Back to School with SEARCH Drive Raises Awareness, Funds and Supplies for Educational Programming

SEARCH-Back-to-School-Drive-Check-Presentation

HOUSTON, Texas (October 18, 2010) — BoyarMiller, along with The Tasting Room and Max’s Wine Dive, announced that its month-long school supply drive — BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARCH — raised $5,000 in much-needed funds, supplies and in-kind donations for SEARCH Homeless Services and its educational programs. The announcement was made to Thao Costis, CEO of SEARCH, at the non-profit’s midtown headquarters by Chris Hanslik, vice chairman of BoyarMiller, and Jonathan Horowitz, vice president of marketing and communications for Lasco Enterprises, parent company of The Tasting Room and Max’s.

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARCH was held from August 14th through September 15th at The Tasting Room – Uptown Park and Max’s Wine Dive where — through a series of events — patrons and supporters contributed to SEARCH by:

  • purchasing $10 wine tastings with proceeds benefiting SEARCH
  • wine bottle/case retail purchases with 15% benefiting SEARCH
  • purchasing a glass of wine with $1 benefiting SEARCH
  • donating a new backpack to receive a free pizza or appetizer

SEARCH Homeless Services helps thousands of men, women and children each year move from the streets, into jobs and safe, stable housing. SEARCH meets clients where they are and gets them back on their feet through services that engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house.

Adult Education
SEARCH provides basic adult education, GED preparation, case management and supportive services to 80 students annually. Students are encouraged to attend class from 9AM to 4PM, Monday – Friday and meet a minimum goal of 60 classroom hours within 30 days. SEARCH has also developed a unique curriculum to address the needs of individuals with low or no literacy.

House of Tiny Treasures (HTT)
This early childhood education program provides developmentally-focused childcare for pre-school age children while their parents attend classes and begin working. Most families are residing in area shelters and other housing programs. Nutritious meals, education and intensive art, play and traditional therapy fulfill student needs. HTT is Houston’s most recognized therapeutic center dedicated to providing this unique clientele with essential opportunities to prepare young children to succeed in school.

The goal of SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures is to equip each child with the skills needed to reach his or her maximum potential and be prepared for kindergarten. We assist families in attaining and maintaining self-sufficiency in order to break this cycle of homelessness. This is no easy task and is achieved with the help of an array of quality early childhood educators and other professionals.