Empire Communities will be breaking ground soon on an 8100 sq. ft. cottage on the campus of Boys and Girls Country. Empire Homes has committed to a partnership with HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), on its construction. This is the first major construction project that Empire and HomeAid have collaborated on and is the third cottage being built for Boys and Girls Country through HomeAid Houston.
The cottage will provide 8 boys with their own room for the first time and will foster a warm, nurturing environment. The cottage is also designed to house teaching parents who will live onsite as they work with the boys to build stability and plan for a bright future. Construction is expected to begin by late spring. Funding is being provided to Boys and Girls Country from the Woodforest Charitable Foundation.
"HomeAid is honored to partner with Empire Communities on this third cottage," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid Houston. "As the Builder Captain on this project, they will be responsible for every stage of construction, from planning and development through completion. Their generous spirit will help transform a piece of property into a beautiful, safe place for these eight deserving boys."
James Miller, Empire Home Building regional president and also a HomeAid board member, is the project lead. “Empire Communities is honored to take part in the ongoing expansion of the Boys and Girls Country campus," said Miller. "Our partnership with HomeAid Houston, a leader in the community that provides housing for those facing homelessness, is a perfect fit that will allow us to provide a well-built, safe place for these children to flourish. We are excited to begin construction."
Boys and Girls Country is a Christian home for children who come from families in crisis. The agency serves as a beacon of hope for families and their children in times of hardship, offering them a reliable home life. As the children grow, the cottages help provide a true sense of belonging and family that is extended well past high school graduation.
The Boys and Girls Country program is a non-profit that was established in 1971. The program is made up of a network of 11 cottages. The children live with a married "Teaching Parent" and any children they may have, as well as two single Teaching Parents who raise these children as their own. The campus can accommodate 88 children ages 5 to 18.
HomeAid Houston was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate shelters that transform lives. By partnering with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers, HomeAid is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.