On Dec. 11, a large crowd gathered at the site of the future location of a brand new Family Promise of Lake Houston (FPLH) Promise House.

Since 2009, Family Promise of Lake Houston has been providing programs and services that are necessary to address the underlying causes of homelessness and to return local families to a self-sustaining life. They bring together service agencies and local volunteers that provide safe/temporary housing, meals and support services to homeless families within the Lake Houston area. The organization boasts an 86% success rate; it has proven itself capable of breaking through the obstacles associated with self-sustainability and providing families with a fighting chance against any barriers they may face.

“Family Promise of Lake Houston is a self-sufficiency transitional living program for families with kids. Today, we are breaking the ground for the new, much larger day facility for families. For 10 years, we have been serving families out of a 900-square-foot house; this groundbreaking will expand our capabilities and help us better serve the community. With this new development, we will be able to provide more comfortable conditions for the homeless families we serve,” said Jessica Penney, executive director of FPLH.

Penney highlighted the tremendous ground that has been covered by the organization regarding the building of the new Family Promise house. “Today marks the successful culmination of nearly four years of behind-the-scenes dedication and effort; these are the first tangible steps for a brighter future for Family Promise as well as the families we serve. It is because of the consistent and faithful dedication of our volunteers and workers that our dream will become a reality. Construction begins immediately following the groundbreaking and we expect it to be finished by August of next year (2020),” said Penney. The expansion will give way to new programs such as Cooking and Eating Well, a nurturing parenting class, a peer-to-peer tutoring program, and a partnering with PetSmart.

Rob Sorge, board president of FPLH, recognized several entities that have made a critical impact in the construction process.

“One thing throughout this process has been constant; the support from the community. I would like to thank HomeAid Houston and the Greater Houston Building Association. I would also like to recognize First America Homes; they are our general contractor – they have been great to work with,” said Sorge.

Pam Webster, an FPLH graduate, spoke of her personal experience with the program – she expressed her gratitude as well as her ongoing support for the program and its mission.

“The program helped me pursue my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I am grateful for Family Promise – they welcomed us in, and we were treated like extended family. I appreciated the counseling services, volunteers and the constant support that I received,” said Webster.

Representatives from the offices of U.S. Congressmen Kevin Brady and Dan Crenshaw were in attendance as well as representatives of State Rep. Dan Huberty. All the elected officials expressed their support for the program, recognizing the significant contributions that Family Promise of Lake Houston has made to the greater Lake Houston area.

Although construction has begun, “[Family Promise] still has a need to raise $600,000 [for the completion of the new Family Promise house],” said Sorge. To learn more about Family Promise of Lake Houston or to donate to the Promise House project, visit fplh.org.

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