For 5 years I worked at a residential treatment center as a staff. I never understood why B2B Ministry would travel out the way to come to a facility that is almost 2 hours away but then I met Barbara and saw her passion and heart for the ministry. Not only does she help kids in foster care,shelters & lock down facilities but she builds a relationship with everybody and helps them in any way she can. Even after they leave care B2B Ministry continues to have relationship with everyone they come in contact with. Just recently I made a decision to leave the residential treatment center that I was working at and became a part of B2B Ministry. I have had the privilege of traveling to San Antonio,Austin,Bryan/College Station and all around Houston with B2B Ministry. Not only do we work with youth, we have families that we help also. There are time where some families may need clothes for there kids, a ride to work or even groceries or furniture for there apartments. When going to San Antonio and Austin we visit the homeless and provide care packaging & food. B2B Ministry does so many things to make sure no one feels left out. Every year B2B Ministry has a girls formal gala & a boys affirmation dinner for our youth in foster care. This takes a lot of time and patience as well as donations from the surrounding communities! This gives our youth the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable night & a memory to take with them of how special they are to B2B. We also do birthday bashes every 3 months & give the youth small birthday gifts which mean a lot to them. B2B Ministry also does apartment outreaches in communities that many tend to forget about because of the crime rates. The ministry does all these things with little to no help at times. We have amazing volunteers who take time to give back in ways you could not imagine. Being a part of this ministry still allows me to do what I love which is working with our youth who are in the system but now it has open doors to do it in different locations. We all have been told negative things in our life’s but imagine what our youth have been told throughout the years. We encourage everyone to grow a relationship with God no matter what they have been through but to also never give up. With B2B we want to make sure no one ever feels alone & we let them know no matter where you are or where you go in life B2B Ministry will always be there for you!
Review from Guidestar
For the last 10 years, I have watched Back 2 Basics Ministry (B2B) reach out to children in group homes, shelters, residential treatment centers, foster homes, mental facilities and living on the streets in the Spring, Conroe, Woodlands and Greater Houston Texas areas. Before the sex trafficking bandwagon, the founder of B2B, Barbara (Humiston) Alpha, was tirelessly reaching out to youth who had been abused, abandoned and neglected by the people in their lives who should have been protecting them. Many of these youth feel unwanted and rejected. In some cases, they run away and become homeless or worse, back in the "trade" they know on the street in order to survive.
As children in these types of living situations are often shuffled from house to house, shelter to shelter and from group home to group home, it became imperative to expand the ministry beyond the Spring, Conroe, Woodlands and Greater Houston Areas to continue serving them in the state of Texas.
Back 2 Basics Ministry is deliberate in providing contact phone numbers and email addresses to these youth as to maintain open lines of communication with them. Often, B2B Ministry is the only contact information listed on a child’s paperwork. B2B becomes a “spiritual family,“ to provide consistent healthy, loving relationships with them. The ministry does this by doing fun activities with the youth such as family style sit-down meals, birthday parties, outings to the park, providing Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July events and taking them to the movies. This gives these youth, who have often never known a “no strings attached” relationship the opportunity to experience a healthy one and to simply have an opportunity to just “be a kid.”
There is no way I could go into all the detail of how this Ministry is benefiting the well-being, mental and emotional health of these children. I highly recommend taking a look at the website for more in depth details.