Texana Center receives $1 million grant from George Foundation for Fulshear campus

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This artist rendering shows the proposed Fulshear campus for Texana Center. The project received a boost recently when The George Foundation awarded it a $1 million grant.

Texana Center’s Forward Together in Fulshear Capital Campaign was given a significant boost from The George Foundation with a grant award of $1 million.

Two years ago Texana Center purchased a 14.5-acre tract of land located in northwest Fort Bend County on FM 359 and Wallis Street in Fulshear following a long and unsuccessful search for an appropriate building to operate an additional campus. The need for services was great, so a decision was made to purchase land for an additional campus. The planned campus will be developed in three phases with the layout taking advantage of the existing oak trees to provide shade and peaceful settings for the programs.

Phase I: Décor & More will have a retail training center with coffee shop that will serve as an incubator to provide training and intern positions for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and will cost $1.5 million to build. The building will have two classrooms to get an early start on programming; one classroom will house Texana’s already established applied behavior analysis autism program and the other will be used for classes for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism where new programs will be piloted for the Center for Learning (Phase III).

Phase II is the $5.5 million building for the Children’s center for Autism, which has been purposefully designed to best meet the needs of that population. The 24,566-square-foot building will have 12 large treatment rooms, two therapeutic integrated preschool rooms, two dining areas, an educational kitchen, an indoor play/physical education area, two group therapy rooms, nine small treatment rooms, 11 therapist and administration offices, and space for a large outdoor therapeutic recreation/playground.

Phase III is the Center for Learning, a new concept which will be housed in a 22,195 square foot facility with an estimated individual cost of $5 million. The Center will have a “learning atmosphere” similar to a community college or vocational school with 10 classrooms, computer room, workshop with shipping and receiving area, adult day program area, storage areas, offices, small educational kitchen, and a large commons area.

George Patterson, CEO said “Texana is very excited to have received this generous grant towards our capital campaign. We are confident that we will be able to leverage this award to find additional community funds so that we can complete the first phase of the campus development. The George Foundation is highly respected in the field of philanthropy and by awarding such a significant grant, they have demonstrated their belief in our mission. This funding will enable us to increase our service capacity for our proven applied behavior analysis program for children with autism. It will also be the catalyst, for what we believe, will be transformational programming for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, helping them to gain the skills they will need to succeed in reaching their fullest potential”.

Texana Center plans to break ground when the final $500,000 has been raised for Phase l.

If you are interested in learning more about the capital campaign or would like to donate please contact: tracey.shaw@texanacenter.com or 281.239.1311.

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