The Buckner Family Hope Center™ programs in Houston love to cheer on the Houston Astros in the MLB World Series and have had the opportunity to do so a few times. This year, there’s an extra dose of gratitude for the Family Hope Center staff and community.
Before Game One of the World Series, MLB and the Houston Astros unveiled plans to offer support to the Buckner programs in Houston.
Together, they are providing a new Chevrolet van that offers reliable transportation for children served by the Family Hope Center at Reed Road. The donation of the van makes it easier for Buckner to transport children to activities at the Astros MLB Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park. The van also creates better access to engage residents in Sunnyside, one of Houston’s most underserved communities.
“The gift of this van will allow us to work more in the surrounding community to offer programming to those who lack transportation to access it,” shared Dior Burns Eagan, director of administration and operations for Buckner Children and Family Services in Houston. “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our reach.”
This effort is part of the Fall Classic Legacy initiative which is designed to give back to World Series host communities. Through the initiative, MLB awarded the Houston Astros with a $25,000 grant, which the Astros will match, toward an enrichment project within their community.
It’s very special they chose to give back to Buckner through the Fall Classic Legacy Initiative grant.
“We value the great relationship we have with the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation,” Eagan said.
Special guests Enos Cabell, an Astros legend and former player, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joined MLB, Astros Foundation and Buckner staff to celebrate the new van on Oct. 28.