The Rachel Ballard House provides an immediate respite for homeless mothers with children.
More than a residence, this home is a safe sanctuary and hope for a new start. Residents commit themselves to a comprehensive therapeutic program: trauma-informed therapeutic care.
Trauma-informed care is a systematic approach to service delivery, therapy and care, that is grounded in understanding the causes and consequences of trauma. Our approach promotes resilience and healing.
Trauma-informed care means treating a whole person, taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand behaviors and treat the victims.
Acceptance into the residential program at The Rachel Ballard House depends on many variables: space availability, demonstrated commitment, medical stability and other factors.
Each individual is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Privacy and confidentiality are highly honored and respected throughout each phase of the screening, admittance, and programs.
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.
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 more than 385,000 population.
Homeless in the Greater Katy Area
This suburban setting within an affluent city masks the pain – and the extent – of 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 situational homelessness as a result of trauma.
The alarming statistics highlighted the invisible nature and challenges of single homeless mothers that do not have sufficient material resources, emotional support or the psychological resolve to report and manage their status.
Katy Cares was founded as a solution-driven response to address the immediate needs in Katy.
Key Facts About Homelessness in Katy
Founder and Former President
80% of families experiencing homelessness are single mother families.
Trauma experienced by mothers and children is a key cause of homelessness.
The Homeless Liaison Officer of the Katy Independent School District confirmed that there are an estimated 500+ homeless students in this District alone and more than 16,000 (about 20%) are economically disadvantaged.
973 homeless students in [year] according to Katy ISD official statistics report.
There are over 50 shelters and homes in the Houston and surrounding areas. However, Katy Cares is the only one currently serving our community.
150+ children from Katy were bused in with Katy ISD’s privately contracted bus company from shelters and homes outside of the Katy area.