Noah's House

176 Fellows Road
Houston, Texas 77047
Tel: 713.434.5599

Noah’s House Names Jonte’ Rollins Executive Director

Noah’s House is pleased to announce Jonte’ Rollins has joined our team as Executive Director, effective January 16, 2017.

Rollins will be responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Noah’s House in carrying out its mission of providing intellectually disabled individuals with opportunities for growth and fulfillment in a loving and nurturing home community.

“We are delighted Jonte’ has accepted the tremendous responsibility for overseeing our entire operation” said Don Ray, President of Noah’s House Board of Directors. “We believe she brings a unique combination of experience in the social services field, educational preparation, personal passion for working with intellectually disabled adults and professional management skills to successfully guide Noah’s House forward. We are excited about getting Jonte’ directly involved in all aspects of Noah’s House as soon as possible.”

Rollins comes with more than fifteen years of progressively increasing responsibilities in social services work in central Illinois. She has been extensively involved with multiple nonprofit organizations in youth and young adult program development, communications, community engagement and management. Her most recent position was as Operations Director, Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance, in Urbana, IL. Jonte’ holds a BS degree in Sociology from Illinois State University.

Noah’s House was founded in 1998 as an affordable home where high functioning intellectually disabled individuals are able to live among friends and work in the greater community. Our core values are love and caring, commitment and dedication, generosity, compassion, acceptance and respect for self and others.

February 2016

Noah’s House Names Toby Dagenhart to Board of Directors

Noah’s House is pleased to announce Toby Dagenhart has joined our Board of Directors effective January 1, 2016. Toby is Managing Director of Technology of Chapelwood United Methodist Church where he is responsible for all communications technologies throughout all five of Chapelwood’s faith communities. Prior to his current position, Toby served for three years as Vice President/Director of Development for Disability Resources Incorporated, a leading provider of services to intellectually disabled persons in West Texas with a mission and programs similar to Noah’s House.

Don Ray, Board President remarked, “Toby brings to Noah’s House a unique skill set covering both a wide range of technologies and our need to enhance our fundraising revenue stream. Both are based on Toby’s long held passion for providing life changing care and support to those suffering from intellectual disabilities. We believe Toby will be an outstanding addition to our leadership team going forward.”

Toby holds a BA degree in communications from San Angelo State University and a Certificate from Rice University’s Leadership Institute for Non-Profit Executives.

December 2015

Noah’s House Names Carleen F. White Director of Development

Noah’s House is pleased to announce Carleen F. White will join our Noah’s House team as Director of Development effective January 11, 2016.

White will be responsible for working within the greater Houston philanthropic community to enhance awareness and funding support for Noah’s House mission of providing intellectually disabled individuals with opportunities for growth and fulfillment in a loving and nurturing home community.

“We are excited to add Carleen to our team” commented Don Ray, President of Noah’s House Board of Directors. “We believe her background and experiences as a professional development officer make her uniquely qualified to develop and implement the funding programs we need to better position Noah’s House and to represent us throughout the community going forward.”

White comes with five years of experience in the development field, most recently with Houston’s outstanding Nehemiah Center. Prior to moving into the nonprofit world, she held multiple assignments in employee staffing and training for Enterprise Holdings, also in the Houston area. She holds a BA degree from Texas Lutheran University. White is an active member of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is involved in education and children volunteer work.

Noah’s House was founded in 1998 as an affordable home where high functioning intellectually disabled individuals are able to live among friends and work in the greater community. Our core values are love and caring, commitment and dedication, generosity, compassion, acceptance and respect for self and others.

Noah’s House is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit entity (EIN: 76-0590599) and is located at 176 Fellow Road, Houston, TX 77047. For more information, please view our website or contact Ms. Nancy Lackey, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 713-434-5599.

November 2015

Noah’s House Names Rick A. Rumford to Board of Directors

Noah’s House is pleased to announce Rick A. Rumford has joined our Board of Directors effective January 1, 2016. Rick is Principal, On Target Developmental Resources, which he founded in 1990. Thecompany is a full-service training and development company delivering high quality programs that lead to positive, permanent change. On Target’scustomized training strategies and programs have been used by over 500 individuals and companies to address leadership development, team building,interpersonal effectiveness, communication skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making, coaching and mentoring. Prior to establishing On Target, Rick held several positions in the human resources and employee relations field. He holds a BS degree in management and marketing from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Don Ray, Board President remarked, “We are excited about having Rick on our board. His background and skill set associated with improving effectiveness of people and organizations directly relate to our goals for Noah’s House. His sincere interest in combining those skills with his support for those living with intellectual disabilities will be valuable to us and we look forward to hiscontributions at the board level.”

January 2015

Noah’s House Names Jodi Bernstein to Board of Directors

Noah’s House is pleased to announce Jodi Bernstein has joined our Board of Directors effective January 1, 2015. Jodi serves as the Senior Associate Director of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League. During her 29 years at ADL, she has worked extensively in numerous areas including civil rights, legislation, education, women’s initiatives, community and interfaith outreach and youth engagement as well as close work with the ADL board. In 2014 she was awarded the Hans Mayer Jewish Communal Professional Award. Prior to joining ADL, Jodi worked for Covenant House, a shelter for teen runaways. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

Don Ray, Board President remarked, “We are delighted to have Jodi join our board. Not only does her background and experience overlap our mission, she is passionate about Noah’s House from having a sibling who is one of our long-term residents. We look forward to putting her enthusiasm and expertise to work benefiting Noah’s House and our wonderful residents.”


September 2014

Second Annual Benefit Gala Brings Out Friends of Noah’s House

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Over 200 friends and supporters of Noah’s House made our second annual gala an outstanding success!  Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening as we raised almost $50,000 to support the wonderful residents of Noah’s House!

The event, co-sponsored by Ryan’s World, was held on September 14, 2014, at the beautiful Bayou City Event Center.  Honored at the event were Darryl and Lori Schroeder for their tremendous support of Noah’s House and many philanthropic endeavors within Houston.  In addition, Darryl serves generously on the Noah’s House board of directors.  Co-chairs for the event were Judy Blake and Craig Howard.  Judy serves on the boards of both Noah’s House and Ryan’s World.  Craig serves on the board of Ryan’s World, a Houston organization dedicated to helping families affected by special needs. 

Dazzling entertainment provided by the artists of Cirque Imagination.  Guests dined on scrumptious food prepared by Tony’s while watching unique performances of aerial rope, trapeze, hula-hoop and more.  Mike Greer of Greer Auction Services was outstanding as the auctioneer.  Silent and live auction items were auctioned off with live items including trips around the world, one-of-a-kind artwork and exquisite jewelry. 

One of the many highpoints of the evening was having twenty of our residents, along with the staff, attend this special night.  It was very touching as the residents gave their personal thanks to all of those in attendance for their kindness and generosity.  The evening is one of the many components that make the continued success of Noah’s House possible.

Many thanks to all who attended – it was a night to remember!  Be on the lookout for information about next year’s gala – we’re already working on it!

Photos provided by Memorable Reflections Photography Houston TX


September 2014

Noah’s House Announces New Support Opportunity

lend-a-handNoah’s House successfully launched the “Lend A Hand…So We can Extend Ours” opportunity by raising almost $ 50,000 at our Second Annual Benefit Gala on September 14, 2014.

The reality for many intellectually disabled adults is that they also have very limited income. They often have no place to go other than Noah’s House. But when there is no alternative to a life on the streets and not enough money for even our low fees, where do we send them?

Since our beginning over 16 years ago, in these situations and with help from caring donors, we have been able to accept residents on a “sliding scale – ability to pay” basis. It’s who we are and what we do. Extending our hand on this basis however, means a substantial “gap” in our revenues that leave many expenses unpaid.

The Lend A Hand effort is your opportunity to help us cover that “gap” and make it possible for us to keep extending our hand to those facing the crippling disadvantages of intellectual disability and limited resources.

Please find out more about this pressing need by clicking here to view a brief video and here to see a short presentation(6.6MB) with more information. If you are able to financially help, download this form and mail it with your donation to us at the address provided.


August 2014

Noah’s House To Participate in Second Annual Gala Benefit

RW Gala invite 5x7 v2ALL YOU NEED IS CIRQUE! ACT II - You are invited to join us at our Second Annual Gala Benefit for dinner and an evening of amazing entertainment as we honor Lori and Darryl Schroeder for their extraordinary leadership in giving back to the Houston community. This special event will be held at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road 77045 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 starting with cocktails and a silent auction at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and performances by the marvelously talented stars of Houston’s own Cirque Imagination. Proceeds will benefit Noah’s House and Ryan’s World, which is devoted to helping children with special needs.

Click this link to download a reply card and get more information. See you there!


February 2014

Noah's House Launches New Branding

Planning for our future – The Noah’s House Board of Directors wants you to know who we are, what we do and how you can help. We do our utmost to ensure that all of our residents lead as typical a lifestyle as possible. With our new branding, we want our mission to be understood by all so that you, too, will help us in our endeavor to support this deserving segment of our society.

The essence of the effort is reflected in our new logo, which is made up of a unique design, along with our name and a "tag" line describing our role.

The logo is in the shape of a heart that captures symbols of what we call "A Place to Call Home" surrounded by color representations of the sunshine, clear sky and the earth we all share. Our tag line sums up who we are and our mission. Noah's House is "An independent community living center for single adults with intellectual disabilities".

This new branding is being incorporated in all of our promotional materials, correspondence, building signage and on our 32 passenger resident bus.

We are grateful for the generous donation of time and creative talent by the management and staff of Axiom, Houston's premier advertising and marketing agency in making this rebranding effort possible.




December 14, 2013

Noah's House Celebrates With Annual Open House

We celebrated the season with our annual Open House! Our facility was decorated in the holiday spirit and with our new logo! Over 150 people joined our celebration including our residents, staff, their families and “Friends of Noah’s House”. The holidays are important to all of us and our residents are no different. Everyone had a wonderful time of visiting, enjoying an outstanding meal with all the trimmings and a table overflowing with fabulous desserts. The residents were proudly decked out in their new t-shirts displaying our colorful logo. Some went all the way with even more Christmas hats and attire, which added even more spirit to the festivities.

A highlight of the event was the giving of gifts including much needed new lunch kits, hygiene supplies and other useful items for each of our residents. The party continued with a demolition of the desert table and more visiting time with families and friends.

After the event, the festivities continued for the residents as they enjoyed "Madea's Christmas", a fun film highlighting the spirit of Christmas sharing. The evening was followed by an enjoyable pizza buffet at CiCi's Pizza. This was an end to a perfect day for those we are blessed to call our residents.

We express our gratitude to all of those many "Friends of Noah's House" who donated food items, our resident's Christmas gifts and cash donations to make this event possible.