A Message from the Executive Director
FLCRC had another EPIC year! In 2023, we served 305 families, 115 crime victims and over 800 individuals. We presented 11 scholarships totaling $5,300 at our 7th Annual Banquet in December. The sold-out event was a wonderful opportunity
One of the most memorable experiences in 2023 was our international trip to the Dominican Republic. In July, 22 Y.A.L.E. leaders along with FLCRC staff and volunteers spent five days in the beautiful Caribbean country doing volunteer work, learning about the history and culture, and much more. This trip would not have been possible for one of the students without the help of Commissioner Dexter McCoy in attaining her passport just days before the trip. In October, we presented the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court with a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued support of our Youth Leadership program.
We are so excited about all that 2024 holds for FLCRC! We launched Wellness is Personal: A Fitness Journey in November and will continue sessions throughout this year. In July, we will be taking our Y.A.L.E. leaders to Atlanta to visit the incredible Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs. We are also well on our way to achieving our five-year strategic goals for the Family First: New Triumphs 2020-2024 Capital Campaign.
We welcome you to continue this amazing journey with us throughout 2024! To learn more about our programs and services, download the FLCRC App or visit our homepage.
Ilene Harper, Ph.D.
7th Annual FLCRC Banquet: A Sold-Out Evening of Celebration and Gratitude
On Saturday, December 2nd, FLCRC staff, volunteers and supporters celebrated another great year of hard work in Fort Bend County. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, a delicious dinner catered by Mikki’s Soul Food, saw highlights from the past year and heard an inspiring keynote message from Anitra J. Collins, Senior Manufacturing Manager at International Paper Mill. We honored eleven Scholarship and Award recipients and our Volunteer of the Year, Lacarria Green. The evening was also an opportunity to thank our generous donors and all who dedicated themselves to Building Better Communities by Building Stronger Families with FLCRC throughout 2023. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this a truly beautiful evening!
Halloween Fun and Bullying Awareness in October
We welcomed the community in October to two fun and engaging community events. On October 21st, our Y.A.L.E. leaders hosted a “frightfully” fun Halloween party and costume contest, which had a great turnout and raised funds for the Y.A.L.E. program. On October 28th, we held our annual Bullying Awareness Community Conference virtually for students, parents, educators and community members to raise awareness about bullying and discuss ways to prevent it.
Thanking the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
On October 24th, FLCRC presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Judge K.P. George and the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court for their support of our Y.A.L.E. program. Y.A.L.E leader Raya Johnson thanked Commissioner Dexter L. McCoy for his quick assistance with obtaining her passport for the Dominican Republic trip.
Helping the Community Focus on Personal Wellness
We have been excited to offer the community a new program, Wellness is Personal: A Fitness Journey, which began in November. These empowering sessions, led by personal trainer Soweto White, focus on strengthening the body, mind, heart and relationships.
PVAMU Alumni Support FLCRC
In November, the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association presented FLCRC with a check for $500. This generous donation went directly towards our Y.A.L.E. program. Special thanks to PVAMU Alumni for your commitment to supporting FLCRC!
Y.A.L.E. Leaders Shine at Young Entrepreneur Showcase
Y.A.L.E. leaders Aiesha and Trinidy proudly showcased their businesses at a young entrepreneur event on November 6th. Both students were winners at the NAACP Elevator Pitch Contest in November 2022.
Supporting Crime Survivors: CSSJ Atlanta Conference
November 10-12, Dr. Ilene Harper attended the CSSJ national conference in Atlanta. The event was truly empowering for our CSSJ Richmond-Sugar Land chapter members. Dr. Harper was the proud recipient of the CSSJ Survivor Leadership Award for “extraordinary service as a CSSJ member, advocating for change, and being an inspirational voice for crime survivors.” She was also recently named the recipient of the CSSJ 2023 Lisa Burhannan Service Award in recognition of her outstanding and dedicated service to crime victims.
FLCRC provides free services to crime victims. To learn more, visit FamilyLifeCRC.org/vip.
A Visit to the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs
On November 13th, FLCRC Executive Director Dr. Ilene Harper had the opportunity to visit the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) in Atlanta. Shakiri Murrain, Director of Innovation Solutions at RICE, gave her a tour of this incredible facility. RICE is dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs to innovate, grow, create jobs and build wealth. It is the largest center in the world dedicated to this cause. We plan to take our Y.A.L.E. leaders to visit RICE in 2024!
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