The Texian Heritage Festival board of directors celebrated with five Montgomery County nonprofit organizations Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, when they presented checks to them as recipients of proceeds from the October 2015 Festival event. Festival vice president Bea Rouse welcomed City of Montgomery Administrator Jack Yates and the recipients then presented checks to each organization.
Representatives for the check presentation were Michael Hayles, Coat of Many Colors Ministries; Wayne Keller, Caiden’s Hope; Allison Hewlitt, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County; Mike Newman and Larry Daspit, Fernland Historical Park; and Billy Ray Duncan, Montgomery Historical Society.
The purpose of Coat of Many Colors Ministries is to provide education, employment and life skills training classes, general assistance, encouragement and support to low-moderate income families, TANF recipients and disadvantaged people in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Their vision is Helping People Gain Independence through Education and Employment.
The mission of Caiden’s Hope is to support parents of children born prematurely who must stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a medical facility, by offering them assistance with lodging, gas cards, and food. They know how hard it is to have a child staying in a hospital, no matter the age, and so they help parents who may be missing out on work so they can stay with their child through those hard times. Based in The Woodlands, Caiden’s Hope Foundation has helped over 250 families throughout twenty-six states and in Canada, and they help more and more with every passing year.
The mission of Meals on Wheels Montgomery County is to provide home delivered meals and transportation services to the homebound elderly in Montgomery County. As an organization, they seek to provide strategically placed services to support elderly preventative health initiatives, benefiting the individual, their family, and the county at large. The Meals on Wheels program provides both consistent nutrition services and a safety check by a friendly volunteer.
They partner with Montgomery County Commissioners to provide daily group dining opportunities at the Commissioner’s local centers, so that qualifying seniors can have a hot nutritious meal in a social environment, transportation included. These services ensure the seniors they serve have the independence they seek to age in place.
Two historical organizations that also benefited from the Festival, include Fernland Historical Park and Montgomery Historical Society . These two organizations help make it possible to present the annual Texian Heritage Festival.
Located within the heart of downtown Montgomery, Fernland Historical Park is a unique hands-on educational park, bringing samples of early Texas architecture together with examples of early Texas life. The log homes and cabins presented within the park are some of the oldest remaining structures within Texas.
The importance of local historical societies, including Montgomery Historical Society, lies in the fact that they serve as local centers of historical interest and their activities are a step in the direction of covering the whole field of local history. Their purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate the materials of local history.
Rouse also recognized the 2015 Festival sponsors: Montgomery Economic Development Corporation; Greensheet; Ranch 115 of Hempstead; Wiesner Auto, WordSpresso Graphic Design; Taylorized PR; law firm of Griffin & Cain; Rotary Club of Lake Conroe; Storage 105; Red Onion Catering; and Montgomery County Historical Commission.