MISSION & VISION
Good Neighbor Settlement House, Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-service agency dedicated to assisting the needy men, women, and children of Brownsville through programs that provide nutritious meals, clothing, showers, and support services.
Good Neighbor Settlement House exists to provide help, hope, and opportunity to men, women, and children in need. Services are offered to the near homeless and homeless in our community.
We believe that all services are to be provided with good manner, cordial attitude, and respect. Non-judgmental attitudes are to be displayed.
We believe that addictions can be overcome through prayer, medical treatment and deep, abiding, healthy relationships.
We believe that homelessness can be a temporary condition and that, when desired, can be overcome with personal healing, educational assistance, housing, and employment.
Good Neighbor Settlement House, Inc. strives to be a leader and partner with the Cameron County Homeless Coalition members who provide for the poor, restore the addicted, and eliminate homelessness. We view everyone as an individual of worth and dignity. Our vision is to help individuals and families overcome addictions and homelessness to become physically and mentally healthy; educationally equipped to participate in society and sustain housing; and encouraged to create relationships of love and services to others.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Good Neighbor Settlement House was established in 1953 by the First United Methodist Church in Brownsville, Texas.
It was created to provide basic services to the Buena Vida neighborhood, the poorest neighborhood in Brownsville.
As Brownsville evolved, a growing homeless population meant that many men and women were on the streets. Good Neighbor Settlement House has expanded its role to include serving the hungry and the homeless population of Brownsville.
Data Program Assistant
RGV Welcoming Committee Facilitator & Welcome Center Program Director
Jose Carlos Torres
Client Services Lead
Food Bank Manager
Food Bank Assistant
A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ASTRID DOMINGUEZ:
Since its inception in 1953, Good Neighbor Settlement House has helped and served those in need. We started by helping the community at Buena Vida Barrio, but as Brownsville grew, GNSH has correspondingly evolved and expanded its services to include serving the hungry, unsheltered, and migrants.
Nowadays we are a beacon of hope and love for many in our community. We strive to empower our clients with the support and tools they need to overcome homelessness once they are ready and prepared. Moreover, we aim to offer some respite to migrants who just arrived in our country.
I am humbled to be leading such an amazing organization that is deeply committed to serving those who need it the most. I celebrate and will always be committed to our ethos of compassion and dignity.
We are a community united to end homelessness, one person at a time.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Project Dignity Legal Team
Catholic Charities – RGV
Lead Educational Diagnostician
with Brownsville ISD
Retired TSC Professor
Gisela Rizzo Cardenas
Director of Business Development
Interventional Orthopedics Regenexx
Small Business Owner