Bob and his wife Mary Lou (recently deceased) have been involved with Fort Bend Family Promise since it was formed in 2005. Bob received his B.S. in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida. He then served in the army and was assigned to the Space Center in Clear Lake. After completing his time in the military he continued to work at the Space Center until moving to the gas and oil field industry and Missouri City in 1978.
What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?
I was completely unaware that at the time we started the program that none of the programs available for the homeless allowed the families to stay together. I love that Family Promise is based on keeping the families together and the children in their current schools.
Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?
Two times stand out. One occurred when I helped move a family into their new house. The family was so happy to be back in a house of their own that they were just bubbling over with joy. The second was when I received an invitation to the graduation from college from one of the young ladies who had been a junior at a local high school when they were in the program.
Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?
I'm an active member of First United Methodist Church Missouri City.
Do you have any kids and/or pets?
I have nine grandchildren that I love to visit as often as possible.
From looking at you, no one would guess that:
I know how to darn socks. My Mother insisted that everyone had to know how to darn their own socks.
Favorite place to eat:
Spring Creek BBQ and King BO II, but truth be known, I still like my Mother's and Mary Lou's home cooking best. I try to mimic their specialties and sometimes come close but never get it quite right.
What would you tell people who are considering helping Fort Bend Family Promise?
My wife was the real reason I got into the Fort Bend Family Promise program. It has completely changed my perception of homeless families including the realization that a medical crisis or a job loss could have left my own family homeless. This is a program that does really give the families a hand up not a hand out so that they are restored as active members of the community.