On May 9th, the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation honored BBB Accredited Businesses and Charity Members that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace at the 2018 Awards for Excellence event.

Jessica Hearn from Universal Fidelity LP in Houston recalls the before and after of Hurricane Harvey and the outpouring of community support among residents and businesses. In the weeks since Hurricane Harvey, business and homeowners are still recovering from the storm that caused record rainfall and significant damage in many areas of Texas and Louisiana. Universal Fidelity LP moved into its new headquarters in Houston a year ago in July. It used its remote location designated in its disaster recovery plan during the storm, said CFO and Compliance Director Jessica Hearn. “We started watching the storm at the beginning of the week [in August],” Hearn said. “We started preparing at that time as if the storm was going to make an impact as the meteorologists were suggesting. The hurricane projection was not the news we wanted, but to add that high pressure was going to have it sit over Houston for days was even worse.”

Jessica Hearn, CFO and equity partner of Universal Fidelity LP, recently spent a day educating local first graders on financial literacy. Hearn taught students at MayDell Jenks Elementary in Katy, Texas, the importance of getting involved in their community and helped inspire financial responsibility, according to a news release from the company.

Universal Fidelity LP (UFLP) began making an Easter visit to Texas Children’s Hospital in the Houston Medical Center more than 20 years ago. Texas Children’s Hospital is a world-renown facility, children come from all around the world to receive treatment; Texas Children’s hospital has recently been ranked 4th by U.S. News’ report for Best Children’s Hospital for 2016-2017. In the spirit of giving back to the community, two UFLP team members coordinate with the facility to visit with children that are either hospitalized or going through treatment during Easter week. During the visit, the UFLP duo visits multiple floors enabling them to distribute hundreds of cuddly stuffed bunny rabbits to patients. Although the interaction with each patient is limited, it is greatly appreciated by the staff, patient’s families, and patients.

The ACA member company’s staff and their families decorated lunch bags for Lunches of Love, an organization delivering meals during extended school breaks in the Houston community. The staff at Houston-based ACA member company Universal Fidelity LP is committed to volunteering in their local community, most recently for the organization Lunches of Love. The organization started in 2009 with a mission to feed more than 150 children during the holidays when they were on break from school. Lunches of Love became a nonprofit organization in 2012 and now regularly provides lunches to more than 4,000 children, according to its website.

HOUSTON, Texas — Universal Fidelity LP, a Houston-based collection company is celebrating its 25thAnniversary on February 4th. The company was opened by Terry W. Simonds in February 1991. The vision and culture were to provide “Enrichment Through Quality Partnerships.” Terry W. Simonds won the Entrepreneur of the Year awarded by Ernest & Young for Service in 1997. Universal Fidelity was awarded the Blue Chip Enterprise Award the year following given by Mass Mutual.