For over 100 years NCJW, GHS has been rooted in the Houston community at the forefront of social change – championing the needs of women, children, and families. Even with the recent epidemic, we continue to strive to raise the funds necessary to continue making a difference in the community.
AVDA: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse was founded by NCJW in 1980. Today, this essential agency offers free, legal services to victims of domestic abuse, serving over 5,000 adult and child victims of domestic abuse annually. AVDA also provides rehabilitation and accountability for the abusers, serving 983 people in 2019. Stay at home and loss of jobs has increased the number of women and children in our community who need our help to escape their abuser.
HIPPY: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, a proven educational curriculum and approach to empower parents as primary educators of their preschool children was created in Israel and brought to Houston and other American cities by NCJW. Despite the early school closure our HISD HIPPY educators continued to provide essential learning online to parents so that they could play and teach their children at home and maximize the chance that their children will excel in elementary school and beyond.
Back 2 School Store: During this annual shopping day for under-served new HISD kindergarten students graduating from the HIPPY program provides free new clothing, coats, shoes, school supplies, and personal care items. While a community-wide, in-person event may not be possible this year due to Covid, NCJW will work with HIPPY to find a way to provide and distribute needed supplies to families.
Pads & Pons: NCJW GHS has committed to purchase and distribute napkins and tampons to girls and women in our community who cannot afford these items. This is an essential item which cannot be purchased using SNAP (Food Stamp) funds.
Search/House of Tiny Treasures: Book drive, holiday parties, and art projects for House of Tiny Treasures, SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures (HTT) is a nationally accredited preschool program that provides developmentally focused early childhood education to children, aged 2 – 5 years, who have experienced homelessness. Nutritious meals, education, and intensive art, play, and speech therapy address students’ needs and prepare them to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.