A Message From the CEO

We are passionate about the work being done at Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., a 71 year old United Way of Greater Houston, multi-service agency with the mission to help people identify and overcome barriers to employment.

In 2014, we served more than 6,778 job seekers with 3,564 enrolling for employment assistance and 1,212 persons with barriers to employment becoming employed at an average wage of $12 an hour. We are currently completing the data collection for year 2015 and will update the above numbers within the next twenty days.

Employment and housing stability services for veterans and the United Way of Greater Houston’s THRIVE program is expanded to help families acquire sufficient income and achieve financial stability. Our work was accomplished through partnerships with 135 community organizations and employers.

We are now in Phase 2 of our Capital Campaign with a goal to raise an additional $1.5 million by December 2016. This will allow for expanded program facilities and the capacity to provide even better services to more clients. The need for intensive employment services and counselling continues to grow as thousands of people arrive in our area seeking employment. Returning veterans continue to be a large part of our new client base, as are those seeking "mid-skill" training and employment.

The Matt Musil All Star Golf Classic was held on November 9th and was a real highlight for golf fans and the agency. The Baseball Hall of famer Nolan Ryan was the Houston Sports Legend’s honoree at the post tournament dinner! We had many sports stars and celebrities from the Houston teams to participate again this year and as with our previous Golf Classics, a good time was had by all!

Sponsors last year were: Annette Zimmerman, T. Scott Kreinbring & Primeway Federal Credit two teams, Joel Diaz & Capital One, Carol Helliker & CenterPoint Energy, Gary Tuma & Smart Financial Credit Union two teams, Courtney Blackburn & EEPB, P.C. two teams, Tim Garcia & Federal Maintenance, Gregg Laswell & Stephen Barrick team, Phil Hampton & Rotary Club of Houston, David Belding & Rotary Club of Houston, James Davis & Gulf Gate Dodge/Jeep,  Bill Gross & Wells Fargo,  Individual players, Art Contreras, Tom Wilson, Vernus Swisher, Karen Jenkins, Max Qureshi; Hole Sponsors were Carol Helliker, Stephan Lillie, Susan Floyd-Toups, Texas Gulf Bank, Hari Patel, Vern and Alma Swisher, Susan Bock, Kaye Horn & the Horn Family Foundation four holes, Cypress Fairbank Medical Center, four holes,  Axiom Sports Production, Inc, four holes, Diana Mojica-Vasquez & Pinot’s Palette-Sugarland and Bonar and Tamera Luzey. Over $20,500 was raised and all came to CRR as the Musil Foundation covers all costs of the tournament. The Matt Musil AllStar Golf Classic is planned for November 7th 2016 at the Blackhorse Golf Club. Please sign-up early this year for this outstanding and fun event!

We appreciate your support for our agency either in general operations, Capital Campaign, or both. We also always appreciate volunteers who help us in many of our programs. It is this support from those in the Greater Houston Community that makes our work successful. Thank you!

Vernus C. Swisher
Chief Executive Officer