MHI and HomeAid Dedicate New Construction Project for Gracewood Spring Branch Campus
November 17, 2009

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was the crowning touch on months of hard work and dedication by dozens of vendors and individuals to complete a 6,828 sq. ft. home for Gracewood, a Children at Heart Ministry.  The vendors donated materials, labor and services to construct the 14-bed facility.  The home is designed to provide housing for five families who are facing homelessness due to a crisis situation.  The builder captain, McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI) and HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity, partnered on the project.  The vendors donated the necessary materials, labor and services.   

A number of social service representatives; HomeAid Houston board members and staff; MHI president James Miller and MHI Project Manager Geoff Green; project vendors; Gracewood staff and supporters and GHBA board members and staff took part in the dedication.  A special guest was Christian recording artist Matt Brouwer, who entertained with a number of inspirational songs.

Chris Denison, vice president of HomeAid Houston welcomed the over 175 guests and Dr. Duane Brooks, pastor at Tallwood Baptist Church, gave the invocation.  Speakers included Debbie Rippstein, executive director of Gracewood; a family member that is a new resident of the facility; Anthony Love, CEO for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County; James Miller; Lisa Clark, president of the GHBA and Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston.

A commemorative plaque was awarded to MHI for their construction management role.  The plaque will be installed at the home and reflects the name of the house:  McGuyer HomeAid House. Gracewood and Children at Heart Ministries also presented appreciation awards to the HomeAid team.  HomeAid recognized the vendors with custom plaques.

 The Gracewood facility was finished out with donated furniture and appliances by a number of companies in the Houston area. These donations create a warm, nurturing environment that will help foster the growth and healing of families in transition. Gracewood, a charity of Children at Heart Ministries, provides housing for mothers and their children who need a safe haven from crisis situations. Through Gracewood, mothers also receive counseling services and help in obtaining educations and jobs.   

“This dedication ceremony was the ideal celebration of a HomeAid project that has been supported by so many individuals and organizations,” said Chris Denison.  “MHI, their staff and all of the vendors have taken time out from their own jobs, and worked extra hours on the weekends and at night to help make HomeAid and Gracewood’s vision a reality.”

Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has joined forces with GHBA members to provide transitional housing for homeless men, women and children.  To date, the organization has added 360 beds, providing caring for 4200 adults and children.

MHI has been building homes in Texas since 1988.  The company has over 30,000 customers in five major cities, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Ft. WorthMHI has received 8 separate awards of excellence within the industry including PRISM, Best of Year, HAB, MAX, McSAM and Pinnacle.

For more information on HomeAid Houston, visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call the GHBA at 281-970-8970.

For information on MHI visit www.mhinc.com

For information on Gracewood visit www.gracewood.org