Academic, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual enrichment for at-risk children
The Nehemiah Center’s mission is to provide assistance to low income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness and spiritual enrichment.
Our motto is “Neighbors helping neighbors create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired and equipped to realize their God-given potential”.
The Nehemiah Center serves and follows children as toddlers through their college years by engaging and retaining family participation year after year, creating the opportunity to build trust and a sense of community through relationships.
The Nehemiah model is a holistic approach to building children’s lives, minds, hearts and spirits by working with the entire family.
Nehemiah Center was founded by members of First Presbyterian Church who tutored students living in poverty at McGregor Elementary School in Houston’s Third Ward.
They were concerned about the children’s academic deficits, crime-ridden neighborhoods and lack of affordable after school care. The group of tutors wanted to create a safe haven for these children. They applied and were granted exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the Nehemiah Center in August 1995. Then, they raised about $300,000 to purchase the current property and remodel the building to create classrooms and offices.
The Center opened its doors with 22 students in January 1996. Today, the Center works with over 500 children and their family members annually.