Choosing Momentum from The Center’s vocational programs allows Houston area businesses to “Go Local” and “Do Good.” Each contract awarded to The Center provides a learning opportunity for individuals who benefit from the encouragement of the work to continue on the steps toward an independent life.
You can choose from local landscaping, woven furniture restoration, custom-made craft items, or contracting ongoing light industrial and repacking work. Choosing Momentum does more than save you time and money–choosing Momentum may actually change a life!
Momentum at The Center is a multi-tiered vocational training program provided to over 250 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), offering pre-vocational, vocational, and employment training based on the individual needs and personal goals of the participants. Individualized training prepares many trainees for community-based employment with companies like Kroger’s and T.J. Maxx, while others find opportunities through The Center’s in-house employment training programs that include: Momentum Industries, Cullen Caners and Center Crafts
The multi-tiered program design allows for individuals to train at their pace, set goals for employment, and acquire valuable skills that contribute to their overall growth and development. The sense of pride and accomplishment felt by program participants does more than prepare them for employment, it prepares them for life by teaching skills that guide their personal choices and promote independence.
The Center Crafts provides opportunities for individuals at Willow River Farms to participate in creative artisan programs. The individuals, with training support from staff, create unique gifts and household items such as woven rugs, clay ornaments, artistic fish, and mosaic beaded items, as well as paper mache piggy banks! Each item is unique and carries the “signature” of the individual craftsman. Our craft products are sold at two retail locations–Galveston, TX at 2201 Postoffice Street (Eibands Emporium) and Round Top Texas–as well as online.
You may order custom creations for special occasions or special gifts!
The Center’s Cullen Caners have been producing fine handmade work for over 30 years, with steady clients including many auction houses and museums within Houston. Your cane, wicker, or rush piece is sure to receive the star treatment from clients in the Caning craft shop.