The Summerhouse

Where Lives Blossom

Houston, TX   |  www.summerhousehouston.org

Mission

The Summerhouse fills gaps by providing quality support for young adults with disabilities, assisting their families, and educating their communities. Our credence is Community: We value people. Regardless of someone's ability, disability, ideas, culture, or background, we find strength in the diversity of each person and their family. Collaboration: We are a team with one vision and one mission. As we work together and develop greater partnerships with others who share our values, we achieve sustained success. Commitment: Excellence and professionalism are crucial to all levels of our organization. Integrity, honesty and ethical behavior guide us through all endeavors.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Donna T Fruge

Main address

1814 Columbia St.

Houston, TX 77008 USA

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EIN

27-4547702

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Transition and Vocational Program

Clients develop skills that will allow them to fulfill their employment potential. Support clients to develop skills to engage and connect with peers and the broader community. Refine those skills that allow clients to maintain a high quality life and independence on a daily basis. Individualized, customized approach for integrated day services wrapped around employment, employment supports and day services that support community activities such as health/fitness, cooking, volunteering, and job experience training to prepare the individual for life work.

Population(s) Served

Shred for Independence is a full-service, professional paper shredding and destruction company that is used for vocational training and employment opportunities. This is a focused effort on job preparation, training and job retention for individuals with disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Volunteers of the Year 2015

Texas Medical Center - Houston Health Foundation

The Summerhouse Day - October 7, 2016 2016

City of Houston - Proclamation

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2016

Chamber of Commerce 2016

NISH-Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities 2016

American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) 2016

The ARC of the United States 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of hours of training

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Related Program

Transition and Vocational Program

Context Notes

This includes the vocational enterprise, Shred for Independence.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The following goals for The Summerhouse over the next five years are the organization's response to an important and critical need in order to change community conditions that make community full community life possible for every person with a disability.

The Summerhouse will provide model services and supports for people with intellectual disabilities and their families directly and through partnerships in the areas of employment, recreation and leisure activities, community involvement, residential community living and daily living skills that promote independence and quality of life.

The Summerhouse will continue to provide a stable, highly qualified and motivated workforce that actively delivers the organizations' mission.

The Summerhouse will be a highly visible, well-respected, nonprofit organization that attracts increased numbers of volunteers and higher levels of contributions to support operations and an endowment fund along with a planned giving program.

The Summerhouse will expand programming to offer more services and supportive group housing in the community where it resides.

Through the expanded and augmented services of Vision 2020, The Summerhouse will develop in the following areas:

• Incrementally increase membership to 40
• Build on all aspects of our already successful programming
• Increase motivated and skilled staff
• Vocational programs and business enterprises will help members realize a greater contribution to the community

While it has worked beautifully up till now, our current modus operandi must change. To cross the threshold of growth, we must implement a new and improved modus operandi. We will need to redefine the roles and reallocate the resources of existing staff and hire additional staff members. These changes will need to be managed intentionally. Redefining and reallocating will introduce new levels of responsibility and focus, new methods of communicating, and new forms of accountability. The Summerhouse's current operational infrastructure is a strong foundation on which to build the new modus operandi and take those necessary steps to “change for the better."

The Summerhouse staff, families and Board of Directors are aligned in anticipation and believe that we are positioned to grow inwardly and outwardly. Because so many Houstonians are desperate for the type of program we offer, the opportunity will come knocking at our door. Thankfully, the city of Houston has the resources to help prepare us to fill the gap. The Summerhouse Strategic Plan Vision 2020 addresses all areas for future growth .

The Summerhouse opened its doors with a very basic idea in mind: young adults with intellectual disabilities are deserving of high quality programming that supports independent, active, engaged lives. With this simple the founding team of The Summerhouse began to build creative, powerful programming for those deemed not teachable. We set some very ambitious goals and having achieved those goals, are blazing a trail for how young adults with intellectual disabilities can be served well while touching the lives of clients and staff in powerful ways. Through assessment, observation, client and parent testimony, the growth, development and success experienced by each one of our clients in our short history has been remarkable.

We developed and implemented our own vocational curriculum and assessment tool that has enabled each one of our clients to develop a skill set to allow them to work at The Houston Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Pathways and Goodwill.

Through Shred for Independence, one of our vocational training programs, we have secured contracts with other nonprofits for documents destruction services supporting community involvement and volunteering.

The Summerhouse is accepted and welcomed as a contributing community member which allows each one of our clients to actively participate with their family, friends, neighbors and other valued relationships in creating a life that is joyful and fulfilled.

We currently have a waiting list for admission to our program and need a larger footprint in order to meet the vast need of this population.

Financials

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The Summerhouse

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Fruge

The Fruge Appraisal Group

Term: 2011 -

Michaelle Brooks

Child Advocates

Gary Mosley

Owner, The Creek Group

Travis Walne

Northern Bank & Trust

Nancy Simpson

St. Andrews School

Kerry Kruger

Spring Branch Independent School District

Jon Crantz

Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Donna Tennyson

Attorney

Christopher Holder

Alan Ratterree

Insite Realty Estate Group

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