In 2020, the Harris Center Foundation held a staff idea funding opportunity, awarding up to $100,000 to programs that enhance care delivery for the people we serve. Harris Center staff members were encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 2020. It is our pleasure to announce the three awardees of the staff idea funding opportunity and how their efforts will impact the lives of those living in our community.
capABLE Coffee Program provides work training to participants with IDD and/or autism and pervasive developmental disorders in a supported environment. The goal of the program is for participants to feel empowered to begin maximizing their own potential through the provisions of supports necessary for increased self-sufficiency as a valuable member of the community.
Project Airline Playground will build a safe play area at the Airline Children's clinic to help children's play development by stimulating the brain and helping them learn to communicate and deal with emotions, both simple and complicated. The goal is to improve the emotional well-being of the clients, increase physical activity and increase engagement in services.
Medical Assistant Tuition Program will develop and implement training opportunities for existing staff to transition to Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) positions. Through a partnership with Houston Community College, staff will be offered the opportunity to participate in a 9-month program that will prepare them to apply for certification as a CMA. With the added support of CMA’s, nursing and medical staff will have the opportunity to provide more efficient and effective care.