Over the past few decades, cheap rents have attracted many first-generation immigrants to settle in Sharpstown/Gulfton area of Houston, TX. 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).
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.