From time to time, we discover interesting posts, unique programs, and great resources for families that have children with special needs.  In most cases, we post links to our social media accounts in an effort to share our discovery.  Yesterday, we found a posting on the “Don’t Pay in Full” blog.  The article, written by Irina Vasilescu, shares numerous links to resources to obtain travel assistance, therapy tools and mobility aids, limited financial assistance, and “extras”.  We posted a link to our social media accounts and it has become one of our most shared posts.  Here is the link for the blog post.  Feel free to check it out and share! THE COMPLETE LIST OF FREE THINGS AND GRANTS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

This is not an endorsement and we share the link only as a possible resource for those that may find it useful.

We are so thrilled to announce the publishing of our new, improved, and updated website.  This redesign is the result of many weeks of discussion, web design, technical finesse, and team effort. A special thanks to Chris and Dan for getting us over the finish line.

We hope you enjoy the improvements in design and content throughout the various pages.

Improvements include:

  • the showcasing of our sponsors
  • the ability to apply for the VIP program online!
  • use of an easy to edit format so we can update our site quickly
  • updated content
  • a link to our 2018 Joe Moreno Charity Classic and other upcoming events
  • and more!

Twenty years ago Jackie Zigtema began taking her special education students on a Christmas shopping trip to help them learn valuable real-world skills. It was not long after that her brother Steve Mostyn decided to help find ways to help expand the program.

Today the Glenda Jean Mostyn and Joe E. Moreno Educational Foundation sponsor an annual Christmas Lights shopping trip and luncheon in 19 school districts, with more than 1,250 students.

“We did it on a small scale, (Steve) came and then said I came and he’d call me the next year and say let’s add a school,” Zigtema said. “It’s an unbelievable gift to these kids.”

Caring for special needs students is a family affair; the foundation is named in honor of their mother Glenda Jean, who spent her career working with students at the old St. Louis school.

Foundation Executive Director Monte Osburn said the event with Whitehouse Independent School District was especially meaningful this year. The family hails from Whitehouse and this marked the first shopping trip since Steve passed away in November.

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The foundation has a raffle going for a $100 gift certificate of awesome BBQ at The Pit Room in Houston, TX. The BBQ is listed in Texas Monthly as one of the top 50 BBQ places in Texas. I can accept cash, check or credit card or you can send me funds through the Facebook messenger. Details in the graphic above.

On October 2, the Mostyn Moreno Foundation held its 3rd annual Joe Moreno Charity Classic presented by AT&T. The annual event features a VIP reception, a tournament, live auction, awards presentation, and dinner.  The tournament is named for former state representative Joe E Moreno who passed away in 2005. His sister Sarah makes it clear that Joe treated his friends very well and wants the entire experience of our sponsors and golfers to reflect Joe’s standards.

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This month, I embarked on my annual journey across Texas to bring the Foundation’s Christmas Lights Program to over 1,200 children with special needs in 19 Texas public school districts. This is a very special event for our organization because it brings the excitement of Christmas to children around Texas in need of some good cheer. As I spend hours driving from city-to-city, day-by-day, I cannot help but to be grateful for all the wonderful financial donors and remarkable volunteers who support us each year. None of these events, especially our signature program, Christmas Lights, would be possible without everyone’s generosity.

The Mostyn Moreno Foundation was created in 2006 by Houston lawyers Amber and Steve Mostyn to honor the memory of two caring Texans: Glenda Jean Mostyn, mother, grandmother, sister, and East Texas educator and Texas State Representative Joe E. Moreno, son, brother, friend, and legislator. Christmas Lights, the Foundation’s signature program, was created with the vision of creating a unique educational program which stimulates decision-making, social skills and other important life skills with the guidance of their caretakers and teachers. The Christmas Lights Program gives each participating child an allowance of $50 cash to spend at a dedicated Walmart store. The teachers work with each child in understanding their budget and deciding which gifts to purchase.

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A long-time activist in helping to improve his community, Representative Joe E. Moreno had been involved for many years in the Resurrection Catholic Church, Harris County Tejano Democrats, and the League of United Latin American Citizens Council Number Sixty. He had also held the position of Harris County Precinct Judge for Precinct 62.

The Honorable Joe E. Moreno (1964-2005)On May 6, 2005, Texas State Representative Joe E Moreno’s died in an automobile accident.  Our foundation bears his name. I wanted to take the time and tell you that I know Joe. Now, that might be considered an odd statement when I tell you that I have never met Joe. But, I know him.

You see, I believe you can know a man by the company he keeps.  I know Joe because I know Joe’s mother, Alice. Mrs. Moreno is an elegant woman. She is easily approachable and quick to recall fond memories of Joe. She smiles such a lovely smile when she thinks of Joe. This matriarch holds family dearly and gives me a clear view of the home Joe was raised.  Yes, I know Joe.

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The pictures, the limo, the corsage: Prom is a rite of passage no teenager should have to miss.

Thanks to a generous donation from a charity founded by Houston attorneys Steve and Amber Mostyn, special needs students from 33 schools in East Texas will be able to attend a prom of their own this year. More than 800 students, parents and school staff members are expected at “Rocking the Red Carpet” this month in Harrison County.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Monte Osburn, executive director of the Glenda Jean Mostyn and Joe E. Moreno Educational Foundation. “The kids dance, and everyone has a great time.”

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The Mostyn-Moreno Foundation opens the giving season early this year with their annual “Christmas Lights Program.”  The Foundation organizes and funds a Christmas party for the Special Education Students of the Henderson, Tyler, Jacksonville, Athens and Whitehouse Independent School Districts.

Each student receives a $50 gift card from the foundation. The children are then taken to a retail store where they may spend their allowance as they desire, with math and social skills guidance from their instructors. Some students buy for themselves and others are amazing and want to buy for others. These students are served primarily in a full special education classroom due to significant disabilities and delays. It is truly an amazing day for all that get to participate.

Following their shopping spree, the students and their parents are taken to a special Christmas Lunch.

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Houston, TX — Houston’s Mostyn Moreno Foundation announced that it will once again expand its Christmas Lights holiday giving program to serve special needs students at the Buna ISD and Kirbyville CISD.

The Mostyn Moreno Foundation’s Christmas Lights program organizes and funds a unique educational experience for special education students across Texas. This year, over 900 students in 13 public school districts from Galveston, Southeast Texas and East Texas will be taken on a special educational field trip where students will use math, decision-making, social skills and practice important life skills with guidance from their teachers to purchase their own holiday gifts with funds provided by the foundation. Afterwards, the foundation will then treat the students, teachers, and family members to a special lunch.

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