August 13, 2019

 HomeAid Houston and Gracewood, a Children at Heart ministry have been long-time partners in the effort to provide hope and help for mothers who need a safe haven from crisis situations.

One of the most recent projects HomeAid facilitated for Gracewood was the first four of eight duplexes designed to house mothers who need additional time on the Gracewood campus to finish their education or certification program.  These duplexes offer a home-like environment where family well-being is restored.  HomeAid partnered with Builder Captain David Weekley Homes to construct the duplexes that are part of Gracewood's Next Step Project.

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.

“Partnering with Gracewood and the moms who are working hard to become productive members of the community while building brighter futures for their families has been an inspiration to the entire HomeAid - David Weekley Homes team," said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid.  "It was a privilege and an honor to join David Weekley and all of the vendors and suppliers who worked together to complete the duplexes."

HomeAid and Gracewood's long-time  partnership has resulted in the completion of five homes between two campuses in the Houston area.  The 2.5 acres that adjoin the current Gracewood campus include the eight duplexes, Patti’s Place (a clothing boutique), a furniture warehouse, the community center with both administrative offices and an activity center. 

This was the sixth project that HomeAid Houston and Gracewood have partnered on to help women and children.  “This entire team consisting of staff, builders and vendors display such a tremendous spirit of generosity that encourages families toward a hopeful future,” concluded Brady.

Gracewood’s Spring Branch facility, located on Elmview Drive, currently provides three 6,000 plus to 7,000 plus sq. ft. homes, each housing five families. 

The DWH home construction team on the Next Step Project was led by Brian Underwood, Mark Welch and Nancy Reid.  Mark Atkins with MASA Studio was the project's architect.

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 value 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 served 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.