Chad Willis is CEO of Texas Energy Holdings, Inc. and is also currently one of alley’s house’s biggest supporters. Willis became involved with alley’s house six years ago when a friend invited him to one of the charity’s annual art auctions. Willis was immediately struck by the need of the young mothers, and consequently began to not only buy up artwork at the auction, but become an active donor and partner in helping alley’s house make a difference.
Willis forged a friendship with Allison Whitehead, Executive Director of alley’s house, and started a scholarship program for teen moms. His goal was to attempt to send approximately six of them to college. One of these scholarship winners, Loida Garza, went on to be an intern at Willis’ firm. After her internship was complete, she was offered a position, along with the privilege of sending her children to childcare while she finishes college.
“For a small non-profit such as this, seeing a girl who you meet when she’s maybe fifteen years old and totally clueless with a young infant, and then seven years later seeing a twenty-two-year-old and the outcome of that, is immediate gratification for any philanthropist,” Willis said.
Willis hopes that more people will open up their hearts and give to alley’s house to make an impact in the lives of teen moms. He will continue to be a “strategic partner” in the successful development of both the charity and young mothers’ lives.