HISD partners with BakerRipley to open Sunrise Center in West Division

HISD launched its sixth of seven Sunrise Centers Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the BakerRipley Gulfton-Sharpstown Campus in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon.

This center will connect communities in HISD’s West Division with vital resources, programs, and services.

“At the heart of the Sunrise Centers is collaboration among organizations who are working on behalf of this beautiful community because we can’t do it alone,” said Dr. Laura Stout, West Division Superintendent. “These Sunrise Centers empower our families to chart their best path forward. We are honored to be here as a resource and open door.”

BakerRipley has been helping underserved Houstonians since 1907, marking more than a century of providing education, career, and social aid to families. Today, the nonprofit offers a wide range of essential services for basic needs and more, including healthcare, adult education, small business support, youth enrichment classes, and immigration forums. These services will be provided to HISD students and families at no cost.

“This partnership goes beyond merely offering resources,” said Ernest Lewis, BakerRipley Senior Director of Economic Initiatives. “Both organizations seek to create a more robust and resilient community by hosting a wide array of community events, classes, and programs. This partnership exemplifies the commitment of Houston ISD to its students and their families, creating an environment where they can thrive and a sense of support they need.”

Learn more about BakerRipley, its mission, and services offered here.

HISD is set to launch a seventh Sunrise Center in November 2023.

For more information on HISD’s Family and Community Engagement Department, visit the FACE webpage, and for more information on the District’s many valuable community partnerships, visit the Community Partnerships Department webpage.