Crime Victim Services:

The Parris Foundation provides direct victim services in the form of: (1) assistance with crime victims’ compensation, (2) assistance with Texas SAVNS/VINE, (3) information and referral, (4) crisis intervention, (5) counseling, (6) assistance with victim impact panels and statements, (7) victim follow-up, and (8) victim advocacy. Victim Services are provided FREE of charge.

The Parris Foundation provides individual, family, and group counseling to crime victims at community offices and through home-based sessions. The Parris Foundation facilitates outreach or community education presentations and participates in community informational fairs. Through such outreach, the Parris Foundation serves crime victims who might not otherwise be reached and provide or refer them to needed services and connect them to services for the purpose of supporting or assisting in their recovery.


Counseling and Wellness Services:

Ethics and compassion guide the counseling and wellness services provided by the Parris Foundation. Professionals trained in spiritual and religious issues, expressive arts, and dual-diagnosis are available for both office and home-based services. Medicaid and sliding-fee scale payments are gladly accepted.

Get Help Now by calling Dr. Bacon at (713) 315-6446 or via email.

The Parris Gaehring Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to high school students. Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service and excel in Math. Scholarships are renewable up to four years with continued college enrollment and cumulative GPA of 2.5.



  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Attend either De Soto High School or Humble High School
  • Planning to enroll in college in the Fall of the application year

Scholarship Award Recipients:

  • 2010 – Jamela Pleasant (Stephen F. Austin State University)
  • 2009 – Anna Eppes (Tulane University)

Application Checklist:

  • Complete Application
  • Typed Essay (not to exceed 500 words) describing the goals “The Parris Gaehring Memorial Scholarship” will help you achieve
  • Official Transcript (in sealed envelope)

What is The Parris Scholars TRIO Program?

Parris Scholars TRIO Program is a 100% federally funded TRIO Talent Search program that is  part of the Educational Outreach Division of The Parris Foundation. The program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. PSTP also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Parris Scholars TRIO Program is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. All services are FREE to the participants of the program.


Services include:

  • Academic coaching,
  • Monitoring & support for Academic Progress
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Information on AP & CLEP Testing
  • Career Exploration Workshops
  • College and Financial Aid Awareness
  • College Admissions Assistance & Workshops
  • Financial Aid Workshops & Assistance
  • Scholarship Application & Essay Assistance
  • ACT and SAT Test Prep
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • College, Career, & Cultural Field Trips


To be eligible for the Parris Scholars Program, participants must meet the following guidelines:

  • Attend  one of these Alief ISD campuses: Elsik High School, Elsik Ninth Grade Center, or Kerr High School
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be either First Generation or have a desire to pursue a college education
  • After selection, participants are required to receive a minimum of six contact services each academic year to remain eligible for the program


Contact Information

Parris Foundation
P.O. Box 70491
Houston, TX 77270
Call: (832)-689-6348


College Preparation and Leadership Development:

Preparing for college starts before your senior year in high school. The earlier you start the better equipped you will be for success. TPF will help guide you through high school and get you ready for the college admission process. The College Preparation team assists with college searches, college selection and interviews, college entrance exams, college application packets, educational resumes, scholarship searches and essay development, and FAFSA completion. Most college preparation services are provided free of charge.

The Leadership Development Conference is a three day conference for juniors and seniors offered in the summer. Through interactive workshops, attendees will be challenged and encouraged to become active leaders in their community, school, and at home. For more information contact Alfred Bacon.

Continuing Education Provider:

The Parris Foundation is a Continuing Education Provider for Texas LPC (#1726), Texas LMFT (#657), and Texas SW (#6216).


Crime Victims Practitioner Training:

Training offered to practitioners servicing crime victims designed to enhance the quality of service victims receive. Trainings include topics in victim rights, advocacy, and best practices. Training professionals and volunteers to improve their ability to inform victims of their rights, to assist victims in their recovery, or to establish a continuum of care for victims is facilitated by the Parris Foundation.


Foster Care Service Provider Training:

The Foster Care Service Provider Training is designed to orient service providers to the college admission and financial aid application process, college readiness, exit housing options and financial planning/literacy for foster care youth. Training will enhance the ability to move foster care youth toward high school graduation and college enrollment with seamless transition.


TRiO Training:

TRiO Training is provided for institutions of higher education and other public and private nonprofit organizations with TRiO projects to enhance the skills and expertise of project directors and staff. Trainings can be onsite or at the Parris Foundation. The topics covered in the trainings include but are not limited to legislative and regulatory requirements; assisting students in receiving financial aid; program design and best practices; and strategies for recruiting and serving hard to reach populations.


Clinical Supervision:

Clinical Supervision is provided to Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) committed to the mission of Parris Foundation. To arrange Clinical Supervision or for more information contact Katherine Bacon.


Internship Placement:

The Parris Foundation is an approved internship site for the University of Houston’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics), University of Houston Victoria (UHV) Graduate Counselor Education Program, Texas Southern University’s (TSU) Graduate Counseling Programs, Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) Graduate Counseling Programs, and Prairie View University’s (PVAMU) Graduate Counseling Program. To inquire and/or apply for an internship placement contact Natasha Young.