ABOUT US

MISSION & VISION

Mission

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. 

Core Values

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. 

 

  1. We believe that all services are to be provided with good manner, cordial attitude, and respect. Non-judgmental attitudes are to be displayed. 

  2. We believe that addictions can be overcome through prayer, medical treatment and deep, abiding, healthy relationships. 

  3. We believe that homelessness can be a temporary condition and that, when desired, can be overcome with personal healing, educational assistance, housing, and employment.

 

Vision

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

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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.

STAFF

Hugo Zurita

Executive Director


Belinda Bradford

Assistant Director


Larry Reser

Accountant


Rosario Garcia

Data Program Assistant
 

Daniela Sosa

Community Engagement and

Public Relationships Manager


Nancy Gutierrez

Kitchen Manager


Reynaldo Maldonado

Maintenance


Arturo De La Garza

Maintenance


Alvaro Sosa

Maintenance Manager

John Rodriguez

Client Services Manager

 

Victor Alvarez

Case Manager

 

Alejandra Mederos

Case Manager

 

Jose Ibarra

Food Bank Manager

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HUGO ZURITA:

 

As the Executive Director of Good Neighbor Settlement House, I feel that professionally I found the perfect fit. As I look retrospectively, my passion for assisting those in need, educational background and previous professional accomplishments all have prepared me for this assignment. I feel the opportunity to be part of an organization that changes lives every day is a great responsibility and privilege. I consider it a privilege to see lives altered every day, and witness people coming off the streets, asking for help, and finding their way out of homelessness and into a new life.

 

We are a community united to end homelessness, one person at a time.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Nancy Dimas

President

Project Dignity Legal Team

Catholic Charities – RGV

 

Annabell Alegria

Vice President

Office of Annabell Alegria, P.C.

 

Lorena Hernandez

Treasurer

Port of Brownsville

 

Martha Warburton

Secretary

Texas Southmost College  

 

MEMBERS

Charlie Abrego

South Padre Island CVB

 

Xavier C. Anderson

Valley Day & Night Clinic

 

Gisela Cardenas

Interventional Orthopedics Regenexx    

 

Jovita Chase

Brownsville Coffee Shop #2

         

Elizabeth Chavez

Cameron County

 

Sergio Cordova

Brownsville ISD

 

Edna de Leon

De Leon Real Estate  

 

George Olivo  

Retired Counselor