Fall 2017 Newsletter

 Share your bounty with us this holiday season


Upcoming  Christmas Holiday needs – As the holiday season approaches the many children served by the organization will continue to present emergency needs of food, clothing and a place to stay, but will also want to share the joys of being remembered during the holidays. Please visit our website and consider giving a tax-deductible donation this year so we may help children in need.

 The Children’s Center, Inc. has opened a Children’s Clothing and Supply Closet and Food Pantry to serve children and families. Please contact Dianne King at The Children’s Center, Inc. if you have donations or wish to volunteer at The Children’s Center, Inc.

To Donate Call us at (409) 765-5212  or click the button below.

TCCI Gets Grant from Round Two of Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF)


The Children’s Center, Inc. will continue its critical work of housing Harvey victims due to a grant from The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The Children’s Center, Inc. responded to the crisis by rescuing people on site; setting up an emergency shelter and then a more permanent shelter in Galveston. Houston/Harris County residents will be served in the Brazoria County shelter with the grant.

Host Homes Are A Great Way to Give Back 


Host Homes – The Children’s Center is seeking families who are interested in becoming host homes, volunteering to take in children in difficult times, often without family to provide support.

 Carnival Cruise Lines


The Port of Galveston and Carnival Cruise Lines recently honored The Children’s Center, Inc. and the Galveston Education Foundation with a fabulous luncheon on the Cruise Ship Valor, Both nonprofits received generous donations from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association. The event included City Government officials, Port officials, School District officials, Children’s Center Board members and numerous local dignitaries. The Children’s Center, Inc. is very grateful for the support from the hospitality industry.

Elections of the Board:


The Children’s Center, Inc. Board of Directors held their annual meeting in September and elected its board for 2017 – 2018. Officers elected were Gabriel Martinez, Chairman of the Board, David Holmen, Vice Chairman, Arriene Kaplan, Vice Chairwoman, Stephen Maxwell, Treasurer and Maureen Beans, Secretary.

Franco Silva at Kizazi Donates 320 Soccer Balls


Franco Silva, of Mexssub, donated $14,400 worth of Soccer Balls in the name of Kizazi, a family charitable foundation. The motto of Kizazi is “Awaken the Game” – a motto that will be deeply appreciated by the many underserved and homeless youth served by The Children’s Center.

Tobias Named as VP/Chief Operating Officer


Hilda Tobias, M. S. W., L. P. C., L. C. C. A., L. C. P. A. A. was appointed as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Center, Inc. effective October 1, 2017. Mrs. Tobias background includes foster care residential care and treatment and managing community-based therapeutic interventions for children and families. Mrs. Tobias has held progressively responsible positions within The Children’s Center, Inc. over the past three years.
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Vivian Putney Named as VP/Chief Financial Officer


Vivian Putney was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Children’s Center, Inc. in July of 2017. Mrs. Putney has served as CFO over the past ten years at Connections, a non-profit social service organization based in New Braunfels, Texas. 2017/2018 will be her first full fiscal year in the organization.

TCCI Staff Attend National RHY Conference


RHY Conference in Kansas City – Hilda Tobias, Vice President of Operations for The Children’s Center, Inc., Armando Pequeno, Runaway and Homeless Youth Case Manager and Lexer Soto Runaway and Homeless Youth Case Manager were invited and attended a national conference conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Kansas City Missouri from November 12 to November 16. The team provided a presentation on serving Runaway and Homeless Youth in the Galveston – Houston area and had the opportunity to attend training and to network with runaway and homeless advocacy groups and service providers from across the nation.

TCCI Addresses State CPS Emergency for Foster Children


The Galveston Multicultural Institute began serving the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services in October. The program is licensed as a General Residential Operation and provides emergency shelter for children. There has been a critical shortage of shelter beds throughout Texas, necessitating children sleeping in state offices. This program was developed in response to this critical need for children between the ages of 5 and seventeen. The Moody Foundation was a generous supporter of this program.