COME, CELEBRATE WITH US!
The new Reynolds Home, after a prolonged adventure in construction, will finally open its doors to mother and children. An Open House will welcome friends and families from 12:30 to 4:00 pm, Saturday, Oct. 25th at 8023 San Jose, Rd., El Paso in the Lower Valley. The celebration will anticipate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Home in November, 1990.
The public is invited. A children’s celebration with food, games and fun at a mini-fall festival in their honor will be in full swing on the back lawns at the Home.
A year and a half in the making, the new expansion adds 8 rooms and 5 baths for homeless moms and their children. This will increase the Home’s capacity to welcome up to 20 families. The original farmhouse has been remodeled to provide administrative offices on the first floor while retaining family accommodations on the second floor which connects to the new addition.
The expansion was made possible by a starter grant from Helen of Troy of El Paso totaling $150,000 in 2012. Other regional and local grants followed and were complemented by hundreds of hours of volunteer expertise and work. The final piece, an expanded, completely remodeled kitchen sparkles with new appliances, cabinets and countertops, ready to test the cooking skills of moms at three separate cooking stations. It opens up into a common room furnished with tables and chairs for dining, which will also serve for recreational activities, meetings and the daily after-school program.
Historical Background: Reynolds Home is a private non-profit shelter located in the Lower Valley in El Paso, TX. A two-story farmhouse, built in 1926 and owned by Dr. and Mrs. William Reynolds, was inherited by their daughter, Virginia Tullius, who set it up as a shelter for homeless women and their children in 1990 to honor her parents’ memory. Family members have continued to operate the home since then. Reynolds Home has welcomed more than 600 women and 1600 children, sheltering them from abusive family situations or other crises which have forced them out of their own homes.
The mission: of the Home is to provide shelter, security and basic services to women that teach and encourage mothers to cherish and respect their own dignity and to build on their own strengths which enables them to provide independently for themselves and their children.
8023 San Jose Rd.
El Paso, TX 79915
Contact: Dorothy Truax/Starlynn Lucero