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businesses, agencies and volunteers, many of whom have worked with and supported the initiative for years. God continually provided Bolling with ideas for better serving the community. Through cooperation, the community became closer. Families connected with each other and sought to help in times of need. Schools became more attuned to the needs of students, and students had a place to turn to for additional help after school. “As the years went by, more and more people came to volunteer by sharing their gifts, talents and time,” Bolling said. “This represents true community empowerment!” In 2012, Aldine YOUTH became part of the Buckner International family, expand- ing to become a Family Hope Center and empowering children and families. The

move was an answer to prayer. “As the years went by, I started praying to God about the sustainability of the orga- nization,” Bolling said. “It was so important the harvest of this beautiful seed continue for many years to come. Our coming together was the answer from God.” Today, the Hope Center offers 25 educa- tional, vocational, social and recreational programs to transform entire families. “Everybody comes together at this

center,” Roy said. “We really serve and embrace everybody. It’s always been that way. People know we represent stability. They know we will be here. No matter what, we’re going to love the same and they’re going to be treated the same.” –John Hall

Buckner Family Hope Center founder named 2015 Outstanding Woman

HOUSTON – The North Harris County Branch of the American Association of University Women named Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine Founder Sylvia Bolling as one of their 2015 outstanding women.

The association chapter presented the award to Bolling on Feb. 28 in honor of more than two decades of community service in the Aldine area.

“Sylvia Bolling, author of the book When God Gives You a Vision, was recognized for dedicating her life to ensure that young people have encouragement and hope,” said Vada Boyle, the chapter’s president. “Her efforts to provide after-school activi- ties for young people to keep them off the streets and out of trouble grew and morphed into Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine. Today, the center offers more than 25 programs for youth and families.” Bolling began ministering in the Aldine community 25 years ago. She first handed out food and basic staples from the trunk of her car, then grew the effort.

–John Hall

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