Construction is well underway on an 8100 sq. ft. cottage for Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, Texas. HomeAid Houston and Partners in Building are collaborating on the project with HomeAid identifying the agency's need for a series of new cottages to expand the Boys and Girls Country campus. Partners in Building was quick to come on board as the builder captain. This building, named the Joanne H. Watford Cottage, will house eight children from families in crisis.
This project launches HomeAid Houston's 2016 initiative "Serving Children, Preserving Futures", and will be followed by several additional construction and remodeling projects for children's agencies including Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos.
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, 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.
"The cottage is well underway with sheetrock recently being completed," said Cindy Hinson, president of HomeAid Houston. "The construction has gone more smoothly than anything we could have imagined. The Partners in Building crew represent a high level of professionalism and show their commitment to the project at every phase of construction. We can't thank them enough for helping HomeAid in our goal to serve these very deserving children."
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.
“Boys & Girls Country is exactly the kind of agency Partners in Building wants to help,” said Jim Lemming, President and CEO of Partners in Building. “Their focus on the most vulnerable children, is something that speaks clearly to our desire to be partners in the communities where we build.”
Since its inception, HomeAid has added 561 beds to Houston's homeless community and their projects have served 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.