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The Woodlands - TEAM Abilities, an organization serving special needs adults through Day Habilitation programs and Group Home care, has adopted a park within The Woodlands Township.

The project began several years ago when TEAM Abilities’ special needs adult clients, called TEAM Members, began visiting various parks within the Township to assist in maintaining cleanliness. Within a year they had chosen Bear Branch Park as the park they most loved visiting. The organization approached the Township and the commitment became formal with signage at the park entrance designating TEAM Abilities as their Adopt-A-Path partner.

“Everyone loves to feel needed and our Team Members are no different,” Rachel Jelks said, Executive Director for TEAM Abilities. “Our Team Members love being helpful and have a blast wearing their safety vests and utilizing their grabbers for their litter control project. After their work is complete we all enjoy a nice picnic at the park.”

TEAM is an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More and the agency believes that Team Members with a disability should be able to live, work and play in their community. By doing so, members develop a heightened sense of leadership, empowerment and support.

For more information on TEAM Abilities go to www.MyTeamAbilities.com or call 832-965-5549. TEAM Abilities is an HCS & TxHml Provider. Services offered are Day Habilitation, After-School programs, Group Home Care and Respite Services. The agency has two locations for Day Habilitation and seven group homes in Montgomery County.

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Tomorrow Energy launched in major deregulated energy markets this week, adopting its new core mission of becoming the leading renewable energy company in US retail energy markets.  “This mission may seem ambitious, given that we are a fraction of the size of the current green energy Goliath,” Paul Keene said, Tomorrow Energy’s CEO.  “But Tomorrow Energy has a sling shot.”

 

Tomorrow Energy’s launch may have taken place this week, but the business has been busy building the core foundations for growth for quite some time. Almost two years ago, Tomorrow Energy’s predecessor business relocated to Houston from Las Vegas, and hired Keene to revamp the business strategy and grow the business. He got to work quickly, recruiting a leadership team with deep industry expertise from the industry’s largest competitors. This team shared a desire to set the business on a new mission, incorporating what they liked from their prior employers, but leaving behind the things they didn’t.  

 

The result has been a culture that, in Keene’s view, is critical to Tomorrow Energy’s success.  “Management guru Peter Drucker once said that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ and this is something that we live by. It’s not to say that strategy is not important, because getting the strategy right is critical. But it’s hard to get the strategy right if you don’t have a culture that shuns bureaucracy and fosters debate and innovation.” The approach has paid off, with business growth approaching 50% over the last 18 months.

 

The push into renewable energy was identified early on in the company’s transformation. “We were conducting market research and listening to our customers to learn what they wanted in a retail energy company. The trend was clear—not just in retail energy, but across multiple  categories of consumer businesses,” Keene said. “Customers were not just interested in ‘transacting’; they were interested in how the companies they support impact the world. But it wasn’t just our customers who were interested in this—we were too. We all want to go home from a hard day’s work and feel like we are making a positive impact in the world. That is what Tomorrow Energy, and our mission-based focus, is all about.”

 

Tomorrow Energy aims to create positive impact in the world starting at home by giving customers more clean energy choices and using our efforts toward good by being active stewards in local communities. They can be reached by going to www.TomorrowEnergy.com. Media contact is Donna Wick / DW Omnimedia at 832-790-2879.

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TEAM Abilities Awards Two Employees of the Year
 
Recently TEAM Abilities recognized two employees with Employee of the Year awards. Janey Oommen and Keesha Grizzley were nominated by their peers and recognized by the agency for outstanding commitment.
 
"All of our employees go above and beyond on a daily basis," Rachel Jelks said, Executive Director of TEAM Abilities. "Janey and Keesha are take-charge employees in a very demanding work space."
 
TEAM Abilities is an HCS and TxHml provider serving special needs adults through Day Habilitation and Group Home Care programs. TEAM is an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More. The agency has two locations in Houston and The Woodlands and can be reached by going to www.MyTeamAbilities.com or by calling 832-965-5549.
 
Pictured from left to right: Tiffany Batiste, Director of Operations; Keesha Grizzley, Supervisor; Rachel Jelks, Executive Director; Janey Oommen, Supervisor; and Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Administrator.
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HARRIS/MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Recently TEAM Abilities, an organization dedicated to special needs young adults, chose their annual Prom King and Queen. The event themed “Under The Sea” was held at the Montgomery County Community Center in The Woodlands. Prom King, Thomas, and Prom Queen, Isabella, were crowned after their peers voted for them during the evening. TEAM Abilities serves special needs young adults through Day Habitation and Group Home Care in Montgomery and Harris County. For more information, go to www.MyTeamAbilities.com or call 832-965-5549. TEAM is an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More.

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Young Girls live out a Disney Dream experience on Boutique Day

Giving Gown Foundation urges local high-school teens to register for Prom Dress Giveaway

HARRIS / MONTGOMERY COUNTY - The scene could be the basis of an upcoming Disney movie sans the animated bluebirds, but having the same steadfast attention and care to all that enter the Giving Gown doors. Teen girls, who have pre-registered for the event, will be able to waltz into the well-designed “boutique” to choose their Prom dress and all the trimmings, and yes…along with their very own Fairy Godmother, from among the 8,000 dresses available making it possible for them to attend Prom in style – all free of charge.

The vision of the Giving Gown Foundation, which was founded in 2007, began as an outreach to just under 100 girls has now grown to an annual four day event to approximately 1,400. To date, thousands of high school students in the Houston and surrounding area have benefited from the organization.

“Although we love dresses at Giving Gown, we love these girls more,” Cassie Miller, the President of The Giving Gown Foundation said. “The heart of this organization is about so much more than a dress. At the core of Giving Gown is a group of women who believe every teenage girl deserves to feel loved and celebrated just for being who she is—no strings attached. We realize that different life experiences often make it difficult for a family to afford the extras. Giving Gown is here to help so that every young woman may have the opportunity to realize such an overwhelmingly positive experience that builds confidence and self-esteem.”

On Boutique Day, each young lady, the Princess, is paired with a fairy godmother. The Princess is then whisked away to choose a gown, shoes and jewelry for her special day. Giving Gown even has seamstresses on hand to help with alterations providing that extra stitch to make her gown fit just right. Giving Gown also provides a lovely lunch for the Princesses and guests in their Boutique Day Café. The most important aspect of the event is the Empowerment Workshop where girls learn about real beauty.

“These precious girls come for a dress but leave with so much more,” Miller said. “We believe in empowering girls, one dress at a time. Everyone leaves ‘lifted’ and not just the young women who leave having found the perfect dress, but also the volunteers, seamstresses and anyone involved with the Giving Gown Boutique day. The experience is life-changing.”

For more information on Boutique Day, the Giving Gown Foundation and how to register, go to www.givinggown.org. The Giving Gown Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 community service organization. The Giving Gown Foundation collects donations of new and like-new formal gowns and accessories and provides them FREE of charge to high school girls who would otherwise be unable to attend their formal events. Sponsors include: Tide Dry Cleaners, Strike Energy, H-E-B, Fairway Mortgage Group, and Junior League of The Woodlands.