Human Services

Service of the Emergency Aid Resource Center for the Homeless I aka SEARCH

  • Houston, TX
  • http://www.searchhomeless.org

Mission Statement

SEARCH Homeless Services was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens and volunteers who responded to the growing number of men, women and children living on the streets of Houston. The original program offered meals, showers, laundry services and mail pick-up. Today, SEARCH is one of the leading institutions in greater Houston helping people move from the streets, into jobs, and safe, stable housing. In Fiscal Year 2013, SEARCH served 8,039 men, women and children in our community. Many of our clients require long-term support and a combination of housing, case management, mental and physical health care, all of which they can access through SEARCH and its partner agencies. Taking a client-centered approach, SEARCH professionals “meet people where they are.” Case managers are taught and implement evidence-based practices depending on the individual program and client needs. Non-confrontational counseling approaches demonstrate respect for the individual and attempt to increase awareness of behavior by helping clients think differently about their actions and consider what can be gained through change. SEARCH pursues a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives.

Main Programs

  1. ENGAGE
  2. STABILIZE
  3. EDUCATE
  4. EMPLOY
  5. HOUSE

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ruling year

1989

chief executive

Ms. Thao Costis

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Keywords

homeless, homelessness, dignity, self-sufficiency, job training,childcare

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EIN

76-0260403

Also Known As

SEARCH Homeless Services

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Training (J22)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

On any given day in our community (Houston, Harris & Ft. Bend Counties) there are 6,439 men, women and children living on the streets, in shelters or in temporary housing. SEARCH Homeless Services offers services that go beyond meeting basic needs, we are one of the leading institutions in greater Houston helping people move from the streets, into jobs, and safe, stable housing. In Fiscal Year 2013, SEARCH served 8,039 men, women and children experiencing homelessness. The following is a summary of our community impact in FY2012:

6,332 men, women and their families accessed basic services through our Resource Center.
512 individuals received intense one-on-one case management and referrals to stabilization services.
52 children were prepared for kindergarten at our House of Tiny Treasures School.
573 men and women increased their income through work and benefits.
701 men and women connected with appropriate, affordable housing.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

ENGAGE

The Resource Center provides day shelter, including meals, shower, laundry, mailing address, clothing, information/referral, and case management to approximately 125 homeless people daily. These services serve as the first point of entry into more transformative services.

Category

None

Budget

$805,735.00

Population Served

Homeless

None

None

Program 2

STABILIZE

Focused on helping people become motivated to transition from the streets into housing and health services, this program offers intensive case management for three to six months. The Mobile Outreach team travels through Houston, providing on-the-spot assessment, assistance, intervention, and referrals to over 1200 individuals living on the streets each year. Clinicians and other specialized teams work with the chronically homeless and those with serious mental illness to obtain necessary support to exit homelessness. A Disability Specialist helps individuals who have chronic disabling physical or mental conditions to obtain financial assistance as a means to better support themselves.

Category

None

Budget

$795,909.00

Population Served

Homeless

None

None

Program 3

EDUCATE

SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures (HTT) provides developmentally focused early childhood education services to homeless children while parents attend classes and begin working. HTT is Houston's most recognized therapeutic childcare center dedicated to providing homeless children essential developmental opportunities. Meals, education, and intensive therapy fulfill the students' needs and ability to be ready for kindergarten.

Category

None

Budget

$572,751.00

Population Served

Homeless

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 4

EMPLOY

Employment Services offer job readiness, skills training, and employment placement assistance to over 500 individuals each year. Long-term employment is the objective for all clients to achieve.

Category

None

Budget

$653,754.00

Population Served

Homeless

Military/Veterans

None

Program 5

HOUSE

SEARCH partners with housing providers including New Hope Housing, Housing Corporation, Harris County and others to co-locate our case managers at residential sites to work with formerly homeless individuals who need continuing support to ensure their long-term housing and health stability. Individuals mainstream back to their communities and develop new support networks.

Category

None

Budget

$793,966.00

Population Served

Homeless

None

None

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    There is a national effort to end homelessness by 2016. SEARCH has positioned itself to be a local leader in this movement. Following this charge, SEARCH conducted a thorough self study to determine where we can have the most impact in our community. As a result, SEARCH has streamlined its programs to focus on our strengths and creating more lasting outcomes for those we serve. SEARCH’s focus, facilitating behavior change that assists people live self-sufficient, more healthful lives is what we do best. We will focus on helping three distinct population groups change their behavior and ultimately exit homelessness: chronically homeless, readily employable, and young children. While not always the easiest job, at SEARCH we are committed to this work.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Social Media

@searchhomelessservices

@SEARCHhomeless

Funding Needs

Every dollar donated to SEARCH enables us to provide quality programs and services, and helps people to get back on their feet.    What your dollars will do: $1 per day ($365 gift) can provide 180 people with a hot, nutritious meal. $20 a week ($1,040 gift) can provide 40 GED bound adult students will school supplies. $50 a month ($600 gift) can provide 6 employable men and women with tools, boots and uniforms to help them get back to work. $250 a week ($13,000) can provide a preschool child a complete education and therapeutic care to thrive in school and break the cycle of homelessness.

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation

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Operations

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Service of the Emergency Aid Resource Center for the Homeless I aka SEARCH

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Thao Costis

BIO

Thao Costis is President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services, a leading Houston agency helping homeless people move off the streets, into jobs, and affordable housing. She has served in multiple roles at SEARCH over her 13-year tenure, focusing primarily on improving the agency's ability to help individuals experiencing homelessness and bringing awareness to the community problem. Prior to SEARCH, she served as the Director of the Homeless Services Coordinating Council at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County. In this role, she recruited and organized over 150 not-for-profit agencies to more effectively address the issues affecting homeless people. Thao has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Texas and an MBA from University of Houston.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bill Boyar

BoyarMiller

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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