Change Happens!, formerly known as Families Under Urban & Social Attack (FUUSA), is a nonprofit that transforms the lives of families and children in high-risk communities of the Gulf Coast Region 6. We provide a variety of programs that reflect our mission to empower people to help themselves. Change Happens! relies on support from individuals, foundations, grantors, and corporations interested in improving communities and the lives of families. When it comes to family-focused nonprofits, Change Happens! is a premier provider of services designed to bring positive change to communities.


Change Happens! has grown from one program in 1989, to more than 18 programs today and over 60 employees. Similarly, its service area has expanded beyond Houston's Third Ward to encompass 13 counties in the Gulf Coast region. Since its inception, Change Happens! has offered dynamic programming that aims to provide or restore whatever resources are most scarce in the broken communities it serves.  In many instances, these resources are tangible, yet they are most often the intangible gifts of hope, education, and empowerment. These are the kind of resources that stay with our clients for a lifetime and give them the tools they need to become independent and productive.

Each year, Change Happens! empowers and educates over 100,000 adults and adolescents, while continually positioning itself to increase its impact on local neighborhoods. Today, Change Happens! is headquartered in a new, three-story, 27,000 SF building in Houston’s Third Ward. The building erected on land once occupied by drug houses and condemned properties is more than our headquarters, as its symbolizes the much needed change and rebirth for which Third Ward is overdue. We are here to extend a hand to everyone who has been reaching out for change.