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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Mission: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Results: The agency has affirmed its commitment to strengthening our internal resources and expanding its capacity for service over the next three years during its strategic planning. In spite of our growing collaborations and our increased leverage of volunteer and in-kind resources, our capacity to serve and grow is limited. For over 60 years, the agency has been the only area organization that helps people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay for services. As part of our capacity building plan, we completed an intensive review of our brand. Effective 1/1/11, we changed our affiliation and became Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc. Easter Seals has broader brand recognition, greater depth of expertise, tools, resources and supports for its affiliates at the national level and has opportunities for corporate sponsorships. In addition, we have reestablished the Caroline School with the help of Elizabeth DeLuca and have taken on the programming of the Houston Area Respite Center which was in crisis – allowing us to continue to offer services that no other organization provides and allowing for longer-term sustainability of the services.

Target demographics: Any child or adult with a diagnosed disability or who is at risk and can benefit from our programs. Easter Seals Greater Houston is the only organization in Houston providing services to ALL people with disabilities regardless of their ability to pay.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2010 - 5,700 clients

Geographic areas served: the greater Houston area including Harris, Ft Bend, Montgomery and Galveston Counties

Programs: Infant Program provides comprehensive Early Childhood Intervention Services for children from birth to age three years including physical, occupational, speech and vision therapy as well as case management services; The Caroline School provides a choice for parents of children with severe and/or multiple handicapping conditions who do not want to send their child to a public school; Children's Therapy Program provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to children over the age of three as an extension of our Infant Development Program; Toy/Tech offers a toy lending library, play groups, pet therapy and educational experiences for children with disabilities and an assistive technology lab; Respite Services provides many support short-term relief options to parents who provide ongoing care of their family member who has a disability; Camps, Counseling & Case Management provides day and away camps for children with disabilities, play therapy and support groups for individuals of all ages with disabilities, their siblings and caregivers as well as case management services; High School/High Tech is a community-based partnership of parents, educators, rehabilitation professionals and business representatives working together to encourage high school students with disabilities to explore the fields of science, engineering and technology; Housing Initiative assists low-income adults with disabilities or a family with a child with a disability through financial literacy classes, homebuyer’s education, one on one counseling, rental assistance and for some, down payment assistance to help them realize the dream of owning their first home; and, Adult Services provides recreational opportunities to adults with disabilities.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Robert is an Easter Seals client. He is 14 now and has been a client since he was 7. Easter Seals' Camp Smiles was a transformational experience for my son. He began seven years ago and has gained confidence, independence, comraderie and a "feeling of normalcy" there. We have found the administration, staff and therapists to be devoted and compassionate about all people with disabilities. We have volunteered in the adult program and in the children's programs and get far more from the experience than we could possibly give. This is an outstanding non-profit in all regards. Well-run, great CEO and Development office and outstanding therapists and staff. We would do anything to help this non-profit help more people!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Easter Seals Children's Therapy Program has the best staff! THey are professional , caring, hard working and love what they do!

Kelly K.

Donor

Rating: 4

So excited to now be a part of Easter Seals! Easter Seals Greater Houston, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established to provide comprehensive services to individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities and their families. In order to continue to meet the growing needs of people with disabilities the Cerebral Palsy Center became Easter Seals Greater Houston on January 1, 2011. As Easter Seals, the organization will build on its 64-year history of serving people with disabilities, while continuing to serve thousands of families in the area. As the only local organization providing comprehensive services to individuals and families affected by disabilities, Easter Seals of Greater Houston operates nine programs: Early Childhood Intervention; Respite Services; Toy/Tech; High School/High Tech; Home of Your Own; Therapy Services; The Caroline School, A Day Program; Camps, Counseling and Case Management; and Adult Services. For more information about Easter Seals Greater Houston, visit www.eastersealshouston.org. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter (@eastersealshou).