Urban Strategies, in partnership with the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, will open a facility for young men from ages 13 to 17 who are without placement called Second Story at First.

For job opportunities for this project, see our CAREERS page.

Our holistic model focuses on long-term development through collaborating with local partners, mobilizing the church, and investing in communities. We have focused on Latin American communities and immigrants for more than a decade. Consider joining us by investing in immigrant children and youth.



In the Fall of 2016, a series of media stories surfaced regarding children, who in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Houston, TX, were spending their nights and weekends in a DFPS offices. While there are some shelter beds available in Houston, these children have been rejected or ejected for behavioral or emotional challenges to become “children without placement.” Currently, these children ranging from infants in cribs to 17-year-olds, both male and female, are spending their evenings and sleeping in a one-room, 15 x 20 offices under yellowed fluorescent lights with an adjacent bathroom containing one toilet, one sink, one bathtub and no shower. Folding cots are brought in to accommodate sleeping in this facility that requires them to vacate by 8 a.m and not be able to return until after 5 p.m. It has been reported that there have been as many as 25-30 of these children in the facility. 

Urban Strategies aims to provide a safe environment that treats each young man with the same dignity and respect that is expected of them. Our residential shelter will provide opportunities for a range of activities including the utilization of a state of the art fitness facility, skills and relationship training, and most importantly, positive and healthy engagement with our caring staff and volunteers.


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Bienestar Central Florida

The Bienestar Program is a ministry in which we are blessed to have the opportunity to change thousands of lives in Central Florida where the Hispanic community is growing every single day. Behind the Bienestar Program there are passionate and trained professionals that want to bring this program to the families, churches and the community in Central Florida. Our goal is to have communities that live in wellness. Our approach is to create awareness of the importance of wellness focusing on mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

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Bienestar South Florida

We are excited for the opportunity to work with our South Florida Hispanic community! Bienestar’s goal is to improve the health of the community one family at a time by providing knowledge of about physical, mental and spiritual well being. It is our desire that every faith-based organization in South Florida will begin a Bienestar health initiative to work towards addressing the most important health needs of the families in their community.

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Bienestar Rio Grande Valley

Bienestar Rio Grande Valley consists of a network of faith based organizations dedicated to improving the overall wellbeing of the Hispanic community, including body, mind and spirit.

In working with the McAllen community, the following information was gathered.

McAllen Community Health Information

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Bienestar San Antonio

Are you a Faith based leader in San Antonio, Bexar county area and surrounding counties? Are you taking a stand and being proactive in your physical, mental and spiritual health? We want to partners with you!

Bienestar strives to bring awareness in regards to some critical components that deal with health for our leaders, churches and communities.

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Bienestar Northern Virginia

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