Change Happens!, formerly known as Families Under Urban & Social Attack, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, community-based organization. We provide a variety of programs that reflect our mission to empower people to help themselves. Our free programs include:
- HIV Prevention using street and community outreach and individual counseling
- Homeless supportive services to individuals and families in more than 20 shelters
- Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach assistance in nine counties (including Harris)
- RESCUE Mentor Program (matching a youth with an adult mentor)
- Capacity Building and Technical Assistance for non-profit community-based organizations
- After school program
Since 1989, Change Happens!, has grown from 1 program to over 18 programs, with a staff of over 50 employees. In 2001, Change Happens! received recognition from the Texas State Legislators for outstanding performance in providing application assistance to uninsured families in Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties. The agency has been awarded numerous certificates of achievement from the Department of State Health Services. Change Happens! has also been chosen by other state and federal officials to provide on-going assessment, training, and technical assistance to other start-up, non-profit agencies seeking to build capacity.
In 1993, Change Happens! implemented a youth drug prevention program, the RESCUE program. RESCUE initially focused on preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in youth. Through continuous program evaluation other components were added. RESCUE is now a comprehensive, multi-component program consisting of mentoring, abstinence education, delinquency prevention, as well as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. RESCUE provides community and school-based prevention and intervention services to youth ages 6 to 17 in over 25 Houston area schools.
Change Happens! provides after-school and summer programs for youth ages 6 to 17 in the Third Ward Houston. Data indicates that youth participating in the after school and summer program enter the program with multiple risk factors, including: neighborhood/community (economically poor, criminal subculture); peer (associating with deviant peers, poor relationship skills, low association with pro-social peers); family (single parent households, parental difficulties, e.g. drug abuse, ineffective discipline and supervision, lack of family support); school (poor academic performance, disciplinary problems); and individual (poor problem solving skills, alcohol and other drug abuse).
In 2005 Change Happens! moved to a newly built 27,000 sq. ft. three-story youth center and office building, located at 3353 Elgin Street. With the construction of the new building Change Happens! is looking to a bright new future. Each day Change Happens! continues to provide services to adults and at-risk youth in Houston.