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November night ladies of Houston came together to celebrate the Citizenship Month

DSCF0389On a fine November night ladies of Houston came together to celebrate the Citizenship Month. The room was filled with guests from different nationalities representing many faces of Houston. Naomi Ostfeld, Attorney and secretary of the Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood, made an inspiring speech about how citizenship month is celebrated in Houston. The night continued with fun games and participants enjoyed the delicious food and coffee. Noah's pudding, the dessert prepared by mixing a variety of grains, dried fruits, and nuts, was a reflection of the diversity at the coffee night and in the city of Greater Houston.
Next coffee night will be held in January. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

Embrace Relief 2014 Share Your Holidays Food Drive Live Show at ABC 13 on Friday.

abcPlease bring your food donation to Raindrop Foundation till Friday December 5, 2014. 

The cornerstone of the Embrace Relief’s mission is service above self. This year, our mission will be personified by the millions of people who will benefit from our holiday food drive, geared towards feeding families in need. Food insecurity is a substantial issue globally and we want to ensure that we are doing our part in helping out those affected by it. Many of our own neighbors right here in Houston area are currently living below the poverty line. This means that families are forced to make tough decisions in providing basic necessities. With the rising cost of food and transportation, it can become very difficult for families to choose between keeping a roof over their head and keeping food on the table.

Celebrating citizenship month with cuisine classes in Raindrop Turkish House.

cuisine (3)On Saturday, November 15, 2014, participants of Raindrop cuisine classes gathered with a special theme, American Taste, to observe citizenship month. Raindrop Foundation holds cuisine classes on a regular basis to teach samples from the Turkish cuisine. A special session was held to celebrate the citizenship month. It was a session demonstrating the diversity of our city as the menu included items from the American and Turkish cuisines. Participants enjoyed mango mole, corn pudding, Ashura (Noah’s Pudding), Kisir (cracked wheat salad), baklava and borek after they are taught how to make mango mole. It was a “delicious” celebration of the citizenship month.

Celebrating citizenship month with Ebru classes in Raindrop Turkish House.

course-6Raindrop Foundation observed the citizenship month, which is “an annual volunteer-driven celebration that celebrates Houston’s civic diversity” with numerous events and activities. One of the events was free Ebru classes for Raindrop Youth Development Center students held on Saturday, November 15, 2014. For the citizenship month, the theme was the flag of Texas. Participating Turkish American children made artistic representations of Texas flag using Ebru techniques. Ebru is a traditional Turkish art of water marbling. Patterns are created on water using a variety of colors, which then are transferred onto paper.

Raindrop Youth Development Center attended to an Tree Planting activity in our neighborhood


DSC 0428On November 1st 2014, Raindrop Youth Development Center attended to an Tree Planting activity in our neighborhood. Raindrop Foundation,Council Member Larry Green, TXU Energy, Houston Parks and Recreation Department organized planting 15-gallon trees along esp;esplanades of West Bellfort Avenue. Raindrop Youth Development Center attended with 15 volunteers and planted about 40 trees to our neighborhood.

Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief Collaborated With State Senator Rodney Ellis for his “Fifth Annual Holiday Food Distribution”

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On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief aided State Senator Rodney Ellis in his “Fifth Annual Holiday Food Distribution”. The purpose of the food distribution, especially during this time of year, is to give thanks for our blessings and reach out to the community members in need.  Along with Last Organic Outpost, Whole Foods Market, and the Pearland Farmers Market providing fresh produce, Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief provided over 400 pounds of Halal beef for area families in need. The event was hosted by the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation then following a distribution at the Kelly Village Community Building. The families who attended the food distribution were also provided with turkeys in addition to the produce and beef they received.

The Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief’s Food Donation to the Houston Food Bank

IMG 0497.JPGOn Friday, November 21, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation joined together with the Embrace Relief Organization to help donate food to the Houston Food Bank, which distributes 50 million nutritious meals each year. This is enough to provide more than 100,000 meals a day. According to the Houston Food Bank’s website, on a typical day in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the food bank, 66,200 people cannot afford to purchase food for themselves and are forced in hunger.

2014 Annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner

thanks7On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation hosted its annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner, which is held in observance of Citizenship Month for Houston. The purpose of Citizenship Month for Houston is to celebrate Houston’s civic diversity. The program was coordinated in collaboration with the Glenshire Community Association, Brays Oaks Management District, Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Citizenship Month Committee, Office of International Communities, and the Houston Food Bank. Christine Dobbyn from ABC 13 local news was present as the honorary mistress of ceremonies for the dinner.

The Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief Help Serve Lunch to the Families of the Ronald McDonald House Houston


On November 10, 2014, The Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief teamed up to help provide lunch to the families of the Houston area Ronald McDonald House. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Upon being greeted by the very friendly staff, Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief began to set up the tables and serving area for the families to enjoy their meal. We were also welcomed by Colleen Dillahunty, the Family Activities Coordinator, who assisted us in the organization of the event.Once an announcement was made for the residents to head downstairs to have their lunch, we were able to serve and meet many of the children and families who call the Ronald McDonald House their home. After lunch, the children and staff were invited to participate in creating Ebru art, which is a traditional Turkish form of water marbling. Since this form of art was new to a lot of the participants, one of the members of Embrace Relief Organization was there to help guide them in creating their own unique Ebru painting.

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