Who We Are

Mission

Build a community of belonging where adults with Autism and other neurodiversities can play, learn, work, and live.

Vision

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Building safe homes and vibrant futures for neurodiverse adults.

These six guiding principles and values govern the drive and implementation of our mission and vision.

Inclusive

Flexible and tailored programs for individuals with varied neurodiverse needs and skill development level.

Innovative

Evolving and growing programs that embrace the best our community and technology has to offer.

Caring

Provide families and their loved ones a place to belong in a safe and caring environment.  

Fullfilling

Provide opportunities for appropriate employment and vocational opportunities

Connected

Located in a vibrant suburban setting; connected to the local community

Collaborative

Working with like-minded organizations to address critical needs.  

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Founded in 2021

Project Beacon is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2021 based in Montgomery County, Texas.

Our Why

A feeling of belonging is powerful…
it enables us, emboldens us, and empowers us to be everything we can be.

Messages from the Founders

Recognizing an overwhelming absence of individualized care and support for the neurodiverse community, a diverse group of parents came together and founded Project Beacon in 2021. 

In 2024, PBTX will host monthly (12) staff-led outings and events. PBTX has the opportunity to make 270 unique positive learning impressions with the community we serve.

Provide individualized programs with positive
behavioral supports for skill development in the following skill areas:

Domestic home-living, social, communication, behavioral self-regulation, recreation and leisure, and early vocational skills.

PBTX will continue adding to their professionally designed programs through the addition of a Vocation Training Program and a Transition Academy before finally culminating our vision of an intentional residential community.

Our Day Programs will continue to add enrollment year over year, ultimately serving 40-60 adults. The Day Program and Vocation Training Program enrollment will continue to grow and double the number of adults served annually by PBTX.

Board Members

A diverse group of professionals accustomed to solving complex problems.

Kelly Baughman

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Kevin Gerrity

President, Co-Founder

Dr. Amy Wood

Vice President

Cindy Melton

Vice President Secretary

David Abrams

Treasurer

Rob Johnson

Board Advisor

Glenn Lucadou

Board Member

Rob Wollard

Board Member

Amanda Smith

Board Member

Paul Vanderwal

Board Member

Wendy Maurer

Board Member

Progress

Strategic Road Map

2023 Milestones & Accomplishments

5 +

Grant
Submissions

Completed 20+ grant submissions.

75

Total
Participants

Initiated social enrichment programs- 6 events with 282 total participants reached.

Exceeded
Fundraising Goal

Exceeded our 2023 fundraising target; hosted spring golf and fall gala events

Grew Support

Hosted educational gatherings to grow awareness/support.

Connection to Schools

Strengthened connection to school districts and Lone Star College, SHSU and the UH.

Beacon Access Center

Identified Interim site for 2024 individualized adult services.

Collaborative

Engaged a full-time Executive Director to accelerate progress.