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The Heart Program was created by Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.

OUR PROGRAMS

Virtual Emergency Preparedness Series
H.E.A.R.T. is piloting a virtual Emergency Preparedness Series for anyone with an I/DD...
Pizza Training & Employment
Trainees learn the step-by-step process of making Papa John’s Pizza at major venues across the Houston area...
Concessions Training & Employment
H.E.A.R.T. has provided job training and placement in concessions stands at high-profile venues including the Toyota Center...
Vending Machine Training & Employment
Trainees at H.E.A.R.T. operate and maintain over 80 vending machines throughout the Houston area...
Summer Internship
H.E.A.R.T. is offering a 4-week summer internship opportunity for special needs individuals ages 14 to 22...
HEART-CVS
H.E.A.R.T. is offering a 4-week summer internship opportunity for special needs individuals ages 14 to 22...

  • “Thank you for my job.  I work real hard and I have a lot of friends and The HEART Program is the best job ever.”

    - Keith Grant, H.E.A.R.T. Trainee

The H.E.A.R.T. Program is participating in the 2021 Houston Open Birdies for Charity® Program!

What is Birdies for Charity®? 
The Birdies for Charity®, presented by THINK Neurology for Kids is a fundraising program is to give local charities (i.e. H.E.A.R.T.) the opportunity to generate contributions through the Houston Open by soliciting and collecting pledges of one cent or more from the general public and/or corporate donors for every “Birdie” (meaning a score of one stroke less than the declared par of any given hole at a golf course) made by the PGA TOUR players during the Houston Open, November 8-14, 2021.

The Houston Open administers the program, invoices all donors and turns over 100% of all funds collected to each designated charity. The fundraising campaign will launch Wednesday, July 14, 2021 and conclude November 14, 2021. The Houston Open will award the top fifteen charities with the highest total of donations and four randomly drawn charities with an additional bonus.

There are two ways to donate to H.E.A.R.T. via the Birdies for Charity program:

PER BIRDIE DONATION PLEDGE
Make a pledge of one centPer Birdie Donation or more for every “Birdie” made by the PGA Tour Pros during the Houston Open. The minimum birdie pledge is $.01 and the maximum pledge is $1.00. The last day to submit a pledge is Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Last year, 1,221 birdies were made at the Houston Open. For example, if 1,500 birdies are made during the 2021 event, here are the totals for some typical pledge amounts:

  • 1 cent pledge = $15 total pledge
  • 3 cent pledge = $45 total pledge
  • 10 cent pledge = $150 total pledge
  • $1.00 pledge = $1,500 total pledge

Here are the steps to make a Pledge:
  1. Go to houstonopengolf.com/astros-golf-foundation
  2. Select Per Birdie Donation, click continue
  3. Create a username & password, click continue
  4. Fill out your contact information, click continue
  5. Enter your pledge amount, select “Educational Programs Inspiring Communities – DBA HEART” from the drop-down menu, and Guess the number of Birdies to be made at the 2021 Houston Open.
  6. Review your confirmation page, click Logout once you’re done!


FLAT RATE DONATIONS
Make a flat donation NOT tied to birdies. For flat donations, the minimum is $20. The last day to make a flat donation is Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Here are the steps to make a Flat Rate Donation:
  1. Go to houstonopengolf.com/astros-golf-foundation
  2. Select Flat Rate Donation, click continue
  3. Create a username & password, click continue
  4. Fill out your contact information, click continue
  5. Enter your donation amount, select “Educational Programs Inspiring Communities – DBA HEART” from the drop-down menu, and Guess the number of Birdies to be made at the 2021 Houston Open.
  6. Select your payment: Credit Card or Check
  7. Review your confirmation page, click Logout once you’re done!

With your pledge or donation to H.E.A.R.T. through this program, you are eligible to enter the “Guess the Birdie” contest. Guess the total number of birdies that will be made by PGA Tour Pros during the 2021 Houston Open. The individual who guesses the exact number of birdies made at the 2021 Houston Open will receive a chance to win a suite night at a Houston Astros game for the 2022 season! In the case of ties, Tournament Officials will choose the winner by random drawing.

For more information about the Houston Open Birdies for Charity® program, contact ychang@heartprogram.org.

Have you wondered how to get your foot in the door with a job that helps others? We have job openings here at The H.E.A.R.T. Program! Join our dedicated and compassionate team.

All interested candidates: please submit a resume and cover letter to sgeorge@heartprogram.org in order to be considered for the positions.

VTS-Vocational Training Specialist
This position involves cashiering at exciting events such as the Houston Rockets basketball games and making pizzas at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The best part? You are actually helping others in this position by being a role model and a helper for those with special needs who are learning these jobs. In this position, you will be assisting with vending machines and concessions training for adults with special needs, traveling to job sites and supervising their work, assisting with teaching job skills, and providing other duties as needed.

Experience with cashiering, vending machines, and/or concessions will be a plus. This job involves FREQUENT evening, weekend, and holiday work with occasional daytime hours as well. The job is scheduled based on 40 hours per week. The salary is $15/hour + DOE.

Must be able to pass a criminal background check. Must be able to be insured on a driving insurance policy. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening. Must have a high school diploma or GED.


VTS-Vocational Training Specialist (HFB)
This job is based primarily at the Houston Food Bank located at 535 Portwall Street and involves working on vending machines, food preparation, warehouse activities, food pantry, community gardening, and other programs to teach adults with special needs different skills. You will also be assisting with vending machines and concessions training for adults with special needs, traveling to job sites and supervising their work, assisting with teaching job skills, and providing other duties as needed.

Experience with cashiering, vending machines, and/or concessions will be a plus. Experience driving in a professional setting will be a plus. The salary is $15/hour + DOE.

Must be able to pass a criminal background check. Must be able to be insured on a driving insurance policy. Must be between the ages of 25 and 70 with a clean driving record. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening and submit to random drug testing throughout employment. Must have a high school diploma or GED.