Around Town December 2015
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILDS NEW AND EXPANDED “RESTORE” HOME IMPROVEMENT RESALE SHOP
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County announced the construction of its new ReStore building, thanks to $1 million in donations from Woodforest National Bank and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement donation center and resale store that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, appliances and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The ReStore concept reduces sub-standard housing, helps improve living conditions, and is environmentally friendly by re-purposing items for reuse and recycling. Proceeds from the sale of donated items are used by Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County towards its mission of building homes, community, and hope.
The new ReStore is located on four acres at 9407 S.H. 242 in Conroe. Built by SLI Architects Group, Inc., the shop features 20,000 square feet of air-conditioned and heated space, which is a significant expansion from the original 5,000-square-foot building. The new site has expanded outdoor and indoor storage and retail floor space, as well as 81 paved parking spaces and two covered dedicated drop-off spots for donations.
“This is such an exciting time for us especially as we mark the 10th anniversary of our ReStore with the construction of this new building,” said Barbara Smith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.
The new and improved ReStore location will be ready to begin serving the community in early January. Contact the ReStore at 936-441-5888 or visit HabitatMCTX.org.
MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH LUNCHEON
More than 1,250 women and men recently descended on The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center donning their best pink (for breast cancer) or teal (for ovarian cancer) attire – or a combination of pink and teal in the case of keynote speaker Joan Lunden – to attend the 15th Annual Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Luncheon.
Attendees were inspired by speakers who shared their journeys of survival from breast and ovarian cancers. The importance of early detection was stressed, as funds raised from the luncheon provide mammograms to underserved women in greater Montgomery County through the Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
Those in attendance were also the first to hear about Canopy – a new cancer survivorship center supported by In the Pink funds. Canopy is currently under construction and set to open on the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands campus in early 2016. To learn more about cancer programs at the hospital, visit memorialhermann.org/locations/the-woodlands/
cancer-center/ or call 713-222-CARE (2273).
ART OUTREACH PROGRAM SEEKS TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF AT-RISK STUDENTS
The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees gave special thanks at their October meeting to the Honorable Judge Mary Ann Turner and master srtist Vickie McMillian for sharing their love of art with students in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program and Detention Center.
Students at the center worked with the Turner and McMillian to complete the piece entitled “The Way it Should Be” as part of the community outreach program BAM! Because Art Matters.
BAM! is the community and education outreach arm of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that was formed to provide cultural enrichment through the arts for residents. They believe art education plays an essential role in developing young people’s minds and the lives of the elderly as well as those with special needs or who are at-risk. BAM! reaches out to schools and residents with meaningful art programs and encourages people to actively engage in the arts.
Ron Leach, director of the Juvenile Justice Center, introduced Kayleen Barton, director of Because Art Matters, who was there on behalf of McMillian. Barton shared about BAM! and introduced Judge Turner who will display the artwork in her courtroom.
CYPRESS-WOODLANDS JUNIOR FORUM/BAXTER THE BOOKWORM
Local preschoolers recently joined Baxter the Bookworm and his helpers for a morning of literacy fun at Malcolm Purvis Library in Magnolia and Barbara Bush Library in northwest Houston. Besides sharing a story, children enjoyed a craft and snack along with a copy of the book as a door prize. The signature program of Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) hopes to advocate reading and the love of books to preschoolers through this twice-a-year program. An additional Baxter event will be held at each library this spring.
Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is a nonprofit assistance organization and recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. This growing women’s group is dedicated to providing volunteer services and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery counties.
For more information, call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org.