About Us

The Pink Giraffe House offers a safe haven for young victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment who need protection and assistance.

homeless teenage girl in houston

Our Program

The Pink Giraffe House runs innovative programs that provide homeless youth the assistance, training and resources they need to make a successful re-integration into society.

Mentor Program

Many homeless youth lack supportive adults in their lives. The Pink Giraffe House’s Mentor Program seeks to foster positive relationships between caring adults and youth in our programs. Mentors offer guidance, a listening ear, and an experienced perspective on life. Mentors also help youth set attainable goals, map out plans to achieve those goals, and begin to successfully implement them. The approach is built around a trauma-informed care treatment model and a commitment to evidence-based practices. The Mentor serves as a role model and sounding board for the youth as he or she moves into independent living and adulthood.

Street Outreach

TPGH has an outreach and engagement system designed to reduce barriers and encourage homeless kids living on the streets to visit our sanctuary so they can receive appropriate services.

Our outreach team reaches young people mainly in the Montrose district and its surrounding areas, and provide kids living on the streets dry socks and underwear, snacks, beverages, bug spray, toiletries, referral services and emotional support.

Living on the streets as a homeless teen can be very dangerous and comes with violence, abuse and neglect as well as abandonment thus creating mistrust and low self-esteem. TPGH insists on the importance to help our homeless youth gain back their self- esteem, confidence and trust in others. As hard as it may seem, we have made tremendous progress with many of our young visitors!

Drop-in Center

Days are long when you have no place to call home or a safe place to hang out. Our Drop-In Center is a safe and comfortable place where homeless youth can “drop-in” and get basic need items. This includes food, toiletries, clothing, showers and laundry facilities. We help with homework, GED preparation, and resume writing. A variety of expressive arts and other group activities are offered at the Drop-In Center. We incorporate a TV/ play room for fun and relaxation. We provide family reunification services; telephone messages and mail service. We offer crisis shelter and psychological services. Our daytime drop-in center is a safe place to make meaningful relationships with caring adults. We provide a safe and trusting environment for our teens so they gain the confidence to begin the process of moving out of homelessness and onto the path of self-sufficiency.

Case Management

Teens who live on the street lack the guidance and support so many of us take for granted. That’s why TPGH has a dedicated and trained team of case managers who provide consistent, personalized, and comprehensive case management services to our youth.
Our end goal is to help our teen clients achieve their individual goals – whether that means finishing their education, receiving work training, finding work, or securing affordable housing. Often, it’s all of the above.

Our Mission

The Pink Giraffe House is a non-profit organization dedicated to end youth homelessness in Houston. We equip and empower teens, young adults and their families with tools to achieve stability and life transformation.

Our Vision

The vision of The Pink Giraffe House is that all youth will have a safe and nurturing place to call home and a chance for a productive life.

Our Values

Integrity

We do what we say we will do.

partnerships

THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITY WE CREATE A POWERFUL NETWORK, WHICH ENABLES OUR COMMON MISSION TO EVOLVE.

Inclusivity

WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ETHNICITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER EXPRESSION, OR RELIGION

Compassion

We believe working compassionately with people enriches all.

Values

OUR INTERACTIONS WITH OUR YOUTH COMMUNICATE OUR VALUES. WE MODEL HOW TO HAVE CARING/LOVING RELATIONSHIPS BASED ON ACCEPTANCE AND UNDERSTANDING, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY, TRUST AND RESPECT.

Innovation

We embrace opportunities to learn, grow and make wise choices.

Who We Serve

The Pink Giraffe House provides direct services in the Greater Houston Area to youth ages 13–19 and to their family members, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation/ identity/ expression, socio-economic background, race or faith.

Staff

Arend Basille

Art Program Director

stacey laves khalifa

Stacey Laves Khalifa

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage &  Family Therapist

Julie Cunningham

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Sebastien Lutomski

Drop-in Center Coordinator

Rebecca Lavergne

Education Program Coordinator

cake

Cake

Chief Barking Officer

Chelsea Reid

Chelsea Reid

Facilitator

Cullen Avidan

Special Projects Coordinator

Board of Directors

gaetane

Gaëtane Pauwels

President

The Pink Giraffe House, Founder, CEO, MS, LCDC, CPC

Inge Duran, Ph.D

Vice-President

marie dominique verdier

Marie-Dominique Verdier

Secretary

Photographer, Marie-Dominique Verdier Photography

philippe remacle

Philippe Remacle

Treasurer

Offshore Assets & Development, Total Oil & Gas

ben domingz

Ben Dominguez II

Member

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Ben Dominguez II, P.C.

michael yafi md

Michael Yafi MD

Member

Associate Professor And Director, Division Of Pediatric Endocrinology, UT Health Science Center at Houston

Pierre Guitard

Pierre Guitard

Member

Realtor, Realm Real Estate

fabrice plantard

Fabrice Plantard

Member

Artist

Courtney Fischer

Member

Reporter, ABC13

Jeff Whitehead

Member

Senior Police Officer, Houston Police Department

Junior Board

The Pink Giraffe House Junior Board includes young professionals ages 18-35 that are passionate leaders in the fight to end youth homelessness in Houston. Members of the Junior Board act as ambassadors for TPGH by fundraising, becoming involved in TPGH services and engaging other young professionals to make a difference.

Chloe Lutomski

Chair

Student, University of Texas, McCombs School of Business

Angela Gerhardt

Treasurer

Geologist, EnerVest, Ltd

Brittany Tatum

Member

Accountant, Health & Human Services Commission

Contact Us

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message

Address

The Pink Giraffe House
2304 Mason Street
Houston, TX 77006

Phone Number

(713) 542-4649