SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS HOUSTON AREA WEDNESDAY

“The Center” honored for helping people with intellectual, developmental disabilites

HOUSTON — Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council honored “The Center” Tuesday with a proclamation for its continued work in the community for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

More than 40 representatives from the organization, including clients served by its services and programs, were on hand to receive the honor.

The Center is a nonprofit organization that serves over 450 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through day programs, work programs, and residential services. This year, the organization’s first capital campaign, “Pursuit,” was a major success reaching its $11 million dollar goal before the campaign ended.

Launched by longtime board member, David Baldwin of SCF Partners, Pursuit brought together a dedicated group of people who decided to ride bicycles 3,500 miles across the nation to visit organizations similar to The Center to learn and share information and to raise awareness about persons with IDD.

The ride garnered support from people and organizations across the nation as they cycled from Iowa to Washington D.C. in hopes of ensuring the futures of those living with special needs.

“The dedication that David and the Pursuit team have for this mission means so much to every person living with an intellectual or developmental disability. Their commitment to exploring new opportunities and learning best practices in helping this community to live their very best lives will extend beyond a dollar amount and even this moment,” The Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Eva Aguirre, said. “This heightened awareness will help to decrease the marginalization of a community of people who deserve to pursue choice, growth, and independence like everyone else.”

Many came together in an effort to make the Pursuit ride possible including major sponsor BBVA Compass who, with their #LiveBright marketing initiative, encouraged their customers and employees to support The Center and the Pursuit campaign. To date, the campaign has raised $12.5 million dollars to support the programs and services at The Center.