We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Grace Like Rain to open an emergency shelter at The Wheeler House!
Grace Like Rain, based in Denton, works to help individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The organization’s vision is to provide moms and dads of young children a helping hand in times of crisis and homelessness.
In the process of helping individuals and families in need, Grace Like Rain must temporarily place families in hotels. However, in 2017, the average rate for a hotel in the North Texas area averaged $98.17 a night.
Over a single weekend, Grace Like Rain may pay over $300 to house one family. This is an incredibly expensive cost that impacts Grace Like Rain’s other programs and services.
Grace Like Rain and Serve Denton will partner together to renovate space at The Wheeler House into an emergency shelter. Because Serve Denton offers below market rent, Grace Like Rain can have a space of their own to house families in emergency situations instead of relying on costly hotels.
By housing families at the emergency shelter, Grace Like Rain will save approximately $1,700 each month, allowing their organization to reallocate resources and use funds in a more efficient manner.
Additionally, families in Denton will have a safe place to go that keeps them off the streets and out of costly hotels until they can find permanent housing.
The 948 square foot emergency shelter will have 3 bedrooms, 2 smaller rooms and 1 larger room that can house families with multiple children. Because this is emergency housing, families can stay here for up to 4 weeks. There will also be a shared kitchenette, small office and a meeting room in this area.
Giving Hope, Inc. manages the transitional housing portion of The Wheeler House for moms and their kids, which takes place in the back portion of the building. This space can house up to 4 families at a time, and the goal is for families to be able to transition into permanent housing in 3-6 months.
The pictures below are from the transitional housing portion of The Wheeler House.
Our vision is for families to be able to seamlessly transition from the emergency shelter program into the transitional housing program. Our hope is for moms and kids facing a housing crisis to be cared for at multiple stages in the housing process. This is also an opportunity for 3 nonprofits to come together to use our individual expertise and resources for a common goal.
Funding for the Project
The project is only possible through the support of generous individuals and corporations. Funding for this project has and will come from the following sources:
On #GivingTuesday, we are asking our community to help us raise the remaining funds for the project through a Facebook fundraiser. This year, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations up to $7 million on this day. Facebook is also waving 100% of the processing fees so your full donation goes toward this project.
#GivingTuesday takes place every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Tuesday, November 27. Our goal for this fundraiser is $2,000, which will cover the remaining construction costs for this project.
Want to know more about the Grace Like Rain emergency shelter project? Click the button below to contact us.
What about the health clinic?
Previously, this space was a health clinic operated by Health Services of North Texas (HSNT). HSNT is moving its clinic to the Serve Denton Center in 2019 to exponentially expand the amount of services they provide and people they can serve. You can learn more about this project HERE. This transition has left the front space at The Wheeler House vacant.
The Wheeler House will now primarily focus on helping moms and kids in a housing crisis by providing emergency shelter and transitional housing.
Serve Denton is so excited to welcome Grace Like Rain to the Serve Denton team to better serve single moms in our community. You can learn more about The Wheeler House by clicking the button below.