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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 $.92 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.

Social Media Engagement Guidelines

Twitter asks a very basic question of its users: “What’s happening?” And we know the answer to that question – we’re working every day to help children and adults with disabilities and their families live, work, learn and play in our community. Through our social media accounts we will provide you with information on Easter Seals Greater Houston’s major activities, programs, opportunities and initiatives. We welcome your thoughts on any and all of those topics.

Please note that while it is important to us to respond to suggestions, issues or complaints, we will not do so through the use of social media. If you need information regarding programming, staff, appointments, events etc, please contact your service provider, Development Department or the Program Director directly – either through phone or email – all of which are located on our “contact us” webpage. You will receive a timely response through this route.

Here are a few things you should know about our social media engagement:

All official Easter Seals Greater Houston Twitter account is @eastersealshou.  Our official Easter Seals Greater Houston Facebook page is “Easter Seals of Greater Houston”. We additionally have pages for “Easter Seals Walk With Me Houston”, “YUPES – Young Urban Professionals of Easter Seals” and our program page for “BridgingApps”.

We are committed to having a dialogue with our followers. We count on you to use @ message in a way that contributes to the dialogue.  We love opinions; we love them even more when you back them up with facts.  Please be patient, we will respond a quickly as possible.

Following a Twitter/Facebook account or including an account in a Twitter/Facebook list does not constitute an endorsement; the same applies to re-tweeting messages posted on accounts that ESGH does not own, or marking them as “favorites.”

The posting and presence of content on social media does not necessarily mean that ESGH agrees with the content, ensures its accuracy or otherwise approves of it. Nothing in any social media page constitutes a binding representation, agreement or an endorsement on the part of ESGH. Please review Twitter and Facebook's terms of use carefully when engaging on the site.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of common questions we hear at Easter Seals, and their answers. If you have any other questions or would like to request more information about Easter Seals Greater Houston, please feel free to contact us. You may also subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive updates on program happenings, events and other agency news. Thank you for your interest!

What is Easter Seals?

For nearly 70 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals Greater Houston creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. We are the only organization in the greater Houston area providing comprehensive services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families regardless of their ability to pay.

 

What types of services does Easter Seals provide?

Our primary services include:

 

Are Easter Seals services limited to specific types of disabilities?

No. Easter Seals Greater Houston is committed to caring for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities resulting from any cause -- whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process.

 

How many people receive Easter Seals Greater Houston services each year?

Every year, more than 11,000 families in the Greater Houston area benefit from Easter Seals services. Additionally, Easter Seals Greater Houston has over 200 collaborative partners with physicians, therapists and other professionals to learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities.

 

How is Easter Seals Greater Houston supported financially?

Easter Seals Greater Houston receives funding from a variety of sources, including private insurers, government agencies and fee-for-service. To make our services accessible to as many people as possible, Easter Seals Greater Houston also relies on public contributions, foundation grants, special events and the United Way of Greater Houston. Public contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford. Help us to continue providing exceptional services by making an online donation.

 

How are funds disseminated?

Easter Seals is proud of putting your donation to work effectively. More than 90 percent of Easter Seals' revenue supports services. All money donated stays in Houston. Easter Seals is a grassroots, community-based organization.

 

How can I volunteer?

Easter Seals Greater Houston's continued success in providing services to people with disabilities would not be possible without our volunteers! Your time, energy and hearts will inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. Check out some of our volunteer opportunities. Contact us for more information or to become an Easter Seals Greater Houston volunteer.

 

Does Easter Seals Greater Houston have a Professionals Group?

Yes. YUPES, Professionals of Easter Seals, is a group within Easter Seals that was formed to support the organization in accomplishing its mission, which is to provide exceptional services for people with disabilities and their families so they have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in our communities. This exciting organization gives Houstonians the opportunities to meet and socialize with other savvy professionals, while helping raise awareness and resources for Easter Seals. Members will have the opportunity to attend quarterly social events and volunteer with the agency. Membership and eligibility is based on willingness and ability to support and participate in YUPES activities. Learn more. Become a YUPES member

 

Is Easter Seals a non-profit organization?

Yes. Easter Seals is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

What are Easter "seals"?

Easter "seals" are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named "Easter Seals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.

 

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Nationally, Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, other special needs, and disabled veterans. For about 70 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to people of all ages with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our community.

 

Founded in Houston in 1947, Easter Seals Greater Houston provides a variety of needed services to individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities and their families in the five counties surrounding the Houston area. We are the only organization in the greater Houston area providing comprehensive services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families.

 

Originally called the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, the organization was started to provide services to individuals with disabilities living in Houston and Harris County. The Center served as a school and as a therapeutic service center over the years, and was briefly called the Children's Center for Developmental Therapy. In 1989, the organization changed its name once again and greatly expanded and reorganized it's services to meet the needs of its clientele. Today as Easter Seals Greater Houston, the organization provides multiple outstanding service programs (Adult Program, Camps & Case Management, BridgingApps, The Caroline School, ECI Infant Program, Housing Initiative, High School / High Tech, Respite Services, Toy / Tech, the Assistive Technology Lab, Transition Services, and Veterans Services) to children and adults with all types of disabilities and their families.

 

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