Better Business Bureau Report for
The Center Serving Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: The Center Serving Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Address: 3550 West Dallas
  Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-525-8400
Web Address:
Also known as:The Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation

Year, State Incorporated: 1950, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide opportunities that promote individual choice, personal growth, and community involvement for persons with mental retardation and those needing similar services, so they may achieve their maximum potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Center Serving Persons with Developmental Disabilities meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation supports adults with Developmental Disabilities in the greater Houston, Texas area. The Center offers an array of programs including education, vocational training and job placement services, three different residential options representing both urban and rural living environments, special programs designed to meet the needs of older adults, and a variety of therapeutic support services. The Center’s two locations, Cullen Residence Hall and Willow River Farms, require the support of 296 employees and more than 250 volunteers to respond to the needs of their clients and the people they serve. These resources enable over 700 mentally retarded individuals to build skills and remain active in the community.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, The Center Serving Persons with Developmental Disabilities's program expenses were:

Cullen residence hall 4,826,000
Willow river farms 3,271,000
Home and community service 1,882,000
Adult activity center 1,663,000
Work Center Caning COH grants 1,620,000
CRI federal commercial 458,000
Program services 178,000
Health services 95,000
Facilities -1,000
Total Program Expenses: $13,992,000
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Chief Executive : Eva Aguirre, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: William Coorsh
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Sr. Advisor, Triad Trading Fund, LP

Board Size: 37

Paid Staff Size: 269

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


Method(s) Used:

The Center funds its programs with tuition and fee revenue, government and commercial contracts, contributions from United Way, and financial support from the Foundation for the Retarded.
The Foundation for the Retarded, a supporting organization, raises funds exclusively for The Center. The Foundation raises funds through mail campaigns, personal visits, self-conducted events/dinners, events/dinners conducted by others, commercial activities, capital campaigns, memberships, foundation and/or corporate grants, car donations, and government grants/contracts.
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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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Source of Funds  
Contract service fee and tuition revenues 11,037,000
United Way allocation 1,335,000
Contributions 1,275,000
Special events 405,000
Other income 188,000
Net revenue - Work Center 168,000
LifeCare services 115,000
Net unrealized gain on 109,000
Investment income 94,000
Net realized gain on sale of marketable securities 5,000
Total Income $14,731,000


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 2%  Other Expenses: 8%

Total income $14,731,000
Program expenses $13,992,000
Fund raising expenses 170,000
Administrative expenses 257,000
Other Expenses 1,253,000
Total expenses $15,672,000
Expenses in Excess of Income (941,000)
Beginning net assets 8,906,000
Ending net assets 7,965,000
Total liabilities 10,871,000
Total assets $18,836,000

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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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