Texana Center is thrilled to announce that The Fondren Foundation recently made a leadership gift of $150,000 to the Forward Together Capital Campaign. This gift will help Texana Center with construction of the first phase of the new regional center that will serve teens and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities in the Fulshear/Katy Area. The new campus will expand Texana’s successful Children’s Center for Autism to a permanent third location, which will further reduce the number of children on the waiting list. Texana’s new Center for Advancement will create innovative and replicable educational programming that will allow teens and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities to obtain competitive employment in the fields of their choice.
George Patterson, Texana Center CEO, said, “This support could not come at a better time. With this generous gift, Texana Center has less than $75,000 left to raise for Phase I of the campaign. Excitement in the community is building as we approach our goal. Realizing this vision is the perfect 20th anniversary gift for Texana. We are so grateful to The Fondren Foundation for their generosity.”
Once Phase I is complete, the entire community will be able to get involved and support the vision by shopping at Texana Bistro & Boutique, which will occupy the front portion of the building. This new coffee bar, lunch counter, and gift shop will offer teens and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities hands-on experience as they train for community employment. All items sold in the gift shop will be made by individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. Thanks to The Fondren Foundation, Texana Center is much closer to launching these innovative programs to serve the community.
Those interested in leaving their own legacy in Fulshear can do so by purchasing a recognition brick at www.thatsmybrick.com/texanacenter.