Donor Story: Nick and Louella Martin

In early 2000, Nicholas and Louella Martin spearheaded a capital campaign to build a new branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth in Polytechnic Heights. The Nicholas and Louella Martin Branch opened in 2002.

Two years later, a young man name Anthony Brown walked through the door. Anthony wanted to escape the drugs and gangs that surrounded his neighborhood. For him, the Club was a safe haven. Eventually, he became a member of the U.S. Air Force and a student at Texas WesleyCommunity Foundation North Texas Toolbox Grants presentation in Fort Worth, Texas on May 6, 2014. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)an University. He credits his years at Martin Branch with saving his life. He says that most of his childhood friends who were not Club members are “either dead or in jail.”

Today, many of the Club’s alumni are counted among its employees. Club programs focus on academics, health and citizenship. Nick and Lou, who recognized the immense community need, continue to support the branch through their fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.

“We’ve given youth a safe place to achieve their goals and we’ve built community partnerships to ensure neighborhood youth thrive,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, Club president. “We are grateful for donors like the Martins, who not only see the potential in our organization, but the boundless potential of our youth.”