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Easter Seals Greater Houston Katy Parent Night Out has a long history of helping teens on the spectrum, including providing informational services for career and post-secondary education opportunities. Two of our very special clients, brothers who joined our program back in 2016 when they were 13 and 14 years old, have benefited from PNO’s guest speaker program, providing guidance for adolescents transitioning into adulthood! In 2017, a representative from HCC’s VAST (Vocational Advancement and Skills Training) Academy, a branch of HCC that provides “Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college, and freshman success bridge courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.”. Both boys, who have speech and developmental delays, have been accepted into HCC’s VAST program and are thriving in their new role as “big men on campus”. They are seeking vocational certificates that will help them find meaningful employment after graduation. These clients have overcome multiple obstacles (including losing their home from Hurricane Harvey in 2017) and Easter Seals Parent Night Out is proud to provide support and encouragement as they’ve grown into amazing young adults. PNO continues to inspire teens like these brothers, and WE are inspired THEIR success!
After years of holding Respite Services’ Parent Night Out event at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Bellaire (and inheriting the beloved Houston Area Respite Center or HARC), Easter Seals Houston needed to make a change due to upcoming renovations at the facility. We made the move this past Friday night to our very own Easter Seals Greater Houston location at 4888 Loop Central Drive. The exact location is inside our beloved Caroline School. We will be holding the PNO program on Friday evenings from 6:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted (weather/holidays etc.).
Our first night in the new location – we had an amazing time with our clients, the volunteers and staff and we all agree that it was a great success!
Parents Night Out is intended to provide Respite services for our caregivers, those who love and care for our clients’ day in and day out. It gives parents and guardians a small break from their normal duties to relax and have some down time. This is also a treat for our clients, who look forward to having fun, interacting with new friends and getting out of their daily routines. We are planning theme nights and a variety of activities make PNO even more fun and engaging!
As the Respite Family Coordinator & the Parents Night out Program Coordinator, I am beyond excited to see what our future nights hold. At Easter Seals we understand the necessary support you need as a caregiver and if this is what we can offer then I can only strive to make it the best.
If you or anyone you know who is active, has a positive attitude, a big heart and would like to volunteer, please reach out to me at email@example.com for more information on our program. Please reach out if you are interested in enrolling as well.
“The functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.” -Dean Koontz
*PNO is a Friday night out-of-home Respite program currently held in two locations around the Houston area. Children, teens, and young adults with disabilities are welcome to come and have an out-of-home opportunity to socialize in a safe and fun environment. Depending on age and activity level, one of the two locations can be recommended for appropriate care. Application and reservations must be submitted prior to attendance.