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The Center for Pursuit

Choice, Growth & Independence for People with IDD & Autism

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

Mission

To promote the pursuit of choice, growth and independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism or similar conditions.

Ruling year info

1953

President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles C. Canton

Main address

4400 Harrisburg Blvd

Houston, TX 77011 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?

Adult Day Program

Every individual at The Center for Pursuit has the opportunity to enhance their life with the skills and education to live a fulfilling life. The Adult Day Program is a licensed DAHS Individual Skill and Socialization program providing classes, activities, and outings on and offsite to enrich and strengthen the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism, and other similar conditions. Our program is divided into three specialized divisions – Pursuit Learning Academy, Adult Activity Center, and Memory Care – each designed to address the unique needs of our community members. Our dedicated and well-trained staff are equipped to provide personalized care and support while promoting independence, growth, and choice. By enriching the lives of our participants, all divisions strive to create a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Social Motion provides after-school social skills classes and social groups to individuals on the autism spectrum, ADHD, social anxiety, and similar special needs, from pre-K to young adults.

To learn more about these services visit our website at www.socialmotionskills.org.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

Employment Services at The Center for Pursuit provides customized employment planning and assistance for transitioning youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism, and other similar conditions. Our primary goal is to help motivated individuals to find success in competitive, integrated, and community-based employment in areas of their interest. We provide person-centered planning through every stage of the employment journey with services that include Pre-Employment Evaluations, Vocational Evaluations, Personal Social Adjustment Training (PSAT), Vocational Adjustment Training (VAT), Pre-Employment Training for Transitioning Youth (ages 14-22), Job Placement Assistance, Job Coaching, and Job Skills Training.

To learn more about Employment Services, please contact us at [email protected] or 713.525.8303.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Adolescents

Independent Living Program offers adults with IDD, autism, and other similar conditions the opportunity to live in their own community-based apartment. An onsite residential administrator is available to help with daily living tasks, meals, and emergencies. This program currently offers apartments near the Medical Center with other city-wide options planned for the future.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Assisted Living Program exemplifies our vision for all adults with IDD, autism, and other similar conditions to receive the support 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.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

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, behavioral support, and residential administration.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Counseling and Behavior Supports Services at The Center for Pursuit provides counseling and behavioral supports provided by licensed clinicians to adolescents, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism, and other similar conditions. Counseling services are open to any qualifying community member regardless of whether they are currently enrolled as clients of The Center.

Offering individual counseling, group counseling and behavior supports.

Request an appointment by contacting Rebecca Kern at 713-525-8310 or [email protected].

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
Adults
Adolescents
Preteens
Caregivers

Camp Pursuit is an adult Saturday program filled with fun activities ideal for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism, and other similar conditions to enjoy. Each Camp is packed with a variety of activities that promote a sense of belonging and the opportunity to build lifelong friendships, find new interests, and practice their social skills.

Join us to unplug, have fun, try something new, and make friends.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Enrichment Services renders support to adults with IDD that enables their full participation in the community. Our knowledgeable and patient staff can help 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 support or assistance with specific care-related tasks. The program 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, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

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Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency

Financials

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The Center for Pursuit

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allison Edwards

Cizik School of Nursing

Term: 2023 - 2025

Richard Rosenberg

Heath Consultants Incorporated

Victoria Beard

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Michelle Heinz

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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