The dream started in 2006 with the construction of The West Houston Medical Center that had just started and it was evident that people would be travelling to the area for their treatments and would need housing. Cinco Charities, Inc. was birthed with the mission to provide temporary housing for patients and their caregivers coming to the Katy/West Houston area medical facilities for treatment of life threatening illnesses.
For several years, while working toward their ultimate goal to build a hospital hospitality house for guests which would be free of charge to patients going through treatment and open to patients of any age, Cinco Charities continued housing families in nearby hotels. This was accomplished because of the generosity of sponsors and friends of Cinco Charities who attended the fundraising events and supported the mission wholeheartedly.
In December 2013, a huge crowd of supporters celebrated the grand opening of The Ballard House which boasts 20,000 square feet of livable space and is located on three acres in the heart of Katy. A few days later, our first five families were moved in. And they keep arriving from other countries, all over the US and from the four corners of Texas. The Ballard House has experienced the generous support from our community in so many ways and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. We have the very best volunteers in the world who show every day with open hearts and big smiles to welcome everyone who enters our doors with a happy greeting, “Welcome to The Ballard House.”
Grace Anglican Community, coordinated by Jennifer Ruben, serves meals quarterly to the residents of Ballard House. We serve residents food, listen to the stories of their journey in illness when offered, and pray with all who desire this means of God’s grace.