Press Room

> Back to Press Room

HomeAid Houston Breaks Ground on 50th Project


HomeAid Houston was joined by David Weekley Homes at the ceremonial groundbreaking of The Village at Gracewood – Next Step Project, the first four of eight duplexes that will house mothers who need additional time on the Gracewood campus to finish their education or certification program. This groundbreaking marks the 50th HomeAid Houston project in its 15-year history.

Gracewood is a Children at Heart ministry that provides housing for mothers and their children who need a safe haven from crisis situations. These units will give them the ability to learn to live independently while still being able to access counseling and other services on the Gracewood campus. This is part of a larger campus expansion project that includes the completed construction of a volunteer center and a community center that is in the planning stages. The David Weekley Homes construction team is being led by Brian Underwood, Mark Welch and Nancy Reid. Mark Atkins with MASA Studio is the project’s architect.

After an inspirational gathering at the site that included the David Weekley Homes and HomeAid teams, as well as representatives from Gracewood, GHBA and numerous vendors and guests, gold shovels marked the site in tribute to the upcoming construction.

Representing David Weekley Homes were Mark Welch, land acquisition manager and Randall Rowlett, construction manager. HomeAid representatives were Patrick Mayhan, vice president of purchasing for Westin Homes and the 2019 HomeAid president; Bette Moser, the soon-to-retire executive director of HomeAid and Carl Salazar, incoming executive director; and GHBA’s Casey Morgan, CEO. Also in attendance from Children at Heart Ministries was Todd Roberson, CEO and from Gracewood were Larry Bertrand, chairman; Jenny Rice-Cotton, president; Gracewood client Rachel Lockett, and Freeman Marshall. Mark Atkins with MASA Studio was also on-hand.

Also part of the celebration were board members and staff from HomeAid Houston and Gracewood and vendors who are donating their materials and services.

“The groundbreaking ceremony has been a much anticipated event for the whole team,” said Patrick Mayhan. “It’s an important day for many reasons, especially for the mothers and children of Gracewood who are working hard to change their lives. It is also a time for HomeAid to celebrate our 50th project in our 15 years of serving the homeless of Houston.”
 

Chapter Spotlight

HomeAid Northern California Celebrates 20 Years of Building Hope for the Homeless

HomeAid Northern California celebrated its 20th Anniversary on March 29th with "An Evening of Believing" as they thanked the thousands of HomeAid supporters who have contributed to the completion of more than 45 projects that have housed over 9,000 people experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area over the years.
..More

Donor Spotlight

The Lennar Foundation Grants Funding for Workforce Development Program

HomeAid WORKS, a new workforce development program will create opportunities for people experiencing homelessness the chance to pursue careers in the homebuilding industry. The program is made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of Lennar, provided as seed funding to create the program. 
..More

Project Spotlight

HomeAid Atlanta Completes Fourth Project for The Drake House

HomeAid Atlanta completed its fourth project for The Drake House led by Builder Captain Ryan Swallow of South Haven Builders. The Drake Village provides longer-term housing solution for graduates of The Drake House, which has a mission of providing a lifeline of supportive housing and enrichment programs for homeless mothers and their children. 
..More