By Chelsea Quackenbush
HOUSTON – Buckner programs in Southeast Texas received two generous grants from the Houston Endowment and the Beaumont Foundation to be used for local ministries and programs.
The Houston Endowment gave a $225,000 grant to be used at Buckner Family Place in Houston over the next three years. The Beaumont Foundation presented a $66,000 check to Buckner Children and Family Services. Buckner will receive $132,000 total in 2012 from the Beaumont Foundation, a long-time supporter of Buckner ministries and community programs.
“We are humbled the generosity of the Houston Endowment and the Beaumont Foundation,” Buckner Foundation President David Slover said. “The impact the gift will have on single-parent families in Southeast Texas will pay dividends in the future. Not only are the parents’ lives changing, but the children’s are as well.”
The Buckner Family Place Houston program started in July 2011. There are eight families enrolled in the program. Buckner hopes to grow the program to 12 families by the end of 2012. Family Place is a self-sufficiency program that provides housing and supportive services for single-parent families in a safe and secure environment while completing their educational or vocational goals. Families are provided support through the provision of affordable housing, financial assistance and case management services which include referrals to parenting education, budget training, life skills and individual and group counseling.
Buckner Foundation will use the Beaumont Foundation grant exclusively to provide school clothing for children in their care – foster care, group residential/foster care and emergency shelter and assessment programs across the state of Texas. In 2012, Buckner staff anticipates a minimum of 440 children qualifying for the $300 clothing stipend per child.
In the Houston area, Buckner currently provides family programs, such as adoption, foster care and family transitional care; empowerment programs, such as education and vocational training; community programs, like family intervention, youth and child care, family education, retreats and conferences; medical services, client assistance and humanitarian aid.
In 2011, 3,034 lives were impacted through Buckner services and community programs in Southeast Texas.
There are six other Family Place programs throughout Texas including two in southeast Texas - Conroe and Lufkin. In the coming months, Buckner will be opening a Community Transformation Center in Houston where services will include vocational training, family intervention, after-school programs, health services, client assistance and family life/parenting classes. In addition, there are several Houston-area churches that volunteer at the local ministries or travel with Buckner to locations across Texas and internationally.
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