Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA)
9320 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: 713 393-4700
Fax: 713 393-4751
Established in 1964, Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA) is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the educational, social and economic well-being of individuals and families as they move towards independence and self-sufficiency. As Texas' largest Community Action Agency, GCCSA provides Head Start and Early Head Start services as well as many Community Services, including Housing Counseling, Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Furniture Voucher Program, Food Pantry, Transportation Assistance, Clothes Closet, Senior Services, Prescription Voucher Program, Employment Skills Program and Individual Development Account Program, After School Program, Back to School Program and a Community Learning Center Services (i.e. GED, ABE, Computer Literacy, Conversational Spanish and ESL). GCCSA provides services in 36 locations (25 Head Start/Early Head Start locations and 11 Outreach Sites) to thousands of low-income, Houston area residents annually.
The 1964 Economic Opportunity Act authorized the establishment of Community Action Agencies to combat poverty related conditions. In 1964, the Houston Action for Youth organization began operation and the following year the Houston-Harris County Economic Opportunity Organization was formed. In 1967, these two organizations were merged
to become the Harris County Community Action Association, predecessor of today's Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA).
The Gulf Coast Community Services Association exists to strengthen the educational, social, and economic well-being of children and families as they move toward independence and self-sufficiency.
Safety as a Priority - Safety is a priority in meeting the needs of our diverse citizens. A safe environment must be provided for every customer and employee.
Increasing Accountability - The responsibility of the organization is to respond to human needs by building greater public awareness and credibility through honest practices. The organization is responsible to its customers and diverse communities for both the quality and the scope of educational and social services it provides.
Valuing Innovation - Decisions and actions, at any level, emphasize empowering employees to develop new ways to reorganize and deliver educational and social services. Each employee is accountable to focus on results and excellence to enhance the quality of services.
Communities as Partners - Diverse communities are valued partners to meet basic human needs. Newer and more creative ways of team building between the organization and the broader civic communities are fostered through community engagement and leadership.
Honoring Human Diversity - All members of the organization, both employees and customers are given respect and provided courteous treatment. Human diversity is an asset that enhances our community leadership and models of service.
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