Our Mission is to affect a positive transformation in the lives of the disadvantage youth of the greater Houston area. By utilizing the community's human, financial and spiritual resources, we commit to altering their present state and their future by focusing on their mental, emotional, corporal, educational and spiritual health and growth, as well as improving their current physical environment.
Building New Foundations began informally in 2009 when a group of friends and colleagues within the construction industry offered to perform small project improvements for a non-profit organization called "The Good Shepherd". The Good Shepherd is a residential treatment center that exists to rehabilitate and treat boys between the ages of 7-17 that have endured the most awful forms of abuse and neglect and have been deemed by the state as "high risk" children." Various projects were performed through a "grass roots" movement to raise funds and utilize skills, talents and resources of various volunteers to improve their facilities. That December of 2009, the group continued their effort and raised enough funds to provide Christmas gifts for all the boys at the Good Shepherd.
Since the first "serve outing" was organized in the summer of 2009, the original members continued to serve and raise funds through grass roots efforts towards renovating the space of The Good Shepherd, as well as raise awareness of their situation, assist in their mentoring program, and create and implement a monthly motivational speaking event held at The Good Shepherd facilities. In December of 2012, Building Foundations was able to raise (through labor, materials, and monetary donations) over $150,000.00 with every penny going towards renovation efforts or direct treatment of the boys.
In 2013, the informal original members determined it was time to formally organize and create a non-profit organization with much higher aspirations of assisting and meeting the needs of the disadvantaged youth of the greater Houston area. The primary project / focus would be on completing what had been started at The Good Shepherd RTC, but would continue on to meet other RTC needs.
Board of Directors
- Hayden Austin - Chairman/President
- John Glaze - Vice President
- Greg Mesler - Treasurer
- Michael Broussard - Secretary
- Chris Mehling - Director
- Jennifer Oliverio – Director
Honorary Board Members
- George Kissamis
- Glenn McIntire
- Leanne Donelson