Just Do It Now, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization presently serving Wharton and adjoining counties. It was founded in June of 2000 by Greg Baines. His personal experiences in the at-risk community enlightened him to the true needs of those individuals who continue to slip through the cracks of society. His understanding of the needs of these individuals propelled him into a personal campaign of "loving the community back to health".
To assist all individuals, at-risk or otherwise, in changing the things which keep them from inner peace
To be a leader in the community that represents and actively promotes the opportunity for individual change, development and empowerment.
July 17:Released from Texas Department of Corrections; however, I actually made the personal decision for change in 1994 while being transferred to TDC. I began the concept of Just Do It Now at that time with internal/spiritual changes which would be the prescription for the lasting changes which continue today.
August 3:Began the "Beat the Streets" Campaign for hands on services in the areas where had I made life changing mistakes. These areas include the 3rd Ward, West Bellfort (Southwest Houston), Rosenberg/Richmond, Texas, Bay City, Texas and Westside of Wharton,Texas (Thus, the passion to encompass the four county areas on our map). These are places that I did the most damage with the negative impact on our community through my actions and to my personal life.
1999Began centralized focus in Wharton, pushing a lawn mower, passing out coffee and counseling throughout the West End community of Wharton. On May 30th, Greg married the "back bone" of JDIN, Vanessia. They held the first formal meeting of JDIN at Greenwood Dr. Rosenberg, Texas; their home at the time.
2000Received official organizational charter from the State of Texas.
2001Received 501C3 exempt organization determination from the IRS , and received counseling certifications from Therapon Institute. Immediately began active faith based counseling curriculum for clients and outpatient substance abuse treatment program for individuals and group sessions.
2002Moved into the first official JDIN office at 3027 Richmond Road, Wharton, Texas and began more focused community services. The SCRAP program was born during this time as it represented obvious physical needs within the community which initiated the opportunity for relationship building with the at risk community, our target population.
2003First substance abuse treatment graduate returns from Brazos Place treatment facility. This person is still with us as a volunteer who is giving back to the organization that led him to change his life.
2004Purchased the building at 235 West Milam and began a partnerships with city, probation departments, city and county judges, parole, etc. Initiated partnership with WCJC to provide GED program at our offices.
2005Partnered with Wharton Emergency Management and Red Cross to house, feed and service over 200 Katrina evacuees. Services continue now for over 40 individuals, who have become residents in Wharton and Rosenberg/Richmond. Made the initial call to WISD school board president Don Erdelt about JDIN's interest in the Dawson property.
2006Received property from Sam & Valerie Golden and began remodel of home for the Golden Opportunity Housing Assistance Program.
2007Awarded the initial Golden Memorial Scholarships to Ariel Taylor (UT) and Kendrick Taylor (UH). Ariel is a Dean's List junior at UT and volunteers each summer at our offices. Kendrick is still enrolled at the University of Houston in his junior year.
2008November WISD School Board voted unanimously to deed the Dawson school property to JDIN for the Dawson Community Resource Center.
2009TEA approved property disposition and in March began Yes WE Can youth program from the new property. Also partnered with Wharton Training Alumni Association of ex students.