The Jesse Tree
Contact: Ted Hanley
Description: The goal of the Jesse Tree is to help all members of our community locate and utilize available services, to advocate for new or expanded services, and to provide tools, resources, and in-service training to improve existing services.
Families, Children & Youth Renaissance Zone
Contact: Kathy Tiernan
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Contact: Ritchie Adoue
Description: RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provide older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience to meeting community needs. RSVP volunteers serve in a diverse range of non-profit organizatoins, public agencies, and faith-based groups. Among other activities, they mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, test drinking water for contamination, teach English to immigrants, and lend their business skills to community groups that provide critical social services.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Gulf Coast
Executive Director: Cindy Schulz
Description: Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters is a mentoring program that matches volunteers with children for a one-to-one relationship. The time requirement for a Big Brother or a Big Sister is to spend somewhere between one to four hours per week with their Little Brother/Sister.
Most of these children are between the ages of six and seventeen, and primarily come from single parent households. Our program provides these kids with a positive role model for encouragement, friendship, social skills development, and academic achievement through one-to-one mentoring. Mentors help these children grow up to be positive, productive adults.
Family Service Center of Galveston County, Texas
William Buffum, PhD, ACSW
Phone: (409) 762-8636
Depressed? Stressed? Troubled? The Family Service Center offers counseling services to individuals, couples, and families for almost any concern. The Center employs licensed mental health professionals in locations on the Island and in Texas City. The Island location is convenient to the UTMB campus at Market Street and 22nd. Many insurance policies are accepted and fees can be adjusted based on ability to pay. FSCG is a nonprofit agency funded in part by the United Way, Galveston County, and area foundations. We are here for you! .