Friday photo: Buckner Family Pathways of Houston moves single parents and children into new apartments
In Houston, it’s a new beginning for 20 single parents who moved into the new Buckner Family Pathways apartments located at New Hope Housing at Reed within the Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community.
“This is a very important and exciting day for us as we are moving in our residents on this beautiful new campus,” said Erin Broussard, Buckner senior executive director in Houston. “It is the first time in Houston that we will have all of our residents in one place accessible to their support services.”
As their possessions were unloaded off the moving trucks into their new homes, residents could not contain their smiles or excitement. For many of them, this is the first new home they have ever lived in and for others it is the first time they won’t have to share a bedroom with their children.
Some of the parents moving into their new fully furnished homes are escaping abusive situations or homelessness. Entering the Buckner Family Pathways program allows them to work on their education while providing a safe and stable home for their children. They also receive counseling, resources and other skills to become self-sufficient.
“I’m going through a lot of emotions,” said Family Pathways resident Shanarica Bennett during her move in. “I’m excited and nervous about the change, but I know it’s for the better. Just the set up here has everything I need as far as the child care for my children, enrichment programs and summer programs. They have a lot of things here that will be wonderful for my children and myself. I see great things for my future. I know that when I graduate, I’m going to be very prepared for what is to come.”