After visiting Angel Reach, a Conroe area agency that works with youth who are transitioning out of foster care, Marc and Michelle Jungers, with Grand View Builders/GVB Custom Homes, immediately began to formulate a plan to provide the design, construction and donations necessary to improve the agency’s food pantry and storage area. “We knew immediately that we were going to take part in this HomeAid Care project,” said Michelle Jungers. “The work Angel Reach does for foster care youth is inspiring. We were so thrilled to be a part of something so rewarding.” HomeAid is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association.
The project was recently completed with Grand View as the Builder Captain and numerous companies donating materials and services including electrical, carpentry, appliances, HVAC, paint and new flooring. A dedication of the new pantry and storage space was held in July at Angel Reach, where Grand View and the vendors who donated were honored. Over 60 guests attended the dedication including HomeAid, GHBA and Angel Reach board members, staff and volunteers and residents in the Angel Reach program.
“Marc and Michelle Jungers with Grand View Builders/GVB Custom Homes, have a huge heart when it comes to helping others,” said Greg Tomlinson, the 2015 president of HomeAid Houston. “The Jungers are committed to giving back to the community through what they do best, building and renovating. They were also Builder Captains on a HomeAid project for Montgomery County Youth Services in 2010. They continue to lead by example.”
A “Stock the Pantry” benefit also brought in donations to help fill the pantry with personal hygiene items. The items were donated by employees within 15 companies and were given to Angel Reach at the dedication ceremony.
Angel Reach, founded by foster parents Sandra Carpenter and Debbie Zempel in 2004, was originally created to help other foster parents provide for the ever-changing needs of the children who would come and go in their homes. In 2011, Angel Reach created the Transitional Living program that specifically helps youth aging out of foster care as they transition into society.
Because of numerous distressing reasons, many children and youth in the community live in alternate homes away from their natural birth parents, including foster care and kinship care. These young people are at extreme risk of life-long poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, early death, and unproductive or under-productive lives. Thirty percent of male foster care alumni are incarcerated by 19 years of age. Nearly half of all girls who lived in foster care are pregnant by age 19, many producing children who join the cycle of abuse and neglect. Angel Reach is dedicated to helping these at-risk children and youth transition to better lives.
HomeAid Houston has been building transitional housing for Houston’s homeless since 2003. The agency has completed 24 projects adding $9.4 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community, resulting in nearly 400 beds, serving 1250 homeless men, women and children annually.
For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.