Houston Junior Forum helps fund summer program

The Houston Junior Forum presented a grant of $5,000 to The Arc of Katy this month to help fund our 2020 summer programs for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On June 15, The Arc of Katy launches a re-designed summer program in line with current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. A limited number of participants and staff will meet in small groups Monday through Friday at The Arc of Katy program facility. Also, The Arc of Katy instructors are making available a new online curriculum on Tuesdays and Thursdays for program participants not able to join in person.

“The Houston Junior Forum has generously supported our summer programs in recent years; and we greatly appreciate their grant in 2020 because, as we reopen our facility to participants this summer, we are experiencing higher cost and greatly reduced revenue,” said Fred Shafer, president of The Arc of Katy. “The grant from the Houston Junior Forum helps us kick off a June 2020 fund-raising campaign in which we hope to raise at least $30,000 this month to help cover program costs as we cancel our annual gala, the linchpin of our fundraising programs, consistent with our community’s efforts to limit spread of COVID-19.”

The Houston Junior Forum is a non-profit women’s organization open to all women age 21+ who share a strong desire to make a difference for others through community service. The group of about 400 members provides services for more than 16 non-profit organizations. Some of its funding comes from sale of goods at the HJF Resale Shop located at 1815 Rutland Street in The Heights area of Houston as well as an annual fund-raiser event known as Conversations From The Heart.