Quarterman Ranch is a ministry of The Episcopal Church in Northwest Texas building communities of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. The Promise Camp provides a week of respite, fun, and enrichment for children with a parent in prison.
Promise Campers have art projects to complete throughout the week as well as an incredible music program using Remo Drums' Health RHYTHMS. The program is led by a certified Health Rhythms Facilitator. The drums and percussion instruments are used as tools for communication and personal expression. Children are taught to play and compose rhythms, and explore their God-given creativity and talents using drums and music.
The Rt. Rev. J Scott Mayer of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, had been working towards remodeling and expanding the Quarterman Ranch complex. The facilities were built in the 1960's and needed updating.
The swimming pool is too small and not functional for campers who do not know how to swim. A new meeting hall/multi-purpose building is critical. RV and camping sites need to be added and infrastructure updated and expanded.
Bishop Scott had worked with the Task Force for 3 years, and the Diocese was not going to continue funding Quarterman Ranch if things stayed the same. I conducted a day and a half retreat for them at the Bishop's request.
At the end of our time, the Bishop said to me, "You have accomplished in a day and a half what I've been working on, to no avail, with these same people for 3 years! How did you do it? PLUS, you have given us written instructions on the next steps and who will do those steps, by when!"
It is always important to give the Board alternative ideas so I always draw up multiple options to help them envision the possibilities. I have now designed a Master Plan for the facility and I am returning to work with the Board of Directors on funding opportunities.
As I continue my work with Rescue Missions and other Ministries I am reminded that we have grants available to us today like never before; the Federal Home Loan Bank and New Market Tax Credits are able to fund up to 40-45% of the Capital Campaign funds needed.
As the ONLY architect specializing in Rescue Mission design and through my decades of experience in functional facilities, I am able to maximize the opportunity for grant funding.