My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center was incorporated on October 18, 2004. Operations to help those in need began in July 1994, in the home of E. Renae Nelson. The agency’s original name was Family Revival Christian Center and was changed in May, 2007. Over 15 years ago, Renae Nelson saw the void in our community for temporary assistance and felt compelled to, in some way, make a difference. Thus, she began meeting the needs from inside her home. Whether the need was one meal or two week's worth of groceries; a place to stay for a night or until they got on their feet; or even a referral for safety from abuse, all was done from inside her home.
In May, 2007, the board of directors voted to change the name of the Family Revival Christian Center, to My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center (MBK). MBK opened its doors at 12112 Troulon Drive, Houston, TX in August of 2007. Our first program was our Back-to-School Supplies distribution, dispersing 190 sets of supplies to children in grades kindergarten through high school. For our Thanksgiving Meal program we distributed 335 meals, and gave over 700 children presents for Christmas. By December 31, 2007, we had serviced almost 2,800 clients through our special programs and daily services.
In 2007, we developed more than 15 community partnerships with churches, corporations, foundations and schools. In addition, we had more than 300 individual contributors, raising over $30,000 by year's end. Our first inaugural year, was very successful and ended on a very positive note. We were featured in the Houston Chronicle in the Faces in the Crowd section for Alief in November, and in December 2007, we were voted Hometown Hero, by Halliburton and the Houston Texans receiving an honor award at the Houston Texans game on December 13.
In February 2008, we became a member of Alliance of Community Assistance Ministry. A ministry that assists with capacity building, offers mentoring relationships, as well as co-learning and community networking opportunities. During 2008, we serviced over 2,347 families totaling more than 5,500 individuals through our every day operations and special programs. Also, during the year of 2008 we distributed more than 20,000 lbs. of food for a total of more than 10 tons, and more than 13,000 lbs. of clothing, for a total of more than 6 tons of clothing.
In March of 2009, after suffering two break-ins in one week, MBK closed its doors to search for another location. As a result, in May 2009, we reopened our doors at our current location, 12713A Bissonnet Street, Houston TX. During 2009, we serviced more than 22,000 clients with our many services and partnerships.
2010 brought new and exciting partnerships as well as many challenges. With the downturn in the economy, MBK experienced its worst financial year to date. However, by the end of 2010, we had serviced more than 37,000 clients through our many programs and partnerships.
Our services include a full sized food pantry, financial assistance for rent and/or utilities (when funding is available), computer resource lab, English as a second language (ESL) classes, financial consulting, food stamp application assistance, job search coaching, Thanksgiving Meals, Christmas Toys, Back to School Supplies, Summer Lunch program and Christian Counseling.