HomeAid, Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties to con­struct cot­tage for Boys and Girls Coun­try

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Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties will be break­ing ground soon on an 8,100-square­foot cot­tage on the cam­pus of Boys and Girls Coun­try. Em­pire Homes has com­mit­ted to a part­ner­ship with HomeAid Hous­ton, a 501 (c)(3) char­ity of the Greater Hous­ton Builders As­so­ci­a­tion (GHBA), on its con­struc­tion. This is the first ma­jor con­struc­tion pro­ject that Em­pire and HomeAid have col­lab­o­rated on and is the third cot­tage be­ing built for Boys and Girls Coun­try through HomeAid Hous­ton.

It will pro­vide eight boys with their own room for the first time and will fos­ter a warm, nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The cot­tage is also de­signed to house teach­ing par­ents who will live on­site as they work with the boys to build sta­bil­ity and plan for a bright fu­ture. The pro­ject is ex­pected to break ground in early 2019. Fund­ing for the con­struc­tion is be­ing pro­vided to Boys and Girls Coun­try from the Wood­for­est Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

“HomeAid is hon­ored to part­ner with Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties on this third cot­tage,” said Bill Dal­ton, pres­i­dent of HomeAid Hous­ton. “As the builder cap­tain on this pro­ject, they will be re­spon­si­ble for every stage of con­struc­tion, from plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment through com­ple­tion. Their gen­er­ous spirit will help trans­form a piece of prop­erty into a beau­ti­ful, safe place for th­ese eight de­serv­ing boys.”

James Miller, Em­pire Home Build­ing re­gional pres­i­dent and also a HomeAid board mem­ber, is the pro­ject lead.

“Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties is hon­ored to take part in the on­go­ing ex­pan­sion of the Boys and Girls Coun­try cam­pus,” said Miller. “Our part­ner­ship with HomeAid Hous­ton, a leader in the com­mu­nity that pro­vides hous­ing for those fac­ing home­less­ness, is a per­fect fit that will al­low us to pro­vide a well-built, safe place for th­ese chil­dren to flour­ish. We are ex­cited to be­gin con­struc­tion.”

Boys and Girls Coun­try is a Chris­tian home for chil­dren who come from fam­i­lies in cri­sis. The agency serves as a bea­con of hope for fam­i­lies and their chil­dren in times of hard­ship, of­fer­ing them a re­li­able home life. As the chil­dren grow, the cot­tages help pro­vide a true sense of be­long­ing and fam­ily that is ex­tended well past high school grad­u­a­tion.

The Boys and Girls Coun­try pro­gram is a non­profit that was es­tab­lished in 1971. The pro­gram is made up of a net­work of 11 cot­tages. The chil­dren live with a mar­ried “teach­ing par­ent” and any chil­dren they may have, as well as two sin­gle teach­ing par­ents who raise th­ese chil­dren as their own. The cam­pus can ac­com­mo­date 88 chil­dren, ages 5 to 18.

HomeAid Hous­ton was es­tab­lished in 2003 to work with Hous­ton home­less care providers to build and ren­o­vate shel­ters that trans­form lives. By part­ner­ing with GHBA builders, re­mod­el­ers, de­vel­op­ers and sup­pli­ers, HomeAid is able to ef­fec­tively mul­ti­ply the im­pact of gifts pro­vided by gen­er­ous donors.

Since 2003, HomeAid Hous­ton has com­pleted 49 projects that added $14.7 mil­lion in real es­tate to Hous­ton’s home­less com­mu­nity, and pro­vided beds for more than 20,000 home­less men, women and chil­dren. For more in­for­ma­tion on HomeAid Hous­ton visit www.home­aid­hous­ton.org or call 281970-8970.

The pro­ject is ex­pected to break ground in early 2019. Fund­ing for the con­struc­tion is be­ing pro­vided to Boys and Girls Coun­try from the Wood­for­est Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

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