Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of common questions we hear at Easter Seals, and their answers. If you have any other questions or would like to request more information about Easter Seals Greater Houston, please feel free to contact us. You may also subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive updates on program happenings, events and other agency news. Thank you for your interest!
What is Easter Seals?
For nearly 70 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals Greater Houston creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. We are the only organization in the greater Houston area providing comprehensive services to individuals with all types of disabilities and their families regardless of their ability to pay.
What types of services does Easter Seals provide?
Our primary services include:
- Adult Services
- Assistive Technology Resources
- Autism Services
- Camps & Recreation
- Care Giving Services
- Children's Services
- Education & Employment
- Information & Referral
- Teen Services
Are Easter Seals services limited to specific types of disabilities?
No. Easter Seals Greater Houston is committed to caring for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities resulting from any cause -- whether diagnosed at birth or incurred through disease, accidental injury or the aging process.
How many people receive Easter Seals Greater Houston services each year?
Every year, more than 10,000 families in the Greater Houston area benefit from Easter Seals services. Additionally, Easter Seals Greater Houston has over 200 collaborative partners with physicians, therapists and other professionals to learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities.
How is Easter Seals Greater Houston supported financially?
Easter Seals Greater Houston receives funding from a variety of sources, including private insurers, government agencies and fee-for-service. To make our services accessible to as many people as possible, Easter Seals Greater Houston also relies on public contributions, foundation grants, special events and the United Way of Greater Houston. Public contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford. Help us to continue providing exceptional services by making an online donation.
How are funds disseminated?
Easter Seals is proud of putting your donation to work effectively. More than 90 percent of Easter Seals' revenue supports services. All money donated stays in Houston. Easter Seals is a grassroots, community-based organization.
How can I volunteer?
Easter Seals Greater Houston's continued success in providing services to people with disabilities would not be possible without our volunteers! Your time, energy and hearts will inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. Check out some of our volunteer opportunities. Contact us for more information or to become an Easter Seals Greater Houston volunteer.
Does Easter Seals Greater Houston have a Young Professionals Group?
Yes. YUPES, Young Urban Professionals of Easter Seals, is a group within Easter Seals that was formed to support the organization in accomplishing its mission, which is to provide exceptional services for people with disabilities and their families so they have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in our communities. This exciting organization gives Houstonians the opportunities to meet and socialize with other savvy young professionals, while helping raise awareness and resources for Easter Seals. Members will have the opportunity to attend quarterly social events and volunteer with the agency. Membership and eligibility is based on willingness and ability to support and participate in YUPES activities. Learn more. Become a YUPES member.
Is Easter Seals a non-profit organization?
Yes. Easter Seals is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
What are Easter "seals"?
Easter "seals" are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named "Easter Seals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign.