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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Help, Hope, Answers

Houston, TX   |  www.eastersealshouston.org

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

EIN: 74-1238418


Mission

Help, Hope & Answers - providing exceptional services so that people living with all types of disabilities and veterans can live, learn, work & play in our community. We are the only area agency which serves Veterans, Military, people of all ages, with any type of disability and their family members. Our programs focus on helping people achieve their highest levels of physical, cognitive and social health so they can live as fully participating members of our community.

Ruling year info

1951

CEO

Mrs. Elise Coleman Hough

Main address

4888 Loop Central Drive Suite 200

Houston, TX 77081 USA

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Formerly known as

United Cerbral Palsy of Greater Housto

EIN

74-1238418

Subject area info

Rehabilitation

Mental health care

Family services

Independent living for people with disabilities

Population served info

Infants and toddlers

Caregivers

People with disabilities

Veterans

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ESGH is working with Veterans, current Military, people with disabilities and their families to ensure that they receive ALL of the compliment of life-changing services we offer - from baby through adulthood - to ensure that they have received all the tools they need to live as strong an independent lives as they can achieve.

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?

Transition Services

Transition Services includes HighSchool/HighTech & Transition. HighSchool/HighTech is a community-based partnership of parents, educators and business representatives working together to encourage at risk high school students with any type of disability to explore the fields of science, engineering and technology, graduate and pursue secondary education/employment through skills building, mentoring (RAMP), job training, site visits and more. 99% of our students graduate and 98% go on to college and/or employment. Transition Services offering a full range of services for youth with autism and co-occurring mental illness; Vocational training through DARS for people with all disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Services offered to families and clients at center and outreach locations include BridgingApps.org, Toy Tech Adaptive Toy Library, 6 full weeks of Camp (Day and Away), Case Management, Play Groups, gymboree, pet therapy, yoga, dance, and karate. Veterans services include case management and service dogs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Home of Your Own assists low-income adults with disabilities or a family with a child with a disability realize the dream of owning their first home through downpayment assistance, modification assistance, counseling, financial literacy, BANK ON and homebuyers education. In addition, we provide rental referral to those not qualifed to own their own homes.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Infant Program provides comprehensive Early Childhood Intervention Services for children from birth to age three years including physical, occupational, speech and vision therapy as well as case management, nutrition and other services. After the age of three clients are referred into our Children's Therapy Services Program. We have recently been awarded more territories including ALL of Liberty County, Montgomery County and the Brazos Valley and have expanded our traditional areas from Ft Bend and Harris county into the NW areas of Greater Houston.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Infants and toddlers

Respite Services provides many short-term relief options to parents who provide ongoing care of their family member who has a disability. Caregivers of people with disabilities are highly at risk for substance abuse, job absenteeism, depression and similar issues. Children with disabilties are 3 times more likely to be abused or neglected than typically developing children-Respite works to address these stresses and help families maintain a healthy physical and emotional environment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Community Health Leader 2006

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

Best Places to Work 2012

Houston Chronicle

Top Charity 2012

Houston Business Journal

Verizon Powerful Answers 2014

Verizon Powerful Answers

MaKenzie Scott 2020

MacKenzie Scott

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 1947

Association of Fundraising Professionals 1996

United Way Montgomery County 2002

Americorps 2003

Disability Policy Consortium 2003

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2011

Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellent 2020

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 children with a disability supported to live at home

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

People with disabilities, Veterans

Related Program

ECI Infant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

in 2023 we served more than 15,000 families with a child (adult or younger). 7,662 of those children were 0 to 36 months in our Early Childhood Intervention Program. A record!

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

ECI Infant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2nd largest in the state- Serving Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, & Liberty Counties & The Brazos Valley.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Camps, Veterans & Case Management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Services continue to grown for our Veteran/Military Mental Health Services. We have added mental health supports for caregivers of young children with disabilities as well.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our programs and services work to help people of all ages, with any type of disability and Veterans/Military achieve their highest levels of physical, cognitive and social development so they can live as fully participating members of our community. When possible, we work with the entire family so that both the person with a disability and their family have the resources they need to thrive.

By leveraging other community resources, working not to duplicate service provided by other organizations, volunteers and requiring accountability and excellence from our staff we are able to provide efficient and effective services.

In the past 18 years, the agency has grown an average of over 10% a year through a combination of mergers of small non-profits, growth of core services and the addition of new and innovative programs. Our senior staff has both the tenure and credentials to manage the compliance requirements of our funding sources and service delivery needs of our clients.

A national study showed that less than 3% of charitable giving is to organizations serving people with disabilities in spite of the fact that 1 in 5 Americans lives with a disability. We have expanded our programs, but do not have the resources needed to invest in new impactful programs. We are a proud recipient of the historic MacKenzie Scott 2020 giving - one of 384 national non profits vetted by a team of experts and highlighted for our work with historically marginalized communities. The 7MM gift was the largest ever received by ESGH and will allow us to provide infrastructure never before afforded to the agency. We are also extremely proud to have added Veterans Services including mental health for all family members, service dogs and other support. We have been the lead in the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Collaborative for the past five years through Texas Health & Human Services. In our 75+ year history, we have provided life changing services to hundreds of thousands of people in the greater Houston area – with over 14,500 families served in 2021, in addition to CoVid19 Pandemic Recovery serving over 10,000.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.08

Average of 2.12 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.5

Average of 1.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Easter Seals of Greater Houston’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $441,566 -$829,541 $8,221,692 -$952,677 -$734,135
As % of expenses 2.1% -3.8% 32.0% -4.0% -3.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $416,367 -$857,273 $8,193,446 -$974,766 -$750,914
As % of expenses 2.0% -3.9% 31.8% -4.1% -3.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $21,089,414 $20,790,134 $33,905,376 $21,945,629 $22,842,194
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.3% -1.4% 63.1% -35.3% 4.1%
Program services revenue 44.8% 43.6% 26.3% 40.5% 42.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.6%
Government grants 35.4% 40.5% 43.0% 48.1% 45.1%
All other grants and contributions 19.7% 15.7% 30.6% 11.0% 13.9%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% -2.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $21,190,406 $21,910,073 $25,705,056 $23,592,450 $23,247,529
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.2% 3.4% 17.3% -8.2% -1.5%
Personnel 69.8% 71.8% 63.4% 66.5% 75.0%
Professional fees 4.4% 3.7% 2.1% 4.7% 0.0%
Occupancy 3.3% 3.0% 2.6% 2.6% 2.7%
Interest 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 22.5% 21.3% 32.0% 26.1% 22.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $21,215,605 $21,937,805 $25,733,302 $23,614,539 $23,264,308
One month of savings $1,765,867 $1,825,839 $2,142,088 $1,966,038 $1,937,294
Debt principal payment $0 $13,914 $0 $410,564 $383,240
Fixed asset additions $39,156 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $23,020,628 $23,777,558 $27,875,390 $25,991,141 $25,584,842

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.7 0.4 4.7 1.7 1.5
Months of cash and investments 0.7 0.4 4.7 4.0 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 -0.3 3.6 3.4 3.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,309,615 $760,649 $9,981,967 $3,270,594 $2,877,843
Investments $0 $0 $0 $4,576,723 $4,306,180
Receivables $3,932,225 $3,657,083 $3,868,982 $2,955,952 $2,982,801
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $346,219 $368,381 $380,965 $380,965 $380,965
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 67.3% 70.8% 75.8% 81.6% 86.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 37.7% 51.2% 25.6% 20.9% 35.8%
Unrestricted net assets $375,681 -$481,592 $7,711,854 $6,737,088 $5,986,174
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,987,651 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,987,651 $2,697,253 $2,675,881 $1,981,737 $2,310,537
Total net assets $3,363,332 $2,215,661 $10,387,735 $8,718,825 $8,296,711

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO

Mrs. Elise Coleman Hough

As Chief Executive Officer at Easter Seals Greater Houston, Elise Hough hears stories first-hand of the impact of the services they provide each day. She has witnessed children who received services from Easter Seals 30 or more years ago still reaping the benefits of those investments in their futures. Although Hough does not work in direct service, it makes her proud to be part of the work of the team in helping children achieve their highest levels of physical, cognitive and social development so that they can live as fully participating members of their community. Hough firmly believes that every child, regardless of their background or disability, deserves a chance to thrive. In addition, almost 1/3 of the Easter Seals Greater Houston staff either have a disability or are the caregiver of a person with a disability they are passionate about what they do. Hough earned a Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing Major; JD; CPA.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth DeLuca

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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 ? 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 2/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.