The 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left the city of New Orleans devastated and many of its residents homeless. The charitable organization “Oprah’s Angel Network,” partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build and furnish homes for approximately 65 families forced to relocate to Houston as a result of the storms. The community was named “Angel Lane”.
As part of the planned community, the Houston Area Urban League was commissioned to build and operate a community center for the residents of Angel Lane. The purpose of the center is to provide social services and a place for recreational activities. After much planning and working with the residents, the center is now complete and open.
The Angel Lane Community Center has roughly 4,500 square feet of air-conditioned/heated indoor space, including a large multipurpose room, two classrooms (one of which will be used as a computer lab), restroom facilities, a kitchen, a small office, and two covered outdoor spaces to be used for community gatherings. The Houston Area Urban League will provide services such as; small business workshops, employment orientation, housing counseling, health and wellness screening, financial education, youth development and family support classes.
“We are extremely excited to have this project come to fruition and look forward to working with the residents, of Angel Lane”, said President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League, Judson W. Robinson III.
The Grand Opening was supported and partially sponsored by Amerigroup.