About Us


Our Board

Willie Howard

President

Willie Howard, President of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation. A non-profit charitable organization in Jacksonville, Texas. Willie joined the FDCDC in February 2009 and is one of the founders. In this role, Willie serves as the organization's Chief Volunteer Officer. He holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston. To contact Willie Howard please email [email protected] or www.fdcdc.org 

Anita Newsome-Starling

First Vice President

Anita Starling, First Vice President of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation. A non-profit charitable organization in Jacksonville, Texas. Anita joined the FDCDC in February 2009. In this role, Anita serves as the chair of the Programs and Property committees. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Texas Woman's University. To contact Anita Starling please email [email protected] or go to www.fdcdc.org

James Brown

Second Vice President

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Lucy Lacy

Treasurer

Lucy Lacy, Treasurer of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation. A non-profit charitable organization in Jacksonville, Texas. Lucy joined the FDCDC in February 2009. In this role, Lucy serves as the chair of the Finance committee, assist in the preparation of the budget, helps develop fundraising strategies, and makes financial information available to board members and the public, as needed. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Texas Woman's University. To contact Lucy Lacy please email [email protected] or www.fdcdc.org

Sandra Newsome Thompson

Financial Secretary

Sandra Thompson, Financial Secretary of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation. A non-profit charitable organization in Jacksonville, Texas. Sandra joined the FDCDC in February 2009. In this role, Sandra serves as the chair of the Funding and Development committee. She attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas after graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1973. She has worked in the banking industry for 41 years. Sandra is currently working as VP/Manager with Prosperity Bank in Jacksonville, Texas. To contact Sandra Thompson please email [email protected] or www.fdcdc.org 

Virginia Brown

Recording Secretary

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Tracey Wallace

Corresponding Secretary

Tracey is an educator with over 30 years of experience in public education. Her professional roles include serving as assistant principal and principal at Fred Douglass Elementary (Jacksonville ISD), 1997-2002. She possesses a growth mindset and is passionate about promoting personal and professional growth in herself, as well as others. She is a life-long learner who sees challenges as opportunities for growth. Tracey and her late husband, Larry, are the parents of three beautiful children, Ashley, Lance, and Collin. She is “Gigi” to six amazing grandchildren, Landon, Logan, Larryn, Lennox, Rhyse, and Cayden. Her desire is to plant and nurture seeds in each of them so they make a difference (for the good) in the lives of others. She is the daughter of Fred Douglass High School graduates, the late Donald Ray Esco and Charlie Mae (Scott) Esco. (Class of 1959) Motto: Do what you love and love what you do!

Recognitions
● Gymnasium at Joe Elementary School (Jacksonville ISD, 2012) where Tracey attended school was dedicated in her name.
● Favorite Teacher Award

Mission

The mission of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation (FDCDC) is to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income individuals and families in and around Jacksonville, Texas. Our mission will be achieved through a comprehensive education and community development strategy which includes programs and services designed to benefit children youth, adults and senior citizens.

FDCDC has a fundamental belief that poverty cycles can be broken by education, hard work and opportunity. We envision youth in Jacksonville growing up with dreams of becoming confident and successful citizens that are positively affecting the quality of life in their community. Our belief is if they are given the proper tools, resources and guidance they are morel likely to fulfill their destiny.


Our History:

The FDCDC is a 501c(3) non-profit organization launched during 2009 in response to un-met community needs identified by the Fred Douglass Alumni Association whose members have roots in the Jacksonville community for many decades and generations. FDCDC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and has a large base of volunteers that are committed to the positive development of all youth and families in the area, regardless of their economic, ethnic or social status.

Proposed Programs and Services

The programs and services proposed by the Fred Douglass Empowerment Center include (not all-inclusive):

*Serving as a state of the art resource center for affordable housing programs, access to healthcare, promotion of small businesses and economic development, neighborhood empowerment, workforce training and social enterprise.

*Providing a safe and secure environment where services and educational programs are offered to individuals, families, youth and senior citizens in the areas targeted in the organization’s mission.

*Development of a multiservice center that will house many of the services addressed above as well as others that may be identified by community need.

*A family literacy program, possibly including GED assistance

*Before and after school care/activities for youth at risk

*Various activities for youth from elementary through high school age, including sports

*Mentoring/role model programs that encourage and prepare for college acceptance

*Job assistance programs (Job Bank)

*Various programs that assist the elderly and for single parents

*Community meetings and special events rental space
*Health and health care screenings (Diabetes/High Blood Pressure/Mammograms)

*Food and Clothing programs for the needy

*Computer Lab with internet access (Digital Divide)

Problem Statement

Problem Statement: There are too many families and youth residing in Jacksonville, Texas without access to critically-needed positive development programs and services that lead to economic independence, self-sufficiency, academic success and a life (free) from public welfare assistance. The Fred Douglass Empowerment Center (Center) will provide a central location for citizens in Jacksonville to participate in a one-stop multi-purpose Center that will provide programs and opportunities designed with an outcome of a “hand-up” to those in need, instead of a hand-out.

The Center’s service area will include the most distressed and poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the city. This area has an alarming and growing number of high-risk youth and school dropouts without access to proven, holistic programs that address the area’s pervasive problems with school failure, truancy, drugs, life-skills, counseling, workforce training, crime rates and skills development.

Additionally, there are many adults and heads of households that need workforce training, educational remediation, technology training and occupational trades programs that can lead to living wage employment (above the poverty level) or small business stimulus assistance for entrepreneurial projects.

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