Welcome to The Ballard House!
The Ballard House Story
The dream started in 2006 when the CEO of Keller Williams Realty issued a challenge to Keller Williams market centers around the country to “leave a legacy” in the communities in which they live and work. The associates of Keller Williams Premier Realty in Katy took that challenge to heart. Construction of The West Houston Medical Center had just started and it was evident that people would be travelling to the area for their treatments and would need housing. Cinco Charities, Inc. was birthed with the mission to provide temporary housing for patients and their caregivers coming to the Katy/West Houston area medical facilities for treatment of life threatening illnesses.
For several years, while working toward their ultimate goal to build a hospital hospitality house for guests which would be free of charge to patients going through treatment and open to patients of any age, Cinco Charities continued housing families in nearby hotels. This was accomplished because of the generosity of sponsors and friends of Cinco Charities who attended the fundraising events and supported the mission wholeheartedly.
In 2011, Erin Ballard, a cancer patient herself heard about Cinco Charities from her oncologist, Dr. Sunil Patel at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Katy and was inspired to donate the use of one of her rental properties to Cinco Charities to expand their outreach. That home became known as Erin’s House. Erin’s House was loved by all of the families who found it be their “home away from home” during their loved ones treatment.
Erin’s husband, Monty was touched by the charities mission as well and started The Ballard Foundation to advance Cinco Charities goal to build their hospitality house in Katy. “We live in Katy, not far down the street from MD Anderson,” Monty Ballard said, “We started thinking about people that live in other states who wanted the best treatment they could get and just couldn’t afford the other parts of the puzzle. They might have great insurance, but still couldn’t afford to come here to stay and get treatment. We thought we could make it possible for Cinco Charities to move forward.”
In December 2013, a huge crowd of supporters celebrated the grand opening of The Ballard House which boasts 20,000 square feet of livable space and is located on three acres in the heart of Katy. A few days later, our first five families were moved in. And they keep arriving from other countries, all over the US and from the four corners of Texas. The Ballard House has experienced the generous support from our community in so many ways and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. We have the very best volunteers in the world who show every day with open hearts and big smiles to welcome everyone who enters our doors with a happy greeting, “Welcome to The Ballard House.”
The Ballard House Mission Statement
What We Offer!
The 20,000 square foot hospitality house features:
- EXPERIENCE TRUE TEXAS HOSPITALITY AT THE BALLARD HOUSE
You will be met by staff and volunteers who will welcome you to our House, assist you with check in and direct you to your guest suite. Our desire is to be your “home away from home” during your stay with us, therefore communication is very important. After check in, we will take you on a tour of our House to familiarize you with the many comforts we provide and go over the guidelines we ask our guests to respect during your stay.
You will enjoy the opportunity to share hospitality with other families from around the world going through similar life experiences. We see strong bonds and lasting friendships formed amongst our guests.
We have many groups who generously offer their time to conduct game nights, Bible studies and provide wonderful meals. We encourage our guests to participate, but never want you to feel pressured.
Below are some of the comforts of home you will enjoy at The Ballard House.
- 24 GUEST SUITES
Each spacious suite is fully furnished with a private bath and kitchenette. The small kitchen has a mini fridge and microwave as well as a wet sink with counter space and cabinet storage. A built in desk, flat screen TV with some cable channels and free Wi Fi are available.
We have 8 suites that are handicap adapted. These suites have a queen bed and a double sleeper sofa. All other suites offer 2 queen beds.
Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. During your stay, you are required to keep these laundered.
- FREE ONSITE LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Washers and dryers are located on both floors and are free to our guest. We ask you to bring your own choice of laundry products, but require you use those in the washer with (he) on them as our washers are front loaders which require these high efficiency products.
Many times our generous donors bring laundry products and personal toiletry items. When available we share these with you. Please inquire upon arrival to see if available.
- COMMON KITCHEN AND DINING
The Ballard House has a fully equipped kitchen with 2 work centers which includes flat top stove, dishwasher, tons of counter space and storage. Each guest suite is assigned a mini pantry in the kitchen to store their personal groceries. There is a common pantry which is usually fully stocked by generous donations from our community with most items you would need to prepare a meal.
When you walk in the front door, scrumptious aromas of cuisine from all over the country will greet you.
Many of our guests become quickly famous for their culinary skills and bless all of us with some of their specialties. Our kitchen and dining room are the center of fellowship and fun activities. The Ballard House has a reputation for being “a happy house.”
Yes, we have a library which has wall to wall shelves which contain a huge variety of categories and selections of books for your reading pleasure. The library has a computer and public phone for our guest’s convenience. A large library table which is the perfect spot for the puzzle enthusiasts to gather to put a puzzle together can also be found in the library.
The Ballard House also has a nice selection of movies to check out, as well as an antiquated VHS player and complete collection of Disney classics for the young at heart.
Our game room has a comfy sectional for families to watch the Big Screen TV together and tons of game boards, puzzles, and other toys for children to enjoy. We encourage our guests to have family and friends visit them when in town. We respect that our guests are ill and many rising early in the AM to go for treatments, so we ask that all visitors leave the House by 9:30 P.M .
For our guests desiring a quiet place for worship, prayer, or meditation The Ballard House was designed to meet this spiritual need. Our chapel is open 24 hours a day and available for individuals or their families as needed. An inspiring stained glass window was donated by Mary Sue Harrison, a Katy professional who had it designed by a local artist for the chapel. We have several different church groups who are regulars at The Ballard House.
- CONFERENCE ROOM
Many nonprofit service organizations, various groups, youth and adult get on our calendar to hold their meetings in our state of the art conference room. We are delighted to share this meeting space with our community as this gives us the opportunity to give back to the Katy residents who bless us with continued support. The conference room is equipped with a projector and big screen for presentations, will easily seat 40 to 50 people and can be reconfigured to meet many group’s needs. Contact us at The Ballard House to reserve your date.
- THE GARDENS AND PATIO
Seated in our wall to wall windowed dining room, our guests can enjoy the gorgeous rippling pond and beautiful landscaping, but this is no substitute for experiencing it firsthand. Our huge covered back patio with the oversized rocking chairs is a favorite spot for our guests to relax and reflect, and take time to smell the roses!! There is a variety of seating arrangements, a covered gazebo, and a gas grill available for our guests use.