Hope For Three

Autism Advocates. Providing Help. Creating Hope.

aka Hope For Three   |   Sugar Land, TX   |  www.hopeforthree.org

Mission

To reach one child, one family, one community by creating awareness and providing support to families living with autism spectrum disorder.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Mrs. Darla Farmer

Main address

4771 Sweetwater Blvd. #358

Sugar Land, TX 77479 USA

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Formerly known as

Blessed Be Hope For Three, Inc.

EIN

27-3572770

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Autism is the leading and fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 44 American children. Autism is more common than Aids, cancer and juvenile diabetes combined. A child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. The annual cost of care for one child, for one year, is about $60,000. The lifetime cost of care is estimated to extend up to $2,400,000. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder increased by 289.5% in the last 12 years. Autism is not going away, nor is the need for critical support for families and children living with autism.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach and Awareness

Hope For Three initiates education and outreach in the community and school systems so we can better reach our target audience. Outreach increases awareness and builds support for those affected by autism, while also providing knowledge to families who might not have previously been able to obtain treatment and services for their children with ASD. It's Cool to Care is a county-wide awareness campaign presented in the public school systems. The program is an effort to educate empower and enable young people about other young people with unique abilities - autism. From this effort a Teen Huddle was formed. The Huddle created two programs, 1) Sibling Sessions and 2) Parents Time Out. The Huddle is comprised of 18 teens from local area high schools. The Huddles mission: To increase autism awareness, acceptance and understanding among teens. The Huddle partnered with a local church to hold the Sibling Sessions (SS) & Parents Time Out (PTO). SS is a mentor program exclusively for siblings of kids with autism. The Sessions allow siblings to have the undivided attention of a teen “buddy” for the duration of a school year, develop friendships and encourage support through group activities and mentor sessions. PTO offers parents a safe place to drop all their kids for a three hour respite giving caregivers some much needed time off; a rare occasion for most, a first time out for many. PTO provides activities for both children with autism and their siblings simultaneously. The programs were developed to provide support to parents, caregivers and children affected by autism that might not otherwise have access to these opportunities. CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) focuses on training local law enforcement professionals and first responders to recognize and respond effectively to hostile situations that may have a child on the autism spectrum involved. Hope for Three is the official autism educator of The Fort Bend County Sheriff department.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Hope For Three offers free resources to any inquiring party and financial aid to qualified residents in Fort Bend County, TX. Through the Family Resources program we address the urgent need to provide financial aid (Family Assistance Awards) to uninsured or underinsured children so they have access to vital services, including, but not limited to physical, occupational, behavioral or speech therapies, at the earliest stage of life possible. After an extensive application process, approved payments are always made to the service provider, treatment facility or vendor and never to the family directly. Although we attempt to help any child with ASD, the client population we typically serve is 2-12 years of age. Hope for Three is the only nonprofit in the county to provide financial assistance and the only nonprofit to focus exclusively on the leading developmental disability in the United States, autism spectrum disorder. Although we work in concert with other organizations, no one does what we do.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Outreach and Awareness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teen Huddle program, Sibling Sessions pairs teen volunteers with the sibling of a child with autism for duration of a school-year. Friendships are formed and bonds created through a host of activities

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary goals include identifying families with children on the autism spectrum, providing support including increased access to a higher-quality of treatment and services at the earliest stages of life, and increasing resources available to families. Early intervention is imperative to improve life outcomes.

Also, generate community outreach to increase awareness, and build support for those affected by autism, while also providing knowledge to families who might not have previously been able to obtain services for their children on the autism spectrum.

We strive to bridge the financial gap between providers and families, raise autism acceptance and understanding and provide inclusive opportunities for children and their families.

Thousands of children with autism will soon become thousands of young adults with autism. The human and financial costs for those who do not receive adequate treatment can devastate families for a lifetime. It is proven that with early intervention and proper treatment children with ASD will assimilate into society more easily and family stress will be reduced.

The more our community learns about the challenges of living with autism from outreach efforts we provide, the better they are able to understand and support families through the difficult journey of diagnosis, intervention and management of autism. By integrating children with disabilities, such as ASD, we not only enrich their lives, but our lives and the lives of those in our shared community. With increased programs and services to children with autism, everyone benefits.

In addition to increased funding opportunities, we plan to continue to recruit, train and utilize an increased number of volunteers for the organization in a variety of facets. By engaging these volunteers, we are able to build our support for families affected by autism and awareness within the greater community.

Hope For Three has garnered local and regional support from media partners and volunteers. Now that we have a dedicated, trained, and qualified staff in place, we plan to expand these efforts by providing consistency, developing relationships, and maintaining Hope for Three's place in our community's hearts and minds.

Directly impact the lives of over 10,000+ family members annually
Reach thousands in the community through outreach and awareness efforts
Increased collaborations with service providers, professionals, and community partners in Fort Bend County and the Greater Houston area
Garnered the support of all 18 City Mayors in Fort Bend county. Each City Mayor issued a Proclamation of support to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month. As a result, we hold the most prominent community awareness event in Fort Bend County history annually.
Featured on television, in monthly publications, and in community newspapers, we've reached an audience of over 500,000 by print media alone.
YTD, we've awarded over $1,500,000 in financial assistance awards directly impacting children living with autism.
The urgent need to better reach more families, educators, and others, s the primary concern for the organization and let the public know who we are, what we do, and how we can help.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hope For Three

Board of directors
as of 05/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Patrick LaRue

Frost, Brown, Todd LLC

Term: 2012 -

Patrick Larue

Partner, Frost, Brown, Todd LLC

Mary Ann Gardner

Community Volunteer

Jacque Davis

Community Relations, OCuSOFT, Inc

Steve Manz

CEO & Co-Founder of Life Balannce Technologies

Stephanie Burns, MSW, E. Ed., N.C.E.D.

Special Ed Program Improvement, Alief

Elizabeth Chipinski

Ret. Attorney, Phillips 66, Managing Counsel Labor/Employment/Benefits

Lynn Clouser

Clinical Liaison Modern Vascular, Missouri City Councilwoman At-Large #2Medical Liasion

Joe Cunneff

Financial Consultant, RJFS, The Noble Group

Gerald Freed

CEO, Freed Advertising

Robin Houston, RN, BSN, CGRN

Houston Methodist Hospital

Deon Minor

DM Sports Management

Kim Overgaard

PT, Baylor, Scott, & White Health

Scott Soland

Lt., Fort Bend Sheriff's Office

Tyler Stamm

GM, Sugar Land Space Cowboys

Sandra Stewart

VP Marketing, TNT Crane and Rigging

Dana Walker

Professional Educational Diagnostician

Tony K. Duckett JP, MBA

Lawyer, Mediator, Realtor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data