Inside Houston / Connect Community:
Connect Community is a collaboration of best-in-class organizations that builds healthy neighborhoods in Sharpstown/Gulfton by partnering with residents to advance their educational, economic, physical, and spiritual wellbeing and improve outcomes for every person, every step of the way.
6700 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77074
"If we're able to come close to fulfilling our vision, we will have created something that doesn't exist in Houston, and probably in most cities, and I hope we will have done it in a way that becomes a model and is replicable by others."
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Houston
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.
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).
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.