Mission: To “fill the gaps” in our society! The Summerhouse, a Houston nonprofit, exists to fill gaps by offering a new way to receive post-secondary education and training to young adults with intellectual disabilities. The Summerhouse also fills a gap in our members’ lives by providing their families with a viable option for transitional programming and care. Finally, The Summerhouse fills a gap in our neighborhood by starting a grassroots educational movement through volunteerism and vocational partnerships. Every step of the way, The Summerhouse is filling in gaps overlooked by society as a whole, meanwhile proving that our members are valued in our community both during their transition into adulthood and well after.
We fill gaps by offering quality, individualized day programming for each of our members, options, and support for their families, and by educating the community through intentional engagement and integration.
Results: As a result of our data proven success rate, providers, schools, and professionals refer us to their families that dwell in the gap of uncertainty. Using sound methods, The Summerhouse creates a replicable model that can work to fill the gap for thousands more. Vision 2020 will stretch our reach and change the trajectory of our community as The Summerhouse continues to expand and integrate.
Target demographics: fill gaps for young adults with disabilities by offering a new way to receive post-secondary education and training.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 individuals/families and partnered with 7 agencies.
Geographic areas served: the Greater Houston Area
Programs: Vocational training, integration, and socialization all without limitation. Above all, The Summerhouse places great weight on the strength of our credence: COMMUNITY, COLLABORATION, AND COMMITMENT.
As a member of the community, avid volunteer, and proud staff member at The Summerhouse, I cannot brag on this organization enough. The Summerhouse is setting a new standard of care and integration for young adults with disabilities, and blazing a trail for other nonprofits to join in our efforts. We work hard to invest in the lives of our members, support their families, educate our community, and fill in the gaps for everyone involved. The Summerhouse has already accomplished so much, but we also have strategic plans for the next phase of growth. Because of the success we've already enjoyed, we know that we need to increase our efforts and duplicate our program. The best is yet to come!
The Summerhouse enhances our community through volunteerism and engagement in many community efforts. It's so fulfilling to follow their excursions and watch these wonderful young adults achieve community leadership and involvement.
A little over 2 years ago I was asked to teach an ongoing Zumba class at the Summerhouse. I am a professional dancer and fitness instructor but had little to no experience with Autism. After watching the class, I decided I wanted to give it a try. It has been a wonderful experience for me, and hopefully, for the young adults as well. I am so impressed by the love and care they are given at Summerhouse, the wonderful activities they get to experience, the friendships they form, and the skills they learn from service to others. I personally made a donation to Summerhouse because I believe so strongly in what they are doing and how they are doing it!
My daughter came to the Summerhouse after many years of pressure to complete academic and social tasks that were meaningless to her. When I searched for a post-high school program, it was apparent there was a void in options that both support and teach young people with intellectual disabilities during their transition into adult life. The Summerhouse does it all.....provides comprehensive, individualized programs that not only allow my daughter to progress and continue her education but within a respectful environment by a dedicated professional staff. I thank God every day for The Summerhouse!