Vera L. Johnson is the Executive Director for Fort Bend Family
Promise (FBFP). She has been serving in this position since 2011. Ms. Johnson came to
Fort Bend Family Promise with nearly twenty years of experience in the
non-profit sector. Prior to joining Fort Bend Family Promise, she served as Vice
President of Program Operations for the Coalition for the Homeless Houston & Harris County and preceding that position, Vice President of Client Services
with AIDS Foundation Houston for 15 years.
Fort Bend Family Promise opened its doors in 2005 and is part of a national program that operates affiliates in 43 states and has provided shelter, meals and support services to more than 650,000 family members. FBFP relies on a network of local Fort Bend congregations to house and feed the families on a rotational basis while they work to regain self-sufficiency. Ms. Johnson has a deep, grounded sensitivity and passion for this interfaith work with children and families in crisis. Since joining Fort Bend Family Promise, the only homeless assistance program in the county dedicated to providing temporary shelter to families with children, the organization has served record-breaking numbers. In 2015, Fort Bend Family Promise served 163 individuals (46 families) obtain permanent housing. Upon exit, approximately 90 percent secured permanent housing. In 2015, 100 percent of families obtained permanent housing and have retained it for a minimum of three months.
Ms. Johnson brings to the program a unique blend of faith, honesty, a down-to-earth style, and ability to help homeless children and their parents find their way back home to permanent housing.
She was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1967. As a newborn in the local hospital, Vera was held by First Lady of the United States, Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson) while on the campaign trail for her husband. Thereafter, she became known to her family and friends as "Lady Bird." Ms. Johnson's father is Marion Johnson, who worked as a Derrickman and Tool Pusher for a local Texas-based Oil Company. Her mother, Joyce Brawley, worked with children protective services. Vera was exposed to service and helping others when her parents became emergency based foster care parents for many years, giving her more than one hundred (100) sisters and brothers throughout her childhood. Religion has always been the foundation of Ms. Johnsonâ€™s life. At an early age, her mother instilled belief in God, faithfulness to God, love of family, and to always offer a helping hand to your fellow man.
Ms. Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stroman High School in Victoria, Texas. She then achieved her Bachelor's of Science from Texas College and her Master's of Science from Texas Southern University.
Ms. Johnson and her 19-year-old son reside in Sugar Land and have been Fort Bend County residents for over twenty years.
For more information about Fort Bend Family Promise, contact their office at 281-403-3923.