23:13 | 10.08.2018
Banks Partner to Educate Houston’s Underserved Men and Male Youth

Houston nonprofit, Career Gear Greater Houston (Career Gear), empowers
men and male youth who are striving to overcome economic disadvantage to
overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Green Bank and the
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) today awarded Career Gear
$6,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to support costs for the
organization’s Business Enterprise Program, helping men prepare to
become construction business trade owners with a designated area of

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Green Bank and FHLB Dallas awarded $6,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Career Gear, a Houston-based organization aiming to empower men and male youth striving to achieve self-sufficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Congratulations to Career Gear Houston for receiving the Partnership
Grant Program award from Green Bank and FHLB Dallas to help support its
Business Enterprise Program,” said Texas State Representative Shawn
Thierry (D-146). “I sincerely commend Career Gear Houston for its
efforts to support the underserved men in our community by promoting
economic independence. The career development, financial literacy,
professional attire and life skills training that Career Gear provides
is critical for these young men to succeed and become role models to
younger generations. Thank you to Green Bank and FHLB Dallas for
providing the much-needed financial resources that enable nonprofit
organizations like Career Gear to provide essential support to
underserved communities.”

In addition to offering professional attire and life skills training to
Houston men, Career Gear also aims to help men gain employment and
become role models for their families and communities.

“Through the PGP, we have been able to build stronger, more
collaborative relationships partnering on more programmatic aspects of
service to our community,” said Career Gear Executive Director Jamay
Fishback. “We’re so thrilled and grateful for the value that was
recognized in our program and mission.”

Through this unique grant program, FHLB Dallas member institutions
contribute $500 up to $4,000 to a CBO, which FHLB Dallas matches at a
3:1 ratio to provide the CBO up to $12,000 in grant money.

“Strengthening the community is foundational to Green Bank’s mission and
part of who we are as a bank,” said Green Bank Vice President and
Community Development Officer Courtney Taylor. “The PGP is a conduit
through which we can make a difference and serve our community.”

For 2018, FHLB Dallas has awarded $300,000 in PGP funds through 31
member institutions to assist 32 community-based organizations. Combined
with the $114,010 contributed by FHLB Dallas members, a total of
$414,010 has been awarded to the organizations.

“By matching our members’ contributions, FHLB Dallas is fulfilling the
partnership aspect of the program,” said FHLB Dallas Vice President and
Affordable Housing Program Manager Bruce Hatton. “We’re proud to partner
with Green Bank to help empower low-income men through Career Gear in
the Houston area.”

Since 2016, Career Gear has served more than 5,000 men and male youth in
employment transition. Some notable achievements of Career Gear include
helping more than 1,122 veterans transition into the workforce and
offering employment support services to 1,100 unemployed fathers and 877

“This grant will help us in reaching more men and male youth who are
striving to become the providers their families need and the examples
our community deserves,” said Ms. Fishback. “It is a true partnership in
helping families thrive.”
About Green Bank
Green Bank is a nationally chartered commercial bank and provides
commercial and private banking services at full-service offices in
Houston, Dallas and Austin. Our growth formula has been simple – lead in
providing personalized commercial and private banking services to Texas
businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals and capitalize on the vibrant
and growing economies of our markets. For more information about Green
Bank, visit
About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 11 district banks in the
FHLBank system created by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total
assets of $75.9 billion as of June 30, 2018, is a member-owned
cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing
competitively priced advances and other credit products to approximately
825 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. Visit
for more information.

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