Better Business Bureau Report for
Julia C. Hester House, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Julia C. Hester House, Inc.
Address: 2020 Solo St.
  Houston, TX 77020
Phone: 713-672-2573
Web Address:
Also known as:Hester House
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1943, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To enhance the quality of lives in Fifth Ward and the surrounding communities through programs and services promoting self-empowerment.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Julia C. Hester House, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The overall goal of the Hester House Early Childhood Services program is to foster a positive, healthy learning environment for our children and to empower our individual families. The Youth Empowerment Program mentors teens 13 to 17 years old encouraging self-sufficiency through academic, career and character development activities. Through supportive and case management services, the Hester House Family & Social Services program addresses immediate client needs while assessing root causes impacting the client’s ability to maintain and/or achieve self-sufficiency. Hester House’s Senior Services program empowers seniors to live independently and with dignity. Critical services for the elderly are provided in a community-based environment promoting health and nutrition, social activities, recreation and supportive services. In 2011, 3,522 unduplicated clients benefited from Hester House programs and services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Julia C. Hester House, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Early childhood services 318,268
Senior services 148,390
Family and social services 128,489
Total Program Expenses: $595,147
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Chief Executive : Jennifer K. Holmes, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Charles E. McCLoud
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired, Shell Oil Company

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 6

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $350,137, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Julia C. Hester House, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
United Way allocations 204,810
Program income 100,228
Contributions and foundation grants 88,162
Special event 57,165
Rental income 42,105
In-kind contributions 32,528
Other income 4,489
Unrealized gain on investment 4,098
Investment income 1,995
Total Income $535,580


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $535,580
Program expenses $595,147
Fund raising expenses 20,982
Administrative expenses 121,014
Total expenses $737,143
Expenses in Excess of Income (201,563)
Beginning net assets 2,120,393
Ending net assets 1,918,830
Total liabilities 61,704
Total assets $1,980,534

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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