HomeAid Houston and Empire Communities are teaming up to construct an 8100 sq. ft. cottage for 8 children from families in crisis on the Boys and Girls Country campus in Hockley, Texas. To help celebrate the new stages of construction, the children from the agency and their teaching parents will join team members this month from Empire and HomeAid at the site to write words of blessings, encouragement, hope and inspiration on the frame of the cottage, before it is covered with drywall. This is also an opportunity for the boys who will be moving into the house, along with their teaching parents, to walk through and tour the space.
“Our construction team is honored to be included in this event that will bring everyone together to celebrate the construction process and what the cottage means to these children," said James Miller, Empire Homebuilding regional president. "We are also looking forward to the completion of the cottage, as we know how important it is to the well-being of some very deserving boys."
Funding for the cottage is being provided to Boys and Girls Country from the Woodforest Charitable Foundation. Rafael Casas with Empire Communities is construction manager for the project and works closely with Quintes Stark, chief operations and facilities officer for Boys and Girls Country.
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. 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.
"It will be a lovely experience to share in this ceremony with the boys and the Empire Community team," said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. "This new project is a tremendous opportunity to continue the momentum we have since we completed the first cottage with Partners in Building, and the second cottage by Lennar/Village Builders. It is always exciting to meet the children and to share in their joy throughout construction."
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, 53 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.