The Jamaica Foundation of Houston is a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the cultural ties between Caribbean people and the Houston community.
Jamaica Foundation of Houston Makes Third Donation to the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica
In August of 2021, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston donated clothing and other supplies to the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) in Jamaica through the Food for the Poor (FFP) organization. The JFH sent two previous shipments through the (FFP) organization in recent years, making this the third shipment.
FFP serves impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States, FFP helped with the shipment to Jamaica’s MSC nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. MSC Jamaica began in 1978 in Mona Common on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, as a home for abandoned and disabled children. Today, they serve over 400 children, young adults, and families to include those with disabilities, affected by illnesses, and teen mother along with their babies. MSC Jamaica also manages many community outreach programs to help people overcome poverty and provide education to the local populations.
Thanks to the JFH members and private contributors for the success of this project. Special thanks to longtime Foundation member, John South, for his part in this effort. The Foundation is also grateful to Honorary Ms. Beverly Ford, Advisor to the JFH, for coordinating this effort.
GENERAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 17
Please join us at our next General Meeting on Friday, September 17, 2021. General Meetings are held at 7 pm Central Standard Time, with a meet-and-greet starting from 6:30 pm.
Hear from former scholarship recipient, Quincy Lester, about the impact the Jamaica Foundation Scholarship has had on his education and career goals. Also, learn ways he is helping his peers find job and internship opportunities. Quincy will also talk about getting his peers involved with the Foundation’s efforts.
Meetings are held virtually until further notice >> CLICK HERE
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Junior Higgins, former President of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. May the family have peace and comfort during this difficult time. There will be an open memorial service and private burial for Mr. Junior Higgins on September 18, 2021 at 11 am CST at the Church of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.
Funeral Service >> click here
Service will be streamed live online.
In lieu of flowers, the Higgins family would like donations made to Michigan State University to The Walker, Lartigue, and Higgins Endowment.
As an alternative way of donating in memory of Junior Higgins, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston (JFH) has set up ways for you to donate through the JFH.
WAYS TO DONATE >> LEARN MORE here
Health and blessings for the school year!
We also invite you to partner with us in our scholarship and cultural events by advertising in our 2021 Jamaica Independence Souvenir Booklet. This year’s booklet will have a digital presence on our website and advertisements will be posted for 12 months from the celebration date.
View our 2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet for reference.
Sole individuals, individuals with company matching funds, and sole corporate sponsorships have been and remain the backbone of the funding for our scholarship program as well as cultural initiatives.
We look forward to you advertising with us at the following rates >> click here
COVID-19 AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
We are committed to the health and safety of members and friends of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to suspend in-person activities until further notice.
Please take advantage of these resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevent at https://www.cdc.gov/
- West Houston Assistance Ministries at https://whamministries.org/
- Windsor Village United Methodist Church at https://www.umc.org
- Second Mile at https://www.secondmile.org/
- The Legacy Church at https://thelegacychurch.com in Sugarland
- First Methodist Houston at https://www.fmhouston.com at Beltway 8
- Consulate General of Jamaica | Miami, Florida
- Jamaica Travel Notice << click here for details
*Eligible people can also contact their health care provider directly for information about how to receive the vaccine.
WINTER STORM RECOVERY
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent winter storm have been challenging for so many of us. With the hope of connecting you to the right resources, the Foundation is sharing these helpful resources:
West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) serves those who need help regardless of background, belief or circumstance. On their website, they have shared winter recovery resources, including how to apply for disaster assistance and FEMA help, receive update on local resources from the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, file insurance claims, and additional tips. Learn about resources by calling WHAM at (713) 780-2727, clicking here or copy-paste the link https://www.whamministries.org/winter-recovery-resources into an Internet browser.
For those of you in immediate needs, please visit the Disaster Assistance website https://www.disasterassistance.gov/, and enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three.
A Jamaica Foundation Promoting Education & Understanding
We are a cultural and educational community resource focused on strengthening ties and awareness between the people of Houston and Jamaica.
We are involved in educational, charitable and civic activities with institutions and individuals in the greater Houston community as well as in Jamaica. Our Jamaica Foundation works with the March of Dimes, Dyslexia Intervention Training, Hurricane Disaster Relief and with many other charitable groups. We connect and participate with local organizations in events, fundraisers and by providing educational resources to the people of Jamaica.
Promoting cultural understanding, education and Volunteerism.