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Community Family Centers
“At Community Family Centers, you are first introduced to the team when you walk in the front door,”
Maritza Guerrero, CEO and President of Community Family Centers, says. Finding a way for people in need
to become self-sufficient is a process that that’s carried out quite methodically. A 40-minute
assessment is done with each client in which they’re asked a variety of questions to figure out their
Food, education, child care, and other things that make it possible for folks who are struggling to
eventually become contributing members of society. The team distributes so much food to people in the
community, in fact, that it is second only to the Houston Food Bank in tonnage distributed in Southeast
Many people in the neighborhood are able to obtain their GEDs after taking the general education
classes Community Family Centers has to offer as well as sharpen their English reading, writing, and
speaking skills in ESL courses. There is also a Montessori school on site.
“At Community Family Centers, you are first introduced to the team when you walk in the front door.”
More than 250 adults attend classes every day to learn English, work toward obtaining a GED, or both.
In the Gulfton area, 43% of the young adults who show up for programs don’t have a high school diploma
or its equivalent. Tackling that challenge also means putting kids on the right track from the very
beginning. In 2015, Neighborhood Centers became the largest Head Start provider in the region serving
more than 3,000 children across 30 locations.
Helping hard-working people make a seamless transition into a career requires close coordination with
local colleges and the 11 Workforce Solutions career offices operated by Neighborhood Centers. Last
year, more than 200,000 Workforce Solutions customers were served, Villalobos said. And the success rate
is huge: 70% of those who were unemployed found a job within 3 months.
The option to enter the construction industry seemed like the right decision for Chris Pullen. He likes
to build things, and the industry presented opportunities for growth. But at times, his path up the
career ladder was a trying trip.
“I started at the bottom of the totem pole and made my way up…I looked for training on my own. I came
to CMEF (the Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation) and took advantage of being able to go
through the [NCCER] modules.”
Now Pullen guides pipe helpers on the job site, providing instruction to those looking to enhance their
career just like he did. He says the industry is constantly changing. Pullen feels there are more
opportunities for those just starting out than when he entered the field.
“My biggest success is never giving up, never being satisfied and always wanting something more. It’s
best to go out and seek training, and I found it at CMEF.”