During 2005, Dr. Curtis Mooney, President and CEO of DePelchin Children’s Center, directed Nancy Kinder’s attention to Harris County Protective Services’ efforts to build a new Youth Services Center. After looking over plans for the facility, the Kinder Foundation donated $500,000 toward a new youth shelter.
Officially opened in March 2006, the Kinder Emergency Shelter is an emergency residential facility that provides short-term care to children ages 12-17 who need shelter and care due to abuse, neglect or severe family conflict that prevents the youth from being safely reunited with their family. These youngsters stay at the shelter until they can be safely returned home or to another long-term placement. During 2014, 321 youths were placed in the 24 bed shelter by caseworkers from DFPS/CPS, CYS, Systems of Hope and the TRIAD Prevention Program. To reach the shelter, please call 713-295-2700 or Harris County Protective Services at 713-394-4000.hc-ps.org