Houston Children’s Charity is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged, handicapped and abused children in the Houston community and surrounding areas. The "Chariots for Children" Van Program was founded in 1996 to provide specifically designed and equipped vehicles to organizations with a similar mission.
Area children’s non-profits historically suffer budget constraints, creating an endless need for assistance with transportation. The "Chariots for Children" Van Program is self-funding. HCC must continually meet the challenge of funding this vitally needed program. We are always seeking corporate individual sponsorship to provide assistance.
For many children, our vans provide transportation to treatment or therapy. For some, a first step into a larger world. Transportation is restricted to child-related activities, whether for an outing to the zoo, a trip to the movies or a first visit to NASA or the Museum of Fine Arts.
Applicants must complete a full questionnaire and meet all of the required qualifications. Recipients are responsible for maintaining the vehicle costs, taxes and insurance, and must guarantee that they can meet these costs on a continuing basis.
Since 1996, Houston Children’s Charity has awarded 93 vans, 3 trucks and 1 car to 82 agencies and 8 individual families, at a cost of $2,384,821 over the past 16 years.
The "Chariots for Children" logo and the name of the organization are displayed and maintained on the vehicle. The name of any corporation or individual providing support to this program may also be prominently displayed on the body of the van.
Handicap Accessible Conversion
Kasey Bennett is an 11 year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Disease. This is a slowly progressive disease that deteriorates the muscles until they no longer work. Kasey is confined to a wheelchair and as he grows it will be more difficult to load him and the wheelchair into the van. Having a handicap accessible van would allow his mother the ability to transport Kasey without lifting him in and out of the families 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Carlos A. Chavez
Handicap Accessible Van
Carlos A. Chavez is a 4 year old boy with Mitochondria Disorder. Mitochondrial diseases are categorized according to the organ systems affected and symptoms present. Carlos has generalized muscle weakness and global developmental delay, medically and developmentally fragile. The family has one car and it is constantly breaking down. A handicap accessible van would change their world. They would be able to get to the doctors, schools and other outings as a family.
Young Life Houston Central
Young Life Houston Central is a non-profit campus youth ministry, working with inner-city and at-risk kids to provide guidance, direction, and hope with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were awarded a 12 passenger van making it possible for teens (11 – 18) to have transportation services to and from activities where they will receive guidance and help that they would not otherwise receive.
Handicap Accessible Van
Diana Reyna is a 10 year old girl with bone cancer who is also quadriplegic. Diana’s parents needed to carry her nearly everywhere, even sustaining their own injuries trying to do so. The new handicap accessible van will allow Diana an entirely new life as she will be able to go to the movies and grocery store which she could not do before.