Our Mission

The Hester House mission is to enhance the quality of lives in Fifth Ward and the surrounding community through programs and services promoting self-empowerment.

History

The Julia C. Hester House has been enhancing the quality of lives in Houston’s Fifth Ward since 1943. The organization is named after Julia C. Hester (1881–1940), a teacher, who opened her home to neighborhood youth. She and her husband, A.Z. Hester, were leaders in the Fifth Ward community, and, although having no children of their own, provided a safe place for all children in the community.

Julia C. Hester House was named to honor Mrs. Hester for her contributions and dedication to youth.

Vision

We strive to mobilize the community to address its issues and needs. Utilizing a holistic case management model, Hester House attempts to stabilize and treat the root of the client’s problem. This approach facilitates solutions that will engage and empower the client and those in his/her family to seek social independence.

 

Our Leadership and Staff

Daisy Stiner

Daisy Stiner

Executive Director

Ms. Daisy Stiner has served as Executive Director of the Julia C. Hester House since 2013. She is the former director for the City of Houston’s Housing Department. Ms. Stiner attended Howard University and graduated from Prairie View A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She received her Master of Arts from Texas Southern University.  Through her leadership she has helped maintain the legacy of the Hester House.

Irene M. Tapner

Executive Assistant

Charles McCloud

Charles McCloud

Chair of the Board

Mr. McCloud, Board Chair, is a native of Fifth Ward. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, later he received his Master of Divinity from the University of Houston. Mr. McCloud worked for Shell Oil for 32 years and in his retirement he has dedicated his life to family, faith and community service. He has been a member of the board since 2010.

Sidney Braquet

Sidney Braquet

Board Member

Lester Byrd, Jr.

Lester Byrd, Jr.

Board Member

The Honorable Harold Dutton, Jr.

The Honorable Harold Dutton, Jr.

Board Member

Patricia Knudson-Joiner

Patricia Knudson-Joiner

Board Member

Jim Lemond

Jim Lemond

Board Member

Jonnie Means

Jonnie Means

Board Member

Debbie Dillard

Debbie Dillard

Advisor

Mark Crossland

Mark Crossland

Advisor

Youth Services

Tia Bonham

Client Services Manager

Family & Social Services

Marie Mure

Client Services Manager

Senior Services

Jacqueline Lane

Client Services Manager

Wellness Services

Brian Purnell

Wellness Center Manager

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