Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.

aka The H.E.A.R.T. Program   |   Houston, TX   |  www.heartprogram.org

Mission

Promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mrs. Jane Borochoff

Main address

707 Lehman Street

Houston, TX 77018 USA

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Formerly known as

HEART Vending and Concessions

EIN

73-1644107

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Employment Training (J22)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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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?

The HEART Program

The HEART Program provides education and job training to low income adults with developmental disabilities. This core program provides classroom education taught by special education certifed instructors Monday - Thursday from 9am-4pm. The program is open from 7:45am-5:15pm to allow for pick-up and drop offs at no charge to students. HEART is also unique because it provides a hands-on job training environment focusing on job training activities such as money management, warehouse management, inventory, and much more.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

HEART Vending and Concessions is an employment program for low-income adults with developmental disabilities. In this program, trainees are employed through partnerships with Papa John's Pizza, Levy Restaurants, Spectrum Catering and other local employers. HEART Vending provides a safe, supervised, and instruction-based employment opportunity where all participants are paid at least minimum wage or higher for all hours worked. (This differs from other programs which typically pay a "piece rate" negotiated with the DOL rather than paying the minimum wage.) Trainees work in high profile environments including at the Houston Texans NFL Football games, at the Houston Rockets NBA Basketball games, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's, and for major outdoor events such as for the Houston Open PGA Tournament, In Bloom Music Festival, or the Freedom Over Texas 4th of July Festival downtown.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

HEART Transportation provides shared van rides to low income adults with developmental disabilities to and from job training and employment locations.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The HISD-HEART Transition Program began in the 2015-2016 school year between the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and HEART, held Monday-Friday during the school year and hours onsite at the Houston Food Bank. Through this program, HISD high school seniors with developmental disabilities continue with their regular school curriculum with the addition of practical job skills preparation and hands-on work training on HEART's vending machines at the Food Bank and at the Food Bank’s Texans Café concessions stand. These students learn many of the skills that are taught to HEART adult trainees, so they become prepared to understand what it will take to hold a job. They practice vocational skills in the categories of Customer Service, Basic Food Handling, Basic Food Service, Basic Vending Machine Operations, and Basic Warehouse Operations. First-year success shows that all parties are interested in continuing this program for the foreseeable future.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents
Young adults

In 2015, we began the HEART Summer Internship Program for youth with developmental disabilities ages 16 and up. This internship, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm for two four-week sessions, gives young participants work experience for a resume that other teens would also get through a summer job. Interns learn and practice most of the same skills as HEART trainees, in a self-contained program at the Houston Food Bank. Through vending and concessions work, they practice vocational skills in the categories of Customer Service, Basic Food Handling, Basic Food Service, Basic Vending Machine Operations, and Basic Warehouse Operations. These job and life skills can help them in future jobs. This program has been so important because other summer programs are unable to accept I/DD youth over 16 years old; through our Internship Program, they get to learn valuable vocational skills.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Adolescents

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Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Atour Eyvazian

Jack in The Box / El Pollo Loco

Term: 2020 - 2021

Sue Davis

Sue Davis Communications

Heather Morgan

EDP Renewables North America

Atour Eyvazian

Jack in The Box / El Pollo Loco

Shawn Smith

Wells Fargo

Jane Borochoff

Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.