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.
Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Stephanie Bent and her sister Mrs. Nadine Turner for the passing of their beloved mother, Mrs. Merlene Mavis Greenwood-Powell, this August 11, 2019. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. Our sympathy also to her grandchildren for the loss of their grandmother. May the family be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding them, on behalf of family and friends of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. Mrs. Stephanie Bent is the former Secretary for the Jamaica Foundation of Houston.
Condolences to Ms. Gloria Campbell and family for the passing of Ms. Campbell’s beloved mother, this August 8, 2019. On behalf of members and friends of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, we wish you comfort and the courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Ms. Gloria Campbell is the Vice President of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston.
Save the Date | September 1
Annual Family Picnic
Come FREE to our Annual Family Picnic
3 pm- 9 pm at Memorial Sugarland Park
Meet fellow Jamaicans and friends of the Caribbean at our annual picnic! Feel a sense of community.
Bring your children and join us in a sack race, enjoy snow cones, and learn more about our youth group. Enjoy a domino session or two!
Save the Date | October 5, 2019
5k Fun Walk/Run
It was an exciting night at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston 2019 Independence Gala!
It was an exciting night at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston 2019 Independence Gala, with honored guests Consul General Honorable R. Oliver Mair, Vice Consul Vance Carter, Community Relations Officer Cheryl Wynter, and JAMPRO Regional Director Vivion Scully!
Thanks to Honorary Consul to Jamaica in Houston Attorney K. Omari Fullerton for the warm reception of our honored guests.
Special thanks to Vice President & Gala Chair Gloria Campbell for chairing the gala.
Thanks to our Master of Ceremony Khambrel Marshall, KPRC-TV/Channel 2 Anchor & Meteorologist.
Gala awards went to two most deserving individuals. John South and Leslie Weir were recognized for their community service and leadership, respectively.
Mr. John South, member of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, received his award for volunteerism and community service. He is always willing to go the extra mile to further the success of the Foundation. Most recently, he and Adrian Samuel drove a rental truck filled with the collection of donated clothing supplies, school uniform and supplies, medical equipment from Houston to Florida. Upon arrival, the duo boxed the supplies into donation boxes and delivered them to the organization, Food For The Poor Inc., to ship to Jamaica’s Mustard Seed Communities. It was Mr. South’s second trip to Florida with a shipment of such to the homeland in the last two years.
Mr. Leslie Weir, President of the Houston Missouri City Domino Club, received his award for leadership. Mr. Weir has served over 10 years as President of the Domino Club and recently accomplished the major goal of acquiring a new building for the Domino Club.
Former scholarship recipient Andre Johnson spoke of the financial relief the scholarship brought him and his gratitude towards the Foundation for its role in his academic journey.
Our 2019 Independence Gala celebrating Jamaica’s 57th year of independence was held on Saturday, July 27 from 7 pm to 1 am at the Red Oak Ballroom in CityCentre.
Every year, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston hosts a formal affair with dinner, dance, and silent auction. The Gala is our preeminent social and fundraising event of the year.
Thanks to 2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet sponsors! >> View our 2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet
2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet sponsors help to fund our scholarship program. Funding scholarships requires an ongoing and dedicated effort to accomplish the goals set each year. Sole individuals, individuals with company matching funds, and sole corporate sponsorship’s have been and remain the backbone of the funding for our scholarship program as well as cultural initiatives.
The Jamaica Foundation of Houston continues to do good work!
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, proclaimed the Foundation’s dedication and commitment is deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the United States Congress!
We were honored to have Mr. Booker Morris, III, present the Certificate of Congressional Recognition at our 2019 Independence Gala!
Also, Mustard Seed Communities thanked the Foundation for 2017 & 2019 donations of uniforms and for joining them in their mission of caring for the most vulnerable.
We continue strengthening the cultural ties between Caribbean people and the Houston community
Jamaicans and friends of the Caribbean in the Greater Houston community participated in an open dialogue with Consul General to Jamaica Honorable R. Oliver Mair on matters of interest relating to Jamaica and the Diaspora at our recent Town Hall held Friday, July 26 from 6 pm – 9 pm at First Methodist Church, Stansbury Building.
Regional Director Vivion Scully from JAMPRO also shared information about opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector.
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.