MISSION: The Hope Project’s mission is to support and provide family-based services to families that will promote and empower families towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.
VISION: The Hope Project’s vision is that every family has the opportunity and tools to reach their highest potential in achieving a greater level of quality of life through inclusion and integration of all active participants.
Community Living Specialist
As a License Professional Counselor-Intern, I am passionate about helping individuals improve their mental health and pushing them to become a better version of them. I work hard in therapy sessions to hear the client with empathy and share with them unconditional positive regard.
I am a Florida native that was reared in Austin, Texas. I joined the United States Army in my early 20’s. I proudly served my country for 14 years; I am a veteran with an honorable discharge. I received a BA in Psychology from Columbia College. I earned a graduate degree in Clinical Health Counseling (CACREP) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with an honorary membership in Chi Sigma Iota. I have been fortunate in having great mentors during my military career and college years.
I am the mother of three children with the youngest one in high school. I have been married for over 20 years. My husband continues to serve proudly in the United States Army with more than 20 years in service.
As a Community Living Specialist with The Hope Project, I look forward to working with children and families in providing vital resources through collaboration and outreach services.
Mentor, Parent Coaching, Advocacy
Tina Colvin is my name and I have been working with individuals with disabilities for over 15 years. I have a younger sister that became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 15. This was a life changer not only for her but for our entire family. It wasn't only a physical change for her but an emotional change for us all. After 6 months of being in the hospital the doctors concluded that she had a rare disease called Transverse Mylitis. When she made it home, that was my first experience with working hands-on with someone with a disability. I feel that this was the best teacher for me EVER. I was able to experience the emotional changes of an individual that was able to walk one day, and lost all lower body control the next day. Her experience changed my outlook on life and also helped me to realize that helping other individuals to be strong willed and independent is what I am passionate about doing.
Community Living Services-Bilingual
My name is Gladys Perez. I am 23 years old and have lived in Austin for 4 years. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. I am currently back in school taking courses so that I can start nursing school at Concordia University in 2018-2019. Some of my hobbies include traveling when I can, watching Netflix, exercising by either weightlifting or running with my dog and overall just doing anything with my dog and boyfriend. I think a big reason I like Austin so much is that it’s dog friendly so I can take my dog, Benny, anywhere and I do!
Family mentoring, CLS
My name is Alexis Harrison; I am a Community Support Specialist for the Hope Project. I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Master’s in Public Administration and a minor in Organizational Performances on June 1, 1997. Equally important, I graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling on May 13, 2018. I have been working in the mental health field for 20 years I am passionate to advocate and offer curriculum mental health clinical aid for people who need services to enhance their lifestyle because of maladaptive behaviors. I know that my psychotherapeutic skills in specialized behavioral and psychological units have enhanced my knowledge regarding the structure of therapy notes, diagnosis and assessment, and actively listening to individuals’ who experienced difficult situations. I am trained in ABA, First Aid, CPR, and Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB). I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to aid families in need, working in a team atmosphere; and, I am looking forward in working with Central Texas Communities to enhance the lives of those in need.
Community Living Services
Community Living Services, Licensed Marriage Family Therapy Associate, Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
I am a native of Central Texas. I enjoy working with people and do so in both my daily work and in my community. I have been employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for more than 10 years with both state and federal Vocational Rehabilitation programs. I have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University- Baton Rouge and a Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University-Nacogdoches, Texas. I am the mother of 4.