Houston Community Services has three staff to help those who walk through their doors. Above are Aisha Gardezy

Houston Community Services has three staff to help those who walk through their doors. Above are Aisha Gardezy

Community Services helps anyone in need

Houston Community Services is about enhancing quality of life in Houston through programs that meet local needs.

Houston Community Services is about enhancing quality of life in Houston.

“We provide support for families, and for anyone really who is in need,” said Coordinator Diane Batley.

“If you don’t know where to go or what to do, come here.”

Funded by local donations and the Ministry of Children and Families, Houston Community Services is a non-profit agency.

They run programs to help people learn life skills, parenting skills, social skills and to how to foster healthy relationships and build self-esteem.

They rent out carseats, do victims services and help people fill out government forms.

Babysitting courses and Beanstalk child care is also part of their programs.

They are actively counselling and providing family support in Houston on an ongoing basis, Batley said, adding that they also refer people to other agencies in town.

Aisha Gardezy, Family Support Worker, says their focus is on providing relevant programs.

“We’re focusing on getting an idea of what the community needs and delivering that,” she said, adding that the programs they run will be based on needs they hear of through clients and conversations.

To that end, Community Services is hosting a drop-in lunch called “Table Talk,” every Monday starting Oct. 20.

The objective of Community Services is “to promote conduct and sponsor programs designed to alleviate some of the problems encountered by the citizens of Houston and surrounding areas.”

They work cooperatively with other agencies in town with the goal of enhancing Houston’s quality of life.

“Anybody can come here. It doesn’t matter – your gender, your ethnicity, your ideologies. We help anybody who needs help,” Batley said.