The Center for Pursuit

Choice, Growth, Independence

aka The Center   |   HOUSTON, TX   |  www.thecenterforpursuit.org

Mission

The Center promotes the pursuit of choice, growth, and independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ruling year info

1953

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Charles C. Canton

Main address

PO Box 130564

HOUSTON, TX 77219-0564 USA

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EIN

74-1272417

NTEE code info

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?

Residential Services

INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM The Center’s Independent Living Program offers individuals the opportunity to live independently in their own efficiency-style apartment while still benefiting from the resources and services The Center has to offer. For some, it is one step towards a goal of independent living in the larger community and for others, they have already met their personal goal. Participants in our Independent Living Program live in Cullen Residence Hall. ASSISTED LIVING PROGRAM The Center’s Assisted Living Program exemplifies our vision for all adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive the resources necessary to realize their personal potential. Clients in our Assisted Living Program demonstrate every day all that is possible when the right support is available. Participants in our Assisted Living Program live at Willow River Farms, with some additional availability at Cullen Residence Hall. HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES (HCS) HCS is a residential program designed for people who desire to live in full community integration. The service planning team ensures that each person receives the support needed to successfully manage day-to-day living. HCS is a program of choice. Individuals may choose among Supervised Living, Residential Support Services, Community First Choice, and Host Home Companion Care. The Center has a full complement of staff to provide our clients services in management, program coordination, social work, nursing, and residential administration. RESPITE SERVICES The Center offers respite services to families and caregivers with both overnight and weekend care at our Willow River Farms location. For information on enrolling in our Residential Services programs, please visit http://thecenterhouston.org/admissions/

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The Center’s Day Programs offer adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop social skills in a classroom-centered environment structured around their varying needs. Our programs encourage participants to engage with their community through a variety of experiences, including group activities, field trips, special classes, seasonal celebrations, exercise, crafts, music, and more. VOCATIONAL TRAINING Pre-vocational training, work center training, and competitive employment are key components of the Adult Training and Employment Services (ATES) program. Clients learn new skills, participate in meaningful work, and increase earning potential. ARTISAN CRAFTS Participants at our Willow River Farms location have the opportunity to learn artisan crafts such as ceramics, papermaking, weaving, and more. ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER Individuals with multiple disabilities who require ongoing support are served in an integrated and structured environment. Sensory awareness, leisure, recreational, and one-on-one personal care activities are provided. Health care professionals monitor medical needs. YOUNG AT HEART Active retired and older adults enjoy activities such as community outings, cultural events, picnics, crafts, movies, and more. The wide range of activities offered encourages our clients to make their own choices and pursue their own interests. Each day is a new day filled with opportunities for personal growth, creativity, and friendship. For information on enrolling in our Day Services programs, please visit http://thecenterhouston.org/admissions/

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

At The Center, we strive to actively
promote the choice, growth, and personal independence outlined in our mission
by supporting the full participation of adults with I/DD in community work
life. This starts by helping our clients find meaningful, community-based work
that pays a competitive wage and providing them the support and resources
necessary to succeed in those roles. Clients enrolled in this program will receive employment skills training in settings that will help prepare them for employment. Assessments and careful matching of skills to employment opportunities are essential in successfully obtaining and retaining employment. Once employed, a job coach will assist with on-the-job training and ongoing supports for as long as the client requires them. For information on enrolling in our Employment Services programs, please visit http://thecenterhouston.org/admissions/

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The Center’s Enrichment Services program renders support to adults with I/DD that enables their full participation in the community. Our knowledgeable and patient staff can provide assistance with both everyday and special activities. A client might request help with grocery shopping or attending medical appointments, but also with seeing a Texans game or going on vacation. Caregivers may request temporary in-home supports or assistance with specific care-related tasks. Through our Enrichment Services program, The Center strives to ensure our clients the opportunity to take full advantage of community resources. This facilitates access to the shared experiences that promote personal growth and enrichment in all our lives. Services may include, but are not limited to: Assisting with daily living activities Providing transportation Assisting with retaining and improving self-help skills Utilizing community resources Integrating individuals into the community Participating in leisure and social events Traveling assistance The Center works to provide individualized assistance in the lives of adults with I/DD, whatever their unique needs may be, and considers applications on a case-by-case basis. If you have a request that is not mentioned above, please contact us and we will work to help find the best solution for you or your loved one. For information on enrolling in our Enrichment Services program, please visit http://thecenterhouston.org/admissions/

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

At The Dental Clinic at The Center, we make it our goal to provide excellent dental health care for your entire family. The Dental Clinic is open to everyone in the community while specializing in serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who may require special modifications to receive dental treatment. Some of these modifications include: Positioning for protection of the airway Monitoring of vital signs Behavioral management Positive reinforcement Desensitization Voice control IV sedation The Dental Clinic staff is trained and experienced in working specifically with persons with I/DD. We are dedicated to The Center’s mission to promote choice, growth, and independence for our clients, and to provide them with the best possible experience. IV SEDATION The Dental Clinic at The Center is pleased to announce that we now offer IV anesthesia administered by a licensed anesthesiologist. This new service makes it possible to see more clients on-site and reduce previously long wait times for those who would otherwise have to seek appointments at external facilities. As with the general population, many patients with I/DD share a fear of the dentist. These patients can benefit greatly from conscious sedation that will allow them to maintain good oral health despite their anxieties over dental procedures. Please note that the philosophy of the dental clinic is to use the least restrictive methods possible to achieve a positive outcome. The addition of sedation dentistry is not to make it easier to obtain compliance but to relieve patient anxiety and protect both patients and staff from injury. Contact Hours: Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Phone: 713-525-8462 | Fax: [email protected] The Dental Clinic at The CenterChi Omega Health Services Building3550 West DallasHouston, TX 77019 Medicaid and most other insurance providers accepted.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency

Financials

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The Center for Pursuit

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Eric Nordstrom

Markel Service, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2023

Christopher Borreca

Thompson & Horton LLP

John Buckley

Wilbur-Ellis

Herman Coronado

Curry Boudreaux Architects

David Cunningham

Moelis & Company

Jennifer Dominiquini

Envoy Mortgage

Holly Dudley-Harrell

Texas Children's Hospital

Joni Fichter

Career Placement, Inc.

Gwen Koch

Community Volunteer

James Pavlik

Avalon Advisors, LLC

Jon Prather

McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

Richard Rosenberg

U.S. Zinc Corporation

Lisa Schott

AAMA Inc.

Anthony Borreca

GSO Capital Partners

Lyndsey Knight

Junior League Representative

Shaheen Ladhani

Goldman Sachs

Shon Link

Local Partners LLC

Eric Nordstrom

The Hudgins Law Firm

Lance Reynolds

Wells Fargo

Kevin Kushner

CBRE

Christina Maccio

DLA Piper

Raj Naran

ALS Unlimited

Meredith Gomez

Macquarie Group

Vernus Swisher

Career and Recovery, Inc., Retired CEO

Kevin Davidson

Wells-Fargo

Allison Edwards

Cizik School of Nursing

Robert Goodside

Attorney at Law

Anthony Borreca

Blackstone Credit

Charles Njuguna

Deep Down Inc.

Elizabeth Ray

165th District Court (retired)

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, 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