By: Rebecca S. Jones
HOUSTON- Born and bred out of one of Houston’s most historical communities, in the heart of Acres Homes is the hard working, motivated, determined and resourceful, Mr. James B. Thibodeaux. At the age of four, James’ mother, Alicia Thibodeaux, passed away. Thus, he was raised by his grandmother, Elmeter Thibodeaux-Woods and his father, Michael Ray Thibodeaux. At an early age, his father taught him the value of hard work and dedication, as he was the owner of construction company, City-Wide Concrete Builders. James recalled working with and for his father as a child and regards his father as the most influential individual in his life.
Being a product of the Aldine Independent School District, during his early rearing he attended Aldine Middle School. He later attended MacArthur Senior High School. Afterwards, he went on to enroll in Texas A & M University-Kingsville where he majored in Political Science. Due to knowing first-hand all too well the ills and trouble that inner-city youth are faced with on a daily basis, he set his sights on becoming a politician. Thibodeaux stated that he has always wanted to give back to his community and he felt that he was headed in the right direction at this point and time in his life.
However, as luck would have it, he was confronted with a dilemma that a great number of young Black men fall victim to. Accordingly, he was incarcerated for selling drugs. While imprisoned, he had the chance to think about the next phase of his life. Doing so re-ignited a spark within him to do better when he was released and not to become another statistic upon his release. He was highly motivated to do something positive and that would make a difference in the lives of individuals from his community and onward.
Holding true to the promise that he made himself, Thibodeaux knew that he wanted to be a part of something bigger than him. Thereby, once being made aware of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), and all that the organization stands for and does for residents; he completed the necessary requirements to become an employee and was hired. Since that time, he has become the National Outreach Coordinator.
Continuing, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (“NACA”) is a non-profit, community advocacy and home-ownership organization. NACA’s primary objective is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable home-ownership. The goal of NACA has been effective by making the dream of home-ownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and proficiently. Thus, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or refinance a predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market. The organization strives to invest in: working people as it has been in existence since 1988. Since that time, NACA has developed a strong track record of qualitative and successful advocacy. With its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, it has become the, “largest housing services organization in the country and is constantly expanding its coverage and membership.” Through, NACA’s confrontational community organizing and unprecedented mortgage program, the organization has set the national standard for assisting low- and moderate-income people to achieve the dream of home-ownership.
During his tenure at NACA, he has organized a community wide canvas consisting of over 250 volunteers made up of Acres Home residents and members of Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). The purpose of the community wide effort was to push forward NACA’s mission of revitalizing communities across the country. Thibodeaux stated during an interview that, “Acres Homes was once a leading area for home-ownership but now due to predatory lending practices and not having access to affordable lending; the foreclosure epidemic has now attacked our very own community.” Therefore, he is taking the home-ownership crisis that affects his community and others like it personal. As a result, he is committed to working deeply within Acres Homes and neighboring communities to ensure that they continue to thrive and prosper. He has personally organized volunteers to go door-to-door to register homeowners for the NACA services, pass out palm cards and placed signs in yards in an effort to get the word out about the FREE services available to residents by NACA.
From the time of his induction into the world of NACA he has criss-crossed the nation advocating and informing residents about available resources and avenues for successfully purchasing a home. The likes of Oakland, New York, Washington, DC, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Memphis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Boston, Newark and Ontario are among only a few of the cities that he has frequented along his journey to securing home-ownership for residents who possess such a desire. Through the great strides that Thibodeaux has made within the NACA community he has derived his pet name, “Go Getta”. Although he has come a long way from where he once was; Thibodeaux expressed that, “Even though God has blessed me, I still have a long way to go.”
While some may reveal their hobbies as: fishing, reading, dancing and various other outlets, Thibodeaux revealed his hobby during an interview as, “Going to get it by any means necessary!” This is also a mission statement that he lives and has guided his life by. His passion however, is to alleviate all manner of division that is found throughout community where he raised. During an interview he stated, “While many individuals in Acres Homes have the required momentum, we still remain stagnated on many things – it is my passion and desire to bring unity within the Acres Homes community.”
For more information or details regarding the advocacy and services that NACA offers contact Mr. James Thibodeaux toll-free at 1-888-404-NACA, (617) 363-6680, email email@example.com; or visit the company website at www.naca.com.