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AIR is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the requisite support for adolescents, adults, and families to recover from debilitating addictive and mental health disorders
Sixteen years ago in Katy, Texas Sheree' Ahart began offering support services for youth and families facing addiction problems. Upon receiving licensure she started a counseling practice providing therapeutic interventions for individuals and families participating in the substance abuse support services. Membership within the support services and counseling practice flourished.
Eleven years ago support services reaching greater Houston youth and their families relocated to St. Peter's UMC in Katy, Texas. There are now 12 staff members working with youth, adults, and families; however, the scope of practice and support services has expanded to include other health behaviors, such as eating disorders, trauma, and mood disorders as well as addiction problems.
The support organization founded by Sheree' Ahart was incorporated in 2003 as Adolescents in Recovery (AIR). The counseling practice was incorporated as well becoming Katy Counseling Services (KCS). AIR's determination of 501c3 status made the possibility of reaching individuals and families who could not otherwise afford treatment a plausible reality. Consequently, a scholarship fund for behavioral health services was developed and 92 individuals have received treatment since 2003.
AIR initially began with a mission and vision of serving and treating youth and their families, but now has expanded its services to adults and their families as well. Therefore, our logo now reads, "AIR, Helping Adolescents, Adults, & Families".
Long ago the staff at AIR and KCS realized that persons dealing with conditions, such as addictions, depression, and/or trauma would need more than traditional once-a-week counseling. AIR and KCS came together in an effort to provide the most comprehensive services at the most affordable cost possible in order to assist clients in reducing unwanted symptoms and with the intent to provide a new skill set enabling clients to live healthy and productive lives.
We at AIR and KCS strive not only to help individuals and families 'just get by', but to gain and incorporate life skills to maintain long-term behavioral change; consequently, increasing quality of life incrementally over time. Simply put, AIR and KCS provide a comprehensive approach rendering better results.
- Jennifer Elmer
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