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The Buckner Family Hope Center of Houston at Reed Road is now open and serving South Houston. Earlier today, Buckner International hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting event for its 27th Family Hope Center, as well as its Buckner Family Pathways program. The ceremony was attended by government officials, religious leaders, Buckner executives and staff, clients, and community and corporate donors.
“While many people think of Buckner as the place where children go to live, we want to be known as the organization that helps children stay where they belong – with their own families, safe and protected,” said Buckner President and CEO Albert Reyes. “That is the ultimate goal of the Buckner Family Pathways and Family Hope Center programs.
“Buckner began working in Houston more than 60 years ago when we opened the Buckner Haven retirement community in 1955, now Parkway Place,” Reyes continued. “Then came our Family Hope Center at Aldine, and today, our footprint gets even bigger, as we celebrate the expansion of our work here at Reed Road in collaboration with Start of Hope Ministries and New Hope Housing. There is more to come for Buckner in Houston, so stay tuned.”
Over 150 people were present for the ribbon cutting. Government officials in attendance included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner and City Councilman Mike Knox. Representatives from Congressman Al Green and State Representative Shawn Thierry were also in attendance, as were community partners Halliburton, the Houston Food Bank and Second Baptist Church.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee and Alice Chen, the representative for Congressman Green, each unveiled flags flown over the U.S. Capital in honor of Buckner, as well as commendations. Additional commendations were sent by Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott.
The event’s speakers included Reyes; Shawna Roy, interim executive director at Buckner Children and Family Services of Houston; Anna Rodriquez, director at Buckner Family Pathways of Houston; Agustina Puente, Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine graduate; Chanique Steele, Buckner Family Pathways graduate; and Zach Parrish, Buckner Board of Trustees. The event was hosted by Fox 26 anchor Jonathan Martin.
The Buckner Family Hope Center of Houston at Reed Road is located on the Cornerstone Community campus, a collaborative nonprofit venture in partnership with Star of Hope, New Hope Housing and WorkFaith Connection. Representatives from all three nonprofits were at the ceremony.