Sunnyside Community Redevelopment Organization

Mission Statement

The Sunnyside Community Redevelopment Organization (SCRO) seeks to create a healthy and sustainable community by advocating, educating, and empowering community residents. 

Meet the Team

Henry Price

Dr. Henry Price, a Vietnam Veteran, has been a member of FMBC of Houston since 1979 where he now serves as Senior Pastor for 11 years, Partner of Houston food bank, serving approximately 400 households monthly, County Leader at Texas Organizing Project, creator of Sunnysideplan.org, winner of The 2016 Houser Award, Co-secretary of Houston Ministers against Crime, Member of Texas Area Pastors Council, also member of Houston Black Minister Association.

Claudette Edwards

Claudette Edwards is the Secretary of the Sunnyside Community Redevelopment Organization. Ms. Edwards has more than twenty years of community involvement as an executive, advocate, and volunteer. As CEO and Founder of Teeter Totter Village Child Development Center in Sunnyside, established in 1997, she administers childcare services to infants to 12 years of age and oversees an afterschool program.

Ms. Edwards is the founder and CEO of Texas SKIP (Supporting Kids of Incarcerated Parents). For more than ten years, she coordinated the Texas SKIP program with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by providing classes with inmates, their children and the caregivers to reunite them in a safe and structured environment. SKIP reunited nearly 300 participants with their parents by strengthening the parent-child bond during the prison term through training, coaching and counseling.

Ms. Edwards, a community leader, served on the Sunnyside Neighborhood Planning committee. This committee declared a call to action to create a safe neighborhood for Sunnyside’s children to learn in quality schools, improve safety, housing, jobs and infrastructure for all residents. As a concerned community leader, she has attended meetings with the Sunnyside/South Park Super Neighborhood Council and participated in the Sunnyside Asian African American Task Force.

Ms. Edwards has been affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young

Children, Houston Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Houston Collaborative for Children. She serves on numerous boards such as the Cullen Health Care Center-Advisory Board, Park Advisory Council and the Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Texas Organizing Project’s Boards and Commission Leadership Institute and the American Leadership Forum.

Ms. Edwards is rooted in social justice demonstrated by providing jobs, assisting low-income families with childcare, and reuniting incarcerated mothers with their children through training, coaching, and counseling. She has canvassed the Sunnyside community to vote on state and city elections.

Ms. Edwards is a proud mother and grandmother. She has devoted her personal time to the care of her twenty-two month old grandson.

Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge

Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge, the vice-president of Sunnyside Community Redevelopment Organization, is a life-time resident of Sunnyside. She attended the public schools in the community and worked in her parent’s business, Jones Cleaners. After graduation from Worthing High School, Ms. Jones-Burbridge pursued an education at Dillard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She concluded her studies, graduating from Texas Southern University with a Master of Arts in guidance and counseling. Ms. Jones-Burbridge followed these accomplishments with a certificate in professional human resources from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Ms. Jones-Burbridge established Jones-Burbridge Consulting in 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as an associate director of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A & M University. Previously, Ms. Jones-Burbridge held a number of positions for the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, including as deputy director of human resources, assistant executive director, training and volunteer/intern administrator, and juvenile probation officer. Ms. Jones-Burbridge has contributed to numerous endeavors in her professional circles. She has worked on multiple committees in her community in Houston, TX, including, the Criminal Justice Committee for the Mayor Sylvester Turner Transition Team in 2016, the Human Resources Committee for the Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Transition Team in 2017, and the Planning Committee for the Neighborhood of Sunnyside in 2016, the Texas Organizing Project’s Right2Justice Committee and the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, and the Board of Trustees of the American Leadership Forum. Jo Ann, a long-standing member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Sunnyside, has been a lector for more than ten years and serves on the scholarship committee. Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge has been included in Marquis Who's Who directory.

Ms. Jones-Burbridge has been motivated to aid the Sunnyside community as an advocate in memory of her parents’ dedication to the Sunnyside citizens. 

Debra Walker

Debra Walker, President of the Sunnyside Community Redevelopment Organization, has been a long time resident of the Sunnyside community from childhood to present. She is a Jesse H. Jones Alumni Class of "72". She served as president of East Sunnyside Court 3 Civic Club and currently serving as president of the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund 501(c)(3)Board. She's a graduate of Texas Organizing Project's Boards and Commissions Leadership Project. Debra's work at TOP as a member of Houston's " Save Our Neighborhoods" campaign committee that was instrumental in negotiating a landmark deal with former Mayor Annise Parker to commit $60 million of hurricane recovery funding toward home repair for low-income families affected by Hurricane Ike. She led the initiative to create a Sunnyside Neighborhood Plan to provides a blueprint for change in the Sunnyside Community. This plan provides historical and evidence-based account of decades of city policies contributing to the segregated and distressed community that we see today. Mrs. Walker commissioned the University of Texas School of Law to study the Houston's dangerous apartment epidemic which formed a Tenant Advisory Group. She was awarded the 2016 Texas Houser's Award, along with Pastor Henry Price and Jo Ann Jones-Burbridge. Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Jones-Burbridge joined the Community Advisory Board to advise the Rice University Baker Institute along with Houston Area Urban League in conducting a needs assessment for the residents of Sunnyside and South Park.

On any given day. Mrs. Walker is still working in communities, identify local leaders, building their capacity, create partnerships and organize community environmental events, and can be seen before City Council and Country Commissioners Court advocating for justice and fair treatment for the Sunnyside Residents.