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who we are

We're a mission-driven Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization with a vision to revitalize, repair, and restore underprivileged communities to a place of wholeness.

Houston Vital Signs, Inc (HVSI) was founded in 1990 by Alvin Moten. For 40+ years, we have been committed to serving underserved communities across the Greater Houston area. Valuing diversity and inclusivity, we imagine charity that extends hope to others, regardless of their race, gender, disability or orientation.

Presently, we’re committed to providing safe and inclusive treatment, support services, and training programs for youth, the homeless, and those aged out of foster care.

HVSI’s L.I.F.E. Center is an onsite placement for our residents, with the goal of providing them with the support they need to transition into independent living.

Our programs provide a range of services including life-skills training, job placement assistance, education and career counseling, as well as behavioral health support. Through these programs, we aim to equip our residents with the tools they need to achieve long-term stability and success.

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our team

board of directors

Dr. Marquis Evans

Governing Board President

Adrian Carter

Board Member

Patricia Jenkins

Board Member

advisory board

Dr. Kurt Shepherd, DPM, MSIS

Advisory Board Member

Will Cooper

Educational Director

leadership team

Al Moten

Founder & President

Amy Moten

Administrative Coordinator

Derrick Wesley

VP, Community Relations

Surry Oliver

VP, Homeless Initiatives

Ruthie Greenwood

Charter Member/Program Director

Marva Thompson-Brinkley

Educational Director

Florence Suttle

Compliance & Regulations

Johnie Mathis

Nursing Administrator

Jonathan Lorings


Herman Moten

General Manager

Alexis Buggs


Joseph Thompson,ESQ

Legal Advisor

Letter From Our CEO

Dear Community Partner,

Houston Vital Signs, Inc. (HVSI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and restoring underprivileged communities throughout Greater Houston. For over 30 years, we have offered various programs that address social, physical, emotional, clinical, vocational, and self-help needs for youth and adults experiencing poverty, housing instability, substance abuse, mental health challenges, and health issues.

In the United States, there are approximately 391,000 children and youth in foster care, with 23,000 aging out of the system each year without permanency. Shockingly, 1 in 5 of these young individuals become instantly homeless, and less than 3% earn a college degree in their lifetime. The situation is particularly concerning in Texas, where reports indicate a 1,100% increase in children without placement from 2019 to 2021.

Recognizing this urgent need, HVSI has proactively expanded our services through The Heritage Project Center for Children (THP). THP is a comprehensive residential, training, and treatment center designed to support boys and girls between 12 and 17 in Harris and Ft. Bend Counties. Our goal is to provide a healing environment for these young individuals, offering them comprehensive clinical and behavioral health services, education, and life skills training. By partnering with HVSI and investing in our community, you will help us fill a critical need for Texas foster care youth. Your support will help us to operate our residential treatment facility in Richmond, TX, which will serve as a qualified residential treatment provider for children referred to us by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

Additionally, HVSI is actively responding to the influx of unaccompanied migrant children from the southern Texas border. We are opening a temporary shelter to provide migrant children with a safe and nurturing environment while they await reunification with their families or are placed in appropriate care. Our comprehensive services aim to ensure their well-being, provide educational support, and facilitate their successful integration into their new communities.

We invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of these vulnerable young individuals. Your sponsorship will provide vital resources for our program, hope, and a brighter future for foster care youth and unaccompanied migrant children in our community. We are grateful for any level of support you can provide. Together, we can empower these young individuals to overcome challenges, achieve their potential, and succeed in adulthood.

Thank you for considering our request. We look forward to discussing how we can work together to make a lasting impact on the lives of Texas foster care youth. If you or your company are interested in supporting our programs, please contact me at or (281) 302-8584.

Sincerely, Al Moten

Founder & CEO