Gulf Coast Texas
Katy, Texas is a small city encompassed by the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land statistical metropolitan area (SMA).
The Greater Houston metro area covers nine counties, including Galveston and Brazoria Counties along the Gulf of Mexico.
Katy Cares serves Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties
Houston, the largest city in Texas and fourth largest in the USA, boasts 7,000,000 population.
Houston is home to NASA, the Texas Medical Center, and the global center of energy exploration and production.
Katy lies on the western border of the City of Houston in Harris County. The Greater Katy area is defined by the boundaries of Katy Independent School District encompassing the original City of Katy (‘Old Katy’) with a population of about 18,000 and surrounding communities with a population of more than 382,000 people.
Situational homelessness in the Greater Katy Area
This suburban setting within an affluent city masks the pain – and the extent – of situational homelessness in our community.
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, the average number of homeless families in Katy exceeds the national average.
Our attention was drawn to the invisible and expanding social dilemma of single mothers heading up families within the boundaries of Katy ISD that are experiencing trauma as a result of a death of a husband, divorce or separation.
My hope is that single parents will be empowered and equipped during their time with Katy Cares. That they will move forward into a better future with confidence and resilience, filled to the brim and overflowing into the lives of their families, friends and communities.
Founder and Former President
Facing Overwhelming Challenges, Situations are Often Desperate
Our founders, board members, volunteers and multi-professional team have been involved in the Katy community for decades and are known to respond appropriately to the challenges faced by single led families.
Our attention was drawn to the invisible and expanding social dilemma of single parent families, especially single mothers within the boundaries of Katy ISD.
Single mothers, who do not have sufficient financial and material resources, emotional resilience, support, or the psychological resolve to report and manage their current status, related challenges and, at the same time, keep their households going.
These single parent families are faced with overwhelming challenges. The Katy Cares Non-Residential Trauma Informed Therapeutic Program (TITP) called Ready, Set, Go! and related support services are intentional interventions presented as a solution. Enrollment in our Program is free, in person or online.
We are assisting, serving, counselling, mentoring, coaching and caring for these single parents and children who are victims of trauma due to a traumatic and life altering event. Events include domestic violence, separation, divorce, financial challenges due to a loss of employment, income, child support, and/or a natural disaster.
These single parents are facing overwhelming challenges and their situations are often extremely desperate.
Our Non-Residential Trauma Informed Therapeutic Program (TITP) is presented at our therapeutic facility, meeting rooms made available by churches, other non-profits, community centers or at the homes of small group leaders. Single parents participating in our non-residential Program will have the opportunity to discover their unique purpose and embark on a challenging and rewarding journey towards a better future for their families. Success is obtained through each mother committing to the process detailed in individualized levels of our Program based on the needs assessment of her family.
In addition to addressing the immediate needs of our Program participants, we provide these single parents with numerous opportunities to gain skills, knowledge, spiritual growth and making connections in the community from our rigorous educational advancement and through intensive counseling and support groups. Every single parent that graduates from her/his individualized development program (IDP) can proudly say she/he has persevered, developed the necessary skills and reached therapeutic milestones to move forward with confidence.
Every dollar donated to Katy Cares will thus enable us to deliver on our mission effectively and continuously. It will enhance our ability to positively impact the well-being of these single parents and their children, build our capacity, increase our effectiveness and contribute to our sustainability.
Although the majority of the Katy Cares Program participants are single mothers, we can also accommodate single fathers in our Program.