Grand View Builders Partners With HomeAid on Angel Reach Remodel
A visit to Angel Reach in Conroe, Texas was all it took for Grand View Builders to join HomeAid Houston on a remodel project that will benefit dozens of youth who are in or aging out of foster care. Grand View will be the Builder Captain for the project. They will donate their time and management skills to ensure a quality enhancement to the Angel Reach facility.
Angel Reach, founded by foster parents Sandra Carpenter and Debbie Zempel in 2004, was originally created to help other foster parents provide for the ever-changing needs of the children who would come and go in their homes. In 2011, Angel Reach created the Transitional Living program to assist youth aging out of foster care as they transition into society.
"It took Marc and Michelle Jungers with Grand View Builders, about 5 seconds to decide that the youth at Angel Reach deserved a number of upgrades to this shelter that many kids consider home," said Jennifer Taylor, president of HomeAid. "HomeAid is thrilled to be partnering with Grand View for a second time. They continue to open their hearts to help many troubled individuals struggling with homelessness." Grand View was also the Builder Captain on a HomeAid project for Montgomery County Youth Services in 2010.
The Angel Reach project involves renovating and enlarging the agency's food pantry and storage area to gain more capacity for food and donations. Work will begin this Spring. Donations of electrical services, carpentry, appliances, HVAC, paint and new flooring will be needed. Darling Homes has already committed to donating movable shelves for the space.
Because of numerous distressing reasons, many children and youth in the community live in alternate homes away from their natural birth parents, including foster care and kinship care. These young people are at extreme risk of life-long poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, early death, and unproductive or under-productive lives. Thirty percent of male foster care alumni are incarcerated by 19 years of age. Nearly half of all girls who lived in foster care are pregnant by age 19, many producing children who join the cycle of abuse and neglect. Angel Reach is dedicated to helping these at-risk children and youth transition to better lives.