About the Julia C. Hester House
The Julia C. Hester House has been enhancing the quality of lives in Houston’s Fifth Ward since 1943. Our mission is to enhance the quality of lives in the Fifth Ward and the surrounding community through programs and services promoting self-empowerment.
The Julia C. Hester House has been enhancing the quality of lives in Houston’s Fifth Ward since 1943.
The organization is named after Julia C. Hester (1881–1940), a teacher, who opened her home to neighborhood youth. She and her husband, A.Z. Hester, were leaders in the Fifth Ward community, and, although having no children of their own, provided a safe place for all children in the community.
The organization was named to honor Ms. Hester for her contributions and dedication to youth.
Established by a diverse committee led by attorney William M. Ryan, the first President of the Board of Directors, Hester House was originally located at 3605 Lyons Avenue. After a city-wide campaign to construct expanded facilities, a new building was opened in 1949 at the present location, 2020 Solo Street, on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. S.M. McAshan, Jr.
The Hester House mission is to enhance the quality of lives in the Fifth Ward and the surrounding community through programs and services promoting self-empowerment.
We strive to mobilize the community to address its issues and needs.
Utilizing a holistic case management model, Hester House attempts to stabilize and treat the root of the client’s problem.
This approach facilitates solutions that will engage and empower the client and those in his/her family to seek social independence.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. McCloud, Board Chair, is a native of Fifth Ward. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, later he received his Master of Divinity from the University of Houston. Mr. McCloud worked for Shell Oil for 32 years and in his retirement he has dedicated his life to family, faith and community service. He has been a member of the board since 2010.
Ms. Daisy Stiner has served as Executive Director of the Julia C. Hester House since 2013. She is the former director for the City of Houston’s Housing Department. Ms. Stiner attended Howard University and graduated from Prairie View A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She received her Master of Arts from Texas Southern University. Through her leadership she has helped maintain the legacy of the Hester House.
Board of Directors
Lester Byrd, Jr.
The Honorable Harold Dutton, Jr.
Deborah Tyler Dillard
Dr. Mark Ryan
Family & Social Services