HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association announced the upcoming groundbreaking of duplexes that will provide housing for Gracewood's Next Step Project at the Spring Branch area campus. Gracewood is a Children at Heart ministry that provides housing for mothers and their children who need a safe haven from crisis situations.
The groundbreaking signals the official start to construction of four duplexes that are being built by David Weekley Homes. The duplexes will house mothers who need additional time on campus, to finish their education or a certification program. 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 construction of a volunteer center that has been completed, and a community center that is in the planning stages. The David Weekley Homes construction team is being led by Brian Underwood, Mark Welch and Nancy Reid. Mark Atkins with MASA Studio is the project's architect.
"HomeAid has been a game-changer in Gracewood‘s work to help families rediscover independence," said Jenny Cotton, president at Gracewood. "With HomeAid’s partnership, we are able to double our impact, increasing our capacity from 15-31 families once the project is completed. These duplexes offer hope for a better future for the children and their mothers who will call them home."
HomeAid has been a long-time partner with Gracewood. The three existing 7000 + sq. ft. homes on the Spring Branch campus were built through HomeAid who partnered with MHI on the first two, and with Legend Homes/Princeton Classic Homes on the third home. They provide a safe and nurturing place for single mothers and their children. The homes were finished out with donated furniture and appliances by a number of companies in the Houston area.
"HomeAid is excited to be breaking ground on our next project for Gracewood," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid. "We've been proud to partner with Gracewood these many years as they work to bring hope to mothers and their children who deserve a second chance."
Through Gracewood, mothers also receive counseling services and help in obtaining an education and jobs. The agency helps these families refocus their future toward happiness and independence while acquiring the basic tools they need to make long term, quality of life improvements. In 2017, Gracewood served 49 mothers and children.
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.