Lake Wildwood Community Launches its Familia Project

Fall Familia Festival kicks off project.

Oct 10, 2013

CONROE, Texas -- Four years ago the rural community of Deerwood , near Cut N Shoot, launched its Deerwood Familia Project. Now, sister community, Lake Wildwood in Conroe off 1485, launched its own Familia Project with its first Fall Familia Festival recently held on Sunday, October 6.

Earlier this year, community leaders of Lake Wildwood joined together with the Texas Familias Council (TXFC), to begin uniting their community and develop stronger internal resources in the rural, working class neighborhood. Maria Baños Jordan , President and Founder of TXFC held a series of workshops with residents over the summer. The Texas Familias Council is a professional organization created from the Texas Latino Leadership Roundtable in 2010 by leaders to respond to the growth of the Latino population in Montgomery County.

The objective of the Fall Familia Festival was to raise awareness in the community of resources and the new projects about to launch in Lake Wildwood. Community leader and Festival Coordinator, Benita Hernandez, received sponsor donations from generous local businesses, including Conroe HEB, Sonic, Ryan’s Restaurant, Conroe Home Depot, Rainbow Skating Rink, Cinema Star, 7 Acres, Sam’s Club, Texas Road House, Carmelita’s Restaurant, Chiptole and Margaritas Restaurant.

Several residents of Deerwood shared their thoughts and support at the event. Susan Reyes of Deerwood encouraged the many families, “We are here to help you begin your work because we are neighbors.”

Lake Wildwood families enjoyed the Festival and the cool fall weather. The Chikawa Aztec Dance troop provided a special dance presentation for the residents along with traditional folkloric dances of Mexico. Children enjoyed pumpkin painting contests, piñata, a moonwalk, free books and festive music. Boy Scouts set up a real campsite for the children to make smores.

The Montgomery County Emergency Assistance brought valuable resource information to the festival goers along with their famous Duck mascot. Other resource participants included the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Caney Creek Fire Department and Lone Star Family Health Clinic. Dr. Walter Wilkerson, community leader and volunteer, and fellow volunteers Karen Darcy Pawlak and Ann Kate attended to support the residents.

Benita Hernandez presented Baños Jordan with a bright fall plant for her support in guiding their efforts. “You all organized a beautiful festival, and I’m very excited about the potential and effort in your community,” shared Baños Jordan with Hernandez. “I’m humbled to be invited into a community like Lake Wildwood. “

The Texas Familias Council mission is to strengthen families and inspire inclusive communities. “There’s genuine beauty here that should be celebrated and encouraged, and my Council and our partners proudly stand alongside them. Communities are valuable, and the leaders that step up need our acknowledgement and support,” concluded Baños Jordan.

For more information on the Texas Familias Council, call Maria Baños Jordan or visit Texas Latino Leadership

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