Temple: Nonprofit that serves homeless children and parents breaks ground for new building

The nonprofit broke ground Tuesday on a 6,500-square-foot building.
The nonprofit broke ground Tuesday on a 6,500-square-foot building.(Eric Franklin)
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) – Family Promise of East Bell County, a nonprofit that serves homeless children and families that has operated out of a decommissioned fire station for the past 15 years broke ground Tuesday on a 6,500-square-foot building near the intersection of 24th Street and Avenue N in Temple.

Construction is set to begin later this summer and the group expects work on the building, which includes seven bedrooms for families, three staff offices, two volunteer bedrooms, a classroom a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a patio, and a playground and basketball court, will be completed in the spring of 2022.

“This will double the number of people we’re serving on an annual basis,” Executive Director Rucker Preston said.

The city transferred more than two acres of land to the organization earlier this year.

“The generosity from this community to serve some of our most vulnerable neighbors is overwhelming”, Preston said.

“From the support of the City of Temple to hundreds of generous people and organizations here in our community, we have the resources we need to expand our work, serving children and parents who are homeless.”

The second phase of the project calls for the construction of eight transitional homes into which families may move once they’ve completed the organization’s Guest Program.

The homes will provide interim housing while formerly homeless families look for long-term housing solutions.

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