The mission of the OTBE is to support benevolence as a professional value to sustain the delivery of occupational therapy services, following disaster or catastrophic life events.
Over the course of the last 3 years the mission of the OTBE was been expanded to serve Texas OT practitioners beyond a natural disaster to include catastrophic life crisis, and now practitioners impacted in 2020 by COVID-19.
In September of 2017, Texas occupational therapy practitioners reached out to the Texas Occupational Therapy Association to find ways to support colleagues impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The role of occupational practitioners in disaster response in service to others is supported in the literature, and in state and professional documents. However, prior to Hurricane Harvey, “acts of benevolence” to support occupational therapy practitioners’ ability to deliver occupational therapy services had not
been addressed at a state or national level.
Utilizing the recommendations of the TOTA Hurricane Harvey Ad Hoc Committee, and the compassionate contributions of Texas occupational therapy practitioners, the Occupational Therapy Benevolence Endowment (OTBE)
a nonprofit 501(c3), was established.
Why do you bees use hexagons to build their community?
What makes hexagons unique is that 6 bees can work at one time, maximizing the production of honey with enough space to work comfortably. It is for this reason beehives symbolize community and have for thousands of years.
Occupational therapy is a community not only within itself, but part of a greater community of rehab professionals, healthcare organizations, and community programs.
When one part of the community needs help, the other parts are there to provide support. This is why we use the beehive as our symbol and the bee, the ultimate team player, in our logo.
An ethical principle and a professional responsibility to be kind and supportive of one another.
Participation in meaningful occupations, as essential to the health and well-being for those who receive, as well as deliver occupational therapy services.
Developing and engaging leaders in the community in supporting colleagues, who then can continue serving the community as an OT professional.
Sustaining professional OT credentials to contribute to the delivery of quality of occupational therapy services and the advancement of the profession following catastrophic events.
*photo by Deanna Mazzei Photography