Celebrating 25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years of “making change happen” in the lives of others!

image002We made it!  Over twenty-five years ago, I had a dream and a bold vision to create an enduring organization that would help equip individuals, families, and children with the skills to make positive changes for life.  To choose:  education over ignorance; sobriety and recovery over addiction; a safe and decent place to live over homelessness; employment over joblessness; freedom over incarceration; possibilities over problems; and empowerment over insignificance.

A quarter of a century ago there were few resources.  Today, Change Happens! has evolved into one of  the largest, minority-founded and diverse social service organizations in the Greater Gulf Coast Region.  The year 2014 is the year of our Silver Jubilee, a significant milestone in the history of our organization.

In 1982,

In 1982, Rev. Leslie Smith had a dream. The dream consisted of him doing life changing work in former crack houses that had been renovated. In the dream, hundreds of adults and children were standing in a never ending line for help with the social issues that were afflicting their lives. These individuals walked in carrying the burden of societal problems that affect families, such as drug abuse, homelessness, and a lack of health insurance, yet these same individuals walked out changed. Today, Rev. Leslie Smith’s dream has turned into a reality, that reality is Change Happens!

Programs and Services

Change Happens! has a variety of programs and services that includes: youth prevention, intervention and positive youth development, adolescent and adult substance abuse prevention and treatment, supportive services to the homeless, and HIV prevention.

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Change Happens

Change Happens! is a local, community based, non-profit program primarily serving adults and at risk youth in Houston and Harris County . Change Happens’s mission isEMPOWERING FAMILIES TO HELP THEMSELVES.”

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Change Happens! formerly known as FUUSA