About The Summerhouse

Take a minute to get to know us a little better.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The Summerhouse conceptualized from a bi-monthly Saturday program with community outings and social activities emphasized on developing social skills and cultivating friendships amongst young adults with intellectual disabilities. On June 4, 2012, after countless Saturdays engaging in the community, The Summerhouse doors were opened full time by a small group of 4 volunteers and 6 clients with a very basic idea in mind: young adults with intellectual disabilities are deserving of highest quality programming available to enable them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society.

From the beginning, The Summerhouse has focused on providing young adults with a variety of options to obtain the skills necessary for a successful transition into independent adult life. The program’s beginnings as a social skills based program has naturally evolved into a full time daily educational program encompassing not only basic life skills, but functional academics, social and emotional skills, and vocational training focused on entry into community-based employment.

Our Programs

Young adults with intellectual disabilities are deserving of high quality programming that is client-centered enabling them to become valued, respected, contributing members of society. With this simple goal in mind, The Summerhouse team has built a creative, powerful program.

Our staff creates an environment that fosters opportunities for all of our members to bloom continuously through a customized approach. Our programming is designed to meet members where they are, with their abilities and goals in mind.  We focus on developing skills that will contribute to a more engaged, active life.

Four areas of focus

  • VOCATION

    Our members evolve in ways that allow them to fulfill their employment potential.

  • INTEGRATION

    Our members engage in opportunities around the neighborhood to both serve and connect with the world around them.

  • SOCIALIZATION

    Our members expand their abilities to communicate and interact with their friends, coworkers, and community.

  • WITHOUT LIMITATION

    Our members enjoy greater independence because of the life skills they develop and refine on a daily basis.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

We love hearing how The Summerhouse is impacting lives in Houston. Take a look at what some people are saying!

I like coming to The Summerhouse because we do fun things and work at The Food Bank.

AUSTIN

I’m blessed to be with my friends and I love helping them.

NORIANN

The Summerhouse makes me happy!

BEKAH

I am truly blessed that Bekah has had such remarkable teachers and therapists on her journey through this life God gave her. And now The Summerhouse! The staff is remarkable and the love and care they give to our kids is just incredible.  Thank you for your great vision and positive outlook you have for this great program.  I’m so grateful that Bekah is part of it now.

LEE ANN

Vicki and I cannot thank you and the wonderful staff of The Summerhouse for accepting our son, Austin, into your program. This has been a Godsend for us, as Vicki and I must work, your program gives Austin a feeling of belonging and purpose in his life as a result of the volunteer work activities at the Food Pantry and other learning and recreational activities The Summerhouse gives him the opportunity to participate in. As many parents of special needs sons and daughters know all too well, not many people, even people who are our close friends and family come and knock on the door to ask kids like ours to play or engage in social events. The Summerhouse has filled that lonely void in Austin’s life. Almost everyone who meets Austin and gets to know him  usually remark to us that given his condition, he is happy and outgoing and truly enjoys life, and I know that the engaging and supportive staff of The Summerhouse play a primary role in making Austin’s life happy and as a result, ours as well. We will never be able to adequately convey our gratitude for the blessing you’ve given us…. Thank you and God bless you and yours at The Summerhouse.

ROY & VICKI

The Summerhouse simulates a family environment that is safe and fun while meeting individual needs.

IRIS & BOB

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We would love to welcome you to The Summerhouse and take you on a personalized tour of our facility and discuss how we can potentially partner together!