Following are links to Houston Area Social Services:

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Community Services and Crime Prevention

Connect for Kids: Guidance for Grownups
Connect to this information center to learn more about children's issues, data on their needs, and examples of community programs and initiatives that address those needs. Also visit the special section on the arts and youth development.

Link to top humanities sites and view online lesson plans and activities related to the humanities for children at home and in school on this site developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great city Schools, and MCI WorldCom.

The Foundation Center
Learn about more than 600 grantmakers, including private foundations, corporate grantmakers, and community foundations.

Crime Stoppers of Houston
A joint project of the Houston Police Department, Crime Stoppers of Houston, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division.

American Justice Network-Crime Prevention
The mission of American Justice is to educate and empower its viewers regarding issues in American justice and society.

Maintains links to hundreds of charity organizations, with an emphasis on international humanitarian efforts.

Houston Area Additional Community Resources
Contains links to additional resources and charitable organizations.

Consumer Affairs

Better Business Bureau
Includes consumer assistance, information for business owners and  warnings about fraudulent activities.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
Helps people solve debt problems by providing free counseling on personal finances. Susan McJilton, a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, answers commonly asked questions in her "Letters to Susan". If you have a question, please e-mail Susan at

Identity Theft Resouces
Proventing, detecting and correctiong identity theft.

Drug Addiction

The Cenikor Foundation Inc.
This organization provides free residential treatment and other drug rehabilitation services. The site outlines the mission statement, philosophy and admission policy. It also provides program description, testimonials from staff and clients and information on how to help.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Alcohol and Drug Councils on the Net

Houston Area Substance Abuse Organizations & Various Drugs

Elderly Care

Elder Options of Texas
A source for senior housing and elder care information.

Assisted Living Locations in Texas

Harris County Agency on Aging
With the Area Agency on Aging acting as an advocate, awareness of the needs of the elderly increases through services that assist the elderly and their families with options that promote independence, well-being and dignity.


Bay Area Habitat for Humanity
Builds houses for the needy. The site contains a history of the organization, an online volunteer registration, and links to other Habitat sites.

Star of Hope
Caring for Houston's Homeless

Public Health/Support Groups

Rice University Health Education Office
This site contains information and links with emphasis on sexual health, violence prevention, body image and nutrition, stress and depression and alcohol and other drugs.  It also provides information on texas laws for sexual assault.

Houston Department of Health and Human Services
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) provides local disease surveillance, preventive health care, treatment for selected diseases, immunizations, a wide range of environmental services and enforcement of certain city and state laws.

Houston AIDS Information Link
The Houston AIDS Information Link is a collaborative project to improve access to HIV/AIDS information for patients, health care providers and the affected community

Houston Endowment Inc.
a private foundation dedicated to the support of charitable undertakings.

Lifeline Chaplaincy
Provides support to the seriously ill, their families and caregivers and serves as an education resource for crisis ministry.

Trinity Mother Frances Health System
This Texas hospital provides wonderful resources that
deal with health issues that range from diagnostics to support groups.

Cancer Centers Around The Country

Texas Breast Cancer Support Groups

Breast Cancer & Osteoporosis
Read about breast cancer, breast cancer surgery, breast cancer treatments, and available support groups. In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass,placing them at increased risk for this disease. Osteoporosis affects many women, learn to be proactive to help deter this women's disease.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance
Site for a self-help group for families and children afflicted with cancer which provides the organization's newsletter and links to cancer-related sites.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Contains information on upcoming blood drives and lectures; donor requirements; and facts on blood types and blood banking.

Hope Center Cancer Support

Planned Parenthood
Contains information for parents, kids and young adults.

North Port Care for Pregnant Teens
Pregnant? Just worried? Our on-line counselors are eager to assist you. Fill out this easy web-based form and your private message will be sent to someone who can help.

The Project HOPE -Center for Health Affairs
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis was established in 1996 to conduct timely research on issues affecting health care in rural America. Most of the staff of the Center for Health Affairs (CHA) also conduct research as part of the Walsh Center.

Additional Public Health Links

Battered Women and Rape Crises

Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC)
A non-profit, United Way agency providing counseling and shelter for battered women and children.

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
Commission on Domestic Violence provides expert training and educational materials to attorneys who represent victims of domestic violence.

Houston Police Department - Houston Safety Net
The Houston Police Department and The Houston Area Women's Center Are Working Together... To educate the community in order to prevent family violence, sexual assault and dating violence. Through education, we work to provide resources for survivors and to increase the reporting of sexual and family violence to law enforcement.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FUND) is a national non-profit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform.

National Organization for Women
This is the organization´s main home page that discusses key issues, gives information on NOW chapters & how to join, and offers news releases & the National NOW Times.

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
TAASA is the Statewide organization committed to end sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy.

Texas Sex Offender Database
-Texas Department of Public Service - Crime Records Service.
A resource to search for sex offenders in your area.


Center for the Retarded, Inc.
Site contains information about CRI, and programs offered such as adult training and education, community living choice, and volunteer services.

Down Syndrome Association of Houston
A non-profit group which provides a lot of support to area hospitals upon the birth of children with Downs Syndrome. They provide monthly meetings of support groups, share the latest advances, and help the older people learn to cope and survive.

S.I.R.E., Inc - Therapeutic Riding for Disabled
A national service that provides therapeutic riding centers across the country.

Hope Center for People With Development Disabilities
Hope Center is a residential and day training facility committed to providing training opportunities and care for people with developmental disabilities, thereby opening doors to greater independence.

Epilepsy Center at Methodist

Disability Resources in Texas

Disability And Independent Living Resources

Youth Services

Coming Up Taller
Arts and humanities programs for children and youth at risk.

Youth Advocate Groups In Houston
YA strives to break each youth’s cycle of destructive behavior by replacing his/her negative activities with membership in a youth community. Within this context YA offers support and guidance in a positive, nonthreatening atmosphere

After School Resources
This comprehensive site connects you to federal resources that support children and youth during the out-of-school hours. It includes community success stories, educational activities for children, access to government guides and research, as well as a database of more than 100 grant and loan programs and links to private non-profit organizations and publications.

Federal Funds for Food in After-School Programs
Learn more about using federal child nutrition programs to serve snacks and meas to children in after-school programs. Be sure to visit the "Building Blocks" section of the site.

Parenting Resources for the 21st Century
Offers a detailed and comprehensive list of Web sites pertinent to a broad range of issues parents or other caregivers face in raising children. Links are listed by category; these categories address a wide variety of issues, including child and youth development, family concerns, and health and safety. Of special interest is the "Out of School Activities" category which links to children's art's programs as well as museums and other recreational opportunities. This site is produced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Child Advocates
Provides training for court appointed volunteers who are appointed to speak up for the best interests of a child. The site includes volunteer information, facts on child abuse, and stories of children.

Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce
Purpose of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) is to develop management and leadership skills and civic responsibility among its members while improving the quality of life in the Houston community.

Kid-Care Inc.
An organization dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty in the Houston Metroplex through the meals on wheels process.

Covenant House Texas
Provides emergency shelter for homeless youths.

Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America
This site provides basic scouting information and plans to add a calendar of events and information about publications and districts.

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County
Contains a mission statement.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc.
AA call for volunteers to teach real-life business skills to high school students.

Harris County Juvenile Detention Center School
Houston Independent School District Secondary School, 3540 West Dallas. Mission is to develop and provide an individualized curriculum that acknowledges and meets the academic level of each student in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Make-A-Wish of the Texas Gulf Coast
Site for non-profit organization whose purpose is to grant the wish of any child between 2 1/2 and 18 years of age who suffers from a terminal or life threatening illness. Includes information on mission, volunteering, donations and more.

The KidsWish Foundation
An organization that grants wishes to children afflicted with terminal or life threatening diseases. The site provides a mission statement, volunteering and donation opportunities, contests and links to kid sites.

Alternative Lifestyles

Montrose Counseling Center
Services are provided primarily for and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their significant others.


Houston Lesbian and Gay Community Center
A group of volunteers and board members dedicated to the realization of a lesbian and gay community center in Houston, Texas. The mission of the Community Center is to empower, educate, and nurture individuals of the diverse sexual orientations and genger identities; generating a sense of community by providing for their social, emotional, cultural and physical well-being.

Animal Rights

Houston Faithful Friends Animal-Assisted Therapy Ministry
An organization of volunteers who are committed to spreading the love of Christ to those in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers through the love of their pets.

Citizens for Animal Protection
Provides a mission statement and other general information, including facts about how to adopt pets.

Homeless Pet Placement League
Information on adopting a pet, adopting schedules, current events, pet tips, volunteering.

Houston Area Animal Welfare Groups

Houston Area Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals

Special Pals Animal Shelter
images of pets up for adoption, a dog owner's guide, information on rescues and euthanasia, shelter needs, and pet health.

Pets With Disabilities

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