Our Impact

Since 1994, RaiseUp Families has made the goal of uninterrupted education in a child’s learning the focus of its mission to strengthen families. We believe that equipped with the right tools, guidance and resources, families are empowered to overcome obstacles and discover their potential for a future that might not otherwise be possible.

Benefits of an Uninterrupted Education

Repeatedly changing schools impairs a child’s education and social development through disrupted instruction and broken relationships with both teachers and classmates. The coaching RaiseUp Families provides not only helps clients achieve financial stability; it ensures the stability of a child’s learning experience. In the last five years alone, RaiseUp Families’ approach to achieving family stability in support of a child’s education has realized impressive results, with 100 percent of students remaining at the same school.

Proven Outcomes

Families who complete our comprehensive nine-month program of personalized case management experience an average 43 percent increase in income with 100 percent maintaining stable housing at their one-year anniversary. This success benefits both families and the community through reduced dependence on safety-net programs and positive modeling for children that breaks the cycle of financial instability for future generations.

Mission & Core Values

Our Mission: RaiseUp Families provides extensive case management to strengthen families and ensure childhood learning.

The Vision:  Families across Greater Houston are stable, strong and their children are excelling in school.

Who We Help

Clients of RaiseUp Families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, even facing the possibility of homelessness because of unexpected circumstances. Currently, the organization serves families with children in the Spring Branch and Katy school districts, with plans to expand in the future.

While launched in West Houston area schools, the organization’s model of strengthening families to ensure childhood learning has the potential to benefit communities throughout Houston and Texas, where more than 100,000 youth are estimated to be facing homelessness.

Board of Directors


Kollen West – President

Melanie Beck – Vice President

Anjana Jackson – Treasurer

Nancy Moody – Secretary


Mindy Bradley
Pam Callahan
Matt Fuqua
Cheryl Hollabaugh
Anjana Jackson
Karen Kessler
Marc Schkud
Janice Teske

RaiseUp Families Staff

Christina Yaya– Executive Director
Rose Calderon–Case Manager 
Denise Torres–Case Manager
Holly Sandlin–Program Manager
Koralee Boucher–Community Engagement Manager