our current community center on Flaxman St, but have much outgrown it. After lots of prayers and help from our wonderful donors, we were able to purchase the property next door to our current community center! This space will give us room for more activities, programs and growth. We could not be more excited about this wonderful blessing. We are in the process of demolishing the house currently on the property, and working with architects to build the new building! We are going to need YOUR help for the next couple years to make this dream a reality. The potential this new building has to make a difference is immeasurable. Keep us in your prayers!
Port Houston Elementary hosted their annual fall festival. The rain didn't slow us down. We had face painting and treats for all the children who attended. It was a fun day for all.
Many exciting things took place in November with our children's programs, including our first ever pajama party! This party was for girls in 3rd grade through 6th grade. They played games, painted nails, did facials, danced, sang and watched movies. It was a long but incredibly fun night. Our leaders and participants needed the following couple days to rest up! We look forward to doing more activities like this as we expand with our new community center!
We have started offering free Zumba classes in the park be Neighbors in Action every Wednesday morning. These classes are a fun way to exercise and work on coordination. They strengthen all parts of the body, while adding smiles to everyone's faces. Thankfully the weather has cooled down, because we sure work up a sweat!
Our youth have shown dedication to community service through serving at Star of Hope. They have served many times now, and always bring their smiles and positive attitudes. They are able to form closer relationships with each other and the community in which they are serving. Giving back to the community can be both rewarding and fun for all!
Our after-school program has officially kicked off at Port Houston Elementary this fall. This program is on Thursdays 2pm-4pm and Fridays 3:30pm-5:45pm. It is geared to teaching kids valuable skills such as music, gardening, arts, dance, and homework help. The program has been growing every week, and volunteers would be appreciated. Any skill set would be of great help!
NIA hosted our annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Port Houston community. We served dinner to over 200 families, and had over 100 door prizes. There were crafts for children and women, as well as face painting for the children. We want to thank all the volunteers who made this event possible. Events like this remind us how thankful we are for our community in Port Houston!