Empire Communities Recruits Donors for Construction of Cottage for Boys in Crisis

Terry Swenson Charity Projects, HomeAid Houston, Member News

Without the donations of materials, labor and services, an 8,100 sq. ft. cottage being built to house eight boys on the Boys and Girls Country Cottage, would not be possible.

Empire Communities is leading the construction and recruiting the dozens of vendors, suppliers and trades needed to build it at a tremendous cost savings. The cottage will give these eight deserving boys their own bedrooms for the first time in their lives. This is HomeAid’s third cottage they have facilitated for the campus located in Hockley, Texas.

The cottage, which is nearing completion, will also house the children’s teaching parents and is designed to instill security, warmth and a nurturing environment for as long as the children need a safe haven, many times through high school.


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Funding is being provided to Boys and Girls Country from the Woodforest Charitable Foundation. Rafael Casas with Empire Communities is construction manager for the project.

“Empire Communities is honored to take part in the ongoing expansion of the Boys and Girls Country campus,” said James Miller with Empire Communities and a HomeAid board member. “We are grateful for the tremendous contributions by these generous companies who share in the vision to provide a safe place for these youth to grow and prosper.”

HomeAid , Empire and Boys and Girls Country give a huge thank you to the vendors who include:

Builders Post-Tension
Vortex Construction
The Sherwin-Williams Company
GE Appliances
JP Hart Lumber
HomePro Home Technologies
Arrow Glass Industries
Wisenbaker Builder Services
1st Texas Fire Protection
Builders First Source
Kent Moore Cabinet
Certainteed Roofing
TruTeam
James Hardie
Building Products
D&E Plumbing
House of Power
Lone Star Air Systems
DPIS Builder Services
Countrywide Roofing
Progress Lighting
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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.

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