Volunteers Help Build "My Father's House" - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/03

Volunteers Help Build "My Father's House"

For the last 10 weeks, the parking lot at Lowery Field has been home to more than 100 volunteers. The volunteers have come to Lubbock from all across Texas to help build "My Father's House."

My Father's House is located just east of University and South Loop 289. And is a combination of visions to offer ministry and safe housing to women that are in circumstances that have left them without a safe place to stay.

Their motto is "Changing the Next Generation One Mother at a Time." So far, they've raised and pledged more than $900,000 towards this $4 million project that they hope will make a difference in the future.

Executive Director of "My Father's House" Shirley Madden says this is a way for women to change their ways if needed.

"For those women who want to make those decisions about where they go instead of a boyfriend making those decisions, we will offer them safe and stable housing for those who choose to change and want to go through our program to set a new direction in their life," says Madden.

The house will offer life skills to women, to help them become better mothers, daughters, and citizens. Teaching parenting skills, communication skills, and integrity to women who might have been led astray.

None of this would be possible without the help of the Texas Baptist Men, who have volunteered the last 10 weeks of their life to help build the house.

"It's been great. The City of Lubbock has just been gracious to us. Everywhere we go, if we're wearing a Texas Baptist Men shirt or cap, people comment and thank us for what we're doing, and we're not doing this for us, we're doing this for God's glory," says Bill Pigott, the Director of Texas Baptist Men.

"My Father's House" of Lubbock should be built by September, and ready to open in January. They still need donations and volunteers to assist with this community project.

For more information on "My Father's House," you can call (806) 799-0990.

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