Our Story

Twelve Basketfuls Outreach, Inc., was established after traveling internationally and observing various struggles that people go through on a daily basis. We’re now committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our GOAL! Before officially becoming an official Non-Profit Organization in 2022, we’ve been supporting communities in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the effectiveness of our efforts and the impact on people's lives. Imagine what we can achieve together!

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Meet the Team

Board Members

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Eva Vela

Founder/CEO

Eva Vela is the Founder of Twelve Basketfuls Outreach, Inc. and prides herself in mission work. Originating from Houston, TX, she graduated from Texas Southern University with a degree in Public Affairs.


She’s worked in education for over 10 years and has always had a passion for serving the underserved. Eva’s main goal is to work with underprivileged families and assist with basic needs as well as building up communities.

To contact Eva please email contact@twelvebasketfuls.org.

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Alex Barbosa

Board President

Alex Barbosa has more than 23 years of experience as a Department Chair at a High School within the Houston Independent School District. In this role, Alex coordinates annual meetings with parents, students, and staff members to stay in compliance with federal guidelines.  He leads a team of teachers and paraprofessionals providing guidance in all aspects of their daily duties, including teaching their students, daily problem solving of issues, and solving parent concerns.


Alex is no stranger to the daily struggles in life. He was born in a small town & grew up in a little village in Belize, where he lived until the age of 16. Alex is extremely passionate about going back to help his community and is helping coordinate our outreach in the country of Belize.  He is a sponsor for sports teams back in Corozal, Belize and has provided food and clothing to the homeless here in the city of Houston.

To contact Alex please email contact@twelvebasketfuls.org.

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Ivy Plata

Board Treasurer

Ivy Plata is a Human Resources Generalist in the Oil and Gas Industry with over 13 years of experience. In this role, she is responsible for running day-to-day functions of the HR department including employee onboarding, payroll administration and provides support to employees in various HR related topics.

Ivy and her family are members of a local church in the N. Houston area. She is a servant to the community and gives back throughout the year by her involvement as an online advocate for Texas Children's Hospital, a NGEN POGO homie member and a donor with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Houston Food Bank and Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels.

To contact Ivy please email contact@twelvebasketfuls.org or visit www.twelvebasketfuls.org.

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Ana Alexander

Board Secretary

Ana Alexander has worked in the billing and administrative field in various companies for nearly 10 years. She grew up knowing the difficulties families can experience in this unstable economy and understands the challenges they face. She has dedicated her time to focus on her family’s personal growth through education and sports.

Ana and her family have helped in several fundraiser functions that have helped members of their community. They also enjoy volunteering in several community efforts to feed the homeless. She looks forward to this new chapter which will bring an outpour assistance and relief to the community.

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The Ladies of Twelve Basketfuls Outreach

Working Together

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways people describe these invaluable members of our team. These women are truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.