HomeAid Focuses on Children in Crisis in 2016
March 7, 2016

 HomeAid Houston works with homeless service agencies to build and remodel transformational housing for men, women and children facing homelessness.  When the person facing homelessness is a child, it is that much more painful to imagine, even for one night.  And the truth is, there are hundreds of children in Houston who are sleeping on the street, or in cars, or behind buildings and in bushes.

To help address this tragedy, HomeAid Houston has launched the initiative, "Serving Children, Preserving Futures" through a number of construction and remodeling projects in 2016, for agencies working with children in crisis.

"This year we are focusing our resources on children of all ages who are facing a variety of circumstances," said Cindy Hinson, president of HomeAid.  "We consider 2016 the “Year of the Child”, as we help identify where our services can make the biggest difference.  We are grateful we have several builders who are partnering with us on a number of timely projects."

HomeAid Houston and Partners in Building are collaborating on a project for Boys and Girls Country, a non-profit in Hockley, Texas.  HomeAid was approached by the agency to help build a series of new cottages to update the Boys and Girls Country campus.  Partners in Building was quick to come on board as the builder captain for the first cottage.   This building, named the Joanne H. Watford Cottage, will house eight children from families who are experiencing any number of challenges.  Construction on the 8100 sq. ft. facility is progressing rapidly, with completion anticipated in the third quarter.

The Boys and Girls Country program is made up of a network of 11 cottage families and an extended Christian neighborhood that supports the children as they learn and grow.  This system provides them with educational and emotional support, holds them accountable to their peers and the greater community, and encourages them to dream and achieve big goals.  Each cottage is comprised of eight children, a married "Teaching Parent" (and any children they may have), and two single Teaching Parents, who raise these children as their own.  Education is a major priority and focus for the kids and staff.

On a second project for 2016, HomeAid Houston is finalizing a joint effort with GHBA's Custom Builders Council (CBC) to remodel one of the homes for Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos (Casa) – the House of Hope for Children.  The CBC crew would provide the materials and labor to make the improvements that will provide tender loving care to a house that has seen better days.

Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care.  Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement. Parents receive case management and referral services while their children are safely cared for. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements.

"Serving children in crisis has always been at the heart of HomeAid's vision," said Executive Director, Bette Moser.  "Projects from early in our history have included Boys and Girls Harbor in La Porte, Texas, the Krause Children’s Center in Katy, Search's House of Tiny Treasures, and more recently Angel Reach in Conroe. There is a real need here, so our Project Selection Committee continues to identify future projects that will impact children, with a focus in 2016 on children who are victims of sex trafficking and other circumstances.   We are fully committed to "Serving Children, Preserving Futures" as this "Year of the Child unfolds"."

Since its inception, HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association,  has added over 400 beds to Houston's homeless community with projects serving 22,124 people.  This translates into over 1 million nights of sleep provided, since 2003.  For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970