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West Houston Assistance Ministries helps area families in crisis

West Houston Assistance Ministries helps area families in crisis

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many affected Houstonians benefitted from heroic actions taken by first responders. A second wave of response occurred in the form of temporary shelters and assistance from various aid organizations. But for those in West Houston living with Harvey’s devastating effects a year later, nonprofits such as West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) fill an important role in continuing to support lives still reeling from the costliest tropical cyclone on…..Read More

New interactive art coming to Trailside Park

New interactive art coming to Trailside Park

More improvements will soon be coming to Westchase District’s Trailside Park, thanks to a $1500 grant from America Walks. The “Community Change Micro Grant” awarded to the Westchase District Community Fund was one of only 20 grants extended to local organizations for 2019 and the only grant awarded in Texas. The grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Westchase District Projects Director Louis Jullien…..Read More

Transforming Students into Soup’er Bowl Competitors

Transforming Students into Soup’er Bowl Competitors

  Celebrating its seventh year, the Houston Westchase Rotary Club’s Souper Bowl is a festive and friendly cook-off competition that raises funds for Rotary scholarships benefitting area high school students. In previous years, Westchase District has cooked up its own soups using ingredients purchased at the Westchase District Farmers Market. This year, communications vice president Sherry Fox decided the District would instead sponsor a team from the culinary academy at Westside High School, 14201 Briar…..Read More

LAN Sponsors 22nd annual Corporate Challenge

LAN Sponsors 22nd annual Corporate Challenge

Engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) has stepped up to serve as Title Sponsor for the 22nd annual Westchase District Corporate Challenge. "We're grateful to LAN for this sponsorship because it allows our competitors to enjoy a great day of competition, while ensuring that there will be a sizable contribution to our area charities at the end of the day," said Sherry Fox, Westchase District VP of Communications, who organizes the annual event.…..Read More

HPD’s CPTED Program Helps Reduce, Prevent Crime

HPD’s CPTED Program Helps Reduce, Prevent Crime

Safer by Design: Princina Brown-Thomas recently presented to District property managers about crime prevention through environmental design.   While many discussions about crime focus on arrest and punishment rather than prevention, the Houston Police Department’s CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) program seeks to reduce opportunities for crime by applying design principles that make it more difficult to carry out inappropriate activities.   Don McKinney, Westchase District’s vice president of public safety, recently hosted a…..Read More

Vote for the “Best of Westchase”

Vote for the “Best of Westchase”

Outta the way, Oscars! Git gone, Grammys! Ease on down the road, Emmys! After an extended absence, the only awards that really matter have returned: Best of Westchase. Whether you live in Westchase District or merely “reside” here during workday hours, you probably have your favorite places to eat, shop and maybe even hide from your boss. We celebrated and honored your local favorites in 2005 and 2010, and we decided it’s time to rekindle…..Read More

Applying Compassion to Community Patrols

Applying Compassion to Community Patrols

  As a teenager growing up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Angela Hart-Joseph was fascinated watching the psychological thriller film The Silence of the Lambs, featuring Jodie Foster as a young FBI trainee. “I was inspired seeing a strong female who could solve a case and bring killers to justice,” Hart-Joseph said. “That movie definitely pushed me in the direction of a career in law enforcement.” While her career so far hasn’t pitted her skills against any…..Read More

Technology-assisted Conversations in the Collaboratorium

Technology-assisted Conversations in the Collaboratorium

  When the Westchase District’s Board of Directors met last fall for their annual retreat, they convened in an innovative 4,000-square-foot solution design center at Houston Community College’s West Houston Institute, located at 2811 Hayes Road. The space is called the Collaboratorium and in it trained facilitators conduct workshops using an interactive touchscreen that resembles something from the sci-fi movie Minority Report. It’s a unique facility that employs the latest technology in the service of…..Read More

Beemac Logistics Swarms to Westchase District

Beemac Logistics Swarms to Westchase District

Like nectar to bees, Westchase District’s superior mobility and office amenities have attracted yet another corporate leader to its boundaries – Beemac Logistics recently occupied about 5,000 square feet of the Towers at Westchase II, located in the District at 10350 Richmond Avenue. The lease is the latest in a fresh swarm of expansions and relocations that sweeten the District’s reputation as a beehive for corporate colonization.   Honey, we’re home Founded in 1984 by…..Read More

District Businesses Support School Supply Drive

District Businesses Support School Supply Drive

Almost 20 Westchase District-area businesses are participating in the Westchase District Community Fund's school supply drive, taking place during the month of July. Each location is hosting a donation box for school supplies that the WDCF will distribute among Sneed Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School, Neighborhood Schools and West Houston Assistance Ministries. Requested supplies include: Backpacks (transparent or mesh) Colored pencils Construction paper Copy paper Crayons Filler paper Markers Pencils Pencil pouches Pens Rulers…..Read More

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