HomeAid to Facilitate Dental Clinic for Hope Center in the FM 1960 Area
Hope Center Houston is a faith-based nonprofit that offers homeless men and women a safe space, resources, and a caring community. The agency will soon be able to offer dental services as well, because of the new partnership with Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association. HomeAid is working with a team of engineering college students who are creating construction drawings and permitting applications to move the construction of the clinic forward within the existing building.
“For people who live on the streets or have marginal housing, minimal income, and no health insurance, dental care often becomes a low priority,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. “The result is poor oral hygiene, dental disease, and often, tooth decay and loss. We are excited to take part in this partnership with Hope Center Houston to construct a dental clinic that will help those in need.”
In addition to medical, mental health and spiritual needs, The Day Center also provides breakfast, lunch, laundry, showers, and clothing. Individuals also have access to life-skills classes, counseling, AA and referrals to support efforts to transition off the streets.
“This dental clinic is giving HomeAid a fantastic opportunity to help provide a service that can change a life,” said James Miller, president of HomeAid Houston. “Getting these folks off the street will help break the cycle of homelessness. Getting them dental care is a huge step in the direction of recovery and stability. We look forward to beginning construction this year.”
History of Hope Center
In 2015, members of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church became aware of the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the area. Forming a task force, they created a 501(c)(3) corporation, found a strip center location and began a homeless ministry. The ministry quickly grew with support from more than 20 churches. As the ministry matured, they increased their services, focusing on life development support, including life-skills classes, support groups, one-on-one mentoring and spiritual support. “Compassion, Commitment and Change” is their focus.
More than 3,000 unique homeless individuals were served in the first three years of the Center. Several hundred made significant strides in overcoming addictions, acquiring jobs
and finding affordable housing. In August 2019, they became Hope Center Houston and acquired a new facility on Peakwood in the FM 1960 area, allowing them to provide additional services and opportunities for supporting agencies to come alongside their mission.
For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.