In 1983, a group of parents of young adults with disabilities joined forces. These visionaries founded Reach on the belief that all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have the capacity for growth and development based on their own unique combination of abilities. They wanted to create a place where their adult children could go to live, learn and earn. A safe and secure place that encouraged independence and personal development. A place that would be there for their child when they were no longer here. What began as a couple of group homes and a handful of clients has grown into a $9.0M agency that serves more than 300 clients.
Today, Reach operates 22 group homes located from Tomball to Spring Branch. The Learning Activity Center opened in 2005. It was built with $2.2M in donated funds. This center provides life-long learning in a school setting. The comprehensive curriculum addresses life-skills, functional academics, art, music, fitness, technology-based learning, community service, pre-vocation and vocational training, and supported employment.
A certified Home and Community-Based Service (HCS) provider, Reach provides a wide range of services to people who live at home, with guardians, and in group home settings. There is a job for every client who is able to work. Some work in area businesses, others do contract work at the LAC, and everyone is given the opportunity to earn a paycheck creating art glass gift items in the Enterprise Program.