HUMBLE AREA ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES: HAAM Pays Tribute to Pillars of the Community Three Lake Houston couples honored on April 6 at The Overlook

Three lake Houston-area couples will be honored on April 6 as "Pillars of the Community" by Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).


Humble Area Assistance Ministries issued the following announcement on Feb. 2.

Three lake Houston-area couples will be honored on April 6 as "Pillars of the Community" by Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).

They are Ginny and Bill Power, Corinn and Joe Price and Judy and Guy Williams, all of Kingwood.

Insperity is presenting sponsor for Pillars of the Community which will be held Friday, April 6, 6 pm at The Overlook in Atascocita. Also supporting the banquet are The Overlook and Kingwood Medical Center.

"These are three very special couples," said Devon Alexander of Kingwood Medical Center, Pillars Committee Chair and immediate past-president of HAAM. "They are long-time volunteers and donors of our HAAM family and they contribute so much to our community as well. That is why we are honoring them on April 6."

Ginny and Bill Power

Ginny and Bill Power began volunteering for HAAM in 1998 as Bill retired from Marsh and McLennan, the world's largest risk management and insurance broker. Bill was a managing director in their Houston office while Ginny worked at home raising their three children.

"We choose HAAM because they directly touch the lives of those in need in our community," say Ginny and Bill. "We get to see the results of our efforts right here in our home."

Ginny's first HAAM adventure in 1998 was working the food pantry. Since then, both have served on HAAM's Board of Directors and continue to serve as volunteers at many HAAM community functions. Ginny's focus now centers on volunteering at the retail store each week.

The Fosters Mill Village residents in Kingwood are parents to three adult children, Jill Williams married to Stacy, Kristi Strawn married to Allen, and Marc Power, and they are proud grandparents to Ashlyn and Alexa Williams and Zach and Luke Strawn.

Ginny and Bill are involved in many different local and regional organizations as well. Ginny has been active in the Kingwood Women's Club for 23 years and is a past member of their Board. She also volunteers at Society of St. Stephen, Feed My Lambs, and, in raising three active children, was involved in several PTA boards.

Bill is a member of the Houston Golf Association, a committee chair of the Houston Open, Houston Junior Golf, and First Tee of Houston which reaches more than 300,000 students at their schools. Bill also volunteers with AARP, teaching the local AARP Driver Safety Course which is designed to help senior drivers cope with aging and driving, and he still finds time to volunteer with the Greater Houston Golf Charity and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.

HAAM, however, has a special place in their hearts.

"We continue to support and volunteer for HAAM because we can see our efforts directly benefit our neighbors," say Ginny and Bill. "We are not detached from those we help. We see them and help them every day."

Humble Area Assistance Ministries Pays Tribute to Pillars of the Community Three Lake Houston couples honored on April 6 at The Overlook

Corinn and Joe Price

Corinn and Joe Price first became aware of HAAM in 2000 when Corinn became director of Community Involvement at Insperity.

"We were so impressed with their mission and how they accomplish it," say Corinn and Joe. "They understand how to leverage relationships and resources to meet the needs of their clients and the community at large. They work to end the cycle of poverty not just meet the immediate need of those facing crisis."

Corinn and Joe also are impressed with how well HAAM cooperates with other non-profit organizations at every level and, most important, how they treat their volunteers with honor and respect.

"We saw how they care for their employees, giving the salaries and benefits they need to sufficiently take care of their families and to guarantee that their clients are taken care of my educated and well-trained employees," they say, "and they understand donor relations and how to attract and keep donors."

Corinn and Joe note how HAAM honors the covenant churches and never forgets how HAAM got its start and original support.

Corinn and Joe live in Bear Branch Village in Kingwood where Joe is senior process engineer with BD Energy Systems. They have two children, Lexi, 14, and Jake, 13.

They are involved in several HAAM projects, Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry, Leadership Lake Houston and the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund, and they still have time to participate as chair or board member for many additional Lake Houston organizations including the Lake Houston Area Chamber, Humble ISD Education Foundation, The Village, Mission Northeast, Including Kids, Lake Houston Family Promise and Be an Angel.

Corinn received the Lake Houston Chamber's Community Impact award this year for her hurricane recovery efforts. She's also a Woman of Achievement from FamilyTime Foundation, and "In the Pink of Health" honoree from the Northeast Hospital Foundation.

Judy and Guy Williams

Judy and Guy Williams became involved with HAAM in 2008 when Guy retired after 40 years in the oil and gas industry as a registered professional engineer, the last 24 years as senior operations manager for Pogo Producing Company in Houston, and Judy retired after 20 years in special education for Humble ISD.

Their first volunteer position was with the Job Bank, helping clients draft their resumes and provide a job availability listing. Guy served on the HAAM board as the vice-president of building and acquisitions during which he led the acquisition of property adjacent to HAAM for future expansion. Guy also assisted in fund raising to hire an architect to plan the new facility and remodel the existing building.

"We got involved with HAAM because of the wonderful people who work and volunteer for HAAM," recall Judy and Guy. "Our daughter, Michelle, introduced us to Diane Garbis, then the executive director of HAAM, and Ginger Bertrand who was Board president at the time. They emphasized the need for volunteers. A key mentor for us, too, was HAAM volunteer Carol Moffett who was such an inspiration."

The Williams live in Royal Shores Courts in Kingwood and have six adult children, Norman Williams; Libby Broussard married to Chris and mother of Will and Andrew and grandmother of Maude; Michelle Sorrentino, wife of John and mother of Ashley; Kristine Pivarnik, mother of Maylis; David Williams, who is deceased, father of Racheal; and Carl Williams, husband to Hailey and father of Ellie and Annie.

Guy Williams currently is in the ranch development business and he and Judy are long-time members of Kingwood United Methodist Church and Kingwood Country Club where Judy is a member of the entertainment committee.

Pillars of the Community is HAAM's major – and only – fundraiser of the year.

"Just once a year, we ask Lake Houston to participate in helping us to continue HAAM's mission of help and hope," says Alexander. "And what we accomplish with the donations we receive is amazing."

Pillars of the Community, Presented by Insperity, was founded in 2011 by HAAM Executive Director Millie Garrison and volunteer and past-Pillar Connie Chandler to honor Lake Houston-area couples who faithfully volunteer and support HAAM and have made a significant difference in our community.

Past recipients of the Pillars of the Community award are: Rick and Dorothy Alspaugh, Byron and Ginger Bertrand, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Philippe and Mieke Cras, Jack and Lynn Fields, Frank and Marlene Kopta, Guy and Diane Sconzo, Tony and Leslie Raffa, Larry Shiflet and Cynthia Calvert, Geralyn and Danny Sullivan, James and Judy Thigpen, Kingwood Country Club, Insperity and Kingwood Women's Club.

Terry Vaughn, Jr., is Board president and Devon Alexander is chair of the Pillars of the Community banquet. Other board members are Charles Cunningham, president-elect; Kelley Mattlage, secretary; Jim Brenner, treasurer; Johnny Brooks, Cynthia Calvert, Noel Cardenes, Darryal Chandler, Emelda Douglas, Elizabeth Fagen, Cherrie LeDoux, Marilyn Mann, Deborah Mowrey, Guy Sconzo and Betti Welch.

HAAM is a faith-based organization, founded in 1990 by a coalition of area churches and organizations to help community residents in crisis by providing them essential resources so they can become self-sufficient.

"This has been anything but a normal year for HAAM," said Garrison in her annual report to the Board and the community. "At HAAM, we saw the countless families who never thought they would need to reach out for help, but they were hit so hard by Hurricane Harvey, that they found themselves in a previously unthinkable position."

The overwhelming focus for the last three months, Garrison reported, has been on disaster relief.

"Our doors have been open night and day so as many families as possible could receive relief," she said, "but that comes as an expense and we can only continue to operate as long as we have the funds to keep the doors open, lights on and a dedicated staff."

HAAM partnered with the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and Insperity to form the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund and also obtained funding for hurricane relief from the United Way, David Weekley Foundation, ACAM and the Greater Houston Area Relief Fund.

Because of these partnerships, HAAM was able to assist more than 900 families, according to Executive Director Garrison.

In addition to the 900 flooded families that were assisted, in 2017, HAAM provided food to 8,131 families, assisted 1,159 clients in the job center, provided Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to 1,356 families and provided toys to 1,766 children.

HAAM collaborated with Christus Mobile Medical Unit, Harris County Social Services, Houston and Montgomery County food banks, Lonestar Legal Aid, Project Mammogram, Walgreens Pharmacy and the YMCA serving more than 600 individuals.

And, through Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels, HAAM provided more than 12,000 meals to local seniors.

"None of this would be possible without our coalition of churches and organizations as well as the generosity of people in our community just like the three couples we'll be honoring on April 6," said Alexander.

Sponsorships are available ranging from a premier table with 10 seats for $5,000, as well as 10-seat tables for $2,500 and $1,250. Single seats are available for $100. Go to www.haamministries.org/donate or contact one of the HAAM board members.

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