Driven by a multi-discipline team of business and professional leaders involved in the Katy community

Our attention was drawn to the invisible and expanding social dilemma of single mothers with families in Katy ISD experiencing situational homelessness. This area includes Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties.

Research revealed that 10 to 15% of residents in shelters and homes in neighboring towns were from the Katy area.

Mothers were being turned away due to lack of space.

There is an invisible nature of single homeless mothers that lack the resources or the psychological resolve to report their homeless status and seek help.

Katy Cares was founded to provide a structured solution to this dire need.

Rachel Ballard House


A community of hope, where single mothers and children experiencing situational homelessness and inadequate access to therapy and resources, overcome social isolation, poverty and trauma.


To equip our program participants with the necessary emotional, social, spiritual and educational skillsets that can support them to become economically independent, and accomplish and maintain a professional career through our business and community partnerships.

Core Values

Our values drive our approach, our organizational culture, and our objectives. These values are essential in the way we think, work, act and execute.

  • Safety
  • Accountability
  • Trustworthiness
  • Dignity
  • Compassion
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Choice
  • Collaboration
  • Partnerships

Board Members

Harry Chapman

Dr. Harry Chapman

Dawid J. Pieterse

Dr. Dawid J. Pieterse

Melissa Chapman

Ms. Melissa Chapman

Thom Polvogt

Mr. Thom Polvogt

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson

Advisory Board Members

Marla Allen

Carousel Pieterse
Program Director

Dr. Jerry Edmondson

Doug Allen

Our Purpose

  • Employ personnel to manage and sustain trauma-informed and goal-oriented residence
  • Recruit inter-organizational and multi-disciplinary professionals to embrace and serve the diversity of needs
  • Implement therapeutic, spiritual and educational interventions leading to personal and professional independence
  • Facilitate and maintain inter-connected community resources and opportunities enabling residents to live a fulfilled life beyond supported housing

Our Principles

  • Utilize measurable and specific outcomes
  • Facilitate and mentor behavioral change
  • Increase commitment to long term behavioral change
  • Monitor implementation of quality and service impact
  • Exercise continuous program evaluation
  • Integrate across all organizational service levels

Our Approach

  • Developmental approach with a trauma recognized framework
  • Families leave our Program empowered through behavioral and educational improvement
  • Residents initiate and manage their own change
  • Program participants will have personalized goals matched for their success
  • Positive feedback and celebrating the accomplishments of our mothers and children
  • Milestone celebrations that will serve as our visible commitment to their enduring change and development
  • Every staff member will be a part of our commitment towards change and accomplishment
  • We will ensure a safe place for our families to work through this rigorous program
  • Our program is evidence based and focused on measurable equations ( emotional spiritual and educational development) of women and children affected by homelessness
Our Sponsors

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Our Partners

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