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Inspiring Stories from Stafford

Johnny Chen

Starting 10 years ago having been laid off from my first 2 jobs I knew there was something wrong with having my future in someone else’s hands. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing bad about working within a bigger organization and contributing to one area of tasks and building something big. BUT, I always couldn’t help to think about how far can I really go. Everything I do there was always that inner voice in my head whispering to me telling me that I need to literally “build” something of my own. But back then I had no idea how to begin and obviously don’t have any skills besides knowing how to use a calculator and type very fast on a keyboard. Read more>>

Pastor Parris Patrick

After attending a School board meeting and hearing about the homeless youth population in Alief, I wanted to do something about it. Shortly after I started Alief Coalition for the Homeless, to assist Alief with the needs of its homeless youth attending school here. I also Pastor Agape Community Bible Church. Currently, we have a network of over 100 volunteers and plans to build a youth homeless shelter in the Alief Area, we already have land donated. The road has not been smooth. Read more>>

Christal Mercier

Christal Mercier, owner of Hair by Christal and founder of Hair Dreams by Christal, Inc., is no stranger to innovation and hard work. Born in Houston’s historic Third Ward into a family of 12 siblings, Christal quickly learned to stand out from a crowd and establish a sense of individuality. By the age of 12, she had already developed an entrepreneurial spirit by earning extra money styling hair for others, not knowing that her talent would lead to a life-long career. Read more>>

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