NONPROFIT | august 2011

Family Services of Greater Houston





From widespread epidemic diseases of yesteryear to never-ceasing social services, this 107-year-old family and community focused, United Way agency remains at the forefront in providing needed assistance to individuals and families as they aim toward self-sufficiency.


Family Services of Greater Houston, 501(c)(3) nonprofit to “help people help themselves” – or, alternatively, “help others increase their self-sufficiency.”  Since its founding, Family Services has reshaped its services to match the needs of an expanding population, servicing mostly low-income children, families and adults of all ages and ethnicities throughout the Greater Houston area. Among the agency’s first community programs was counseling services for people with psychological problems or chronic illnesses, which would later evolve into family case work, inclusive of the new concept of family counseling, which continues as a core service of the agency today.


Today, services are provided throughout a 13-county region in over 40 schools and 18 community sites, to be more accessible to the needs of those living outside of Houston. In 2010, Family Services serviced 77,000 individuals with counseling and in the following areas:●Substance-Abuse Prevention and Education, facilitating programs that support good decision-making behaviors and attitudes;●School-based Services, helping children and families resolve crises pertaining to adolescence;●Parent Resources, edifying parental skills to develop healthy relationships;●Marriage Education, providing teens and adults with competencies necessary to understand relationship commitment, as well as maintain and sustain healthy marriages;●


Ways to Work, servicing single parents with low-interest, affordable car loans;●Case Management, supporting families dealing with life challenges resulting from economic hardships, health issues and/or other barriers; and●Financial Education, providing families instruction regarding skills necessary to set financial goals and achieve financial stability.


Nyla K. Woods, the current President & Chief Executive Officer, describes Family Services: “Family Services is one of Houston’s oldest social service agencies. As the city has evolved over the century, so has Family Services of Greater Houston in order to meet the needs of our community. Through a variety of programs, we are committed to providing children and families with the tools and skills necessary to improve their lives and become productive members of our community.”


Special events have proven instrumental in providing funding for programs and raising awareness of Family Services. Since 2005, Family Services has largely benefitted from Una Notte in Italia (i.e., “A Night in Italy”), a star-studded affair highlighting an all-male fashion show featuring some of Houston’s notable celebrities.











Family Services of Greater Houston Central Office


4625 Lillian St. | Houston, TX 77007 | To make an appointment:  713.861.4849 |




Save the Date!




Una Notte in Italia2011 Festari for Men Celebrity Fashion ShowNovember 4, 2011Omni Houston HotelMelissa Mithoff and Elizabeth Petersen, ChairmenRudy and Debbie Festari, Honorary Chairmen








By Susan M. Bynam