The foundation was recently poured in Humble, Texas for a 5800 sq. ft. Life Skills Center for Family Promise of Lake Houston (FPLH) that will provide a caring and positive environment for children and their families who are reeling from a variety of crisis situations. These can include fire, flood, the death of a spouse, loss of a job, an eviction, or a foreclosure of a home. The Center, named Promise House will also offer admin offices, additional mentoring and counseling offices, on-site training rooms, a teaching kitchen, a computer and educational room as well as a family room, library and children’s playroom.
It has been a long journey to this point for team partners First America Homes, the homebuilding division of Signorelli Company, the project’s Builder Captain and HomeAid Houston who have worked closely with FPLH for many months to ensure the facility is built.
“Until a few months ago, a field near the corner of the East FM 1960 Bypass and Wilson Road in Humble was a vacant property, serving no purpose in an area that is seeing recent growth,” said James Miller, president of HomeAid Houston. “HomeAid is proud to be a part of this huge undertaking to build a Day Center that will help change the lives of families in the area. We cannot thank First America Homes, Dave Barnhart their homebuilding division president, and their vendors and suppliers enough for making this possible.”
Family Promise of Lake Houston is an agency that meets the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. During the day, families will come to their “home base” which is the Life Skills Center, where they will complete weekly goals, Life Skills Classes, Budgeting, Parenting, and GED Fast Track Certification. They can access community resources to search for job training and affordable housing. The key to their success is the fact that every family is connected to the community through volunteers from church congregations as well as through mentors in the Family Mentoring Program. Families are able to build a new community network that helps them achieve their goals of independence.
Funders to the project include The William Stamps Farish Fund, Albemarle Foundation, Ascentium Capital and Avis Charitable Foundation. FPLH is also receiving funding from the PetSmart Charitable Foundation, who will pay for a “pet condo” on the property, allowing families to keep their pets as they work to improve their situation. The grant is part of a national agreement with the Family Promise organization.
HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association was started in 2003. The agency builds and remodels homeless shelters for its homeless care agencies. The first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, over 70 projects have been completed, adding and impacting over 1750 beds and providing over 1.3 million nights of sleep. This is a 15.8 million dollar added value in housing and improvements. Annually, HomeAid’s projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.
For more information visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.