Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. is a nonprofit multi-service United Way of Greater Houston agency established in 1945 by B’nai B’rith as the Jewish Vocational Guidance Services. Our mission is to help people identify and overcome barriers to employment. Our vision is to be the premier agency providing services for people with barriers. The agency empowers job seekers with job readiness training, career guidance, job placement assistance, job retention counseling, and employment-related supportive services. Enrichment classes include GED exam preparation, computer classes, and both adult basic education and computer classes in American Sign Language for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Our agency is a collaborative member of United Way’s THRIVE initiative aimed at elevating low-income workers to livable wages, self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. Teens and older youth are served with career exploration workshops. We also provide adult outpatient substance abuse treatment and aftercare, and HIV/STD testing and risk reduction counseling.
Our specialized programs include but are not limited to persons who are unskilled, disabled, homeless, deaf or hearing-impaired, ex-offenders, older workers, persons challenged by a disability or chronic illness, and individuals recovering from substance use disorder. Many of our clients are economically disadvantaged and need intensive employment services with case management to overcome these obstacles. We also assist professionals who are highly skilled or possess college degrees, but need guidance to enter their chosen fields, change careers, or transfer skills to another source of employment.
Overcoming Barriers and Investing in Human Potential
Demand for our services has doubled in the past ten years, and continues to grow. On June 16, 2016, we broke ground for a new Employment and Technology Building that will enable our agency to meet this demand and to fulfill our mission.
Our new Employment & Technology Building is planned for 15,000 sq. ft. located on San Jacinto St. near the corner of McGowen. This building would be utilized for all employment services, including programs for Veterans and persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. We also plan to move the administrative offices and the Youth Empowerment Services and Career Counseling programs from our Fannin location to the new Employment & Technology Building, resulting in an occupancy savings of approximately $50,000.00 annually.
During Phase 1 of the Capital Campaign we raised $1,643,079. With these funds, Career and Recovery Resources purchased 41,250 sq. ft. which included 27,500 sq. ft. of property with a 5,000 sq. ft. facility located at 2403 Caroline. We also replaced the roof, air conditioning, heating system and some flooring at 2525 San Jacinto, the main program building named for Albert and Ethel Herzstein. The purchase of property at 2403 Caroline with the 5,000 sq. ft. facility was very timely in allowing the agency to serve Veterans in two major programs, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration program and the Supportive Services for Veterans Families.
During Phase II we are seeking additional funds to renovate our existing building located at 2525 San Jacinto by 2017. Our mission is very consistent with the American dream and spirit, with ideas which encourage self-sufficiency and the free enterprise system. Our agency’s approach is to serve all clients in a holistic manner with employment services, counseling, case management, computer training, literacy education and other appropriate forms of assistance and support. As economic factors take shape within our clients’ lives, CRR helps families acquire sufficient income and achieve financial stability. We also help individuals deal with drug and alcohol addiction, and expand employment and housing services for Veterans and their families.
None of this could have happened without your financial support and outstanding encouragement. With this progress, we look forward to meeting the goal of a new building by Spring of 2017. Thank you!