With permitting underway, anticipation is high as construction will soon begin, on HomeAid Houston's Fort Bend Family Promise (FBFP) project. Builder Captain Long Lake, Ltd., under the leadership of Craig Jones, will construct a Family Day Center with materials and services donated by GHBA members. In December, team members from HomeAid Houston, Long Lake Ltd., Arte Architecture and Fort Bend Family Promise gathered to review initial plans and discuss construction schedules and vendor contributions and commitments.
Started in 2005, FBFP was created to meet the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. Sixteen families at a time can participate in the 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 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.
Sergio Astorga, Designer and Project Manager, and Emerson Jones Jr., Architect, with Arte Architecture, will be working to design the new Day Center to create a warm and welcoming environment for the FBFP families. The Center will offer relaxation and lounging areas for families to gather, as well as lockers and family-friendly bathrooms. The new building will also include space for administrative and counseling staff and a meeting area. The current Day Center is located on the campus of New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City. The new center will be moved to a parcel of land that was acquired by FBFP on Cartwright Road in Fort Bend County.