HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity and Long Lake, Ltd., is nearing completion of a family Day Center for Fort Bend Family Promise (FBFP), an agency that meets the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. Builder Captain, Long Lake, Ltd., under the leadership of Craig Jones, managed the project. Sergio Astorga, designer and project manager with Arte Architecture, provided the design work. The center was built on vacant property in a thriving area of Missouri City. The official dedication of the Day Center will be held in October.
The new Day Center will offer a place to obtain skills needed to facilitate job searches and it will provide space for administrative and counseling services. The center will also provide a place for families to gather and to utilize lockers and family-friendly bathrooms. Long Lake assembled a team of generous vendors who donated materials and labor to make the project a success.
“This project is designed to meet the needs of families in crisis in the Ft. Bend area,” said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “It is rewarding to know that the community is embracing the center and the work that Fort Bend Family Promise is doing to help families rebuild their lives. We are excited for the dedication in October when we can formally thank everyone involved in this project a reality."
Sixteen families at a time can participate in the Fort Bend Family Promise program. In the evening, families stay with host churches and are provided meals, a comfortable place to sleep and fellowship. Currently, the families gather in the morning at the existing Day Center at New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City to prepare lunches for their children, get them on their school buses, prepare for a work day or a day spent looking for employment. Once the children have returned from school, all of the families are gathered up and returned to their host churches for dinner and an overnight stay. Families receive intensive case management to assist in finding housing, jobs and in identifying and meeting other needs.
For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970. For more information on FBFP visit www.fortbendfamilypromise.org.