May 20th marked an exciting milestone for Fort Bend Family Promise as we broke ground for our new Day Center. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this project possible, including HomeAid Houston, Long Lake, Ltd, the George Foundation, Fort Bend Junior Service League and all the vendors who are donating time and materials to construct the building. We had a beautiful day and a great turnout of supporters, including Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, Rep. Ron Reynolds, FBFP Founder Duane McCullough and lots of volunteers and friends.
The 4,500 square foot building will be located on Cartwright Road in Missouri City and will replace the current Center, located in donated space at New Hope Lutheran Church since 2005.
Sergio Astorga, Designer and Project Manager, and Emerson Jones Jr., Architect, with Arte Architecture, designed the new Day Center to create a warm and welcoming environment for the FBFP families. The Center will offer relaxation and lounging areas for families to gather, as well as lockers and family-friendly bathrooms. The new building will also include space for administrative and counseling staff and a meeting area.
In the evening, families stay with host churches and are provided meals, a comfortable place to sleep and fellowship. The families gather in the morning at the Day Center to prepare lunches for their children, get them on their school buses, prepare for a work day or a day spent looking for employment. Once the children have returned from school, all of the families are gathered up and returned to their host churches for dinner and an overnight stay. Families receive intensive case management to assist in finding housing, jobs and in identifying and meeting other needs.