Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., (CRR) 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 Vision: To be the premier agency providing services for people with barriers.
Our Mission: To help people identify and overcome barriers to employment.
Our Motto: Helping people find a Path to Success.
We have four core program areas: 1) Employment and Career Development, 2) Veteran & Housing Assistance, 3) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and 4) Alternative Substance Abuse Treatment.
While some clients receive a single, one-time service (such as our youth career education outreach presentations), other clients receive in-depth drug treatment counseling services that typically last over three months in length and involve more than 50 hours of group and individual counseling.
Our four core programs address issues job seekers have with significant or multiple barriers to employment. Some barriers are bigger than others, but being aware of the ones that are blocking progress in our clients’ lives is an important step in overcoming them. Barriers can include, but are not limited to:
- Criminal record
- Domestic violence
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Lack of education
- Housing issues or homelessness
Ineffective job search skills
- Limited English/Spanish proficiency
Long-term welfare recipient
Gaps in employment
Lack of self-confidence/low self-esteem
- Not understanding modern recruitment practices
Inability to identify transferable skills
We provide an array of support activities such as workforce development, general education, counseling, case management, job readiness services, and disaster relief assistance.
In addition to the above activities, our agency offers a variety of employment-related support services such as enrichment classes including GED exam preparation, and American Sign Language (ASL) for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
We aim to educate clients on the various soft skills needed in acquiring and maintaining a job and assist with acquiring employment. To that end, we partner with vocational schools, trade schools, colleges, and community colleges to help educate our clients while providing them an opportunity to gain a skill or trade.
The majority of our clientele are indigent and low-income persons. However, we also engage clients who would be identified as middle and upper-income wage earners.
Our main population demographics include those disadvantaged by homelessness, disabilities, older age, ex-offender status, returning veteran status, substance abuse disorder, and those with other significant barriers to employment.
CRR leaders and staff see job placement as the most creative and permanent way for individuals to remain intact and to stay away from a cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.