Ryland Homes joined HomeAid, Newland Communities and Texas Baptist Children's Home (TBCH), a Children at Heart Ministry, to construct a 7-bedroom, 7,100-square-foot "cottage," designed for families working through crisis in the Austin area community of Round Rock. This team shares HomeAid's mission, to "Build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach."
Ryland Homes was introduced to the need by Newland Communities, developer of the Teravista community in Round Rock and the Falcon Pointe community in Pflugerville, in which Ryland builds homes. Newland is donating seed money for the project that was raised at charitable events held in those neighborhoods.
Mark Atkins with Masa Studio Architects, is donating architectural services and numerous vendors will be donating materials to complete construction.
The project, called HomeAid Family Cottage, is the newest addition to the TBCH Family Care Program. TBCH is headquartered out of Round Rock, Texas. The HomeAid Family Cottage is the first project in the area for HomeAid, a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals.
The HomeAid Family Cottage will provide a warm, home-like environment that can host up to five families at a time, with stays ranging from three months to two years per family. The program provides homes for single mothers so they can stay with their children, while they work to complete their education or improve their job skills.
"For most of the moms coming into Family Care," said Children at Heart President and CEO Todd Roberson, "the idea of living in a group situation is daunting and anxiety-inducing. Most of them don't know what to expect and are pleasantly surprised when they find that the program is like nothing they've experienced before."
"The night I arrived at Family Care," explained Yvette Nunez, a TBCH client facing a personal crisis as a struggling single parent, "I was so nervous, but when I looked over and saw my kids asleep in their own beds, in our own room, it was like I could breathe for the first time in months. It was a relief."
Builder Captain Ryland Homes has adopted not only the HomeAid mission, they've also embraced the families who are on a waiting list to join the TBCH Family Care Program. In June of 2013, Family Care had 37 applicants for three vacancies.
"Ryland Homes is very excited about partnering with HomeAid, Newland, and TBCH to build a home that will provide a safe, comfortable place for families," said Dino Longi, Ryland division president. "We have been working very closely with our vendors and trade partners to deliver a state of the art, high quality facility that will serve the community and needy families for decades to come."