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Published on March 18, 2021 by HCRCA Content Manager in Featured News, General, In the News, Newsletter

What started out as a mission to provide water by one of the CYS staff, Audrey Shankle, who has clients that live in the Palms of Baytown apartment complex, evolved into providing a case of water for each of the 88 units. This complex has not had any water since the winter storm in February. She was made aware of the situation when she was on a home visit.

Due to reaching out to partnering agencies in the community, such as Love Inc. They provided Audrey a contact at Lowe's Home Improvement. The store donated a pallet of water, which consisted of 60 cases. In order to obtain enough for each unit, Walmart donated 28 cases of water and two $50 gift cards and Target donated other supplies such as detergent and hygiene items, and we obtained hygiene items from BEAR.

Due to the amount of water being donated, a vehicle was needed to pick up the donated items from Lowes. Vita Richardson contacted our contracting school district, Goose Creek CISD and they provided a contact at Precinct 2. Precinct contacted the City of Baytown - Government, which provided a vehicle and several workers. Precinct 2 also contacted a deputy from the Harris County Sheriff's Office to assist in the distribution and provide oversight.

The Baytown Sun was at the complex doing a story about this. The article can be seen here.

March 16 is #nationalsocialworkday and Harris County Resources wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the dedicated social workers in our organization and #socialworkers in general. #socialworkersrock

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Published on March 16, 2021 by HCRCA Content Manager in Featured News, In the News, Newsletter

  • During the historic Texas Winter Storm of 2021, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults (HC Resources) maintained operations of two, 24-hour, essential programs throughout the disaster to serve youth and families of Harris County.  HC Resources implemented a pre-authorized Emergency Disaster Plan.   Administrators and staff worked as a team for the safety of youth in our care.  Once power went out at the Harris County Youth Services Center (YSC) in Houston, the onsite generator provided back-up power for lighting, heat, internet and phone service.  Although power and water sources were somewhat diminished during the storm, there was no need to move youth from the YSC to hotels or other locations that were also experiencing power outages and other significant impacts from the winter storm.

  • Kinder Emergency Shelter cared for 11 youth throughout the disaster.  Shelter staff who reported to work before the freeze were aware that they would be working 16-hour shifts.  Staff volunteered to come and sleep over so that they could assist those who had worked the night shifts.  Staff were compensated for the additional time worked.   Shelter staff not only worked well together, but they engaged with the youth in small structured groups and even displayed their talents and creativity in meal preparations for the youth. Ultimately, children felt safe, cared for, and more connected with the shelter staff.

  • Triad Intake Diversion (crisis intervention program) provided care for two runaway teens from the Dallas area whose parents were unable to travel during the event. These youth were safely released once it was safe for them to travel.  Intake staff also answered the 24-hour Baby Moses and Triad Hotlines for families. Staff provided COVID-19 screening for first responders and children entering the YSC building, and fielded calls from DFPS staff and officers seeking coordination and direction about abused children or minors without supervision.  A team of 11 dedicated Triad Intake staff (HC Resources and Juvenile Probation) rotated shifts which lasted 24-72 hours each, depending on road conditions.  Staff communicated well with each other and leadership to provide essential services, even while the building operated with diminished heat, power and water.  The TRIAD Intake program only shut down for a period of 12 hours on Wednesday evening due to power outages. However, services resumed the next day with the resumption of generator power.
 

Due to the caring attitude and creativity of Harris County staff in both programs, impact on youth served was minimal during the historic winter freeze.  Harris County staff placed the needs of children in our care as their top priority. The staff remained committed and maintain a semblance of normalcy, regardless of their own home and family emergencies and hardships occurring as a result of the arctic freeze.  

We know that natural disasters can have a significant impact on the mental and behavioral health of a community. In addition to the continued financial strain placed on families during the health pandemic, families in Harris County have been severely impacted by the historic Texas Winter Storm. Funding for rental assistance, utility assistance, eviction moratoriums, storm repairs and basic needs are greatly needed.

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Harris County Resources for Children and Adults retirees honored for combined 125 years of dedication

Published on November 21, 2016 by in Newsletter
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Harris County Resources for Children and Adults proudly recognized four retirees whose totaled years of dedicated service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults surpassed 125 years. 
The four retirees were: 

Debra Andrews Training Institute Director

Andrews retired with 20 years of service. In her final position as Training Institute director, she headed the department revamp and helped develop a unique prevention assessment tool.

Ross Galizio CYS Supervisor

Galizio retired with 27 years of service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, finishing his tenure as a vital member of the Community Youth Services (CYS) team, which helps youth and their families through in-community crisis intervention.

Claudia Flores Administrative Support

Flores retired with 43 years of service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults. She held several administrative positions over her tenure, the last with the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Parent/Teen Survival program.

Robbie Pennington Accounting Supervisor

Pennington retired with 39 years of service. She was instrumental in the financial organization of the Guardianship Program, which Harris County Resources for Children and Adults acquired in 2003.

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Social workers bring water to Baytown apartment complex 
Published on March 18, 2021 by HCRCA Content Manager in Featured News, General, In the News, Newsletter
What started out as a mission to provide water by one of the CYS staff, Audrey Shankle, who has clients that live in the Palms of Baytown apartment complex, evolved into providing a case of water for each of the 88 units. This complex has not had any water since the winter storm in February. She was made aware of the situation when she was on a home visit. Due to reaching out to partnering agencies in the community, such as Love Inc. They provided Audrey a contact at Lowe's Home Improvement. The store donated a pallet of water, which consisted of 60 cases. In order to obtain enough for each unit, Walmart donated 28 cases of water and two $50 gift cards and Target donated other supplies such as detergent and hygiene items, and we obtained hygiene items from BEAR. Due to the amount of water being donated, a vehicle was needed to pick up the donated items from Lowes. Vita Richardson contacted our contracting school district, Goose Creek CISD and they provided a contact at Precinct 2. Precinct contacted the City of Baytown - Government, ...
Winter Storm brings out the best in HC Resources 
Published on March 16, 2021 by HCRCA Content Manager in Featured News, In the News, Newsletter
During the historic Texas Winter Storm of 2021, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults (HC Resources) maintained operations of two, 24-hour, essential programs throughout the disaster to serve youth and families of Harris County.  HC Resources implemented a pre-authorized Emergency Disaster Plan.   Administrators and staff worked as a team for the safety of youth in our care.  Once power went out at the Harris County Youth Services Center (YSC) in Houston, the onsite generator provided back-up power for lighting, heat, internet and phone service.  Although power and water sources were somewhat diminished during the storm, there was no need to move youth from the YSC to hotels or other locations that were also experiencing power outages and other significant impacts from the winter storm. Kinder Emergency Shelter cared for 11 youth throughout the disaster.  Shelter staff who reported to work before the freeze were aware that they would be working 16-hour shifts.  Staff volunteered to come and sleep over so that they could assist those who had worked the night shifts.  Staff were compensated for the additional time worked.   Shelter staff not ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults offers new parenting class 
Published on October 19, 2017 by in Newsletter
Free one-day parenting classes are now available through the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults JP Court Liaisons program.   The second round of “Teen Awareness” classes begins this fall, in addition to parenting classes offered through the TRIAD Prevention Program. The classes are open to the general public, as well as those required by court.   “We wanted to offer an additional service for those individuals who are due back to court, and there are no PLL (Parenting with Love and Limits) and PTS (Parent/Teen Survival) classes available or scheduled,” said Shenetha Toliver, JP Court program specialist.   Teenagers and their parents will attend two separate group sessions during the class. Parents will discuss tips regarding their child’s grades and attendance and building relationships with school officials. Students will learn about goal setting and decision-making, proper ways to show respect, social media etiquette and the dangers of running away and human trafficking.   The Teen Awareness class was piloted last school year with three one-day classes. More than 150 parents and teenagers attended the classes.   “The class is one day, but the skills our participants learn ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults works through Harvey to serve clients, community 
Published on August 31, 2017 by in Newsletter
Evelyn Emdin, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Kinder Emergency Shelter program manager, and the 14 youth under her watch worked together to devise a plan for additional food items on Sunday. They had been sheltered-in-place throughout Hurricane Harvey and remained optimistic. “It was so exciting and amazing to know the strength of these children,” Emdin said Tuesday. Emdin was one of several Harris County Resources for Children and Adults staff members who remained at the Youth Services Center throughout the record-breaking Houston disaster, and many more staff who remained committed to the community and their clients from the first day. “Judge Ed Emmett has encouraged staff to volunteer this week, while our buildings are closed. But what’s amazing about our Harris County Resources for Children and Adults staff is they didn’t need that encouragement,” said Joel Levine, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults executive director. “They were already in the community, helping the public and each other.” Community Youth Services (CYS) staff have volunteered at major shelters, such as those at the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Stadium, as well as those in ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Clinic prescribes back-to-school fun & health 
Published on August 1, 2017 by in Newsletter
John C., 14, gleefully raised his hand when his raffle number was called Saturday at the first-ever Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Integrated Healthcare Clinic Family Fun Day & Health Fair. He won a donated $25 gift card for ALDI. “What I’m going to do is get some stuff I really need,” John said. “What I really need are snacks! Because when I go to school, I’m going to need it.” John was one of more than 120 children who attended the fair, an effort for the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Integrated Healthcare Clinic to help children and the community prepare for the coming school year. The fair included free vaccinations, school supplies, bike helmets, food, games and giveaways, many from sponsors. ALDI donated $1,000 in gift cards, the AT&T Pioneers donated school supplies, Cigna donated backpacks and Texas Children’s Hospital donated bike helmets and bike lights. Wesley Windom, of Respectful Zone Emergency Shelter, said he brought John and 15 other youth to the fair as a regular weekend outing. “This was a lot of fun for them,” Windom ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults executive director highlights values in keynote speech 
Published on July 13, 2017 by in Newsletter
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults employees embodied the department’s core values during Thursday’s “Employee Appreciation Ceremony and Core Values Inauguration.” As part of the bi-annual all-staff Executive Forum, employees received awards and demonstrated the new Harris County Resources for Children and Adults values. More than 300 employees participated in the event at the Power Center, divided between morning and afternoon sessions. Executive Director Joel Levine kicked off each session with the keynote speech, explaining how the most recent Harris County Resources for Children and Adults initiative – first-ever core values – affects all other parts of Harris County Resources for Children and Adults and its clients. The Harris County Resources for Children and Adults values, released earlier this year, are: Help, Excellence, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork (H.E.A.R.T.). “They form the building blocks of our agency and help us to define right and wrong, as well as help us determine the behaviors and perspectives that are valued within our culture,” Levine said.  “Culture is a living, breathing thing.” To showcase how important each Harris County Resources for Children and Adults value is to the ...
Conference celebrates 'Superhero' support staff 
Published on June 13, 2017 by in Newsletter
The superheroes of Harris County Resources for Children and Adults and other Harris County offices are the administrative support staff (administrative assistants, cooks, cleaning staff, etc.), according to the speakers and theme of the annual Dianne Bynum Administrative Support Staff Conference. "You take care of us; you take care of the office," said Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Executive Director Joel Levine. "You are our first contact (with the public) in many cases. How that client, that stakeholder, that public is treated, that tells a story about our agency -- or your agency." Participants packed the conference rooms of the Harris County Department of Education building on June 2. This year's theme was: "Supporting the Superhero in You." The Training Institute of Harris County Resources for Children and Adults has organized the conference for the past nine years to both train and celebrate support staff from organizations throughout the county. The conference was named for Dianne Bynum, a former Harris County Resources for Children and Adults board president who championed the conference In a unique arrangement, leadership from participating organizations agree to take care of the office while their ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Clinic becomes first Center of Excellence in Harris County 
Published on May 16, 2017 by in Newsletter
The Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Integrated Healthcare Clinic, a unique clinic dedicated to treating the trauma of children in foster care, is now the first Foster Care Center of Excellence in Harris County.   “You really are willing to go the extra mile to provide quality services to children who are in foster care,” said Robert Wells, Superior Health Services Transformation projects manager.   Wells presented the Center of Excellence designation Tuesday at a special ceremony celebrating the collaboration between Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, UTHealth, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Superior Health.   “We are proud to receive this designation,” said Joel Levine, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults executive director. “It is a reflection of the hard work our staff has done to ensure children with visible and invisible wounds can heal in a safe, inviting atmosphere.”   Superior Health gives the Center of Excellence title to clinics that meet a higher standard of care for children in DFPS custody covered through the Superior Health Medicaid plan. The Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Clinic is ...
JP Court Liaisons advise parents to Make It Right 
Published on May 11, 2017 by in Newsletter
JP Court Liaisons distributed information about Harris County Resources for Children and Adults and its youth programs at the "Make It Right!" event meant to aid Harris County parents in resolving outstanding low-level warrants. "Parents shouldn’t have to worry about being pulled over on the way to drop their children off to school or being concerned when they take their teenager to get their driver’s license," said JP Court Program Specialist Shenetha Toliver. "Those should be memory-building events, free of stress," added Dina Johnson, also a JP Court Program Specialist. Make It Right invited Harris County residents with warrants resulting from nonviolent misdemeanor offenses that were filed in Precincts 1 and 6 to attend the event and clear those pending cases. JP Court Liaisons work with teenagers who have Class C misdemeanors, and their families. They encourage parents to take part in any Make It Right event in order to be more effective parents. Eligible charges for Make It Right include, but are not limited to, failure to appear, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and theft of less than $100. Traffic offenses and ...
HAY Center Prom Event outfits foster youth 
Published on March 30, 2017 by in Newsletter
Five years ago, Phyllis Ocean fitted a vision-impaired teenager in a maroon dress. She and another volunteer at The HAY Center Prom Readiness Event had helped the foster youth pick out the dress, silver shoes and accessories. “She just lit up; she looked radiant,” Ocean recalled recently. “All teenagers deserve to have that special moment” of finding the perfect prom outfit. Ocean, a member of the Houston Bar Association, was one of more than 90 volunteers who helped nearly 80 foster youth prepare their night-to-remember garb on March 27. Volunteer groups also included the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Benefit Bettie and Bellaire United Methodist Church. “We extend the most heart-felt thank you to every volunteer, staff member and donor who has contributed to this event for the past six years,” said Mary Green, director of The HAY Center. “Without their generosity, this event could never happen.” The HAY Center converted its entire West Clay Street building into a mini store, complete with racks of donated dresses and suits, ties, shoes, undergarments and jewelry. Each foster youth was treated to a personal shopper to help ...
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults retirees honored for combined 125 years of dedication 
Published on November 21, 2016 by in Newsletter
Harris County Resources for Children and Adults proudly recognized four retirees whose totaled years of dedicated service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults surpassed 125 years.  The four retirees were:  Debra Andrews Training Institute Director Andrews retired with 20 years of service. In her final position as Training Institute director, she headed the department revamp and helped develop a unique prevention assessment tool. Ross Galizio CYS Supervisor Galizio retired with 27 years of service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, finishing his tenure as a vital member of the Community Youth Services (CYS) team, which helps youth and their families through in-community crisis intervention. Claudia Flores Administrative Support Flores retired with 43 years of service to Harris County Resources for Children and Adults. She held several administrative positions over her tenure, the last with the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults Parent/Teen Survival program. Robbie Pennington Accounting Supervisor Pennington retired with 39 years of service. She was instrumental in the financial organization of the Guardianship Program, which Harris County Resources for Children and Adults acquired in 2003.
New Harris County Resources for Children and Adults board members: Sheila Aron & Darryl King 
Published on November 21, 2016 by in Newsletter
An author and a Houston-based entrepreneur joined the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults board this quarter, nearly filling the seats on the 15-member board. Sheila Aron is a parenting book author who has a passion for child abuse prevention. In October, Aron donated 100 copies of her book, “I’m Glad I’m Me: Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation” to foster parents. Darryl King is co-founder and CEO of management consulting firm Principle Partnering Group, LLC. King serves on several local and statewide boards for organizations dedicated to outreach, business and youth. Commissioner Steve Radack, Precinct 3, appointed Aron. Commissioner Jack Cagle, Precinct 4, appointed King.