The Mission of Yahweh has empowered homeless and abused women and their children for over 40 years in Houston. It began with a vision given to Mrs. Helum Gay, or Sister Gay, as she is known to residents and neighbors. In 1961, Sister Gay opened her home to women in crisis and began driving her truck through wealthier areas of Houston, seeking donations. Soon, many families, churches and civic organizations lent their support and in 1971, a board of directors was elected to further her work. Over 700 women and children are sheltered, fed and clothed every years and the mission also supports over 4,000 neighborhood residents with donations of food and other necessities. The Mission of Yahweh has a proven record of success as evidenced by public recognition and continued support from the Houston community. HomeAid Houston's construction of "Mercy House," a 16 unit dormitory, will provide an additional 54 bed for the homeless women and children the Mission serves.
Doyle Stuckey is a name known in the Houston home-building industry since 1955, when Doyle Stuckey Homes began building in the Westbury subdivision of Houston. Fifty years and 8,000 homes later, Stuckey has served the building community as the Greater Houston Builders Association President in 1978, Texas Association of Builders President and GHBA Builder of the Year in 1980.
He developed 14 subdivisions in Harris and surrounding counties; chartered four banks and served on seven different bank boards. He built and operated several Holiday Inns and even lectured at Harvard in 2004.
The "Mercy House project is not the first Mission of Yahweh project for Doyle Stuckey Homes. Fifteen years ago, the builder came in and constructed the 24-bed family dormitory for the Mission.
Randall (Randy) Blanchard, owner and general manager of Green Mountain Building Company has been involved in the construction business for over 30 years. In 1984, during Blanchard's senior year at Western Michigan University, he served as President of the student chapter of the NAHB and was invited to the national convention in Houston to be recognized as the president of the "Most Outstanding Student Chapter." It was there he met with the partners of A.R.C. Enterprises and decided to relocate to Houston.
In 1993, Mr. Blanchard formed Green Mountain Building Company, a general contracting firm that specializes in high-end residential and light commercial design/build projects. The company has unique experience in the fabrication and erection of heavy timber structure and the use of other non-conventional materials.
The Mission of Yahweh has been a passion for Blanchard for the past 20 years, as he has served on the board of directors, served as past Chairman of the Board and currently serves as the Chairman of the Capital Projects Committee.