Overview

Six Halfway Houses illustration with each house represented by a different type of front door.The Texas Juvenile Justice Department operates six halfway houses across the state to provide low to medium security treatment facilities. These facilities provide youth the opportunity to make gradual transitions back into their home communities by offering specialized treatment options, help with job assistance, and educational and vocational programming.

Ayres

Overview

Illustration of green front door with welcome mat and plantsAyres House

17259 Nacogdoches Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78266
(210) 651-4374

Ayres House, founded in 1980, is a community-based residential program for adolescent males located in San Antonio, Texas.

It serves as a step-down program, a system designed for helping youth prepare for returning to their community, with a focus on life skills preparation and has a housing capacity for as many as twenty youths.

Over the last two years, the average stay for a youth at Ayres House was sixty-five days.

Notable Achievements

  • Ayres House youth completed approximately 3,600 community service hours in 2018.
  • The Volunteer Council for Texas Youth of San Antonio(VCTYSA) non-profit fundraises to provide financial support and resources for the youth to participate in holiday parties and other activities. The council also provides family travel assistance, graduation incentive gift cards, employment uniform assistance, monthly activity funds and recognition gifts. Volunteers for the council completed 4958 hours of service in 2018.
  • Every school year several Ayres youth earn their high school diploma while in residence. In FY 2018, 1 youth earned his diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Anger Management – Strategies for Anger Management groups are provided by TJJD staff on-site, offering youth the tools to assist in managing their anger in a productive manner. 
  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – Aftercare services are provided on-site through contract providers to assist youth with addiction issues. 
  • Mental Health – Mental Health services are received on-site through local contract providers. 
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided on-site through local contract providers. 
  • Independent Living Preparation – Youth are provided opportunities to learn valuable life skills that will assist them in becoming successful, productive citizens. 
  • Employment – Ayres House works closely with Texas Workforce Solutions and the local TJJD Workforce Development Specialist to assist youth in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and seeking employment.

Other Services

  • Independent Living Preparation – Youth are provided opportunities to learn valuable life skills that will assist them in becoming successful, productive citizens.
  • Employment – Ayres House works closely with Texas Workforce Solutions and the local TJJD Workforce Development Specialist to assist youth in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and seeking employment.
  • Ayres House partners with various restaurants, including IHOP, Wendy’s, McAllister’s, Mama Margie’s, and Bush’s Chicken, who employ youth and provide on-the-job training.
  • Education and Vocation – Ayres House partners with the Judson Independent School District to provide on-site high school educational programming and GED preparation and testing. Youth also have an opportunity to participate in Navarro College on-line college and certification courses as well as attend other local higher education institutions.
  • Registered volunteers participate in supportive and encouraging services such as: Mentor visits, Bible study, Book Club, Character Development, tutoring, Fatherhood classes, art instruction, sports coaching, chaplaincy services, internships, networking and resource development.

Statistics

Population

Ayres House is budgeted to house 20 males.

On average, 18 males live here on any given day.

Age

The typical age of youth is 15-18 years.

Stay

The average length of stay is 10 weeks.

Admissions

An average of 8 youth per month are admitted.

Releases

An average of 8 youth per month are released.

Offense Designation

9% of the population has committed crimes designated as High Severity.

61% of the population has committed crimes designated as Medium Severity.

30% of population of the population has committed crimes designated as Low Severity.

NOTE: The severity of the committing offense is determined by the felony degree and any aggravating factors present. All 1st degree and certain 2nd degree felonies against a person are considered high severity. All other 2nd and 3rd degree felonies and state jail offenses with aggravating factors are moderate severity, and without aggravating factors they are considered low severity.

Edna Tamayo

Overview

Illustration of blue front door with wreath and plantsEdna Tamayo Halfway House

1438 N 7th
Harlingen, TX 78550-4333
(956) 425-6567

The Edna Tamayo Halfway House is a community-based residential program serving adolescent males located in Harlingen, Texas, providing vocational and independent living skills. The program, formerly known as Valley House, was established in 1978. It moved to its current location in 1991 and was dedicated in 1999 to Board Member Edna Tamayo. The program is enhanced by the support of volunteers who serve on the Community Resource Council and as tutors and mentors. It is currently equipped to house up to nineteen youths at a time. All staff are English-Spanish bilingual. Since January of 2018, the average stay for a youth at the Edna Tamayo House is eighty-six days.

Notable Community Collaborations

  • Youth routinely complete community service throughout the community, averaging as a group about 425 service hours per month. They help out at the Ronald McDonald House, Harlingen City Parks, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Harlingen Boys and Girls Club, Maggie’s House, American Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes, and the Annual South Padre Island Beach Clean-Up.
  • Edna Tamayo House youth also have participated in the annual Global Youth Service Day and help wrap gifts during the Christmas holidays for the Harlingen Police Department Toy Drive.
  • Tamayo youth also are deeply involved with the Harlingen Food Pantry, helping with the annual food drive that serves 17 elementary schools in Harlingen. A recent food drive gathered over 14,000 pound and 9500 cans and nonperishable items – worth more than $5,000 -- for the Food Pantry.
  • Tamayo youth helped with a Hurricane Harvey relief effort led by the local TV station (Channel 4), which sent a semi-truck with more than 60,000 nonperishable items to greater Houston.
  • Tamayo operates a dog training program and a recreational running program for youth.
  • In May 2016, the Volunteer Council at the nearby Evins Regional Juvenile Center expanded its purpose to include support of Tamayo House youth. The Council augments community support for outings, such as movies, bowling and skating, by providing Tamayo House with a monthly stipend.
  • Staff assist eligible youth in locating employment while at Tamayo House.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – Moderate and aftercare services are provided on-site by TJJD staff to assist youth with addiction issues.
  • Mental Health – Mental health services are provided on-site by TJJD staff.
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided on-site through local contract providers.
  • Anger Management – TJJD staff provide Strategies for Anger Management groups for youth.

Other Program Services

  • Independent Living Preparation – Youth are provided opportunities to learn valuable life skills that will assist them in becoming successful, productive citizens.
  • Employment – Edna Tamayo House partners with Texas Workforce Solutions to assist eligible youth in obtaining employment.
  • Education and Vocation – Harlingen ISD provides in-house instructions for youth. Eligible youth are also provided the opportunity to attend a local school campus. Youth also have an opportunity to participate in Navarro College online college and certification courses as well as attend other local higher education institutions.

Statistics

Population

Edna Tamayo House is budgeted to house 16 males.

On average, 17 males live here on any given day.

Age

The typical age of youth is 14-18 years.

Stay

The average length of stay is 14 weeks.

Admissions

An average of 6 youth per month are admitted.

Releases

An average of 6 youth per month are released.

Offense Designation

0% of the population has committed crimes designated as High Severity.

25% of the population has committed crimes designated as Medium Severity.

72% of population of the population has committed crimes designated as Low Severity.

NOTE: The severity of the committing offense is determined by the felony degree and any aggravating factors present. All 1st degree and certain 2nd degree felonies against a person are considered high severity. All other 2nd and 3rd degree felonies and state jail offenses with aggravating factors are moderate severity, and without aggravating factors they are considered low severity.

Karyn

Overview

Illustration of front door with greenery and shell accents.Karyn's House

13207 FM 2432
Willis, TX 77378
(936) 228-0523

Karyn’s House was named in honor of Karyn Purvis, who was the co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, the co-creator of Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and a passionate and effective advocate for children. Karyn’s House opened June 5, 2020, and is a community-based residential program for adolescent females located in Willis, Texas. It is equipped to house up to twenty youths at a time.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – High, moderate and aftercare services are provided on-site by the licensed AOD Case Manager to assist youth with addiction issues.
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided on-site through local contract providers.
  • Animal Therapy – a local program who will provide no cost, on-site canine therapy at least weekly once cleared to do so from COVID restrictions

Statistics

Population

Karyn's House is budgeted to house 20 females.

Upon opening, Karyn's House welcomed 5 youth.

 

 

 

McFadden

Overview

Illustration of red front door with casual chair, rug, and plant.McFadden Ranch Halfway House

3505 Haynes Rd.
Roanoke, TX 76262
(817) 491-9387

McFadden Ranch is a community based residential program located in rural Denton County. The facility opened in 1993 and served 24 youth with high priority Alcohol or Other Drug (AOD) treatment needs. The program expanded in 1997 and now serves up to 48 young men who are identified as needing AOD Treatment. Since January of 2018, the average stay at McFadden Ranch has been 159 days.

Notable Community Collaborations

  • Hard Eight BBQ, Honey Based Ham and other local businesses in Roanoke have employed several McFadden youth, allowing them to gain work experience and practice interviewing and social skills.
  • McFadden youth give back to the community through various community service projects. Community partners include: Habitat for Humanity, Theresa’s Resale Shop, The City of Roanoke Food Pantry, The City of Keller and Beautiful Feet Ministries.
  • Annually, the McFadden Community Advisory Council sponsors a Family Day and Wacky Olympics event. Family Day brings students and parents together with staff and volunteers for fun, games and informational sessions for the parents. The Wacky Olympics teaches concepts of recovery through games and competition.
  • McFadden offers several events and activities led by volunteers, including: Alpha Mentoring group Tattooed Hearts, Dogs and Hogs/Bikes and Burgers, an Ethical Decision Making Group, Church and Bible Studies.
  • In 2016, a total of 72 community volunteers contributed 4,441 hours of service, valued at $102,454, through mentoring, religious services, tutoring, internships, community resource council activities, etc. The community also contributed $21,684.00 in donations.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – High need AOD services are provided on-site by licensed professional to assist youth with addiction issues.
  • Mental Health – Mental Health services are received on-site through local contract providers.
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided on-site through local contract providers.
  • Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) – ART® is provided on-site by trained staff. Strategies for Anger Management groups are also provided on-site offering youth tools to assist in managing their anger in a productive manner.

Other Program Services

  • Independent Living Preparation – Youth receive training in life skills to prepare them to become responsible productive citizens.
  • Education and Vocation – McFadden Ranch partners with Northwest ISD to provide onsite high school educational programming and GED preparation and testing. Youth also have an opportunity to participate in Navarro College on-line college and certification courses.
  • Making Proud Choices – A Sex Education Curriculum provided on site by a trained staff. The program is designed to educate the youth on safe sex practices.

Statistics

Population

McFadden Ranch is budgeted to house 48 males.

On average,  46 males live here on any given day.

Age

The typical age of youth is 15-18 years.

Stay

The average length of stay is 26 weeks.

Admissions

An average of 6 youth per month are admitted.

Releases

An average of 7 youth per month are released.

Offense Designation

15% of the population has committed crimes designated as High Severity.

82% of the population has committed crimes designated as Medium Severity.

46% of population of the population has committed crimes designated as Low Severity.

NOTE: The severity of the committing offense is determined by the felony degree and any aggravating factors present. All 1st degree and certain 2nd degree felonies against a person are considered high severity. All other 2nd and 3rd degree felonies and state jail offenses with aggravating factors are moderate severity, and without aggravating factors they are considered low severity.

Schaeffer

Overview

Illustration of purple front door with potted prickly pear cactus.Shaeffer House

2451 Garment Rd.
El Paso, TX 79938
(915) 856-9324

Schaeffer House is a community-based residential program located in El Paso, Texas, for adolescent males serving as a step-down program with a focus on vocational and life skills. Originally established in 1978, the program moved to its current location in 2002. The El Paso Halfway House was renamed in 1984 in honor of former board member Ruben Schaeffer, an El Paso resident and community servant. All youth are required to complete an assigned number of community service hours to become eligible for community employment. The youth are provided specialized treatment according to their need levels. The program is enhanced by support from the El Paso Community Resource Council, whose volunteers provide tutoring, mentoring, and other services. Schaeffer House is equipped to house up to twenty youth at a time and as of January 2018, the average stay for a youth 109 days.

Notable Community Collaborations

  • Graduate and Undergraduate students from the University of Texas El Paso, Webster University, University of Phoenix, and El Paso Community College participate in the intern program.
  • El Paso City Health Department provides education to youth on the prevention of HIV and STIs.
  • The Center against Family Violence provides information on domestic violence to the youth.
  • El Paso Juvenile Probation provides training and staff development resources.
  • Community partnerships include The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Department of Transportation, Franklin Mountain State Park, Abundant Living Faith Center, El Paso County Village of Vinton, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Parks and Recreation, and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Fit for Success Program for Schaeffer youth connecting fitness to success.
  • Schaeffer House youth provide prevention presentations to local elementary schools.
  • Community volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of service, providing mentoring, religious services, tutoring, internships and community activities.

Notable Achievements

  • Since 2016, Schaeffer House youth completed 2,670 hours of community service equaling a cash value of $62,478.
  • Since 2016, TJJD volunteers have provided 1,309 hours of service. The overall value of volunteer hours, in-kind donations and cash donations totaled $33,474.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – Moderate and aftercare services are provided on-site by licensed TJJD staff to assist youth with addiction issues.
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided off-site through local contract providers.
  • Anger Management – TJJD staff provide strategies for anger management groups on-site.
  • Mental Health – Mental Health services are provided on-site through a TJJD Mental Health Specialist.
  • Making Proud Choices - Youth learn how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Other Program Services

  • Independent Living Preparation – A certified teacher provides instruction on Independent Living Skills, which includes career technology education material.
  • Education and Vocational – Schaeffer House partners with Socorro Independent School District (SISD) to provide on-site GED preparation and testing. Youth also attend the Keys Academy through SISD for high school coursework. Additionally, youth have an opportunity to participate in Navarro College on-line college and certification courses and attend the local community college.

Statistics

Population

Schaeffer House is budgeted to house 12 males.

On average, 20 males live here on any given day.

Age

The typical age of youth is 14-18 years.

Stay

The average length of stay is 18 weeks.

Admissions

An average of 4 youth per month are admitted.

Releases

An average of 5 youth per month are released.

Offense Designation

14% of the population has committed crimes designated as High Severity.

21% of the population has committed crimes designated as Medium Severity.

64% of population of the population has committed crimes designated as Low Severity.

NOTE: The severity of the committing offense is determined by the felony degree and any aggravating factors present. All 1st degree and certain 2nd degree felonies against a person are considered high severity. All other 2nd and 3rd degree felonies and state jail offenses with aggravating factors are moderate severity, and without aggravating factors they are considered low severity.

Willoughby

Overview

Illustration of black door with gold accents, including doorbell, porch light, floor mat and plant.Willoughby House

8100 W Elizabeth Ln.
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 244-4992

Willoughby House is a community-based residential program for adolescent males located in Fort Worth, Texas, and serves as a step down program for youth with various treatment needs, including mental health, sex offender aftercare, alcohol and drug and anger management aftercare (A.R.T.). The Willoughby House program was established in 1986 and remains in its original location. It is equipped to care for 20 youths at a time. The halfway house was dedicated to Clara Pope Willoughby of San Angelo, who was a board member and lifelong activist in improving and supporting the juvenile justice system in Texas. Since January of 2018, the average stay for a youth at Willoughby House is 110 days.

Notable Community Collaborations

  • Willoughby partners with various restaurants, including Subway, Whataburger, Sonic, Riscky’s BBQ, Church’s Chicken, KFC, Jersey Mikes, Smash Burger, Jason’s Deli, Furr’s Restaurant, Waffle House, Taco Casa, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Del Taco, Krispy Crème, Burger King and Jack in the Box who employ youth and provide on-the-job training.
  • Several locations provide community service opportunities including Bethlehem Community Recreational Center, Community Food Bank, Cornerstone Thrift Store, Bridging the Gap Church, Hillside Community Center, Fort Worth Police Department and Volunteer Center of North Texas.
  • Area church groups provide on-site Bible study, counseling, holiday celebrations and mentoring to youth. Most notable is the collaboration with Potter’s House of Fort Worth and G3 Prison Ministries.
  • Fort Worth Police Department provides facility support, mentoring to TJJD youth, and community service opportunities for TJJD youth.
  • Platform 4 Life, a community outreach organization, provides life skills and etiquette training.
  • Beautiful Feet Ministries provides monthly birthday parties and other programs.
  • Dozens of community volunteers contribute hundreds of service hours every year to Willoughby House, through mentoring, religious services, tutoring, internships and community resource council activities.

Notable Achievements

  • Willoughby House receives Fort Worth ISD Title I Funds utilized for educational and vocational programming, outings and events, art supplies, FWISD tutors, reading supplies, technology and contracted services.
  • On average, TJJD volunteers provided 1,190 hours of service since 2016. The value of the hours, in-kind donations and cash donations total an average of $28,607.
  • Since 2016, youth have completed an average of 1,973 hours of community service with an average value of $46,145.

Specialized Treatment Programs

  • Alcohol or Other Drugs – Moderate and aftercare services are provided on-site by licensed staff to assist youth with addiction issues and relapse prevention tools.
  • Mental Health – Mental Health services are received on-site through a TJJD Mental Health Specialist.
  • Sexual Behavior Treatment – Aftercare services are provided on-site through local contract providers.
  • Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) – ART® is provided on-site by trained staff. Strategies for anger management groups are also provided on-site

Other Program Services

  • Independent Living Preparation – Youth are provided opportunities to learn valuable life skills that will help them to be successful, productive citizens. Staff and volunteers provide training in art, woodworking, personal fitness, cooking, personal hygiene/grooming, Boys to Men and Making Proud Choices groups.
  • Employment – Youth are provided job readiness skills and employment assistance through the local Texas Workforce Solutions.
  • Education and Vocational – Willoughby partners with Fort Worth ISD to provide on-site educational programming, with Tarrant County College for GED prep / testing and Navarro College for online courses.
  • Additional Groups – Staff and volunteers provide training to youth in cooking skills, personal hygiene/grooming, washing/ironing, and various Boys-to-Men groups.

Statistics

Population

Willoughby House is budgeted to house 12 males.

On average, 13 males live here on any given day.

Age

The typical age of youth is 13-18 years.

Stay

The average length of stay is 10 weeks.

Admissions

An average of 5 youth per month are admitted.

Releases

An average of 5 youth per month are released.

Offense Designation

20% of the population has committed crimes designated as High Severity.

45% of the population has committed crimes designated as Medium Severity.

38% of population of the population has committed crimes designated as Low Severity.

NOTE: The severity of the committing offense is determined by the felony degree and any aggravating factors present. All 1st degree and certain 2nd degree felonies against a person are considered high severity. All other 2nd and 3rd degree felonies and state jail offenses with aggravating factors are moderate severity, and without aggravating factors they are considered low severity.