About Us

Executive Director

Oralia has a Master’s of Counseling with eighteen years of experience in the non-profit arena.

Sebastian Nuñez

Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor

Sebastian has a bachelor’s degree in English. He enjoys working with youth and adult learners.

Esbeidi Zepeda

COMET Program Leader

Esbeidi has a range of talents including master works with face-painting, make-up artist and all around creative person.

Elizabeth Mendez

COMET Program Leader

Elizabeth has been with COMET program since its inception, first as a parent, then as Volunteer Extraordinaire, and now as a Program Leader. She has a wonderful gift of class room décor and design.

Velda Brathwaite

Barbara Moore Educational Center Program Assistant

Velda started out as a grandparent in our COMET program, always being the first to volunteer and lend a hand. She is now working as the program assistant and helping provide services through our resident services program.

Marie Frances Gonzales

Art Instructor

Marie is a Filipina immigrant who has eventually considered Houston as her home. She graduated at College of Saint Benedict with two Bachelor's degrees: Studio Art and Asian Studies. As an Art Instructor for 5-Works, Marie is utilizing creative endeavors to motivate and inspire children.

Nehemiah Ministries

In the early days we started out as an organization called Nehemiah Ministries. A ministry poised to help those with a vision to bring positive change in their communities. Our mission is to equip the saints with an effective application of the message of Jesus Christ that brings hope and opportunity to the children and families in at-risk communities. Nehemiah Ministries goals are:

  • To identify and mentor ministry partners
  • To share the Nehemiah Center Program Model . . .

The Nehemiah Program Model developed at the Nehemiah Center in Houston, Texas is a multifaceted ministry model utilizing education, emotional wellness and spiritual enrichment to provide assistance for low-income families who are invested in the seeking a better future for their children. This program model can be replicated in every community that has a heart for helping its neighbor. For 4 years Nehemiah Ministries shared what people began to call the “empowerment” model with organization and churches around Houston and the surrounding area.

5 Works

Program Components

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Spiritual Enrichment
  • Parental Involvement


  • Nehemiah Center, Inc.
  • His Kids Nehemiah Center in Navasota, Texas (First Presbyterian Church)
  • Centro Familiar Esperanza Afterschool Program (Chapelwood UMC)
  • Mission Cy-Fair (LifePath Church, other area churches)
  • Mission Milby CDC
  • Kidz Harbor (Friendswood Community Church)
  • Free Indeed, Inc. (Free Indeed Church International)
  • Kids In Action in Alvin, Texas (Emmanuel Worship Center)
  • Crossover to Jesus Church in Alvin, Texas