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Easter Seals Annual Report

2017 Program Results, Community Reporting, Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.

As we wrap up our paperwork for 2017, we want to share the results of an exceptional year for the agency. Through strong volunteer leadership, a stable executive group, an excellent staff and a focus on mission, the agency continued its growth and focus on providing excellent services in an efficient manner. Over $.91 of every dollar received goes to direct client services. We served more than 11,000 families in 2017- a record number. In spite of our growth, waiting lists for services continue to grow as the demand for our help outstrips our available resources. In its sixth year, Our Walk With Me Houston event raised $500,000-the most the agency has raised in a single event in its 70+ year history! Our offices, school, clinic and other programs also relocated to new offices that no longer flood and we took on the huge endeavor of Harvey recovery and assistance to more than 1,000 families, both current and new clients, with the huge efforts of the Greater Houston Community Foundation/Mayor’s Fund, Save the Children and Americares through the JJ Watt Fund and many more local and national foundations and donors.

This summary provides a brief overview of programmatic accomplishments for the year. Please see our 990 for more detailed financial reporting. **Note that numbers served includes only the primary client and does not consider the support, services or impact of our work benefitting other members of the family.** The numbers only tell part of the story – the child who learns to walk, the youth with autism who gets their first job, the family that buys their first home, the child of a veteran who receives the support they need, these are all part of the story of the work done by our volunteers and amazing staff.

Infant Development/Early Childhood Intervention – Now the largest early intervention program in Texas, we enrolled more eligible children than ever before in our expanded service areas which include parts of Harris and Fort Bend Counties and all of Montgomery and Liberty Counties and the Brazos Valley. Number Served – 5,581

Respite – The program continued working with The Harris Center, United Way, the VA and Lifespan/AAA partners to serve more families through its in-home and community based respite programs. Number Served – 1,427

Children’s Therapy – The program received ORF certification and therapists reached capacity this year. Number Served –3,185+ therapy sessions were provided to 91 clients.

Camps & Case Management – Expanded camps include teen camps and collaboration with Texas Childrens Hospital for a teen group. Case Management received EFSP funds to help expand emergency services and supports, worked as part of United Way Houston THRIVE (addressing the root causes of poverty) providing case management services. Number Served – 4,259

High School/High Tech – maintained excellent graduation rate for high school students at risk for dropping out and continued its strong collaboration with the Institute for Educational Leadership and the DOJ Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program. Number Served – 238 students

Toy/Tech, Assistive Technology & BridgingApps – Continued to add adapted physical activities focused on health, wellness and socialization with groups such as pet therapy, karate, Play-A-Palooza and dance. Expanded its assistive technology lab in collaboration with UT’s Texas Technology Access Project. BridgingApps continues to grow and provided training to an average of 2,000 people each month one on one, in small groups, through podcast and at regional and national presentations. Number Served – Toy/Tech 800, BridgingApps & Assistive Technology Lab 600 families (direct service), 100,000+ online, one on one, small group and large group trainings and podcasts and 100,000+ through program website.

The Caroline School –maintained an excellent teaching environment. The Caroline School Operating Endowment Campaign completed Phase 2 with a goal of raising $1 million additional dollars to provide scholarships and investment in equipment. Number Served – 20

Transition Services – Amazing success with the continued support of the Hogg Foundation by offering a full range of services for youth with autism and co-occurring mental illness; Vocational training through DARS for people with all disabilities. 120+ served and 15 youth successfully obtained and maintained their first jobs

Housing Initiative – Helped 17 low income families purchase their first home and as a United Way Houston THRIVE partner, provided financial coaching, budgeting, Credit Boot Camp and financial counseling. Number Served – 600.

Veteran’s Services – Case Management expanded with support of The George Foundation and provided service and companion dogs in coordination with My Service Dog. Lead the collaborative of the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Program to expand mental health and wrap around services to veterans and their families through a collaboration of 12 organizations. Served: 600+ and 3 service/companion dogs.

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.
4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77081 | Ph: 713.838.9050 | Fax: 713.838.9098  
Easter Seals Greater Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
*Clients are rendered services without distinction due to race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability. 

 

 

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