April 2, 2018

On March 21, HomeAid Houston, Lennar/Village Builders, Boys and Girls Country and dozens of volunteers and special guests gathered to celebrate the dedication of an 8100 sq. ft. cottage that was designed to be a home to eight boys who have come from families in crisis. It has been named the Hamill Foundation Cottage.

"Lennar/Villages Builders was not only the builder for this ambitious project, " said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston, "they were also an inspiration to all who helped construct the cottage.  As they led the team, they shared their generous spirit while transforming a piece of property into a beautiful, warm and safe place for the boys and their teaching parents to live.  We cannot thank them enough for all they have given."

The day's event included several guest speakers on the agenda including Vince Duran, executive director, Boys and Girls Country; Luke a student from Boys and Girls Country who gave the invocation; and Robert, a student from Boys and Girls Country who shared the impact the cottage made in his life.

Marco Cordon, director of construction for Lennar/Village Builders and the project lead; Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid and Don Klein, president of the Greater Houston Builders Association also recognized the hard work that went into completing the cottage. 

"Boys and Girls Country is a Christian home for children who come from families in crisis," said Duran.  "The agency serves as a beacon of hope for families and their children in times of hardship, offering a safe and reliable home life to children.  As our kids grow, these cottages help provide a true sense of belonging and family that is extended well past high school graduation.  We are very grateful to HomeAid, Lennar/Village Builders and the entire construction team for making this day happen."

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.

 “Our partnership with HomeAid Houston allowed us to help provide a safe, nurturing environment for some very deserving kids at Boys and Girls Country," said Cordon. "Our vendors and trades were ready-and-able as partners on this project, and we are all honored today to celebrate with the entire team."