Retired. Manufacturing & Planning/Finance management at Texas Instruments and Lt Col in the United States Army Reserve last serving in the 4151st USAR School Houston, TX.
Ed and his family moved to Missouri City in 1979 and became involved in Fort Bend Family Promise upon its startup in 2005 serving as a volunteer at First Presbyterian Church Sugar Land during its periodic host weeks for the Family Promise guests. In 2010 I was asked to join the Family Promise Board and elected as Treasurer, a position which I continue to hold. Besides Family Promise, I am also the Treasurer at First Presbyterian Church Sugar Land and a volunteer at the Food Pantry of the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.
What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?
I really enjoy interfacing with our guests at the evening meals when they are staying at our church. It's always a joy to see how families are coping with their situation and working to get back on their feet toward self-sufficiency.
Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?
One of the memories that stands out was from the Christmas holiday season several years ago during a host week when I made several midnight runs to First Colony Mall to pick up a guest who was working a late shift and transport her back to the host congregation for her overnight stay. Her joy and thankfulness for this small action has been memorable.
Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?
I am a member of First Presbyterian Church Sugar Land, which is a Host Congregation. I help with set-up and tear-down and volunteer as a dinner and overnight host as needed.
Do you have any kids and/or pets?
I have three children, one son and two daughters, all of whom are grown and on their own. One daughter and family live nearby with two granddaughters that we enjoy immensely.
From looking at you, no one would guess thatâ€¦..
I participate in Spin & Lift classes 3 times/wk at my local fitness center and am usually the only male among a number of young ladies. Keeps me thinking I am still young, at least at heart.
Favorite place to eat:
Los Gallitos, also my wife's first choice.
What would you tell people who are considering helping Fort Bend Family Promise?
Homeless families are not a stranger to Fort Bend County. There is a constant waiting list of those who seek assistance in returning to self-sufficiency. Fort Bend Family Promise sets forth outcomes that lead to success. Well over 90% of our guests in the past 2 years have moved into permanent housing. Volunteerism and financial support is needed to continue the momentum that has been set in motion.