100 Served at The Wheeler House!

The Wheeler House has reached a huge milestone.

Since opening in 2015, 100 moms and kids have been served at The Wheeler House, a transitional home for homeless moms and their children!

 Two children who previously lived at The Wheeler House playing in the backyard.

Two children who previously lived at The Wheeler House playing in the backyard.

This would not have been possible without YOU. Because of your donations, gifts, volunteer hours and support, The Wheeler House is a safe place for moms and their kids to get a second chance with a roof over their head.

More About The Wheeler House

The Wheeler House is operated by Serve Denton in partnership with Giving Hope, Inc., the organization that handles the case management for the families. Giving Hope, Inc. has played a key role in helping The Wheeler House run smoothly! Their organization helps the moms find jobs, childcare, permanent housing and more.

 Local Photographer, Jean Klughart, donates her services and takes family portraits for all the families who live at The Wheeler House.

Local Photographer, Jean Klughart, donates her services and takes family portraits for all the families who live at The Wheeler House.

Opening in 2015, The Wheeler House is one of the only shelters in Denton that accepts children. Four families can live at The Wheeler House at a time and most stay for three to six months. Some moms have one child, while others have as many as five or six!

Pictures of The Wheeler House


History of The Wheeler House

The Wheeler House used to be a print shop called Terrill Wheeler Printing. In 2012, Denton Bible Church purchased the building from Jim and Jo Ann Wheeler, the owners of the print shop, at a significantly discounted rate. The church gifted the building to Serve Denton with the intention that it would be turned into tranistional housing for moms and their kids.

 Jim Wheeler, the previous owner of The Wheeler House building, and his family.

Jim Wheeler, the previous owner of The Wheeler House building, and his family.

Dr. Cora Martin read about the project in the paper and was moved by the concept and the need. She was in the process of moving to senior living and decided to donate one of her properties to Serve Denton for the organization to sell and raise funds to help with the renovations.

The first mom and her kids moved into The Wheeler House in June 2015.

The First Mom: Fifi

The night Fifi’s husband left her with five children, the 36-year-old mother began preparing for life on the streets. It was early June 2015, and most of her family lived too far away to help.

 Fifi Rose, mom of five, was the first mom to move out of The Wheeler House into permanent housing.

Fifi Rose, mom of five, was the first mom to move out of The Wheeler House into permanent housing.

Fifi and her children escaped the streets because of The Wheeler House.

“The Wheeler House gave me an arm to grab onto, a hand to hold onto, when in my mind I knew of nothing else or no one else who could help us,” Fifi said.


Volunteers

Various service projects have gone on at The Wheeler House since its opening. Every fourth Saturday of the month volunteers help take care of the backyard, sort through donations, plant flowers, build fences, paint, clean, decorate and so much more!

We are SO thankful for the help and support from our donors and volunteers over the last three years. To learn more about The Wheeler House and how you can get involved, click the button below!