July 1, 2019

HomeAid Houston was joined by David Weekley Homes at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating Gracewood's Next Step Project, the first four of eight duplexes that will house mothers who need additional time on the Gracewood campus to finish their education or certification program.  This dedication marks the 50th HomeAid Houston project in its 15-year history.

Gracewood is a Children at Heart ministry that provides housing for mothers and their children who need a safe haven from crisis situations.  These units will give them the ability to learn to live independently while still being able to access counseling and other services on the Gracewood campus.  This is part of a larger campus expansion project that includes the completed construction of a volunteer center and a community center.

On hand to participate in the ribbon cutting from David Weekley Homes were, Brian Underwood and Randall Rowlett; from HomeAid were Jim Muska, 2020 HomeAid president, Bette Moser, outgoing executive director, and several HomeAid board members; from Gracewood were Jenny Rice Cotton, president of Gracewood, Larry Bertrand, chairman, Gracewood Board of Trustees, Gabriela Desselle, a Gracewood client and guest speaker and numerous Gracewood contributors; Mark Atkins, MASA Studio, the project's architect and John Williams, president of the Greater Houston Builders Association.  Also attending the ceremony were vendors and suppliers who had donated their materials and services to construct the duplexes.

Also part of the celebration were board members and staff from HomeAid Houston and Gracewood and vendors who donated their materials and services. 

Jenny Rice Cotton led the remarks by opening with her appreciation to the Next Step Project team.  "We're here today because of the work, dedication and commitment by so many of you.  Gracewood cannot thank this valuable team enough for everything that's been done to make this long-awaited project become a reality for our hard-working Gracewood moms."

“HomeAid was honored to take part in Gracewood's Next Step Project," said Muska.  "We've fostered a long-time relationship with this agency because we have seen first-hand the life-changing work they provide their mothers.  We look forward to working with them on many more projects ahead."

 HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association has been building transformational housing for homeless care agencies throughout Houston and surrounding counties since 2003.  The first shelter was dedicated in 2005.  Since then, 52 projects have been completed that have added $14.2 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community, including $7.2 million worth of donated materials and labor from generous GHBA builders and their trades.   These projects have provided beds for more than 22,000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in our city. 

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