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Pizza Training & Employment
In 2012, H.E.A.R.T. was named the exclusive vendor of Papa John’s branded pizza at the new BBVA Compass Stadium...
Concessions Training & Employment
The H.E.A.R.T. Program 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 70 vending machines throughout the Houston area...
Warehouse Training
Warehouse Training occurs as a “first step” before the trainees are enrolled in a community-based training opportunity...
Summer Internship
*Summer 2018* H.E.A.R.T. is offering a 4-week summer internship opportunity for special needs individuals 16 and up…
Classroom Instruction
The H.E.A.R.T. Program has a philosophy of life-long learning. We do not believe that education should end because individuals have aged out of the school system...

  • “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

UHD and H.E.A.R.T. Team Up
To Educate and Employ Adults with I/DD

HGAC Funding Innovative Pilot Project

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and the Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Program have created an initiative to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities rejoin the workforce and continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program was founded in 2006 to create new opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential.  H.E.A.R.T.’s mission is to promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.  H.E.A.R.T.’s philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

The innovative pilot project is being funded by two recently-awarded grants totaling $1.1 million from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC).

UHD’s Center for Public Service and Community Research and H.E.A.R.T. have developed a Continuing Education Certificate Program to help those with I/DD advance their education and gain career-building skills. Program participants will attend on-campus classes, participate in on-campus internships, off-campus externships and a final capstone project prior to graduation. Students will be paired with UHD student mentors, who will provide guidance and support during a three-semester course of study.  The program will accommodate up to 80 students and will begin on Sept. 24.

“We are grateful for this funding from Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and excited about partnering with UHD to offer new opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in our community,” said Jane Borochoff, executive director of H.E.A.R.T. “This partnership will afford individuals the opportunity to not only earn a continuing education certificate from UHD, it will also provide a meaningful workforce experience.”

“This project exemplifies what our Center stands for,” Steven Villano, director of UHD’s Center for Public Service and Community Research, explains, “partnering with the community to initiate and develop collaborative relationships that bring about positive change and facilitates community-based research.”

Applications for the Continuing Education Certificate Program are being accepted now.  For more information about the program, please contact H.E.A.R.T. at 713-692-4278 or email Ross Castillo at rcastillo@heartprogram.org.

Application for Admission doc


Course Descriptions HEART

HEART – Schedule of Classes vers. 5

Selective Service Registration Information


Program Description

Application Instructions and Eligibility Requirements

Title VI Notice

Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc.

Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc operates its program with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability in accordance with applicable laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ORS Chapter 659A.

To request additional information on Ride With HEART’s Title VI non-discrimination requirements, or if any person believes they have been aggrieve by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI or other applicable law and would like to file a complaint, contact us at 713-692-4278 or email rcastillo@heartprogram.org.
For more information visit www.heartprogram.org.

A complaint can also be filed directly with the Federal Transit Administration: Office of Civil Rights, ATTN: Title VI Program coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590.

If information is needed in another language contact rcastillo@heartprogram.org.

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Title VI Complaint Form