At the July 13 Humble City Council meeting, FamilyTime’s Executive Director Judy Cox asked for help and assistance from the city council and the community. The Door, FamilyTime’s emergency shelter, is too small to adequately handle the growing need for sheltering people threatened and in crisis. It needs to expand, which means it must move. It is turning away hundreds of people each year. Cox recapped the success of FamilyTime as a force for good in the community.
“We are celebrating 40 years of service this year. Our thrift shop in Porter opened 20 years ago and the shelter in Humble 21 years ago,” said Cox, who went on to describe the growth of the organization by noting that when she began as a volunteer in 1987, there were only two staff members and several wonderful volunteers. “We now have 41 staff members and last year 1,918 volunteers gave their time to FamilyTime,” she said.
Cox pointed out FamilyTime is a round-the-clock crisis counseling center created and supported by area churches and a few psychotherapist volunteers. Today, the counseling center provides case management, a legal advocate, four licensed professional counselors and 25 counseling interns. Last year, it provided over 6,000 sessions of therapy. In addition, it conducts anger management classes, parenting classes and recently added a program for children whose parents are either separated or divorced. The Door shelter is part of the overall program and is supported by community churches, schools and the Humble Police Department. Last year, it sheltered over 700 victims in crisis.
Cox explained that the shelter has been at or near capacity for over two years. Last year, it turned away more than 1,000 people due to lack of space. This year, more than 500 have been turned away so far. The goal is to build a much larger facility to accommodate more victims; women, men and children. The Humble Police Department is a major part of the program and the reason FamilyTime wants the new shelter located in the city limits of Humble. She pointed out the shelter is the only one in the greater northeast Harris County area.
“We are asking the council and the community for your support. Our first step is finding three to five acres of property inside the Humble city limits. Perhaps you know of some available land or business or an individual who can help us,” Cox said as she concluded her presentation.
Mayor Merle Aaron asked Cox if members of the council or city staff could visit the shelter. Cox welcomed the opportunity.
“We thank you for all that you do and we appreciate you,” Aaron said.
In other business, the council:
-Approved a consent and encroachment agreement between the City of Humble and Adkisson Group Inc. for a non-conforming property located in the 1900 block of South Houston Ave. City Manager Darrell Boeske explained the action corrected a survey overlap of two inches in official records.
-Approved a final plat of Phoenix Oil as part of the company combining a number of its properties.
-Approved a final plat and a development plat of Popeye’s on Will Clayton Parkway that enables the company proceed with building their store.
-Approved a subdivision plat of The Lakes at Townsen, a subdivision of 16.4925 acres of land for development purposes.
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