2017 Starts Off With A Bang!

The staff of the Hester House hopes everyone had a great start to the new year. We have been very busy with all of our wonderful participants and community partners. We have a great year planned and hope you can join us and support us in 2017.

Senior Services

The Hester House Swinging Seniors have been an active group. This year they have participated in Wear Red Day in support of heart health, taken a field trip to the Museum of African American Culture and they keep our garden growing.

The Swinging Seniors participate in monthly field trips, water aerobics, tai chi, line dancing and many other activities. If you’re 55+, contact Jackie Lane to join our group, (713) 274-1390.

Family and Social Services

In December, AgriLife and presented a nutrition class. Students learned about healthy eating on a budget. Participants engaged in meal planning exercises and food demonstrations.

The Harris County Federal Credit Union is once again hosting a series of financial literacy workshops at the Hester House. Their sessions cover a variety of topics including credit reports & credit repair, the importance of saving and mortgage lending. If you live, work, or worship in the 77020 zip code, they will also assist in opening accounts. They will be here, February 22, May 24, August 23 and November 8.

Case Manager Marie Mure is present daily to assist with navigating various issues including seeking employment, access to a library and computer lab for resources.

The Hester House is now an official site to apply for HHSC benefits including SNAP food benefits, CHIP/Medicaid healthcare benefits, TANF Cash help for families, Medicare savings programs & Long-term care programs. You can now come in and ask for our Case Manager Marie and she will assist you in applying for benefits. Be ready to answer questions about everyone applying and have the following information available:  Social Security number and birth date, citizenship or immigration status, money from jobs and other sources, the value of cars and other property and costs you pay for bills.


For more information about any of the services offered by the Family and Social Services Program please contact Marie Mure at 713.274.1383.


Youth Services

The After School Achievers have been very busy this year, here are some highlights:

Trip to Houston’s Martin Luther King Memorial at MacGregor Park Children from the After School Achievers Program and the YET Center at Finnigan Park travelled to the Memorial on January 24 for a scavenger hunt and shared recreation time at the beautiful playground there.  Shirley and Emily won first place in the scavenger hunt by completing 12 Historical facts about Dr. King’s life that can be found on the timeline at the memorial.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Knowledge Bowl 

(l to r) Trevion, NaKyla, Leah, Morgan, Bre’Anna, Aniya, Alaia, A’khylah, Michael, and Alanya.  These Back-to-Back champions mastered over 100 facts about historical achievements of Black people in America – some that were well known; many that were not.  We are amazed and so proud to have such smart representatives of the Hester House!  Thank you to Coach D, Coach Treasure, parents and all that helped prepare our champs for their win.

Girl Scouts 

Julia C. Hester House Youth Services is glad to announce the start of our new Girl Scout Troop.  The girls look forward to growing together and having fun doing it. Their first group task of selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for council activities and for our Hester House troop supplies is already off to a great start.

Academic Honors

Eleven children were awarded with gift cards to Chick-Fil-A for achieving straight A’s on their nine week report cards! Gerson, Morgan, Shirley, Armando, Alanya, Karen, Rihanna, Bre’Anna, Jameria, Leah, and Alaia are definitely star students.  We thank Mr. Steve Williams and friends so much for sponsoring these awards.  We also commend every one of our After School students that continue to work hard on homework, projects, compositions, tests, and more to improve in the classroom. Keep it up

Please contact Tia Bonham for more information at (713) 274-1389.

Wellness Center

Congratulations to Hester House youth aquatics they have progressed to much in their swimming they have made the leap from class to team!

The Wellness Center is open to the community. We offer the following services:

Weight room is open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm daily.

The aquatics center has classes from 8:00 am to noon for adults and 4:30 to 6:30 pm for youth.

Tai Chi is Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:30 am.

Senior Weight Training is every Monday at 1 pm.

Line Dancing is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am.

To get a full schedule please contact Brian Purnell at (713) 274-1399 or Tessa Rose for aquatics at (713) 274-1398.

Support the Hester House

With your support, the Julia C. Hester House can continue to provide programs to children, seniors and families at no cost to strengthen our entire community. Donations can be made to the Hester House directly to us or via PayPal.