With the completion of four duplex units on the grounds of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, seven single mothers and their children will find new hope for rebuilding their lives. Miraculously, the rain held off as a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by more than 200 guests, marked the occasion. This was a HomeAid Houston project that brought together Ryland Homes, the Builder Captain, Masa Studio, the architect, St. John’s Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), a 501(c)3 ministry dedicated to providing Christ-centered programs throughout Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. The Project is part of the PCHAS Single Parent Family Program that provides transitional housing and a warm, nurturing environment to help foster the growth and healing of single parent families.
Leading the ceremony were a series of speakers that included Ed Knight, president, PCHAS; Reverend Peter D. Crouch, vice president for development, PCHAS and Reverend Jon Burnham, pastor, St. John’s Presbyterian Church. From Ryland Homes was Kevin Meuth, division president and from Masa Studio was Mark Atkins, president. From HomeAid Houston was Jennifer Taylor, president and from HomeAid America was Peter Simons, CEO. Leslie King, president of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), and Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston, concluded that portion of the program and also distributed appreciation awards to thank vendors who donated materials and labor to the project.
Also joining in the event were representatives from Ryland Homes, including Alan Dossey and Chad Tschetter, many of HomeAid’s staff and board members, GHBA staff and board members and staff from both PCHAS and St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Highlights of the ceremony included spiritual readings, music and an inspirational video.
“This ribbon cutting ceremony represents a commitment and vision by countless individuals who understand the challenges single parents face every day,” said Jennifer Taylor, president of HomeAid Houston. “Thousands of man-hours, nearly 100 vendors who donated, and the spirit and determination of the entire project’s team, are the foundation that ensures this beautiful property will provide an inspirational place to encourage growth and change as families move toward a brighter future.”
Referred by local churches and social service agencies, the future residents will be screened and the participants must commit to a program that includes regular meetings with case managers, family therapy and faith development. Residents are also assisted with finding educational programs that will lead to employment.
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association that builds transitional housing for Houston’s homeless.