April 9, 2019

HomeAid Houston will be dedicating their 50th construction project that has recently been completed on the campus of Gracewood, a Children at Heart Ministry. HomeAid partnered with Builder Captain David Weekley Homes (DWH) to construct duplexes that offer a home like environment where family well-being is restored while moms work toward specific, individual goals such as completing an education and certification programs.   Construction involved the first four of eight duplexes in Gracewood's Next Step Project. 

 “The Next Step Project is one of many ways Gracewood continues to change the lives of mothers and their children who have faced incredibly difficult challenges," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid.  "Builder Captain David Weekley Homes is helping to ensure that this program reaches its full potential by providing these young families a home that is a safe haven and an inspiration to strive for bigger opportunities."


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 will include the eight duplexes, Patti’s Place (a clothing boutique), a furniture warehouse, and a community center with both administrative offices and an activity center.  The current administrative office will become a community counseling center.


This will be the sixth project that HomeAid Houston and Gracewood have partnered on to help women and children.  “The upcoming dedication not only marks a new beginning for some very deserving moms and their children," added Mayhan, "it also highlights HomeAid's 50th project in 15 years.  It will be a great day for everyone."


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


Nearly 100 guests are expected to attend the dedication at the Spring Branch location.  They will include the construction team, dozens of Children at Heart and Gracewood supporters, staff and volunteers. 


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 most recently completed home also provides administrative, support services, and counseling offices.  Gracewood can currently serve up to 15 single mothers and their children and with the Next Step Project expansion they are able to serve up to 31 families.