Texas Nonprofit Profile: Just Do It Now
Authors: Lindsey Harbison
Just an hour outside of Houston lies the rural town of Wharton, Texas. Tucked in the heart of Wharton’s Westend is Just Do It Now (JDIN). This small, faith-based nonprofit serves as a true cornerstone of the community, providing robust youth programming, and much more, for the town’s most disenfranchised residents. There are 460 houses in the Westend, most of which are home to Wharton’s minority residents. Unlike the Eastside of Wharton, the Westend flooded four times from 2012 to 2017. Hurricane Harvey was responsible for the latest devastation, though this time flooding affected the entirety of Wharton. Nearly a year later, the town is still recovering. People remain displaced, and homes are still at varying levels of disrepair. However, hope is not lost. The spirit of resiliency that grounds this community is embodied in organizations like JDIN.