Programs

SERVICES AT A GLANCE

COMMUNITY "AT RISK" EDUCATION (C.A.R.E.)

C.A.R.E. is designed to educate the community by using personal contact within the community to discuss statistics, awareness information, and to give a basic understanding of at risk individuals. Our focus for this education is city and county government, business owners, individual citizens and the faith community.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Through educating those in the community who have little or no close contact with at risk individuals, C.A.R.E. raises the understanding not only of those in government and business but also individuals and the faith community. This education isn't a formal class but an ongoing use of personal contact where situations provide an opportunity to increase perception.

GOLDEN

The "Golden" Opportunity Housing Assistance Program provides affordable living arrangements for an individual or family with the goal of owning a home and/or becoming self-sufficient.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Darrel and Giovani Mack are the first recipients of the Golden Opportunity and are the current residents of the house. They have completed their life skills instruction and are nearly ready to buy their own home and make the house available for the next resident. There have been two more houses donated which need repair. We hope at least one can be ready this year for occupancy. REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

- Applicants must complete an application form and return it to Just Do It Now

- Participants who meet the requirements and obtain housing assistance will be required to abide by the terms and conditions of a standard lease agreement

- This program is intended to assist participants to meet home ownership qualifications within 18 to 24 months

Scholarship Programs

Just Do It Now gives three scholarships annually to help fund undergraduate education for Black-American children who live in Wharton County, Texas.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Golden Scholarship Program provides two $1,500 scholarships and honors Emma Gordon and Lucille Golden beloved teachers at Wharton Training High School. The Velma Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship provides $1,000.

The Golden Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding academic accomplishment along with student participation in extra-curricular activities. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be accepted as full-time students in undergraduate study at an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year.

All phases of the scholarship competition, including the selection of winners, are handled by Just Do It Now and a representative of the Golden Scholarship Program. Scholarship finalists are selected from candidates on the basis of timely application that demonstrates the applicant's community service involvement, academic performance, extracurricular activities, and essay on the specified topic.

STARTING COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION ACTION PROGRAMS (S.C.R.A.P.)

The SCRAP program is a hands-on program where staff and volunteers seek out the needs of individuals within the community through door-to-door and heart-to-heart communications. The goal is to assess the needs and implement a realistic plan to meet them. Primary focus will be the elderly, handicapped and single family homes.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

After identifying a property or community area needing revitalization, and getting the necessary permission or permits, volunteers set out to make repairs, do clean up, and make general improvements. Often this work is done for those who can no longer do these things for themselves or are overwhelmed by the size of the project. The SCRAP program brings out the best in the community. Often during our projects members of the neighborhood pitch in with helping hands and support. There is an understanding that raising up your neighbor provides a lasting benefit to everyone. Improving external appearances also helps to bring about internal changes which in turn helps the way folks see their community for the better. JDIN also partners with Habitat for Humanity to put the finishing touches on new homes. Volunteers lay sod, do landscaping, and perform other tasks in order to ready the home for its new occupants.

GED CLASSES

Just Do It Now is partnering with Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) to offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) classes. WCJC provides the instructor and course materials which are free to eligible candidates.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

After identifying a property or community area needing revitalization, and getting the necessary permission or permits, volunteers set out to make repairs, do clean up, and make general improvements. Often this work is done for those who can no longer do these things for themselves or are overwhelmed by the size of the project.

The SCRAP program brings out the best in the community. Often during our projects members of the neighborhood pitch in with helping hands and support. There is an understanding that raising up your neighbor provides a lasting benefit to everyone. Improving external appearances also helps to bring about internal changes which in turn helps the way folks see their community for the better.

JDIN also partners with Habitat for Humanity to put the finishing touches on new homes. Volunteers lay sod, do landscaping, and perform other tasks in order to ready the home for its new occupants.

YES WE CAN

The objective of the Yes WE Can program is to provide a safe, positive and enjoyable atmosphere, outside of the school setting, which will support and reinforce education, socialization and recreation processes. The program will also demonstrate to parents and the community that efforts are being made to rectify long-standing challenges faced by the West End neighborhood..
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As a first step in developing the Dawson Community Resource Center, Just Do It Now initiated the Yes WE Can youth program for youth ages 6 through 18 utilizing the gymnasium and adjacent rooms. The Yes WE Can program will operate from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. Staff will be present from 3:00 until 7:00. Special Saturday programs in the gym are a regular feature. This summer the program runs from 12 p.m. until 3:00 for all participants. From 3:00 until 5:00 special activities are planned for youth who are following guidelines and/or showing progress in targeted areas.

The Yes WE Can program is aiming at known youth from the community who are currently functioning below grade level and are at risk of failing the TAKS Test (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) in one or more areas. The Yes WE Can program has a better chance of reaching these at-risk individuals because Just Do It Now has an established reputation in the community, the program is located near their homes and the director and many of the volunteer staff are people they know. Since parental supervision is a primary problem, it is critical that the whole family be involved in the process. Therefore, parents or guardians must agree to attend monthly training sessions in order for their children to participate. These sessions will assist parents in developing structured environments for continued learning, discipline and positive social behaviors at home.

The Yes WE Can Program schedule during the school year will include:

- Homework/Study Time - concentrating on homework completion and individual tutoring in areas of need to be completed before moving on to other activities

- Food - a balanced meal following homework/study

- Group Chat - period for therapeutic interaction through group communication, which positively promotes social skills and social awareness related to home, school and current events

Recreation - Physical activities, art, crafts and a variety of games will provide a time of fun with an emphasis on structure and discipline

The objective of the Yes WE Can program is to provide a safe, positive and enjoyable atmosphere, outside of the school setting, which will support and reinforce education, socialization and recreation processes. The program will also demonstrate to parents and the community that efforts are being made to rectify long-standing challenges faced by the West End neighborhood.

The Yes WE Can program has the full support of the Wharton Independent School District as well as many local organizations including the City and County governments, the Wharton Community Development Corporation, the Wharton Boys & Girls Club, numerous churches, service organizations and the community in general. Everyone is enthusiastic and hopeful about the program, and many people have already volunteered to help make it a reality. We have the buildings and we have the volunteers, but we still need funds for staff, materials and operating expenses.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING

Coming Soon
Program Details

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

When: Mondays 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Dawson Community Resource Center

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

Coming Soon
Program Details

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM

Where: Dawson Community Resource Center