Amazingly enough …or not because we love Easter Seals Greater Houston! …our average staff tenure is more than five years! With the exception of one senior staff member (and she’s close!), all of our program directors have been here 11+ years, most over 18! That speaks volumes for our mission, staff, families, and clients. Here are some thoughts by our two most tenured staff. Our Office/IT Manager and a dearly loved Physical Therapist.
My name is Greta Cherry and I am a Physical Therapist here at Easter Seals. I have been an employee for 42 happy and rewarding years. I started working here two weeks after graduation from the UTMB School of Physical Therapy. From the very first day when I was greeted by the receptionist Betty Hester with a beautiful smile up until now under the leadership of Elise Hough and Dena Day, I can truthfully say I would not change any of my many experiences. I really love my job, having had the opportunities to grow and learn working with hundreds of children, families and professionals. What an awesome ride it has been for me. Because of the enthusiasm, support and love I have received over the years, it has been a wonderful place for me to work. I thought about retiring for several years, I even tried retirement for about one month, but really missed the people I work with and the interaction with children and families, so with the blessing of my bosses I came back to Easter Seals.
My name is Donald and in February 2015 I will be celebrating 40 years of employment with Easter Seals. As I sit here contemplating the many years, I cannot tell you what a wonderful journey it has been, When I first started with the then Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, I cut the grass and was an aid in the Therapeutic Recreational Department. Within six months I was the only employee in the Recreational program – what a learning experience! The next thing I know I was trained to administer hearing tests on clients, as we had our own audiometer booth Then I moved from there to office worker, HR Assistant Director, Adult Program Director and now Office and IT Manager. What an amazing life I have had over my 40 years, the fellow employees I have had the honor to call my friends, and all the wonderful clients I have worked with. Easter Seals is a wonderful gift in my life.
Did you know that we were originally founded in Houston in 1947 as a part of HISD – the school for children with cerebral palsy, before the laws were changed for public schools? The original offices were where the new Legacy Community Healthcare building stands in Montrose. Once the laws were changed the agency evolved into a therapeutic treatment center, has grown yearly and the last 10 years, by more than 10% each year. Easter Seals Greater Houston now serves individuals with ALL types of disabilities, as well as their families. Through a staff of over 120+ professionals, we serve more than 8,000 families annually through direct services in Houston and surrounding counties and reach over 23,000 monthly through our program websites.