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How The 411 House Started

Building relationships with kids and families in East Temple.

The 411 House Journey

The 411 House journey started with founder Kim White and her mentee who lived in East Temple at Wayman Manor apartments. That friendship led her family to visit the complex weekly and build relationships with kids and families in the community. They were there to learn and saw it as a precious gift to know and be known by that community.

Fulfilling Our Mission

The house was completely remodeled and furnished in April 2019, and we spent a year building relationships and hosting events and activities for our youth.

During that year we hosted Wednesday night dinners & holiday family meals, attended concerts, football games, basketball games, and summer camp. We offered haircuts from local barbers, movie nights, and Bible studies at the house. We had guest visitors such as musicians, doctors, football players, artists & community leaders come visit and engage our youth. We had a scavenger hunt and lots of Minute to Win It competitions to build community. We cooked together. We swam together. We played together. We broke bread together.

Remodeling The 411 House

After years of learning, they felt like it was time to do more. After speaking with friends and leaders in the community, they bought a house in East Temple, former home to Myrtle Captain, to serve as a safe place for neighborhood youth to form valuable relationships and have access to more opportunities. Myrtle Captain was a local civil rights activist who was closely involved in the desegregation of Temple schools and lovingly called Mama Myrt by many kids in the community. In October 2017, The 411 House received $40,000 from Chip & Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, to remodel the house and make it as beautiful as our kids deserve.

Rising to the Challenge

When COVID hit in March of 2020, we had to make some adjustments to our programming, but we are continuing to find safe and creative ways to spend time with our youth and provide them with opportunities. This has involved lots of swimming events at the community pool, summer goody bags delivered individually to our youth, outdoor sports, and grab & go meals at the house.

MEET OUR BOARD

Shirmira is a resident of Temple by way of Houston, Texas. She is a new mother, an active member of her church, involved in all forms of community outreach, and an advocate for her community. She is currently a Site Coordinator for the local school district where she has been employed since 2009. Shirmira holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and has worked in all fields of social services. She joined the Board of Directors for the 411 House because its mission encompasses her passion for working with at-risk youth in our communities. She is a product of a mentor taking out the time to show her that she had the potential to be anything she wanted to be – as long as she put God first, made the right decisions, and worked hard at accomplishing every goal! She is excited to be a part of this organization and is looking forward to what it will bring and do for our community!

Tracey is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and a Registered Play Therapist. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies. Tracey left the United States with her husband and children to work as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa for 5 years. She started several health and education initiatives, such as proper nutrition and hydration for children, persons with HIV/AIDS, and initiated a literacy campaign for adolescents of the local pastoral tribe.

“I desired to be a part of The 411 House to use any gifts I possess to support others,” Tracey said. “1 Corinthians 9:19 and 1 Peter 4:10 are scriptures that I hold dear as I move forward in life.”

Tim has been married to his beautiful wife, Candace, since 1998. They have 4 amazing children ranging from 6-15 years. He has also been a pastor since 1998, including the position of Local Outreach & Junior High Pastor at Temple Bible Church since 2006. Growing up as a pastor’s kid in the Philadelphia area, Tim has always had a strong connection to a diverse culture. God has given him a strong desire to see unity come about through the transforming power of the Gospel displayed in the lives of students from challenging environments.

Michael Carpenter is 26 years old, from Waco, TX, and has resided in the Temple/Belton area since 2012. He graduated from UMHB with a degree in social work in 2016 and also played football at UMHB. Michael works for an economic development non-profit in Waco and has a music and entertainment company based out of Temple. He also helps run a social justice initiative called the Bell County Unity Coalition. Michael joined the 411 board because he is passionate about investing in the next generation and strongly believes in the mission of the 411 House. Michael was one of the first volunteers at the 411 and was thankful for the impact it made on his life. He wants to ensure that the legacy of the 411 continues to impact volunteers’ and children’s lives.

Jeff is married to Kristi and has two grown children, Caroline and Joshua. He graduated from Texas A&M and has lived in Temple since 1978. He is the Club Director at Ralph Wilson Youth Club, where he has been serving for several years. Jeff joined the board because he believes in the vision of The 411 House, and he believes that spiritually we are called to actively make an impact in the world in which we live.

Ashley Pennington was born and raised in Temple, TX by her loving parents who were both raised in East Temple. She graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Master of Business Administration in Accounting, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is currently an accountant at a local CPA firm where she has been employed since 2018. Ashley joined the Board of Directors for the 411 House because she believes in its mission and its ability to have a positive impact on our youth and our community. She wants to help inspire and motivate at-risk youth to realize their potential. Ashley is grateful to be a part of the 411 House and is excited to see the amazing opportunities that the organization will bring to our community.

Kim moved to the Temple/Belton area in 2007 from Dallas, where she was born and raised. She has been married to Jeff since 2005, and they have two children, Grace and Tucker. She attended Texas A&M University and then Dallas Theological Seminary where she earned her Master’s in Biblical Counseling. She spent most of her working years in nonprofit and social service fields such as Child Protective Services, United Way, Young Life, and Ralph Wilson Youth Club. She and her husband spent 6 years in the East Temple community getting to know kids and families. In 2017 they started Bridge East Temple and The 411 House to support this community that they love.

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