Avondale House is a United Way agency providing day school, adult day
habilitation, and residential services for individuals with autism in Houston since 1976.
Avondale House appears to do good things–I toured the school one time, years ago, and was favorably impressed. But it’s too far from Clear Lake to be a resource for our family at this point. They offer three group homes in Southwest Houston, serving a total of 18 adults.
Hope Village is a closed residential community in Friendswood consisting of several homes located on 18 acres across from a golf course. Full-time residential services are available to all individuals whose primary diagnosis is mental retardation and who meet the admission criteria for ages six years through adulthood. Semi-private and private rooms are available and include assistance with the activities of daily living, medication administration, nutritious meals and 24-hour per day supervision and care in one of five homes on the Hope Village campus.
Residents have the opportunity to attend church and Sunday School, bowling, dances, movies, the circus, BBQs at the beach, Astro’s baseball games and various events including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Residents may also enjoy our on-campus outdoor pool during summer months and our recreation center year-round. They have an excellent resale shop and cafe. Villagers sell soap and ceramics made in their workshops.
The Hope Village Developmental Center includes a large work training area, fully equipped kitchen,ceramics manufacturing area, computer lab,gift shop and the Village Cafe. This 14,000 square foot building is home to our Day Program which operates Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:00.
In addition to residential services, Hope Village offers respite care and day care. The day program is an integral part of the Hope Village Developmental Center and is a work program licensed by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is designed to develop self-confidence, healthy work ethics and provide a sense of accomplishment. Villagers receive payment on a piece rate scale for each item they complete and each Villager participating in this program is periodically assessed for skill development and mastery. Contracts for services and work to be performed by the Villagers such as packaging, collating, envelope stuffing, sorting and similar work come from businesses in the surrounding communities. We are always looking for more contracts, so if you have a project that you think we could help with, please call 281.482.1663.
Although a foundation for Hope Village is a nonprofit, Hope Village itself is private pay, about $4,000 / month, and as I recall you cannot place a family member there if there is no one who can evacuate him in event of hurricane, or provide for his basic necessities. In other words, this is not the kind of home you can hope to place your adult child into if there is no one to look after him or drop in from time to time.
My brother goes here and absolutely loves it! We wait for the calendar to come out each month and he picks out what activities and day trips he wants to go to (sometimes 5 days a week). The staff is excellent and I am extremely grateful it is close to home. We couldn't be happier with their program.
Next Step Transition Center is not only a service provider, a day habilitation center, and a group home, but also a home away from home for all of our young adults. Our day program gives young adults a place to increase their confidence by working on their independent living, social, and vocational skills daily.
“Traci Johnston, our founder, began as a life skills teacher in the public school system. As the years went on she struggled with the idea of her students leaving school without a place to go. She came to the realization that she could provide a “college like experience” for these young adults through a structured day program. She developed Next Step as a program where young adults can continue learning and growing towards independence and community integration.
We began in one room at the Deer Park Community Center with a handful of young adults. Information about our structured program began to spread and our group of young adults grew. Before we knew it, we were in need of a new facility in order for all of our young adults to have space to grow and learn.
We continue to grow and look forward to our next steps as a company and day program!”
I just want to say that I attended a presentation by Traci Johnston and was very impressed with her! She is extremely knowledgeable and really on the ball. They are relatively new in our area, but I will be checking out Next Step for my own son.
I have not visited Noah’s House. I wanted to, but due to COVID restrictions, I was not able to take a tour. I wanted to bookmark them. This is a residential facility for adults with IDDs, and one that is much more affordable than others in Texas.
In September 2000, Kimberly and Linda, as well as several other parents of children with disabilities, founded The Village Learning Center, Inc (dba Village Learning & Achievement Center) as a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. A monetary commitment was made by both Kimberly and Linda, the organization was created, and the passion to provide quality programs and services to individuals with disabilities was born. The word “village” was chosen because they realized that the organization’s success depended upon the support of their community. They knew that it would take a village to make their vision a reality.
The Village at Stoney Glen provides independent living opportunities in a beautiful residential setting for adults with disabilities. It is designed for individuals who are taking a major step on the road to independence, moving out of their family home for the first time. The staff offers support and training in a home-like setting to individuals who have basic self-care skills. Family interaction and participation are welcomed as our residents transition from the family home to greater independence while continuing to live, work, and worship in their own community.