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History

In 1907, an East End school teacher named Sybil Campbell enlisted the help of Alice Graham Baker to address an immediate need for an affordable nursery and kindergarten. Along with the Second Ward Women’s Club, Mrs. Baker founded the Houston Settlement Association and served as the organization’s first president. The Association’s stated purpose was to extend “educational, industrial, social and friendly aid to all those within reach.” Since our days as the Houston Settlement Association, Neighborhood Centers Inc. has had many names; however, no changes have occurred in our purpose, character, exempt status or method.
 
In the more than 100 years since, we are proud that we still represent the dedication to quality service and commitment to compassion set forth by our founder, Alice Graham Baker. We have evolved into a network of 59 service sites with a mission of "bringing resources, education and connection to emerging neighborhoods." We are well-known as one of the city’s major proponents of economic and social development, helping nearly 400,010 of our neighbors reach their full potential each year.