• 1st generation families that are new to the United States comprise a large percentage of the residents of Sharpstown/Gulfton. Housing plans will be designed to provide for the unique needs of this community.
  • 1,800 students will be served by a newly constructed 155,000 square foot school for pre-K3 though 12th grade.
  • 2-Story community center to be built in between KIPP: Connect and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Making New Connections

Connect Community is a community-based initiative in the densely populated Sharpstown/Gulfton neighborhood of Houston whose mission is to work in partnership with families to build thriving lives and a flourishing community by creating pathways for residents to develop their mind, body and spirit. This area is home to many first generation families who are among the working poor and most lack knowledge about and access to resources and local support systems.

The founding partners of Connect Community are KIPP Houston Public Schools, Legacy Community Health, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the YMCA of Greater Houston. Houston Center for Literacy is a strong collaborating partner.

A Hopeful Direction in Houston

Over the past few decades, cheap rents have attracted many first-generation immigrants to settle in Sharpstown/Gulfton. As a result, this has become the most densely populated and culturally diverse community in Houston. It is also one of the most economically challenged.

Connect Community is focusing its efforts and measuring its impact within a clearly delineated geographic area called the Impact Zone, which encompasses an approximately one-mile radius around the Connect campus at 6700 Bellaire Boulevard. Within this Impact Zone, approximately 65 percent of the residents are from Central America and Mexico, and 30 percent are refugees from around the world (primarily Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, and the Congo).

Our Vision

Every child and adult will lead a healthy, prosperous life in a safe and vibrant neighborhood in which residents choose to live, learn, work, worship and play.

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