The Texan Newspaper (Bellaire and Houston, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 3, 1990 Page: 1 of 8
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Celebrates 35 Years -
From 1954 to 1989!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Calendar P. 2
Letters P. 3
Meyerland Memories P. 5
Bellaire Connection P. 6
Classifieds p. 6
Serving The Southwest Houston Area Since 1954
! . Jon. 3. 1990 • P.O. Box 999 . Bollalre, Texas 77402-0999 . (713) 771-7061 ♦ 7320AshcrofTsu^^
SPECIAL HELP FOR SPECIAL KIDS
Service offers parents of handicapped some time off
By Paula Nast
“Hi, Jenny, this is Mrs. Smith. Can you baby-sit for us tonight?”
For most parents, an evening out for dinner and a movie is not
too much of a headache as long as a reliable baby-sitter can be
But what if your child is blind, autistic, deaf or mentally
retarded? An evening out becomes almost an impossibility. Jenny
is not an option.
Special Recreational Services (SRS) started four years ago with
parents, especially working parents, of differently-abled children
"The clients are professional people. They come home after a
long day at work and have a child with emotional problems. It’s
‘whew!’ ” said Gilbert Enriques, program director for SRS.
“We are not a baby-sitter, but a recreation center, a respite
home. Just like the parents get to go have fun, the kids can come
here and have fun,” Enriques said. “While the parents are at the
movies, the child is out bowling or at the mall with other kids."
Adults as well as young children are accepted at SRS. “We have
one five year old and a 40 year old,” Enriques said.
Many parents use SRS as a stepping stone to a more permanent
home for the differently-abled. Sometimes permanent facilities
will not accept a child that is deemed difficult to work with. SRS
works with these children on a one-on-one basis.
“Many have come a long way in this program,” Enriques said.
He points to a little, dark-haired girl, named Linda quietly playing.
“When Linda first came here she was very violent and didn’t
talk. But now she plays with the others and has become very
verbal,” Enriques said. As though to illustrate his point, Linda
suddenly and very vocally demanded a Diet Coke.
Other parents use SRS as a care center where they can leave
their children for a day, a night, a couple of hours, a weekend, or
even a couple of weeks.
“If you have a child who touches, touches, touches, going on a
skiing vacation is out of the question. They might push somebody
down the slope,” Enriques said.
Enriques stressed that parents are not getting rid of their
children here, but are trying to enjoy some free time like other
"These parents are very dedicated to their children, but they
need a break. These kids need constant attention,” he said.
Just then 17-year-old Mike came bursting through the front
door. He was lively and animated. He plopped down on the pool
table in the center of the room like he owned the place and began
talking excitedly to Enriques and the other staff.
Mike is mildly retarded. His parents are professional people
who brought Mike by for a few hours while they run some errands.
“Building trust in the parents is very important, but we do it.
There are so many horror stories about places for mentally
retarded children; it’s easy to see why parents are nervous,”
“We now have a roster of over 100 clients. And that’s all been
on referrals because we don’t advertise,” he said.
There is a professional staff of four and a volunteer staff. The
volunteers all come from Strake Jesuit Preparatory School and St.
Agnes Academy. Volunteering with SRS helps fulfill their man-
datory community service hours.
‘The kids just love them," Enriques said referring to the
volunteers. "The high school kids are so young and full of energy.
The kids here remember them long after they have gone to
Bethany Williams, is now a member of the staff and a former
volunteer. A huge smile lights her gentle face when she talks about
“I just love working here. They are great. They need you and
love you; and you love them,” she said, as Killian reached over to
For more information about Special Recreation Services, call
Area student stars in
Lamar High School student Michael Maegher will star in the Country Play-
house production of "Jeepcrs Creepers, Here’s Harry!", when it opens on Friday,
Directed by Stuart D. Purdy and choreographed by Glen Hunsucker, the
musical revue features 54 songs written by Harry Warren, one of the most popular
and versatile song writers of American musical theater and movies from the 1920s
through the 1950s. Included are such hits as "I Only Have Eyes For You,” “That’s
Amore,” “42nd Street” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo." Music director is Diane
Maegher is appearing in his firstproductionatCountry Playhouse though he has
starred in numerous roles at Lamar High School and St. John's School. He is the
recipient of several acting awards including the 1989 Best Actor Award at Lamar
High School where he also serves as Thespian Officer of his class.
The musical revue calls for 14 cast members, the largest cast to appear on stage
at the 250-seal Main Stage at Country Playhouse Theater. Half are new cast
members joining the Playhouse company.
One of the most successful productions and a major box office hit during the
1979-1980 season, "Jeepcrs Creepers, Here’s Harry!” recreates the wonderful
innocence portrayed in movies and musical theater through songs and up dance.
Performances are at 8:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday evening through
Saturday, Feb. 10.
Continued on Page 3
THIS WEEK Af A GLANCE
Bajrpy Beta SJeaf
hosts sports stars
Houston sports stars Calvin Murphy and Terry Puhl will greet
visitors to the Southwest YMCA’s annual open house, set for Jan.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at4210 Bellaire
Blvd. Puhl will give baseball tips at noon and kids of all ages can
throw pitches measured by radar guns. Murphy will give basket-
ball tips at 2 p.m. In addition Kelsey Seybold will sponsor health
screenings for cholesterol testing, a free aerobics class, healthy
snacks and lots of fun.
New Chamber Chairman
speaks at breakfast
The new Chairman of the Board of the Bellaire/SW Houston
Chamber of Commerce, Bob Earthman, will speak at the
chamber’s first breakfast meeting of 1990.
The meeting will be held Jan. 4, 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the
AMI Bellaire Professional Bldg., 6550 Mapleridge.
Cost is $5 at the door. Call the chamber office at 666-1521 to
Goodner reviews past
decade in District F
Houston City Councilman John Goodner, of District F, will
hold a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4,1990, at 7:30 p.m.,
at the Sharpstown Recreation Center, 6600 Harbor Town.
The meeting will be a 10-year review of the district and a focus
on areas of concern for the years to come.
Free legal advice
on the line
The Houston Bar Association will offer free legal advice to
LegalLine will be held Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The number is 759-1133. Volunteer attorneys will answer simple
legal questions, give brief legal advice or refer the caller to the
appropriate social service agency for assistance.
SCORE holds Business
SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will hold a
seminar on “The Basics of Running a Business.”
The seminar is set for Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University
of Houston Hilton Hotel. Cost is $10 and includes textbook. Call
660-4420 for registration information.
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The Texan Newspaper (Bellaire and Houston, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 3, 1990, newspaper, January 3, 1990; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth641917/m1/1/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.