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Krause Children's Center Archives • Upbring

Annual Upbring Golf Houston Fundraiser Benefits Young Girls Healing from Childhood Trauma

Cypress, Texas – June 26, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ leading children’s services providers, will host its annual Upbring Golf Houston fundraiser today at BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress, TX at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 18-hole, four-person scramble benefit the life-giving services delivered at Upbring Krause Children’s Center in Katy, Texas.

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Katy Eagle Scouts Bless Krause with Service Projects

Katy Eagle Scout Chris Greene built two water cooler stands and two trash bin holders for Upbring Krause Children's Center for his service project.

Katy Eagle Scout Chris Greene built two trash bin holders for the Upbring Krause Children’s Center courtyard and two water cooler stands for the recreation area.

Chris Greene is a high school junior with a servant’s heart and a writer’s command of the English language. Chris’ Eagle Scout community service project provided the perfect opportunity to put both of those qualities to work.

This spring, Chris built two water cooler stands and two decorative trash bin holders for the girls at Upbring Krause Children’s Center. In a letter soliciting donations for supplies, he chose the perfect words to convey the impact of his project on our Krause girls.

“The wood and nails will eventually rot and rust, but the impact you leave on these young ladies could last a lifetime,” Chris wrote. “Together, we can not only change the look of a courtyard but also change the way a young woman looks at life, knowing she is loved and cared for.” Read More


Hooping it up with the New Life and Krause girls

For the first time ever, girls from Upbring New Life and Krause Children’s Centers got the opportunity to play an all-Upbring basketball game at the New Life campus in Canyon Lake, thanks to the coordination efforts of Victoria Davis, New Life’s Recreation Coordinator.

Sports fans who attended the event – all devoted to helping the girls discover special interests and talents that foster a healthy, healing environment – included other residents, staff and a few family members.

A cheer team from New Life provided the halftime entertainment and both teams were presented with trophies. The final score:

Krause                  20

New Life                4

NL&Krause hoops

Afterward, players and fans were treated to a brisket lunch and enjoyed the opportunity to continue to spend leisure time together. Because both centers had such a great time, they’re already making plans to engage in other friendly sports competitions in the future!

Upbring’s New Life and Krause Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) serve severely troubled girls and address treatment for emotional and behavioral disorders stemming from past trauma due to abuse and neglect. Beyond the basic needs of shelter, clothing and food, our RTCs provide grace, a safe place to heal, personalized therapy and on-campus education through Trinity Charter Schools. Learn more.

NL & Krause bball line



Mac Haik inspires the Krause girls

Care about yourself, have pride in yourself and don’t give up. – Mac Haik to the Krause girls

Mac Haik, Chairman and CEO of Mac Haik Enterprises and owner of 18 car dealerships throughout Texas, visits Upbring Krause Children’s Center in Katy every year to speak to the girls. A former professional football player who played wide receiver for the Houston Oilers, Mac has been a faithful Krause donor for 15 years and this year was no exception. He donated a pizza lunch, funds to purchase toiletries and allowances for the girls’ individual reward accounts.

krause mac haikDuring his recent visit, Mac spoke to the girls about his personal success story and encouraged them to always do their best. “You need to believe in yourself, because no one is going to believe in you until you do,” he emphasized.

Mac credits his mother as the inspiration who led him to help others. “She would say, ‘there’s nobody better than you, but you aren’t better than anyone else either.’” The message Mac delivered to the girls was direct and important: To help others and to respect everyone, especially themselves.

Thank you Mac Haik, for caring about Krause, sharing your wisdom, and continuing to support the center year after year.


Upbring Houston Golf Benefit – Fore the Krause Girls

Tropical Storm Bill didn’t discourage our 115 golfers and 30 volunteers from raising awareness and much needed funds for the girls at Upbring Krause Children’s Center at the 26th Annual Upbring Golf Houston benefit. Our generous golfers and sponsors swung into action on June 15 at BlackHorse Golf Club – raising more than $90,000 for the girls at Krause! All proceeds will help provide clinical therapy, personal development activities and spiritual care.

During the luncheon, several Krause girls stood up to thank the golfers for attending and also shared some thoughts about what they have learned during their stay:

“I grew up in a home where violence was the answer,” said one young lady. While at Krause, she has learned how to resolve conflicts.

“I have learned to forgive those who have hurt me,” said another. “I also love it when volunteers come to visit and paint my nails.”

“I have learned that it’s okay to be myself,” said a girl who wasn’t planning to speak at the event – then changed her mind after riding around in a golf cart and waving at all the golfers.

Many of the golfers came up to the girls to congratulate them and to thank them for sharing their stories.

The Upbring Krause Houston Golf benefit includes team fundraising – Grace Anglican Community in Katy came in first place – raising $13,050.

Grace Anglican Team 1: Bob Henson, Sharon Cunningham, Bill Fisher, Sophie and Justin Harris.

Grace Anglican Team 1: Bob Henson, Sharon Cunningham, Bill Fisher, Sophie and Justin Harris.

Grace Anglican Team 2: Mike McCroskey, David Fischer, Jon Henson and Tom Righter

Grace Anglican Team 2: Mike McCroskey, David Fischer, Jon Henson and Tom Righter









[photo caption] 1st Place Winning Team:  father-daughter duos Craig and Kelly Huber; Brett and Madison Carleton. Brett is on the golf committee and a longtime supporter.

[photo caption] 1st Place Winning Team: father-daughter duos Craig and Kelly Huber; Brett and Madison Carleton. Brett is on the golf committee and a longtime supporter.

Wes & Puddin' Krueger

Wes & Puddin’ Krueger

An additional highlight of the day was the 58th Anniversary celebration of Wes and Puddin’ Krueger – two longstanding supporters of Krause. Wes has served on the golf committee the past 26 years and both were the 2010 recipients of the Ben Powell Servant Award for their service and dedication to Krause Children’s Center. A cake was provided for the momentous occasion.

The girls and staff at Krause appreciate all the hard work and preparation by the golf committee, team fundraisers and volunteers dedicated to making this benefit a huge success. A special thanks goes to BP, our title sponsor the past nine years, and Black Walnut Café, who has provided lunch for the golfers the last four years.

View event photos here


ARTreach Holds Vision Board Workshop at Krause

ARTreach, a nonprofit in Katy, TX, has as its motto “We use the arts to change lives.” ARTreach is a frequent visitor to Upbring Krause Children’s Center, where they lead the girls in dancing and art workshops. Recently they held a “Vision Board” workshop, created to inspire the girls to make their desires a reality. ARTreach artist Melba Lee told the girls that they “… can draw into their lives the things that they desire.”

The activities and projects that Melba creates have been referred to as “Heart Art.”  The girls decorated their boards and collaged pictures and words that visually represented what they wish to experience in their lives. They were excited to share their boards with each other and the workshop proved to be a powerful tool for increasing the girls’ self-esteem – giving them focus and direction along with a visual reminder of those things that they expect to draw into their lives.

Previously, ARTreach held a week-long Spring Break Camp at Krause that included a collaborative t-shirt design project, a lesson in screen printing and learning a hip-hop dance routine. They put together a fun video from that week at Krause – take a look!


BP Workday Tradition Continues at Upbring Krause Children’s Center

It’s always a welcome sight when the crew of green-shirted volunteers from BP North America Gas & Power (NAGP) arrive at Upbring Krause Children’s Center for a BP workday. These amazing volunteers take on enormous construction and landscaping projects and make significant campus improvements.

BP Energy Company President and CEO Orlando Alvarez – and longtime supporter of Krause – personally thanked the volunteers for their continued support to this very special place, and for being a part of the NAGP family. “I hope you all know how much your time helps these special kids, and how much it is appreciated. This is what it is all about,” he said.

The BP crew of 38 accomplished so much during workday last week – donating more than 250 hours that will be matched by the BP Foundation.

Their list of achievements includes:

  • Provided lunch for the kids and staff at the center – the kids LOVED pizza day!
  • Removed the old basketball court tiles
  • Shoveled away more than eight years of accumulated ‘mulch’
  • Removed old flooring and added new tile in two small bathrooms
  • Removed old carpet and installed new hardwood laminate in the employee lounge
  • Installed a new fence gate to allow more controlled access to and from the Point Store – a rewards store for the girls
  • Custom designed and installed a new basketball/volleyball storage unit in the gym
  • Repaired the courtyard deck – allowing a large tree more room to grow
  • Cleaned exterior flower beds and raked up more than 25 bags of leaves and debris
  • Cleaned four large planters and repurposed two cubic yards of dirt to create a vegetable garden; planted more than 60 new “pick-and-eat” vegetable plants

Belinda George, NAGP Transformation Project IST- IT&S (Integrated Supply and Trading/ Information Technology & Services), took a few minutes to visit with the volunteers. “You came together as One Team in order to make a difference, for both the Center, and the kids,” said Belinda. “Your work has become woven into the fabric of Krause and you all are truly a part of the great mission we do here for these kids.”

BP has been Krause’s title sponsor for the Krause Golf Tournament for eight years. The next tournament is coming up Monday, June 15 at the BlackHorse Golf Club in Cypress.

Thank you BP – the girls at Krause, and staff, appreciate all you do!

BP montage 2015


Upbring Nurses – Thanks for Answering the Call!

The profession of nursing is an art, a science and a calling – all rolled into one. Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, with nearly 4 million employed professionals. “National Nurses Week” is celebrated annually from May 6 (also known as “National Nurses Day”) through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

We want to give special recognition for the steadfast efforts and dedication of our Upbring nurses, who serve children and families in need. Upbring, The New LSS, employs 55 nurses – including certified nursing and medication assistants – throughout Texas in a variety of capacities.

Upbring would like to thank all our nurse professionals for the love and comfort they provide to those we serve. We know that our children and families’ well-being is a priority because they are here!

Interested in joining our Upbring family? Visit our career page.

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