Who we are

The story, mission, and vision of Friends of Westchase

In early 2019 -

The idea of Friends of Westchase was born from Grace Presbyterian Church's vision to come alongside nearby residents, businesses and churches to listen to the needs of the community and work together to strengthen under-resourced populations in our neighborhood.

Our Mission

To build a flourishing Westchase neighborhood

by collaborating with businesses, schools, churches and neighbors to build strong involvement in education, basic needs, spiritual growth and community revitalization, one relationship at a time.

Our Vision

We are an affiliate of AttackPoverty,

which means we share the same vision of empowering people to attack poverty in their life and community by utilizing the assets that exist and forming collaborative partnerships to address gaps. By working alongside partners that share the same commitment, we believe we can transform Westchase for all who live, work, play and worship in our area.

Our Partners

Collaboration

What started out as a mission of Grace Presbyterian Church has quickly expanded into a community-wide movement that includes people of all backgrounds, cultures, and faith to create meaningful change right here in Westchase.

Thanks the dedication of many volunteers and partners, as of March 2023, Friends of Westchase has grown into an official non-profit organization with: four programs, ~150 volunteers, & more than 200 program participants.

A community event in Westchase with the Attack Poverty pop-up tent.
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School Partnerships
50
Mentors
150
Volunteers
200
Program Participants

Meet our Advisory Board

We are thankful to this amazing group of advisors who keep things running smoothly at Friends of Westchase.

Bill Welton
Bill Welton
Advisory Board Member Retired, Petroleum Engineer
Kate Ghazi
Kate Ghazi
Advisory Board Member, Grace Presbyterian Church Member
Ethan Tritt
Ethan Tritt
Finance Manager, Lubricants Global Key Account Americas, Shell Oil Company
Rev. Chris French
Rev. Chris French
Associate Pastor - Discipleship Formation / Missional Living, Ministry Advisor
Andy Frazelle
Andy Frazelle
Advisory Board Member and retired GWO Operations Director, BP
Laurie Schmid
Laurie Schmid
Advisory Board Member, Grace Presbyterian Church Member
Farah Armstrong
Farah Armstrong
Advisory Board Member, Mentor Coordinator at Emerson Elementary, Grace Presbyterian Church Member

What we do

Discover your role in the Westchase community.

With ways to serve kids, adults, and the overall community, it's easy to find a place to get involved, or let us know your ideas!

Ongoing

Youth Programs

We work closely with the schools and apartment communities in Westchase to provide support for students, teachers and school staff.

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Ongoing

Adult Programs

By equipping adults to learn new skills or refresh their knowledge, we aim to help adults work to create a better future for themselves and their family.

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Seasonal

Community Events

By listening to and engaging with our community we build relationships and develop connections with the dynamic individuals that make up the Westchase area.

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What's your role?

Partner with us to give Westchase all that it needs.

Kids playing tug-of-war together.