On Sept. 7, 2021, Buckner’s senior living community in Houston, Parkway Place, gathered with children, families and staff from the Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine and Buckner Family Hope Center at Reed Road to enjoy a night out at the Sugarland Skeeters, a minor league baseball team that feeds into the Houston Astros.
Due to COVID-19 and concerns for safety, not all who had planned to attend could come to the game, but it was still a fun night for all who were able to make it to Constellation Field. Parkway Place staff set up a table to share information about its community. Parkway Place is just 12 miles from Constellation Field in Sugarland.
Mr. Curtis, a client of the Family Hope Center at Reed Road said this was the first time he’d ever gotten to take his family to such an event. That is one reason Buckner International puts an emphasis on experiences for its clients. Making positive memories as a family is important for children and can be a wonderful bonding experience for children and parents.
Guests from Buckner Retirement Services and Buckner Children and Family Services were treated to a suite experience with a catered ballpark menu. The children and families heared shoutouts to Buckner on the ballpark speakers, along with the other groups in attendance. They also posed for pictures with the Skeeters mascot, Swatson.
While the pandemic continues to prevent some normalcy we all crave, an opportunity like this that provided a first-time experience for Mr. Curtis to share with his family, gives us hope the pandemic is just a season, even if a long one.
This was a great example of how Buckner’s different ministries collaborate in communities and benefit each other to share experiences from children up to seniors. We would say that hope was shining and happiness was inspired by all who experienced this special night out at the ballpark.