H.E.A.R.T. is social Entrepreneurship at its best.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program was created by Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.


H.E.A.R.T. has provided job training and placement in concessions stands at high-profile venues including the Toyota Center...


Trainees at H.E.A.R.T. operate and maintain over 80 vending machines throughout the Houston area...


H.E.A.R.T. is offering a 4-week summer internship opportunity for special needs individuals ages 15 to 22...


H.E.A.R.T. is offering a 4-week summer internship opportunity for special needs individuals ages 14 to 22...


The H.E.A.R.T. Program has a team of drivers that allow transportation for eligible trainees to and from the job sites where....

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16th Annual “Have a H.E.A.R.T.” Luncheon: PDF

About Us

The H.E.A.R.T. Program (Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training) was founded to create new opportunities for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to achieve their potential. Click here to view an 7-minute video from our Founder Jane Borochoff. Our philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment. We therefore embraces its mission to promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.

As a program of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc., The H.E.A.R.T. Program has been able to grow from an initial idea to a flourishing program serving hundreds of people since it opened its doors on February 1, 2006. We have provided job training and placement for hundreds of adults with I/DD. Our trainees also operate over 60 vending machines in the Houston area as well as as over 150 concession events annually. In addition, we provide the training and guidance necessary for trainees to work at all of these enterprises and earn paychecks at minimum wage or higher.

H.E.A.R.T. is making a difference in the community, and people are noticing and has been awarded the “Mayor’s Proud Partner” Award.  In 2012, We were honored with the “Leadership in Action” Award, presented by Leadership Houston. Our mission is made possible thanks to growing support from the community including  support from volunteers as well as donations.  The H.E.A.R.T. Program has created an environment fosters self-confidence, employability, and the ability of trainees to realize the full potential of their capabilities.

H.E.A.R.T.’s trainees work hard, and they love what they do.