Boys and Girls Country and HomeAid Break Ground
November 11, 2015

Torrential rains pounded the Boys and Girls Country campus in Hockley, Texas, but it never dampened the excitement and enthusiasm at the recent groundbreaking for a new 7,100 sq. ft. cottage that will house eight children.  Dozens of guests were on-hand to share in the event that set the wheels in motion for construction of the Joanne H. Watford Cottage, one of several planned over the next few years.

HomeAid Houston is teaming up with award-winning builder, Partners in Building, to construct a home that will provide a safe, nurturing environment for children from families in crisis.  Partners in Building has already established a long list of Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) members who are donating materials and services.  HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the GHBA.  HomeAid builds transitional housing for Houston's homeless by working with homeless service agencies helping them to identify their housing needs and then providing the construction services.

On hand for the groundbreaking from Boys and Girls Country were Lou Palma, executive director; Mike Gatewood, chairman of Boys and Girls Country Endowment Board; Mike Watford, director, Elaine Petranek, director of planned giving and Judith, Morgan and Marcus, Boys and Girls Country children who joined the ceremony.  From Partners in Building was Jim Lemming, president, Tom Frank, chief operations officer,  Andrew Foote, purchasing manager, and Paul Womack, vice president of marketing.  From HomeAid Houston were Greg Tomlinson, president, Bette Moser, executive director, and several board members and staff.  From the GHBA was Toy Wood, CEO.  Additional guests included many of the Boys and Girls Country children, management team, staff and volunteers.

Boys and Girls Country was established in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity whose mission is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. Children are from the greater Houston area, which includes 13 counties. Located 35 miles northwest of Houston, Boys and Girls Country has capacity to serve 48 boys and 40 girls, ages 5-18, for a total of 88 children at any one time.

“Our partnership with HomeAid Houston allows us to help provide a  safe, nurturing environment for some very deserving kids Boys & Girls Country," said Jim Lemming, President and CEO of Partners in Building. "We are honored to be able provide our services and experience on this ambitious project."

"This groundbreaking was special to everyone involved with this upcoming construction," said  Greg Tomlinson.  "One visit to this incredible campus, and meeting the amazing kids who live here is an inspiration to all involved.  We can't thank Jim Lemming and Partners in Building enough for sharing in the HomeAid vision."

For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.