HomeAid Breaks Ground for Mission of Yahweh Project - Mercy House
January 25, 2006

The HomeAid Houston project, “Mercy House,” is well under construction and will soon be providing an additional 16 units of transitional housing for evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Mission of Yahweh is a 44 year institution in Houston that has provided shelter, food and clothing to countless women and children in need.

An overflow crowd participated in a the “Mercy House” groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 19th at The Mission of Yahweh, a 44-year institution in Houston that has provided shelter, food and clothing to countless women and children in need.  The HomeAid Houston project, “Mercy House,” will provide an additional 16 units of transitional housing for evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Doyle Stuckey, of Doyle Stuckey Homes and Randy Blanchard, of Green Mountain Building Company, will serve as Co-Builder Captains on this project, with special funding provided by Ameriquest Mortgage, through the HomeAid Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund.

HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, provides construction of homeless housing for deserving homeless service agencies through the use of donated construction management services, labor and material, provided by GHBA members.

The Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund was created through a partnership of HomeAid and Ameriquest Mortgage, in response to the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  The funds are designated specifically for housing that will benefit evacuees of the hurricanes.

Brian Binash, President of HomeAid Houston, welcomed the crowd and introduced Reverend Debra Witherspoon, a member of The Mission of Yahweh board of directors and volunteer minister with the Mission, who delivered the invocation.

Diane Dempcy, Director of the HomeAid Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund, was on-hand to express her appreciation for those attending.  Also on-hand was Greg Neal, Program Manager, Government Affairs and Community Relations, ACC Capital Holdings, who shared with the group what it meant for Ameriquest to be involved with the HomeAid projects in the Gulf Coast region.  The Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund is being used in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia to provide transitional shelter for Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees in those states.

 Anthony Love, CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Coalition that the GHBA and HomeAid Houston would partner with homeless agencies to help provide shelter at a time when the homeless in Houston have grown so dramatically and the need for beds is so great.

 The Mission of Yahweh Board President Steven Prod described the history of The Mission and noted that "HomeAid's sponsorship and support of the Mercy House project is an answer to prayer.  We are grateful for their generosity and The Mission of Yahweh looks forward to many productive years with this new residence."  Mr. Prod then introduced Mission of Yahweh graduates Rhetta Jones and Laurie Fleming, who talked about their histories with the care provider.  Over seven years ago, Ms. Fleming was a resident of the Mission.  While living there she obtained her associates degree; she then went on to receive her nursing degree and is now working on her master’s degree in nursing.  Ms. Jones, a more recent resident of the Mission, is now working as a hospital therapist.  Both women continue to serve the Mission as volunteers and donors.

 Doyle Stuckey of Doyle Stuckey Homes stated “What a privilege it is for me to be associated again with The Mission of Yahweh.  When I built the family dormitory fifteen years ago, I never dreamed I would be blessed again in serving the Mission by constructing Mercy House.”

 Randy Blanchard, Green Mountain Building Company and twenty-year member of The Mission of Yahweh board of directors shared that, “The greatest measure of the character of an individual, or an organization, is how they respond in crisis.”  He emphasized, “The GHBA, HomeAid, Ameriquest, and every other organization and person involved in this project, have once again proven their character and integrity by stepping forward in this time of need.”

 GHBA Board President Randy Bayer thanked the HomeAid Houston board members for their work on The Mission of Yahweh project and recognized the generous GHBA members who were donating labor and materials to the projects:  Amegy Bank; Integrity Concrete; Capital Heating and Air; DR Signs; Goodman Manufacturing; Suncoast Post-Tension; Tarkett.  A special thanks was given to Direct Marketing Network principles Pam Lockard and Ron Sterlekar, and Mission board member Julie Pitts, for donated production work and funding for the project.

 HomeAid Board President Brian Binash then joined GHBA President Randy Bayer and invited everyone to join them in turning the first shovel of dirt.