Erica Davis Rouse

Source: General / General

This Juneteenth we are celebrating nineteen incredible people who have impacted the black community whether through, business leadership, community outreach or dedication to the culture. Tune each day as we tell their story and shine a light on their amazing efforts…THE NINETEEN presented by:

  • Gulf Coast Community Service Association
  • US Army
  • AARP-Houston
  • General Order 3. Vodka (Jubilee)
  • Juneteenth HBCU Alliance
  • Hennessy
We Are ONE

Source: Radio One / General

Erica Davis Rouse is a 3rd generation Houstonian with deep roots in the community. Her grandfather was President of the Galena Manor Civic Club which was her first memory of civic engagement. She remembers being a card-carrying junior member of the NAACP before she even understood what the NAACP was. She grew up with a strong understanding of what it meant to create a place for herself and also that it’s not always a comfortable seat to sit in.

She and her husband Bobby founded ReachOne713, a nonprofit focused on serving families in the Southbelt-Pasadena area of Houston. What started as a simple way to help people recover more quickly after Hurricane Harvey turned into a full-fledged 501c3, now having served more than 1,000 families and children.

For their efforts, ReachOne713 was awarded as one of the recipients of the Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” honor. With the support of generous donors, ReachOne713 has successfully provided meals, backpacks, school supplies, and Christmas gifts for children and families in need in the area.