Hope For Three serves Fort Bend County families with children on the autism spectrum by providing financial aid for life-changing therapies and treatments, as well as community awareness.

The number of children diagnosed with autism in the Fort Bend community is now estimated at over 3000 and growing – and Hope for Three is helping them! Over the course of a lifetime for a child with autism, it will cost approximately $2.5 million to supply needed therapies.

Hope For Three takes on the challenge to address the needs of these children and families.

Thanks to a Fort Bend Cares grant, Hope For Three’s Teen Huddle also continues to make a huge impact in Fort Bend County. The Huddle is an auxiliary group of 25 teen volunteers from local area high schools that help facilitate two programs: Sibling Sessions and Parents Time Out. Sibling Sessions features teen mentors partnering with siblings of children with autism to develop friendships and encourage support among siblings through a variety of activities. Parents Time Out provides parents and caregivers a 3-hour respite while entertaining children in the family – a much needed break, a rare occasion for many, and a first night out for most.

One parent who is able to benefit from Parents Time Out is Gustavo. Gustavo and his wife have one child who is on the autism spectrum, Marison, and one child who is not, Marianda. Due to Hope for Three’s Parents Time Out program, Gustavo and his wife were able to go on their first date night in seven years. The family continues to utilize the program, and both girls have made lasting friends and memories.

To find out more about Hope for Three, call 281-245-0640 or visit www.hopeforthree.org.