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Roots of Goodness

These Houston nonprofits provide a way for people to work together for the common good.

Alzheimer's Association of Houston & Southeast Texas

The Alzheimer's Association® is the foremost voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support, and research. It was established in 1980 by a coalition of family caregivers and scientists.

Globally, an estimated 50 million individuals grapple with dementia, with the United States alone harboring more than 6 million who have Alzheimer's, accompanied by over 11 million unpaid caregivers. The Association confronts this pressing crisis by furnishing education and assistance to the countless souls facing dementia daily. It propels pivotal research endeavors toward developing treatment, prevention, and a cure.

Annually conducted across over 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's most significant fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. This inspiring event rallies participants spanning all age groups and abilities to unite against the disease.

While registration for the Walk entails no fee, all participants are encouraged to raise funds. The funds help the Alzheimer's Association support research endeavors that avert, treat, and ultimately eradicate Alzheimer's disease. 

The next two walks in the Houston area are on November 4 in Houston and November 11 in Sugar Land. For more information or to register for a walk, visit 

Houston SPCA

The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a guiding force for our furry friends. With a mission to protect and advocate for animals in need, this organization has been at the forefront of the animal welfare movement for nearly a century.

Established in 1924, the Houston SPCA boasts a rich history of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming animals of all shapes and sizes. From the tiniest kittens to larger animals like horses, their dedicated team does everything in their power to ensure the well-being of animals.

The Houston SPCA is known for its cutting-edge Animal Wellness Center. Here, skilled veterinarians and caregivers provide top-notch medical care and love to distressed animals. Their commitment doesn't stop there; they tirelessly educate the community about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering. The Houston SPCA plays an essential role in preserving the bond between humans and animals. Their unwavering efforts remind us that compassion is the key to a better world for all living beings, one paw at a time.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) is Houston's longest-serving interfaith-based social service organization. IM was founded in 1964 as Protestant Charities, and by 1992, IM had adopted its current name to recognize the diverse backgrounds, faiths, and cultures engaged in the organization's work. Their mission is to bring diverse groups together for dialogue, collaboration, and service to demonstrate our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries core programs include Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County/Animeals, delivering more than 1.7 million meals yearly to over 7,300 seniors in Harris, Galveston, and surrounding counties. In addition, seniors' pets receive free pet food and other services through its Animeals program. In conjunction with the U.S. State Department, Refugee Services resettles thousands of refugees in Houston each year and helps them successfully acculturate to American life. Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships engage houses of worship, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits in dialogue, collaboration, and service to embrace the philosophy of "Respect Thy Neighbor." The Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service is a resource for Houstonians ready to make a continuing and lasting impact on the community through organized service and leadership.

Vita Living 

Vita Living is a nonprofit human services agency that provides life-changing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texas, allowing them to live meaningful, integrated lives in the community. In 1982, Founder Renée Wallace was determined to create a lifelong home in Houston for her adult son with severe disabilities and challenging behaviors. Since the Beechnut home's opening in 1985, Vita Living's goal has been to keep those they serve in the communities they know and love, regardless of evolving healthcare needs. Today, Vita Living serves over 400 children and adults with disabilities through residential services, day program operations, and case management. Vita Living operates 20 group homes in Houston and reaches seven Texas counties with the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program. The average age of their residents is over 50 years old, and 65% do not have family. Vita Living is proud to be a leading agency of disability services in Texas, committed to providing tailored support to this vulnerable population, allowing for purposeful community living.

  • Photo by Vita Living
  • Photo by Alzeimer’s Association of Houston & Southeast Texas
  • Photo by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
  • Photo by Houston SPCA