Driven by a multidisciplinary 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 and children who experienced trauma as a result of an event, series of events, set of circumstances and/or incidents, experienced by an individual or a family, as physically, emotionally harmful, and life-threatening.

These events have lasting and negative effects on an individual’s and/or family’s functioning and mental, physical, social, and emotional or spiritual well-being.

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

Rachel Ballard House


A community of hope, healing, and harmony where single-led families overcome trauma, social isolation, and poverty through therapy, training, resources, support, opportunities, care, and love.


To equip our program participants with the necessary emotional, social, spiritual resilience and skill sets that can support them to become emotionally and economically independent, and accomplish and maintain a professional career through our extended 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, social, spiritual and educational development) of women and children affected by trauma.
Our Sponsors

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Our Partners

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