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ABOUT US

MISSION & VISION

Mission

To give clients hope by offering a community of empowerment through providing meals, basic needs, outreach, and support services, while creating a legacy of positive change for Brownsville.

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 manners, a 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

Helping people help themselves, with dignity and compassion, one client at a time.

MISSION & VISION
OUR HISTORY

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Volunteers posing in front of mural.

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

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Astrid Dominguez
Executive Director

Belinda Bradford
Assistant Director

Erik Calderón
Chief Development Officer

Alberto M. Juarez
Finance Manager

Soup Kitchen

Nancy Gutierrez

Nutrition Manager

Martha Manzano
Kitchen Assistant

Rosa Garcia
Kitchen Assistant

Raul Reyes
Kitchen Assistant

Client Services

Alejandra Maderos

Client Services Coordinator

Lupita Aguilar
Client Services Caseworker

Hector Berlanga
Client Services Caseworker

Respite Program

Mercedes Perez

Respite Welcome Center Manager

Zeuzette Cordero
Welcome Center Assistant

Maria Juarez
Welcome Center Assistant

Nallely Gutierrez
Welcome Center Assistant

Hygiene Program

Alvaro Sosa

Hygiene Program Manager 
Facilities Manager


Jose C. Torres
Maintenance Assistant

Mesa Llena Food Bank

Jose Francisco Ibarra
Food Bank Manager

Sergio Zamora
Food Bank Assistant

Reception

Rosario Garcia
Data Program Assistant
 

Astrid Dominguez - Executive Director

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.

STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Daniel Elkin

President

Director of Policy Impact, CDCB

Nancy Dimas

Vice President

Project Dignity Legal Team

Catholic Charities – RGV

Elizabeth Bernus, CPA

Treasurer

 

Senior Pastor Celia Halfracre

Secretary

 

 

MEMBERS

Jaime Lucio

Small Business Owner

 

Sergio Cordova

Lead Educational Diagnostician

with Brownsville ISD

         

Maria Diez

Fundraising

Celeste Solis

Educator Saint Joseph Academy

 

Pricilla Guajardo

Pre-Trail Services Director

 

Omar A. Saenz

Attorney

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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