Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Area Parkinson Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Houston Area Parkinson Society
Address: 2700 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 296
  Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-626-7114
Web Address:
Also known as:HAPS
The Houston Area Parkinsonism Society
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1975, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Houston Area Parkinson Society is to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease through services, education and advocacy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Area Parkinson Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Program Summary Houston Area Parkinson Society provides comprehensive services free of charge for families affected by Parkinson’s disease. They include exercise and support groups, social services, case management and referral, transportation to HAPS groups and Parkinson’s related doctor appointments, a monthly newsletter, educational information and programs, and advocacy. HAPS also provides subsidized respite care, which can be critical to chronic disease care management, and emergency financial assistance of up to $500 a year for those in need who qualify. Therapeutic Exercise - Over 34 weekly free therapeutic exercise groups are available in 24 locations throughout eight counties in the Houston metropolitan area. Programs include land and water exercise, tai chi, tango, dance, speech therapy, music therapy and singing under the supervision of licensed occupational, physical, speech and music therapists and professional instructors. Support Groups - HAPS provides 9 different support groups that address issues specific to the various aspects of living with and caring for someone with Parkinson’s including 3 monthly Caregiver groups, 2 monthly Patient groups, a monthly Crossroads group, a monthly Newly Diagnosed group, bi-monthly Young Onset group, and quarterly post Deep Brain Stimulation surgery discussion group facilitated by licensed master's level social workers. Social Services - Licensed master’s level social workers also provide client assessments; information and referral to appropriate resources; individual, family and group consultations; home visits; safety checks; and case management services as needed. Respite Care - HAPS partners with Sheltering Arms Senior Services and Home Instead Senior Care to provide trained aides to assist with activities of daily living providing relief to caregivers exhausted from the physical and emotional demands of caregiving. This assistance is subsidized for those in need on a sliding scale based on household income. Emergency Financial Aid - Emergency financial aid up to $500 a year is available for visits to the neurologists’ appointments, medications, rent, utilities, groceries and durable medical equipment for those who qualify. Transportation - HAPS contracts with the American Red Cross and Harris County RIDES program to provide transportation in wheelchair accessible vans to HAPS group sites and doctor's visits. Education - HAPS provides a monthly newsletter and e-newsletter sent to 2,400 households containing news, current research and helpful information for the Parkinson's community along with educational materials and an informative website. HAPS features an annual Educational Symposium with presentations by expert speakers on the latest in research, treatment of PD and other Parkinson's related topics and HAPS presents an annual Caregivers Conference in collaboration with the VA’s Parkinson Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers in Houston—one of four such centers in the nation. HAPS also offers a Newly Diagnosed Education workshop for recently diagnosed individuals and their families and educational presentations to community organizations, agencies and staff at residential facilities throughout the year. Advocacy – As advocates for the Parkinson community, HAPS works to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease among medical professionals, elected officials, the media and the greater community. In 2013, HAPS made its services available to an estimated 22,000 families affected by Parkinson's throughout the eight-county area it serves in the greater Houston area.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Houston Area Parkinson Society's program expenses were:

Therapeutic services 223,262
Social Services and consultations 220,627
Education and awareness 63,455
Total Program Expenses: $507,344
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Chief Executive : Anne Thobae, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Michael Hendryx - President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Strong Pipkin Bissell Ledyard, L. L. P. - Attorney

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 6

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $682,836, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Houston Area Parkinson Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 605,928
Special Events 118,591
Interest Income 512
Cost of direct benefits provided to donors -41,683
Total Income $683,348


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $683,348
Program expenses $507,344
Fund raising expenses 69,229
Administrative expenses 93,908
Total expenses $670,481
Income in Excess of Expenses 12,867
Beginning net assets 374,105
Ending net assets 386,972
Total liabilities 25,118
Total assets $412,090

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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