Kimberly Brusatori and Linda Schuiten were inspired to come together in 2000 to develop programs and services for individuals with disabilities, in response to the lack of such offerings in Northeast Houston. They are mothers of children with disabilities, and both of their children would soon be graduating from high school and leaving behind the structure and programs that school offers.
Kimberly and Linda had met several years before, through their membership on the Humble ISD Special Education Parent Council, and had worked with other dedicated parents over the years to develop several community programs. However, their ultimate vision was to create a full-time program that would provide much needed support and structure, benefiting individuals with disabilities and their families. At that time, the State of Texas ranked 46th in the Nation for providing support for persons with disabilities. In addition, waiting lists for services were 8-10 years long.
In September 2000, Kimberly and Linda, as well as several other parents of children with disabilities, founded The Village Learning Center, Inc (dba Village Learning & Achievement Center) as a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. A monetary commitment was made by both Kimberly and Linda, the organization was created, and the passion to provide quality programs and services to individuals with disabilities was born. The word “Village” was chosen because they realized that the organization’s success depended upon the support of their community. They knew that it would take a “Village” to make their vision a reality.
Much has happened since The Village’s inception in 2000, but the vision of the founders still drives the mission and belief system shared by the staff and the many families that are served.