Features of Our Program


  • Comprehensive work and life skills assessment/training counseling services
  • Supervised residential dormitory and apartment living regular medication review, if needed
  • Variety of classes, including horticulture, clerical, maintenance/housekeeping, and more
  • Life skills training – cleaning, cooking, money management and getting around the city by bus
  • Expanded cafeteria and culinary training
  • Support for employers who hire our graduates

A Team of Dedicated Professionals

Our students find a home at Providence Place where committed professionals guide dorm life and daytime classes.

Our CHI team includes administrators and counselors, case managers, employment specialist, work readiness trainers and a full-time nurse. Many are bilingual and experienced in American Sign Language. We also have 24-hour awake-direct-care supervision.

Admission to CHI

Students who join our program must be at least 18 years old, possess self-help skills and have a qualifying need or diagnosed disability, such as:

  • Developmental/intellectual disabilityCHI students
  • Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deafness or hearing impairment
  • Other learning disabilities.

State Agencies refer many students and we welcome others who hear about us from family, community or a religious organization. Tuition payment options are through state agencies or private pay.

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Campus Life at CHI

Our 25-acre campus, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, is convenient to the South Texas Medical Center, with bus stops and para-transportation, which provides assistance to those with special needs, right at our front entrance.

Socialization, an important aspect of our training, includes activities geared to fostering friendships and balance between work and fun. Our students enjoy:

  • Computer lab
  • Walking/rolling trail
  • Health and wellness program, including a full-size gym and exercise activities
  • Swimming pool and barbecue pavilion
  • Residential dormitory and apartments
  • Spiritual guidance and activities.

What Students Can Expect

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On average, the time from enrollment to graduation is 8 to 15 months.  Students receive their class assignments  and are engaged in meaningful learning experiences.

When they graduate, students can expect to hold a job and have the ability to live on their own. For those who need a little more support and guidance, our Oasis Home offers group living with a level of supervision as a next step.

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