Lauren Black, EdD
Our Mission: Reach Unlimited is dedicated to providing quality support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our Vision: Reach Unlimited, Inc. will create a sustainable, secure environment where people with developmental disabilities may become all they are created to be.
The Plan: With the completion of Phase One of the Learning Activity Center (LAC), the agency offers the most comprehensive programs and services for people with intellectual and development disabilities in the greater Houston northwest. These programs and services include:
- Center for life-long learning
- Center for vocational development
- Supported employment
- Home and community-based services
- Community service
- Personal development
- Recreation and fitness
More space is needed to expand our programs and service more clients. Once funding is secured, construction on Phase Two of the Learning Activity Center will add 49,168 sq. ft. to the center. In addition to ten new classrooms, the plans include a large multi-purpose room for recreational activities, a commercial kitchen and dining area, and space for our administrative offices. A comprehensive indoor/outdoor recreation center and retirement home are also part of our long-range plan.
In 1983, a group of parents of young adults with disabilities joined forces. These visionaries founded Reach on the belief that all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have the capacity for growth and development based on their own unique combination of abilities. They wanted to create a place where their adult children could go to live, learn and earn. A safe and secure place that encouraged independence and personal development. A place that would be there for their child when they were no longer here. What began as a couple of group homes and a handful of clients has grown into a $9.0M agency that serves more than 300 clients.
Today, Reach operates 22 group homes located from Tomball to Spring Branch. The Learning Activity Center opened in 2005. It was built with $2.2M in donated funds. This center provides life-long learning in a school setting. The comprehensive curriculum addresses life-skills, functional academics, art, music, fitness, technology-based learning, community service, pre-vocation and vocational training, and supported employment.
A certified Home and Community-Based Service (HCS) provider, Reach provides a wide range of services to people who live at home, with guardians, and in group home settings. There is a job for every client who is able to work. Some work in area businesses, others do contract work at the LAC, and everyone is given the opportunity to earn a paycheck creating art glass gift items in the Enterprise Program.