Organic Growth of an Organization

Lessons Learned 1984 to 2016

Charity Productions a service provider working to address service gaps by applying common sense strategies with traditional and non-traditional methods.   The ultimate question is, what and where will Charity Productions be in two to thirty years?   We will be a consumer affairs research and planning agency that provides training and advocacy strategies serving 5000 clients per year.

Charity Productions is currently serving sixty neighborhoods labeled distressed.  Our service footprints include projects with the City of Houston Health, Police, and Planning Departments and Municipal Courts, Harris County Emergency Management, Harris County Juvenile Probation, Red Cross (southeast and northeast branches), and the Texas Youth Commission dating back to 1987.   We have provided services and training with clients such as Dallas, Silsbee, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galena Park, Texas City, Pasadena and Houston ISD’s (giving parent engagement, dropout prevention, and gang intervention programs). Police Departments includes Beaumont, Port Arthur, City of Houston, University of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Jefferson County and Houston Community College Police Academies (providing cultural diversity classes for cadets). Short-term services provided for City of Houston Municipal Courts pilot program (1993). (1991-1994, An Academy for Parents in Education), for the following justices of the peace: Judges George Risner, (Galena Park), Molly Mannes (Pasadena), Paul Brown (Beaumont), Joel Clouser, (Fort Bend), Richard Scott (Austin), and Patrick Doyle, (Galveston). Charity Productions served as a service provider for HISD’s  Title One Department for sixty schools,  Parent Engagement (1995-2000).  School Safety Consultant Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies, Port Arthur, Texas 2003 – 2016).

Charity Productions has established a method of service delivery with core values that include active customer service and advocacy components.  We serve all people with a concentration on people residing in zip codes labeled under-served. We are non-political in our service delivery. We fund our projects with funding from contracts for service. We are eighty-five percent staffed by volunteers and by contract staff when arrangements are secured.  Part of our transformative tasks includes leveraging human capital into social capital and ultimately producing community capital that becomes an exchange of mutual interest and mutual interest between privates sector, government services, and taxpayers.

Problem Statement

We have discovered multiple sets of barriers common with tax-based service delivery at all levels of government. Barriers not limited to: (1) public policy dispatched as a weapon of mass destruction.  (1a) Government not designed for a high degree of customer service.  (2) Citizens rely on elected representatives without much accountability, (3) citizens grossly misinformed, due to a sixty-year span of selective misinformation, and (4) government focuses more on managing maladies, instead of solving problems and conditions.  Lastly, outside financial influences and interests are a drain and brain on the scope and sequence of tax-based service delivery.  These and numerous other subsets of contiguous circumstances of a political and economic nature frames the problems facing specific zip codes. Thus forms and defines the complexities of Charity Productions mission and expresses the raw hostile environment distributed to people and geographies held in the grip of the political construct of welfare and warfare.

Transforming Period 2016 to 2019 for Now and the Future

Charity Productions will maintain several proven and necessary features in our toolbox such as hosting, a radio talk show (Community Views and Solutions, television talk show (Community Views and Solutions).   We will to convening timely and cutting-edge conferences, seminars, symposiums, and workshops, working on reducing disparities in public sector tax-based service, primarily in specific underserved zip codes.  The pattern of practice by a government has a distinct design in most cities and counties. Data from reports and surveys published by the public health and safety departments of the local jurisdictions where these patterns exist.

January 19, 2002 (Houston Chronicle), Charity Productions reached a benchmark moment when Mayor Lee Brown, commissioned us to provide a unique needs survey that identified barriers for the special needs community as well as stakeholders with resources during times related to disasters.  120,000 questionnaires mailed to twenty plus zip codes in the southeast sector of Houston.  Along that same time, Charity Productions convened a meeting with local universities that became a university collaborative.  Included were University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College Central,  and University of Texas Health Science Center.

Moving Forward with Scalable and Sustainable Services

Charity Productions moving forward will have several overlapping labels; service provider, (SP), non-profit, (NP), non-governmental organization, (NGO), community-based organization, (CBO) and private sector provider, (PSP).  Having multiple service platforms are essential attributes for any provider expecting to receive external funding.  The future forces providers to maintain a cornucopia of platforms that includes accountability, a social media, a direct link with research and universities and a platform that secures the future brand, and integrity of the organization.   Providers will need to include solution-specific scalable strategies that are based on data-driven but with non-traditional and creative techniques that can be flexible for customizing for unique circumstances.

New Knowledge or New Usage – Community Archeology – Local and Global Application 

Newer outcome solution philosophies wrapped in old concepts reveals new or better applications with technology: interdisciplinary grids and defined multiple partnerships will be the new model that replaces or improves existing silo approaches.  Advances in science are the window to new applications in the social sciences.   The current dysfunctional existing models are subordinated to poor public policy enforcement and implementation, plus.     The overarching pattern of government is to extend problems instead of solving problems, particularly in vulnerable zip codes or third world countries.   The public or humanitarian demand in the future will be on fixing problems, not managing issues as a first expectation.   The current practice of applying synthetic solutions to organic matters has not worked.

Many neighborhoods in the United States are described resembling third world countries.  Solution applications do exist.  The future of Charity Productions will be rooted in the partnerships with universities, government and using a mixed framework of the National Incident Management Systems philosophy, Community Participatory Research, Bottom Up, and Top-down Approaches and Scientific Research as our content vehicle improves service delivery moving forward.