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Promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west
With 12 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach. Forward-thinking Houstonians led by former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Ambassador Roy M. Huffington established Asia Society Texas Center in 1979.
Providing an urban green space in the heart of Houston.
Discovery Green Conservancy works to provide an uncommonly beautiful, urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves as a village green for our city, a source of health and happiness for our citizens and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston. Discovery Green achieves its mission through continuous programming, attracting a diverse crowd, and maintenance to keep the park beautiful. These actions create a social, health, cultural, and economic impact on Houstonians and visitors.
Always Fresh. Always Free.
Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) is a leading destination to experience innovative art. CAMH actively encourages public engagement with its exhibitions through its educational programs, publications, and online presence. Through dynamic exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, CAMH reaches out to local, regional, national, and international audiences of various ages.
Ensuring that all women, men and teens have access to safe, affordable reproductive health care and accurate information
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is a provider of reproductive health care, sexuality education and advocacy for reproductive rights. For just over five years, our Louisiana and our Houston and Southeast Texas affiliates have been working as one team but we held on to our different names. Our name change to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast reflects our unity, and the incredible care every staff person provides to women and men in need across the 418 miles of the Gulf Coast region from Bryan to New Orleans. We work to ensure that all women, men and teens have access to safe, affordable health care and accurate information. With a network of twelve health centers in Houston, Southeast Texas and Louisiana we help people get the health care they need so they can live and love the way they want to.
Presenting and producing a wide range of plays to the highest standards
The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947, exists to provide audiences with the highest quality theatre, offering a wide variety of work including new plays, classics, the re-discovered and the rarely-performed, and new musical theatre, with an emphasis on new American works - to provide the inspirational and the provocative - to make our audiences think, feel, dream and be entertained. Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production, a 75,000 square foot facility adjacent to our two main theatres, is home to our educational programs, where we connect with the youth of the city and state - our future audience and future artists - through programs such as From Stage to Page, HYPE (Houston Young Playwrights Exchange) and the Young Performers Studio.
For 87 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been the social services safety net for the Greater Houston Area. United Way is a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way of Greater Houston seeks to increase the organized capacity of people to care for themselves and others and to mobilize our community to make lasting improvements in critical needs areas. We are the only organization in Houston embracing the entire circle of life by focusing on: children and youth, families and neighborhoods, seniors, and people rebuilding their lives.
An internationally acclaimed ballet company
Founded in 1969, Houston Ballet is an internationally acclaimed ballet company which is now America's fifth largest. The company is comprised of 59 dancers and has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States. The company's home is the magnificent Wortham Theater Center, a state-of-the-art facility in which the company currently performs over 81 performances seven months out of the year. In February of 2011, Houston Ballet moved into its new Center for Dance located at 601 Preston and connected to The Wortham Theater Center by skybridge. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest center dedicated solely to dance in the U.S. Houston Ballet Academy has an enrollment of 691 students, between the ages of 3 through 60, and more than half of the professional company's dancers have come from the ranks of the academy.
Building whole lives
Since 1957, The Women's Home has helped women in the greater Houston area build whole lives. Our services focus on meeting the needs of women who have histories of addiction, mental illness, homelessness, past abuse and a lack of job skills or education. These issues often form a tragic cycle that strip a woman of her dignity and ability to realize her full potential.We offer our residents a home and an individualized WholeLife® program based on six wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and vocational. Our two unique residential campuses provide individually tailored services to our residents. Our treatment and transitional housing program has 50 beds and offers residents up to 18 months of support. In addition, The Women's Home owns and operates an 87-unit apartment community, called Jane Cizik Garden Place, which offers permanent supportive housing specializing in women centered services.
Bringing people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than one million meals each year to seniors in Harris county; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of refugees in Houston each year; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR) which facilitates communication on behalf of Houston's faith communities during relief and recovery efforts and; Interfaith Relations which provides a safe harbor for Greater Houston through its many interfaith programs and dialogue efforts.
Enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre
Founded in 1968 by Frank M. Young, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is dedicated to enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre and positively impacting lives beyond the stage through innovative education and community outreach initiatives. In 2008, TUTS produced seven presentations to more than 180,000 people, and TUTS' School of Musical Theatre held 82 classes and enrolled approximately 1,435 individuals. TUTS' downtown home, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts contains the 2,650-seat Sarofim Hall, the 500-seat Zilkha Hall, a restaurant, a parking garage, offices and classroom space, and TUTS' own theatrical boutique. The fiber-optic ceiling of Sarofim Hall now keeps TUTS under the stars all year long.
Preserving African American artistic expression
The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. The Ensemble produces a Main stage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The Ensemble's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, artist-in-residence experiences, and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre, and the Young Performers Program offers intensive spring and summer training for youth ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60,000 people annually.
A playground for your mind
The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children's Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 750,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies.
Promoting understanding and appreciation of the human body, mind and spirit
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is Houston's most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Located in the heart of the city's rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. Committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences, the Museum treasures Houston's diverse population and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. In addition to our permanent exhibits, other attractions include the McGovern 4D Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery for limited-engagement exhibits, and learning centers.
Revitalizing Houston's low-income homes and communities
Rebuilding Together - Houston (RT - H) brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income Houston area homeowners in need. They renovate and repair hundreds of homes annually at no charge to the homeowner. RT - H's focus is the delivery of essential home repairs and modifications to improve the overall condition of the home, eliminate health and safety hazards, and improve energy efficiency so that the homeowner may continue to live in warmth, safety, and independence. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses, faith-based organizations and the hands-on work of over 5,000 volunteers, RT - H renovates and repairs hundreds of homes annually with a market value of nearly $5.4 million.
Anyone can learn to be a better parent.
ESCAPE Family Resource Center prevents child abuse and neglect before a child is hurt by providing education, intervention, and support programs to families in crisis. Founded in 1983 by Houston-area chapters of the National Exchange Club, we offer classes at multiple locations in the Greater Houston area in English and Spanish. In 2007, ESCAPE launched the LearnToParent movement, which provides families with cutting-edge parenting techniques, including effective alternatives to corporal punishment. Parents and children are taught skills to cope with stress, communicate effectively, and modify one another's improper behavior without resorting to punishment.
Opening doors for homeless youth
Covenant House Texas is part of an international network founded in New York. Covenant House Texas opened its doors in Houston in 1983. We help kids in crisis through residential programs, community services and outreach efforts designed to keep young people off the streets. Each night, Covenant House Texas provides shelter to an average of 100 residential clients under the age of 21. We work with dozens more who come in for walk-in services, meet with our HIV case manager or visit counselors through our aftercare program. In addition, we serve hundreds of homeless kids and at-risk youths through our outreach and prevention efforts.
Promoting equal access to justice
The mission of Houston Volunteer Lawyer Program (HVLP) is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income men and women of Harris County and to promote volunteerism among the legal community. Founded in 1981 by the Houston Bar Association, HVLP has delivered free legal services to low-income resident of Harris County for almost a quarter of a century by linking qualified applicants with attorneys volunteering their time on a pro bono basis. Volunteer attorneys assist clients who meet HVLP's eligibility standards and who have been screened and interviewed by HVLP staff members on their legal issues. Over 4,000 Harris County attorneys serve as HVLP volunteers, each making a difference in the lives of low-income clients, their families and communities.
Transforming Lives Through Recovery, Healing and Learning.
Open Door Mission is a faith and evidence based recovery and rehabilitation facility dedicated to transforming the lives of the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless and disabled men in our community.The Mission's goal is to help each person heal holistically - mentally, physically and spiritually. We do this with three programs:RECOVERY: The Alan and Ann Craft DoorWay Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program is an intensive, 9-month, life-transforming residential recovery program with a curriculum of self-discovery and spiritual renewal, EEG OC Biofeedback. After graduation, a transition program is in place in order to transition the men to independent living.LEARNING: The Education Center offers free GED classes, adult literacy and computer classes for our residents. All classes are open to the community.HEALING: The Russell M. Scott, Jr., M.D. Convalescent Care Center (RMSCCC) is a clean, secure place where men can recover from accidents, illnesses or surgery.
Revitalizing and Transforming Buffalo Bayou
Created in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. BBP's geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. The BBP board and staff have raised and leveraged more than $150 million in private and public funds for the redevelopment and stewardship of the bayou - spearheading capital projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park and Sabine Promenade, protecting land for future parks, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive maintenance programs. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.
Stop Hate. Starting Here.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the six million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Charged with educating students and the public, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts from school children and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by even one visit to this unique facility. Admission Rates: Members FREE Children under age 6 FREE Students age 6-18 FREE College-level with valid school ID FREE Seniors age 65+ $8 Active-Duty Military $8 General Admission $12 Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on special holidays.
Furthering the region as a top global community in which to work and live.
Center for Houston's Future (CHF) works to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region, by engaging diverse leaders, providing impactful research, and defining actionable strategies. We bring business and community together to innovate for the future of the greater Houston region. CHF is an organization devoted exclusively to thinking and acting strategically for the long-term future of the Houston nine-county region. Center for Houston's Future furthers the region as a top global community in which to work and live.
Motivates, Inspires, Equips
The Nehemiah Center is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual enrichment for at-risk children and their families in Houston. Our mission is to create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired, and equipped to realize their God-given potential. Our vision is to help develop in a child a sense of self-worth, Christian values and direction that will ensure his/her lifetime self-determination.
Hope for children straight from the heart
Small Steps' mission is to provide an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families. We operate two preschools for economically at-risk students living in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Wards of Houston, Texas. Small Steps provides a high-quality education, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, nutritious meals, and social and emotional therapy to 174 economically at-risk children, ages two through six. We invest in the lives of these children through meeting their needs, intervening early, and setting them on a trajectory filled with greater opportunities. Small Steps also invests in the community through establishing a relationship with the students' families, holding parent education meetings, and connecting families with other social services available in the community.
Serving as watchmen in the inner-city
The Forge for Families is intent on serving as watchmen in the inner-city by holistically addressing the needs of our community and encouraging children & adults through children's programming (educational & athletic), practical parent training, pre-marital and marital counseling, and economic development which includes personal financial management and employment. The Forge is strategically located in the most disadvantaged section of Houston, Texas, to serve the Second and Third Wards. Our results-oriented approach to programming is based on The Forge's previous success in parent classes, encouragement of healthy marriages, and economic improvement. We have operated family services for 19 years, including children, parent, marriage, father, and single-mother programs. The Forge for families operates in a new, 28,000+ square foot facility situated on two acres.
Promoting health, hope and dignity for Houston's homeless through accessible and comprehensive care
Founded in 2000, Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston's mission is to promote health, hope and dignity for Houston's homeless through accessible and comprehensive care. Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston serves a vulnerable and marginalized population of homeless men, women and children. A sub-population served by the organization includes homeless mentally ill individuals incarcerated in the Harris County Jail. Our purpose is to provide long-term care for those who are unable to navigate a larger system of care; provide interim care for those who can transition into the public healthcare system; and provide medical street outreach to those who live on the streets and in single-night shelters.
Teaching, supporting and nurturing children living in poverty
Yellowstone Academy exists to promote human flourishing among Houston's neediest families. The school serves children from very low-income families with a program designed to provide the educational, spiritual, social, and practical resources they need to succeed. Yellowstone Academy uses a faith based, comprehensive approach to addressing the multi-dimensional challenges of poverty in the lives of children. Through education and intensive intervention, these children can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and grow up to become responsible, productive adults.