Health and Medical Support Organizations

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Nonprofits focusing on medical and mental conditions

The AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas Inc.
707 23rd St.
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-2437

"The ACCT provides Case Management, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing, Financial Assistance, Client Transportation, Counseling Services, HIV Insurance Assistance Program, Support Groups, Prescription Co-Pay Assistance, On-Site HIV Testing, and Substance Abuse Counseling."

Alzheimer's Association: Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter
Galveston office
UTMB Rm. 6.108 Rebecca Sealy Bldg.
Galveston, TX 77555-0460
(713) 314-1313 or (800) 272-3900

"The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health."

American Cancer Society
Houston office
6301 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
(800) 227-2345
(713) 266-2877

"Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Your American Cancer Society is in your corner around the clock to help you stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back. We help you take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage. We're in your corner around the clock to help you through every step of your cancer experience. We fund and conduct research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer. We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight." The website also has links to learn about cancer and treatments, tips on staying healthy, exploring the current research, and more.

American Diabetes Association
Houston branch
2400 Augusta Drive
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-6277

"The American Diabetes Association Houston Office is committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease." The website has information on diabetes and how to live with it, food and fitness tips, local events for advocacy and fundraising, and research and practice on diabetes.

American Heart Association
10060 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77054
(800) 242-8721 or (888) 474-8483
(713) 610-5000

"Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We're building healthier lives where you live and work and making your community healthier by advocating for key health issues. We train millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educate healthcare providers every day. Find out more through our online tools: Go Red for Women; Power to End Stroke; Start! Program; Youth Programs; HeartHub (our online patient portal) for information, tools, and resources."

Autism Society of America
Local chapter location TBA
(409) 925-1869 or (800) 328-8476

"The Autism Society is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. The Autism Society is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The Autism Society accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of affiliates, members and supporters. The society is proactively informing, influencing, guiding and developing public policy at the federal, state and local levels in collaboration with the greater disability community, advocating for multi-disciplined approaches to autism research, and advocating for inclusion, participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

"The society is also maintaining an authoritative body of autism information and knowledge and supporting proactive community outreach and education. Finally, the society is also translating research results into applied practice in everyday lives and identifying and promoting research that will improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families."

Avondale House
3737 O'Meara Drive
Houston, TX 77078
(713) 993-9544

"Avondale House was founded in 1976 to provide a source of respite, residential, educational, and family support services to individuals with autism and their families in the thirteen-county Houston/Galveston region. Avondale House is one of the few resources in Texas to offer an array of services for children and young adults most severely impacted by autism. We operate a year-round day school.

"We also have a smaller day habilitation program for young adults, where clients receive training in daily living skills and pre-vocational activities. The agency also operates three residential group homes in southwest Houston for our clients who are unable to live in their own homes. Additionally, Avondale House offers a community education and outreach program for parents, families, and professionals raising and working with individuals with autism, and ancillary or a la carte services for individuals who may not be enrolled in our other programs."

CanCare Inc.
9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 428
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-0028

Offers free one-on-one emotional support by a trained volunteer who is a cancer survivor or a family member of a cancer survivor. The volunteers are matched with referrals according to cancer site, age, and gender.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston
2314 North Grand Blvd.
Pearland, TX 77581
(713) 600-1131 or (800) 273-8255

Offers support groups for people suffering from depression and bipolar disorder. The nearest support group meets on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at the Krist Samaritan Counseling Center Retreat Room located at 17555 El Camino Real, Houston, Texas 77058.

Galveston County Teen Parenting Coalition
(409) 766-5858

"The Coalition will promote pregnancy prevention activities and programs, provide resources to groups and individuals who work with pregnant and parenting teens, promote an inter-agency approach to the delivery of services to both pregnant and parenting teens, identify the gaps in available services existing in Galveston County, collect data to determine the need for future services, assist teen mothers & fathers in school to obtain marketable skills for job readiness upon their completion of high school, and provide a mechanism for continued support base."

Gulf Parkinson's Source
(409) 539-8398

"We offer support for people with Parkinson's Disease, their families and caregivers through Gulf Parkinson's Source. We meet twice a month on the first and third Thursdays, except in December. Our meetings are free. You can review upcoming topics and meeting details on our Calendar of Events." The meetings take place at First United Methodist Church in Dickinson, located at 200 F.M. 517 West.

Hope in Volumes
7400 Jones Drive
Galveston, TX 77551
(601) 826-0526

Hope in Volumes provides support to individuals with HIV and AIDS and can direct you to the help you need. The non-profit organization also provides awareness to the community on HIV and AIDS.

The Living Bank International
(713) 961-9431 or (800) 528-2971

"Living Bank International is raising awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors through public education and advocacy, for donors and their families."

Lupus Foundation of America — Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 700
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 529-0126

"The Lupus Foundation of America Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus, while providing caring support of those who suffer from its brutal impact." The website has information on research, ways of finding local doctors, local support groups, events, and more.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
2900 Wesleyan #375
Houston, TX 77027
(800) 572-1717
(713) 522-8561

"The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement."

The website has links to learn more about muscles diseases, the other services that the organization provides (such as summer camps and equipment assistance), and the research that is being conducted on finding treatments and cures.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) — Gulf Coast
(888) 554-2264

Galveston office
123 Rosenberg Suite 6 (Shearn Moody Plaza)
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-4328

Alvin office
2206 N. Gordon St.
Alvin, TX 77511
(281) 585-3100

"NAMI Gulf Coast does not provide medical services, but we do offer support, education, and shared information at our monthly meetings and through the national headquarters, and the state organization, NAMI-Texas. What we provide: assurance that we are not alone and are not to blame; self-help by sharing common problems, mutual encouragement and practical advice; information about existing mental health care, sources of help in crisis, community services, and available financial aid; knowledge about causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness; education to overcome stigmas associated with mental illness and to secure a place in society for people with this illness; and advocacy."

Other helpful medical, mental, and educational organizations

Alcoholics Anonymous
4800 W. 34th Street Suite C-5
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 686-6300 hotline (713) 683-9277 office

"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership." The website has a meeting locator, resources and links, and upcoming events.

Bay Area Recovery Center
(281) 924-9846 or (866) 965-3277

Dickinson office
4316 Washington
Dickinson, TX 77539

Webster outpatient facility
506 West NASA Parkway
Webster, TX 77598

"Bay Area Recovery Center is a residential and extended care facility that has provided relief from and treatment for chemical dependency."

Boys & Girls Clubs of Galveston County
4420 Avenue P
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-2227

"Boys & Girls Clubs deliver evidence-based programs that engage youth in diverse activities to help them achieve the following three priority outcomes: Academic success (homework assistance and tutoring, becoming technologically savvy, post-secondary education and career preparation), healthy lifestyles (developing healthy eating habits, maintaining active lifestyles …), good character and citizenship (mentors, teen leadership clubs, community involvement groups."

Child Advocacy Center of Galveston County
5710 Avenue S 1/2
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 741-6000

"The Center works with children that are victims of child abuse, and their families, and it provides interviews conducted by a specially trained professional, thus, reducing the number of times the child victim must relate the incident. Interviews are conducted in a child-friendly setting.

"The center also provides coordination of medical evaluations, weekly meetings between all agencies to maximize the investigative process and provide timely intervention and disposition, crisis therapy for child victims and non-offending family members in the midst of disclosure of abuse, a Family Advocate/Victim Services Program, central information and referral source for families throughout the life of the case, assistance with a Crime Victim Compensation application and procedure, and training and education for professionals and the community."

Communities in Schools Program
2201 Market Street, Suite 715
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 765-5395

"Communities in Schools is a student drop-out prevention program that provides ongoing education support for students."

Early Child Intervention (ECI) Services
304 Tanglewood
Dickinson, TX 77539
(281) 534-6755 office
(800) 628-5115 Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

"ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI provides evaluations and assessments at no cost to families, to determine eligibility and need for services. The amount a family pays for ECI services is determined using a sliding fee scale and is based on family size and income after allowable deductions. No child and family will be turned away because of an inability to pay."

Gulf Coast Big Brothers and Big Sisters
1413 Tremont (23rd St.)
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-4638

"Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest one-to-one mentoring organization in the country. Our mission: to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with measurable impact."

Houston Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous
(713) 661-4200

"Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular dug or combination of drugs used. There are no dues or fees for membership. NA provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together." The website offers links to find local meetings and events.

Innovative Alternatives
1335 Regents Park Dr., Suite 240
Houston,TX 77058
(713) 222-2525

Innovative Alternatives provides family, individuals, and group counseling. Problems addressed include: chronic mental illness (mood or personality disorders), trauma, stage of life issues, career and retirement issues, chronic and terminal illness, long-term disability, job loss, school conduct problems, and anger management skills. They also offer mediation for families, workplaces, schools, and churches, programs for schools (Prevention of Violence Operation Bully-Proofing), and employability training.

Mainland Center Head Start
(409) 762-9019

Early childhood learning center
100 Lake Road
La Marque, TX 77568

Register with the Galveston County Community Action Council
4700 Broadway Suite C109
P. O. Box 3206
Galveston, TX 77552

"Mainland Head Start is a program offered by the Galveston County Community Action Council. This program provides low-income and developmentally delayed preschool children with educational services, child care services, mental health services, disability service, and family services. Must meet age and income requirements."

Mark Kilroy Foundation/Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE)
(409) 925-7771

"SAFE is a community based, drug education/prevention program for youth and families. The Mark Kilroy Foundation partners with schools, organizations, and private donors to provide SAFE program services to the community year-round."

Pathway to Recovery
(888) 300-3697

Men's drug and alcohol rehab
2119 Oak St.
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 933-4366

Women's drug and alcohol rehab
1224 Linton Dr.
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 933-1437

"Pathway To Recovery offers a 12 Step based treatment program. We offer the following services: inpatient, residential; partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and supportive outpatient. The Pathway To Recovery's drug and alcohol treatment program can vary in length of time depending on the severity of the drug addiction or alcoholism.

"On average, our inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program ranges from four to nine weeks and we also offer extended aftercare. If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, call our Admissions Department 24 hours a day for a confidential assessment with one of our Intake Coordinators. Our staff will answer all your questions about our alcohol and drug rehab program, the disease of addiction and its impact on the family."

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
Dickinson office
3315 Gulf Freeway
Dickinson, TX 77539
(713) 514-1105
(800) 230-7526 Planned Parenthood National

"The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education, and advocacy."

The health services provided at Dickinson branch: "reproductive health care for women, men, and teens in a caring confidential and non-judgmental setting, Well-Woman Exams, HPV vaccine for women and men, pap testing, pregnancy testing, menopause services and Hormone Replacement Therapy, UTI treatment, Pregnancy Option information, sexual health education, birth control, emergency contraception, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, and breast exams."

Pregnancy & Parenting Support Center: Crisis Pregnancy Support Center of the Mainland
(409) 945-2888

Main office
602 6th Street North
Texas City, TX 77590

Education center
714 7th Avenue North
Texas City, TX 77590

"Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center cares about you and we care about your baby. Our compassionate volunteers are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to answer your questions and to assist you in making the best decisions for you and for your baby. We have a team of professionals who will work with you during your pregnancy and afterwards. We provide physical and emotional support to young women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies and provide a meaningful support program for women of all ages, ethnicity and spiritual backgrounds. All services are confidential and are provided Free of Charge for women who are pregnant and for mothers, with children under three (3) years of age, whether you decide to parent or place your child in an adoptive home.

"Elizabeth's Place is an Educational Center sponsored by the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center. Moms can attend free pre-natal, parenting and job skills classes. They will earn Baby Bucks for every completed class or activity, then the Baby Bucks can be used to get free diapers, wipes, food and formula, consumable products like lotion, powder, shampoo, baby bath, teething gel. They can also use your points to get free infant furnishings like cribs, car seats, playpens, swings, diaper bags, crib linens and infant clothing and shoes. Any woman who is pregnant, or who has a child under three years old can participate in our program to get these products. We can also provide pregnancy tests, and if the test is positive, we will prepare a report of pregnancy (necessary for enrollment in county or state pre-natal medical care.) All services at the Pregnancy Center and at Elizabeth's Place are free and confidential."

Shiloh Treatment Center
3926 Bahler Avenue
Manvel, TX 77578
(281) 489-1290

"Shiloh Treatment Center specializes in providing treatment services for children and youth with behavioral and emotional problems that pose a danger to themselves and others. These children and youth are often described as difficult to manage, out of control, hyperactive, violent and rebellious. Their problems may include: disruptive behavior, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, developmental disorder, conduct disorder, eating disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and depression. Our services include residential treatment services, day treatment services, educational services, diagnostic assessments, emergency admission, individualized service plans, psychiatric care, behavior management, individual and group counseling, chemical dependency counseling, family therapy, speech therapy, life skills training, and outpatient counseling."

Student Depression and Suicide Guidebook
Learnpsychology.org

This online guide contains information about depression and its effects and provides advice for those experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. The guide includes: a Q&A with psychiatry expert, Dr. Schlozman, an overview of the connection between mental health, depression and suicide, warning signs of suicide and advice for students who are experiencing or know someone who is displaying these signs, and help and resources for students struggling with depression.

Sunshine Center
1726 21st St.
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-5029

"Sunshine is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1953 that provides essential services to an often overlooked, but very deserving segment of our community, individuals with developmental disabilities. Sunshine strives to me the developing needs of our growing client population by providing quality innovative programming with a professional, committed and compassionate staff in a safe and secure environment.

"Sunshine's programming includes Day Habilitation, Community Support and Supportive Employment. Sunshine's staff works with our clients using a horticulture model, a ceramics project, a non-traditional learning center enabling them to master additional skills, such as decision-making, punctuality, problem solving, following multiple instructions, and working individually on a project or as part of a team."