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‘For Good’ Awards Distinguish Community Work Performed By Four Houston Residents

Two immigration activists, a woman focused on preventing child abuse and a sixth-grader who encourages children to participate in community activities are the recipients.

John Hollowell, CEO and President of Shell Midstream Partners; Sheila Aron, Founder of The Thread Alliance; Melissa Noriega, Neighborhood Centers' Vice President of Policy and Partnerships; Ashley Miller, Founder of The Littlest Helpers; Houston Texans' Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork; United We Dream's Houston Lead Organizer Oscar Hernandez and Teodoro Aguiluz, Founder and Executive Director of the Central American Resources center pose for a group photo at the end of the 'For Good' awards event.
From left to right: John Hollowell, CEO and President of Shell Midstream Partners; Sheila Aron, Founder of The Thread Alliance; Melissa Noriega, Neighborhood Centers’ Vice President of Policy and Partnerships; Ashley Miller, Founder of The Littlest Helpers; Houston Texans’ Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork; United We Dream’s Houston Lead Organizer Oscar Hernandez and Teodoro Aguiluz, Founder and Executive Director of the Central American Resources center pose for a group photo at the end of the ‘For Good’ awards event.

Neighborhood Centers recognized this Monday four Houston residents for the work they perform in different aspects of every day life in our city.

The organization presented its ‘For Good’ awards during a ceremony held at City Hall.

The youngest recipient of the awards was Ashley Miller, a sixth grader from Atascocita who leads The Littlest Helpers.

Ashley’s group encourages kids from five to 15 years of age to get involved in community activities.

“We go feed the homeless every single month one time. We go to the elderly and we pray for them. We’ve done many different things,” explains Ashley.

Preventing child abuse and helping its victims was also recognized.

Houston native Sheila Aron received an award for her work with The Thread Alliance, which has focused on this cause since 2010.

“People should really be aware of that child abuse should never happen. It can be prevented and help is available,” underlines Aron, who is the founder of the organization.

The awards also recognized working with the immigrant community by distinguishing Oscar Hernandez and Teodoro Aguiluz.

Hernandez is the local lead organizer for United We Dream, the largest DREAMer group in the United States, and Aguiluz is the founder and executive director of the Central American Resources Center (CRECEN).

Hernandez says he is proud of the educational and mentoring programs his group offers because he has seen palpable results.

The activist emphasized he has met undocumented youth who drop out of high school “and, just by going through the programs with us,” adds Hernandez, “they’ve gone back into high school, they’ve graduated, they’ve gone to college and a lot of them are applying for jobs.”

Melissa Noriega, vice president of Policy and Partnerships with Neighborhood Centers, served as master of ceremonies during the event, which was attended by Houston Texans Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork.

Shell Midstream Partners, which was represented by its CEO and President John Hollowell, sponsored the event.

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