New Horizons’ Audrey Grace House Shower and Grand Opening

New Horizons will be hosting the grand opening of the Audrey Grace House August 19, 2009. The 6,500 square foot center will be home for up to 22 residents.

Abilene, TX, July 23, 2009 --(

New Horizons will be hosting the grand opening of the Audrey Grace House August 19, 2009. The 6,500 square foot center will be home for up to 22 residents. The Audrey Grace House is the first phase of the Community Center of Care and will provide residential treatment, shelter and support services to Abilene youth and families.

An open house will be held from 10:00am till 2:00pm with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting with distinguished guests from 11:00am till noon at 598 Medical Drive. All are invited to join in the celebration of this new home. It is a chance for the community to tour the grounds and explore the services that New Horizons provides. The grand opening will also give the community a chance to shower the home. New Horizons’ created a safe place for treatment but they need help in furnishing this dream. The public is welcome to bring a gift to the shower. New Horizons has registered at Sam’s, Ashley Furniture, Beds & More, Morrisons Supply, Masterscapes, Wal-Mart, JCPenny, Hobby Lobby, Athletic Supply, Bed Bath & Beyond and Kitchen Supply, Beale Appliance & Parts, Quality Implement, Best Buy and New to You Auto Sales. Or donations can be made to the Audrey Grace Furnishing Fund. For more information, please call 325-437-1852 or visit
“It has taken much planning and hard work to finally have the home complete,” said Michael Redden, Executive Director of New Horizons. “We are grateful for all who have helped and we are excited to have the community be a part of this great celebration.”

The home is named in memory of a child lost at birth by Leon and Jane Backes. They were the first major contributors through their own personal gifts and efforts in fundraising. In addition, significant gifts have been received from T. Boone Pickens Foundation, Shelton Foundation, Dodge-Jones Foundation, Community Foundation of Abilene and Greathouse Foundation.

Significant contributions have been made through services and in-kind donations from several local businesses. The most significant of these is the management of the entire construction by Mark Horn and Cory Wood of Mark Horn Enterprises. This was done at no cost to New Horizons. In addition, Jerry and Sean Siewert of Lydick-Hooks Roofing provided all the roofing supplies and labor for the house at no cost to New Horizons. Without these significant gifts and the Abilene and surrounding areas involvement, the completion of the home would not have been possible.

The home is designed with as much flexibility as possible to allow New Horizons to adjust the arrangement of beds to conform to the needs of the children, youth and families.

New Horizons is a local non-profit that provides services for local children and families in need. They offer a variety of services that help families stay together. They serve the North, West, and Central Texas areas.

New Horizons
Tim Hart