A visit to Angel Reach in
Angel Reach, founded by foster parents Sandra Carpenter and Debbie Zempel in 2004, was originally created to help other foster parents provide for the ever-changing needs of the children who would come and go in their homes. In 2011, Angel Reach created the Transitional Living program to assist youth aging out of foster care as they transition into society.
“It took Marc and Michelle Jungers with Grand View Builders, about 5 seconds to decide that the youth at Angel Reach deserved a number of upgrades to this shelter that many kids consider home,” said
The Angel Reach project involves renovating and enlarging the agency’s food pantry and storage area to gain more capacity for food and donations. Work will begin this Spring. Donations of electrical services, carpentry, appliances, HVAC, paint and new flooring will be needed. Darling Homes has already committed to donating movable shelves for the space.
Because of numerous distressing reasons, many children and youth in the community live in alternate homes away from their natural birth parents, including foster care and kinship care. These young people are at extreme risk of life-long poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, early death, and unproductive or under-productive lives. Thirty percent of male foster care alumni are incarcerated by 19 years of age. Nearly half of all girls who lived in foster care are pregnant by age 19, many producing children who join the cycle of abuse and neglect. Angel Reach is dedicated to helping these at-risk children and youth transition to better lives.
HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association, builds transitional housing for
For information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.