The community surrounding Lone Star College is vast and supports many services that may be beneficial to you as a student. Please look through the list below that has been compiled by the Navigator team. If you do not find the resource that you are searching for, please contact us at LSC-Navigators@lonestar.edu so that we can assist in finding information that will best suite your need.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, and prevention programs.
The vision of Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) is to improve outcomes for youth who have been in foster care after emancipation from the child welfare system. FCAA connects alumni with one another to advocate for policy change and the continuous improvement of foster care practices. Services include Alumni Reunions, Policy and Advocacy, Networking, Training.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.
At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are cherished. We understand that breaking the cycle of child abuse means more than removing children from harmful situations and providing clothing, food and shelter. Because when the cycle is broken, it means children get to live every moment of every day with every inch of their whole hearts. So you’ve got to help children heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Upbring does this. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. We have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services, but shape the way Texas treats children. We have Faith in Every Future.
Superior HealthPlan proudly offers STAR Health, a Medicaid managed care program serving children and youth in foster care. Superior is the only health plan to offer STAR Health and covers children and youth in foster care in all 254 counties in Texas.
On the Road Lending is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013 that provides vehicle selection assistance and long-term financial mentoring to address a little understood, but substantial problem—providing a way for low-income individuals and families to overcome transportation barriers so they can get to work, lead healthier lives, and avoid predatory lending. We help people improve their credit and purchase fuel-efficient, reliable cars, financing them through our sister private-equity loan fund with a low-cost loan.
The Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program was implemented in 1986 to ensure that older youth in substitute care are prepared for their inevitable departure from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ care and support. At any given time, there are about 3,500 youth 16 years of age and older in substitute care. PAL program staff strive to provide each of these youth with skills and resources they will need to be healthy, productive adults.
2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. 2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Search by Topic or Need.
Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court appointed volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. We speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.
Covenant House Texas provides uniquely extensive care to homeless and abandoned youth. Since 1983, our homeless shelter in Houston has offered crisis care, prevention, counseling, training, and more to young adults in need. The services available at the Covenant House Houston homeless shelter provide children with a strong foundation of resources and emotional support. By attending to basic needs and building a long-term program of care, Covenant House Texas intends to restore childhood for abandoned and at-risk youth, and help them to set their lives on a track that’s right for them.
The HAY Center, a program of Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults, a public/private partnership, provides much needed services to foster youth transitioning to adulthood in our community. Our employment, education, housing, mental health and life skills programs empower current and former foster youth to be successful productive adults.
Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a Christian provider of child welfare and education services for abused and neglected children and families in crisis. Through the engagement of both government and the local church, Arrow provides an array of services including foster care, adoption, child sex trafficking rehabilitation and specialized education. All programs and services advance the well-being of children, families and communities while promoting Christian responsibility and a commitment to strengthen family life.
Located at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77090, Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas including food, shelter, health, education, safety and financial education.
Cypress Assistance Ministries is a faith-based organization that serves individuals and families in financial crisis, those on the brink of homelessness, the elderly, the unemployed and anyone that needs hope for a better future. Our goal is to restore our neighbors, regardless of religious or ethnic background, to self-sufficiency.
TEAM helps low-income families in the Tomball area who are in need of food, clothing, and short-term assistance.
HAAM provides assistance in areas including food, shelter, health, education, safety and financial education.
Programs include the summer feeding program, produce rescue center, nutrition education program, buddy backpack program, food fair program, school pantry program, care and share program “meals on wheels”, and the mobile pantry program.
The Montgomery County Women’s Center has been committed for many years to providing a resale shop, 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking.
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA. CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County provides valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
Angel Reach is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works with youth who have aged out of the foster care system and/or who are homeless between the ages of 16-24.
Grace Manor is a Foster Care and Adoption Agency with more than 12 years of experience. We recruit and train foster and adoptive families so they can care for children who have been removed from their biological homes due to abuse or neglect. At our agency, we are dedicated to giving every child the best chance at a successful future. Every child deserves a home, and it is our mission to ensure that children have a safe place to stay while they receive services to help them heal and prepare for permanent placement. As a licensed foster care agency and a licensed adoption agency, Grace Manor is prepared to serve families and children from initial placement in foster care to being united as forever families through reunification, relative placement or adoption. We are licensed to certify foster, foster to adopt, and adoptive families. The certification process includes training for foster/adoptive families to help them take care of children who have been removed from their biological homes temporarily or permanently. Though our families and staff, we help prepare children for reunification with their biological parents, adoption, independent living or long-term foster care. Grace Manor serves children ages 0-22.