The Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative is a direct outgrowth of two community initiatives: SHAPE Community Center's Project Harambee implemented in 1990, and Houston Area Urban League's Coffee and Conversation organized in 1992.

Starting with 16 organizations in 1992, the Cloth has grown to over 325 community based organizations, churches, schools and businesses serving one of Houston's oldest inner-city neighborhoods. 


Children & Families 
Cultural Arts 
Economic Development & Employment 
Housing & Environment 
Mental Health 
Political Empowerment & Legal 
Safety & Security 
Social Services 


Our Mission

The mission of the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative (the Cloth) is to identify, mobilize, unify, stabilize, create and coordinate resources to nurture and enhance the bodies, minds and spirits of children, youth and families in the greater Third Ward area. Organizations join together "to weave a grassroots fabric to spread across the greater Third Ward community" to ensure adequate coverage for children and families.

founding members

  • PABA

  • Pilgrim Congregational Church

  • Riverside General Hospital 

  • Riverside Public Health Center

  • Sew Much Fabric

  • SHAPE Community Center

  • South Central YMCA

  • University of Houston-African American Studies

  • Access Health

  • Communities in Schools at Yates

  • Community Artists' Collective

  • FUUSA (now Change Happens)

  • Houston Area Urban League

  • MLK, Jr. Community Center

  • Operation Smart

  • Over the Hill, Inc.