Under the sleepy gaze of a small herd of cattle grazing just yards away, nearly 80 guests gathered for the recent groundbreaking of the Hamill Cottage, a new 8100 sq. ft. home on the campus at Boys and Girls Country campus in Hockley, Texas. HomeAid Houston and Lennar/Village Builders are partners in the construction that will soon house eight children and their "teaching parents". The cottage will provide a safe, nurturing environment for children from families in crisis. The Hamill Cottage is the second of 11 cottages being planned for construction that will update the166-acre campus.
On hand for the groundbreaking from Boys and Girls Country were Lou Palma, executive director; Tom Brown, Hamill Foundation; Mike Gatewood, chairman of Boys and Girls Country Endowment Board; Elaine Petranek, director of planned giving; Quintes Stark, director of operations; guest speakers, Robert and Deven, two Boys and Girls Country students and the Hamill Cottage family of 9 that included children and their teaching parents, as well as dozens of staff and students. From Lennar/Village Builders were Marco Cordon, director of construction, Cindy Hinson, director of community affairs and a HomeAid board member and Jeff Adams, area construction manager. From HomeAid were Salty Thomason, president; Bette Moser, executive director, and several board members and staff. From the GHBA were Bo Butler, president and Casey Morgan, CEO.
Lennar/Village Builders has already taken the first steps in developing a long list of GHBA members who are donating materials and services for the cottage construction. “Our partnership with HomeAid Houston allows us to help provide a beautiful place to call home for some very deserving kids," said Marco Cordon. "We are honored to be able provide our services and experience on this ambitious project."
Boys and Girls Country was established in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity whose mission is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. Children are from the greater Houston area, which includes 13 counties. Located 35 miles northwest of Houston, Boys and Girls Country has capacity to serve 48 boys and 40 girls, ages 5-18, for a total of 88 children at any one time.
"The two most necessary, effective, intimate and important things we provide our kids, are Christian families and a Christian home," said Lou Palma. "Today's groundbreaking marks the first step in this amazing journey."
HomeAid Houston builds transformation housing for the homeless. HomeAid was started in 2003 and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 42 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to